Brogue shoes

Types of Men’s Brogue Shoes and Style Tips

The term “brogue” is an Irish term for a men’s dress shoe that features decorative elements known as a brogue.

It is derived from the Irish words ‘brog’ which means ‘a sturdy or rough shoe’. These were originally designed in Ireland and Scotland for working outdoors and walking around the marshes.

Over the years, brogues have become a wardrobe staple. They feature unique perforations and details that can add character and style to any formal or casual look.

Aesthetically similar to oxfords and derbies, here’s how you can identify men’s oxford shoes.

● Decorative perforation on toe, face and seam

Open lacing system

Often has a heel and toe cap, but not always

low heel

Oxford shoes have evolved over time and now come in different styles, patterns and shapes. The variations are what make them so difficult to style.

Wingtips or Full Brogue

The most popular and iconic wingtips feature decorative M or W shaped extensions on a perforated tip. Unique, stylish and versatile, these shoes deserve a place in any stylish man’s wardrobe.

To do :

These shoes are perfect for formal and semi-formal everyday wear. Choose black for strictly formal occasions and brown for a semi-formal look. Choose contrasting colors for a casual outfit.

Not to do :

These are the most versatile brogues. If you choose the right pair, it can be styled with anything.

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Longwing Brogue Shoes

Unlike wingtips or full brogues, long wingtips have the wingtip wrapped the full length of the shoes and meet at the heel at the back. They are a bit traditional in their look.

To do :

Save these pairs for parties with a strict dress code like a wedding. These are purely dress shoes that look strictly formal.

Not to do :

Avoid wearing them to a meeting or other seemingly formal occasions. Shoes like these can be a little too formal for office wear.

Light brown longwing oxford for men

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Semi or Half Brogue

These semi-brogue or half-brogue shoes are considered more old-school than full-length brogue shoes. However, if styled well, they can be just as trendy. They feature end caps with perforated decorative perforation without extensions or wings.

To do :

Go for a mix of this style of brogues with loafers or derbies to tone down the formal. Mixed styles can be worn with semi-casual occasions like a date.

Not to do :

Don’t go for a pair with too many extensions as it may look a bit too chaotic.

Dark brown loafers for men with camera

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quarter brogue

Much like half brogues or half brogues, quarter brogues feature toe caps without extensions or wings and instead of a decorative perforation on the toe cap, they only have a brogue along the edge of the toe. tip.

To do :

Here’s a pair of shoes for men who like to pair a blazer with a t-shirt. These shoes are barely formal and perfect for dressing down an otherwise basic look.

Not to do :

Do not wear these brogues for strictly formal occasions and never with a suit.

Pair of black brogue quarter shoes

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Blind Richelieu

A blind brogue shoe features brogue detailing exactly like the wingtips or full brogue shoes minus the decorative perforation on the toe cap. It is the simplest variety of shoes and looks very versatile.

To do :

These shoes are the least formal of them all. They tend to look great with literally anything in your wardrobe.

Not to do :

Avoid wearing them with ethnic clothing and other strictly formal or festive forms of clothing.

Close-up Of Oxford Shoes Blind Shadow

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Final Thoughts

Brogues are a great pair of shoes that are mostly understated given their traditional look. However, if styled well, they can also be worn on formal occasions!

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