Brogues: The Most Versatile Boots?

October 28, 2012 • By Robert

Originally classified as outdoor or “workman’s” boots, brogues originated from Scotland and Ireland back in the early 20th century. Fast forward to modern times and you’re more likely to view the brogue as a footwear of fashion rather than one of labor. Thanks in part to the recent heritage trend that has flooded the menswear fashion scene, these stylish boots have made their way onto the runways of some of the most esteemed fashion houses.

With traditional pieces constructed from sturdy leather decorated with fancy perforations, the brogue has characteristics that make it a tough casual winter boot while at the same time leaving room for accessorizing for a smarter, sophisticated look. It’s a versatile footwear piece that can look just as good with a pair of jeans and a puffer coat as it can with a nicely tailored suit.

One noteworthy collection to look out for is a collaboration featuring Pharell Williams’ Billionaire Boys Club line and Mark McNairy. The duo constructed traditional black leather brogue boots with colorful soles and pull tabs. Offered in blue, red, and yellow, the untraditional splash of these primary colors pumps some life back into the classic and time-honored design.

Want to add a pair to your collection? Check out the following selection from Shoes:

Andrew Marc Men’s Hillcrest, $248.00

Kenneth Cole Reaction Men’s N Great De-tail, $148.00