It’s not just Philip May who knows how to rock a pair of black brogues, and as he showed his off to the world, you can too, after you’ve read everything there is to know about them in our fantastic guide to black brogues. Step this way to find out all you need to know:

The brogue is typically a low-heeled shoe or boot, originating in Ireland and traditionally worn by peat farmers. The iconic punched detailing on the shoe, which was originally to let out water as the farmers roamed the fields, is now a much more refined affair, adding a touch of class to these stylish men’s shoes – just perfect for pottering around 10 Downing Street.

The brogue has transitioned from a humble working class shoe to gracing the heels of many well-dressed and well-to-do gentlemen, and it is the perfect shoe style to have to hand for occasions such as, a job interview, a wedding, a presentation at the office, or accompanying your spouse as she gets appointed Prime Minister of the UK.

Black brogues are very versatile, and can be paired with black, charcoal or grey suits, or do as Mr May did with his navy pinstripe. You can also invest in a tan coloured calf leather pair as well, so that you can wear them on alternate days and let your leather shoes breathe (which is very important to maintain them).

When it comes to the different styles of brogues, you can choose your perfect combination of toe cap (normally, full, semi, quarter or longwing), and the ideal closure style (mainly Oxford, derby, ghillie and monk).

As the term Brogue originated in Ireland, Robinson’s Shoemakers are proud to be the only Irish company continuing in the trade of manufacturing and designing traditional brogue shoes.

So now you know, get ready to step out in style in a pair of your own brogues.