The evolution of the brogue

One of the biggest men’s fashion stories of recent times is the rebirth of the traditional brogue. Not only a man’s perfect footwear work companion when styled with a smart suit but it equally completes a casual man-about-town look when paired with jeans and a shirt.

Traditionally seen as footwear preserved for old gentlemen, the brogue has come a long way in the shoe fashion stakes. Brogues are believed to have been created in Ireland, derived from the Old Irish bróg, to enable water that seeped into shoes to drain out through the perforated holes. But these days, the brogue shoe with its distinctive pinked and perforated detailing feature is the go-to footwear for those discerning gents looking for heritage, with an eye for quality and wanting the ultimate comfort in footwear.

Interestingly brogues have made their way into ladies’ wardrobes in the form of a tomboy casual look, not to mention stylish office flats. The ladies Barker Laura wingtip brogue with unique studded detail throughout on an elegant Cuban heel is the perfect footwear for a fashion-forward female.

Like the brogue, Robinson's Shoes have an equally proud history and stood the test of time, having been established over 60 years ago in 1954. With a long established reputation in shoe-making techniques handed down from generation to generation, it has long been the number one store of choice in Ireland and online when shopping for the brogue. After all this time, the brogue remains a mainstay of their collection and their very own hand crafted Presidential collection of brogue shoes and brogue boots are most definitely brogues for the 21st century. Robinson's Shoes are also a brogue stockist in high end footwear brands including Barker shoes, Loake shoes, Anatomic and Alfred Sargent.

The brogue has most certainly come a long way from its humble beginnings and is here to stay.

There's a full selection of brogues in our collection online or in our store 9A West Street, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 7AR. Shop our collection today. 

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