Tuesday, October 2, 2012

[ going brogue ]

SO I WAS out shopping and picked up this cute pair of bright blue chinos from The Gap... but this post isn't about the pants, it's about the shoes...



Call them brogues, wingtips or oxfords, these menswear inspired lace-up shoes have become popular whether you are wearing pants, skirts, leggings or shorts...



Brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe from Scotland and Ireland that were considered country footwear, not appropriate for business or dressy occasions. That has certainly changed! True brogues have multi piece construction with decorative perforations.

I think they're a great alternative to the ballet flats that have become a staple in our wardrobes. I love the menswear look and they are a great choice all year round, but particularly in the fall when you want comfort but need a bit more foot coverage, especially on a wet day. 

Here are some cute ones I found...




The only pair I've got are these patent grey ones I bought with ribbon laces a couple of years ago at Clarks {although they don't have decorative perforations}...


They are super comfortable and at the time not many stores were carrying this style of shoe for women. I still don't see them around here much in Dubai ~ it's all about stilettos, flip flops and ballet flats. But I wouldn't mind getting another pair which would be great for travelling too {when ballet flats are too flat and you want something nicer than sneakers}.

How about you? Will you be going brogue this fall?

lisa
[gap; google; 3,4 netaporter; via thepreppytime.tumblr.com]

11 comments:

ordinette said...

I have always loved them and didn't know their were called brogues.
It's illuminating!

have a great day!

laura

Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) said...

I wasn't keen on this trend (which I've seen in all the shoestores) until I saw your post today! I love how they look with the various outfits you've shown! I may even buy some now!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I love them...Katelyn has a cute ivory/tanish pair that she wears and I love them. I just bought a few pairs of cropped pants that would look good with them. It's all about the shoes!

Razmataz said...

I don't mind them but would never wear them. With size 10 feet I would look like I found man shoes at the Salvation army.

How2home said...

I love wearing oxfords during fall season! They are so stylish and comfy. LOVE the top shop ones....so cute!

Meeling said...

I don't have a pair yet, but they are super cute. They remind me of a retro bowling shoe. :-)

Tammy Chrzan said...

I will take one of each... Do you need my address?? haha... Remember when these were popular in the 80's? They didn't look exactly the same, a bit more... "thin", but the same concept, Duran Duran boys used to wear them. LOVE them!

red ticking said...

ok, i feel OLD... i wore these in 1985... not sure i can do it again! but i do love them... xx

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

I bought a pair from target last year and I wore them into the ground! Great finds... I am checking them out now!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

I thought they were called capezios ... at least that's what I called them back in the 80s :)

Cute... not sure they're for me... but I'm not the most foot fashion forward girl on the planet. I'm wearing slippers today :)

Claudia said...

I've got a pair and i've worn them to death!
They're easy to style because they go with everything! Great finds, I was looking for a new pair too! Thanks :)

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