Brogue shoes are a staple for any wardrobe. They are an extremely versatile footwear choice and come in a variety of simple or intricate designs. With a brogue to suit almost every outfit, here is our guide on how best to style brogue shoes.

What is a brogue?

Brogue is the term used to describe shoes or boots featuring ‘broguing’ or decorative perforations. Originating in Ireland and Scotland, these shoes would have been traditionally suited to outdoor/country wearing. However, in modern times brogues have become suitable footwear for all occasions. They can come in a number of styles, including Oxford, Derby, boot, monk and slip on. Women’s brogue shoes are also increasing in popularity.

Brogues for every occasion

Whether it’s a formal event, or a casual trip to the shops – brogue shoes are ideal for every occasion.

A black brogue such as the Robinson Kerry is best for formal wearing; pair with a dark suit, shirt and tie for formal office attire, or suit trousers and open-necked shirt for more relaxed business wear. For lighter suits, opt for a tan leather shoe such as the Robinson Armagh semi-brogue in chestnut.

For casual wearing, choose a Derby shoe with a chunky sole such as the Barker Hawk, or go for a full suede brogue shoe.

The Barker McClean Oxford brogue features a mix of leather and contrasting suede in a range of colours, which is ideal for those who want a twist on the traditional full leather shoe. Choose the cedar calf and blue suede for a versatile shoe to wear with either jeans or a navy suit.

For more advice on which material to go for, read our suede vs. leather blog.

An alternative to brogue shoes

Stay stylish in the winter months with brogue boots. The Robinson Benjamin Harrison is the perfect example, the whiskey calf leather can be easily matched with denim jeans, a shirt and tweed jacket for a simple yet sophisticated outfit for smart casual wearing.

You can also go for a Barker belt with brogue detail to complement your footwear.

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