This season, men’s brogues are back in fashion – although they have never been far from men’s footwear trends, this year they are more popular than ever. They are extremely versatile shoes, suiting many occasions, including professional, formal, and casual. This season they are coming back in style, with designers creating different varieties that are sure to catch on. Expect to see brogue style boots as well as the original style, with various embellishments and in a wide range of colours. Men will be spoiled for choice this autumn.
Men’s brogues were originally conceived as shoes to be worn in the countryside; they carried a less formal connotation than other styles of shoe, such as the Oxford, and yet were less casual than wellies or clogs. Traditionally they catered for the confusing space between the formal and the informal. Normally they come in standard colours, such as brown and black, but this year, expect to see many different colours, from understated dark reds, to garish blues. They will fit perfectly with the current trends for the countrified look – teamed with a quilted jacket and chinos; they are certain to reach the heady heights of fashion.
This season’s fashions will see a return to traditional styles for everyone, from the geek-chic of the 1920’s to the country look of the 1950’s, whatever you decide to wear this autumn, stay ahead of the trend and opt for a look from a bygone era – you are sure to look stylish and trendy. And, the great characteristic of fashion tastes that take their inspiration from the past is that they are equally suitable for old and young alike – no ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ attire is possible, everyone can be trendy following current trends. Men’s brogues will look great with skinny jeans, wear them tucked in, rested on top, or simply over the shoes, throw on a thick-knitted jumper and perhaps a flat-cap too, and you will be the envy of the high street.
Alternatively, men’s brogues can be worn with dark, straight-leg denim jeans – these look particularly good with the boot variety of brogues – simply tuck the jeans in at the bottom to achieve a rumpled look and team with a chequered shirt and thick woolen beanie hat. Add a retro jacket and skinny tie if you really want to stand out from the crowd. This look can be adapted for formal as well as informal occasions, all you need is the confidence to pull it off with style, and you will set jaws dropping wherever you go.
Have no fear of stepping away from the norm by opting for a colour that is not traditional; some of the latest colours are supremely funky and stylish. Bright colours will provide a focal point to break up the monotony of an outfit without being overstated. But stick to traditional colours if you want your shoes to be in fashion for more than one season.