Shoes are an oft-overlooked part of a man's wardrobe. A boring pair of shoes can undo all of your carefully considered sartorial choices. Brogueing is a decoration characterized by perforations and is a nice way to bring a little excitement into your footwear.
These wingtips are one of my favorite pairs of shoes. The softer leather pushes them a bit more toward the casual side, but I have dressed them up when I want to put some more fun into a suit.
Extra Tip : To get the most out of your dress shoes, get them rubbered or put taps on. This will extend the life of the sole and is a fraction of the cost of a new pair.
|Shoes by Ted Baker; Shirt by Nautica; Denim by AllSaints Spitalfields;|
Socks by Psycho Bunny; Sunglasses by Prada.
These balmorals are dressy enough for a formal affair, but the hint of brogueing gives that fun kick of added style.
Extra Tip : The closed-lacing is what distinguishes these from the more casual blucher (also called derby) style of shoe.
Extra Tip II : Generally speaking the more brogueing a shoe has, the more casual it is.
Extra Tip III : Many high-quality, handcrafted shoes, Allen Edmonds and Alden for example, offer restoration services to get your well-worn shoes looking like new again. This is great not only for the pair you’ve had for years, but for the diamond-in-the rough thrift shop find.
|Shoes by Allen Edmonds; Suit by PS by Paul Smith; Shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt;|
Tie by Robert Godley; Belt by Lacoste; Tie bar by Kenneth Cole New York;
Pocket square by Burberry; Socks by Cole Haan; Eyeglasses by Dolce & Gabbana.
3. Wingtip Boot
These boots are straight-up casual. The treatment given to the leather gives them a broken-in look. It also means I don’t feel bad beating them up from daily wear in the city.
Extra Tip : This look could almost have been called Head-to-Toe: John Varvatos. While I don't generally recommend wearing only a single designer, there are some instances where it works. I'll cover this in a future series.
|Boots by AllSaints Spitalfields; Shirt by Converse John Varvatos;|
Corduroy pants by Converse John Varvatos; Vest by Black Hearts Brigade;
Scarf by Express; Sunglasses by Prada.
Hopefully this post gives you a little taste of the variety and range that a brogued shoe can offer to your wardrobe. Coming up soon is part 2 in my Care and Maintenance series on leather.