The Brogue, which originated in Scotland, is a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterized by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (or "broguing") and serration along the visible edges. Their construction allowed water to drain from the shoe through the perforations. Brogues are worn by both men and women.
Brogues were traditionally considered to be an outdoor or country footwear, not otherwise appropriate for casual or business attire, but all that has changed.
In Paris, the brogue is extremely popular. They have become a staple of everyday shoe wear by Parisian women. The brogue wears well for all weather types. For the unpredictable weather in Paris, (where sandals are not an option), brogues keep the feet warm and dry in the rain.
Today, in addition to their typical form of sturdy leather shoes or boots, brogues may also take the form of business dress shoes, sneakers, high-heeled women's shoes, or any other shoe form that utilizes or evokes the multi-piece construction and perforated, serrated piece edges characteristic of brogues.
The chic, versatile and comfortable classic brogue, deserves a place in every busy woman’s shoe wardrobe. They are a more polished alternative to a sand-shoe, and a tailored switch from the ballet flat. Common color combinations include a white shoe body with either black or tan caps, but other colors can be used. You can even buy them in metallic and neon colors!
I don't own a pair of brogues, yet, but...I was in the process of purchasing a new pair of Repettos (my favorite everyday shoe, which is handmade in Paris) and I noticed all the pictures of women in Paris wearing brogues. So, I decided to check it out. I've seen them before and almost wanted to buy a pair. They are everywhere. I will probably start with a black and white spectator but I've got my eye on some colorful Dr Martens as well. Whatever I choose, I'll be sure to post pics.
How to wear a Brogue
Tan or nude brogues will elongate your legs
Always flash a bit of ankle when you’re wearing brogues
Wear with above-the-knee skirts, dresses, footless tights, shorts or cropped pants, and you’ll get a good balance and sense of proportion in your outfit.
For wide-legged tailored pants
Team with a soft blouse that’s tucked and belted, gently curled hair, and tortoise-shell shades..
Team with boyfriend blazers and jeans for sophisticated tomboy appeal.
Balance the masculinity of the shoe with feminine touches. Pretty jewelry, a floppy hat, bright lipstick, floral prints and layers of soft pastels
Check the stitching
Make sure its straight and tight, no gaps between stitches
Look for a clean edge and a seamless finish between the shoe and the sole – this will help keep the upper and the base from separating.
Do the scratch test – to make sure the leather is tanned use your fingernail to make a tiny scratch on the side, If you can see the same color underneath, you’re good to go!. Also if your shoes does get scratched, you can bring them back to life with a shoe cream – no need for colored shoe polish.
Hand made shoes by Robert Clergerie - Paris