Many men find their shoes as much a part of their work attire as their socks or shirt. But comfort often supersedes style, and all too often our work shoes become scruffy, and let’s be honest, a bit naff.
So what’s a stylish gent to do? We think brogues are the answer. Unfathomably more exciting than a dull pair of stock standard work shoes, brogues are the new choice for fashion conscious folk.
Let’s find out just where the brogue can help you out.
WeddingsWeddings, for many, are all about getting things ‘just so’. Colour schemes often feature heavily, and in some cases that means your standard black shoes won’t work.
Pastels are a wedding favourite, but such hues can be overpowered by clunky black details such as shoes. Instead you might want to try chocolate, tan or grey. Whilst these shades would work in other styles, the patterning of a brogue has enough razamatazz to show off for the occasion.
Classic black shoes such as an Oxford might have their place in a traditional wedding, but for showiness and flexibility a brogue is a much better option, especially in a contemporary setting.
WorkIn a sleepy daze before the morning commute, many men will lazily put on their work shoes, often treading the back down as they do. Mixing up what shoes you wear each day can stop this shoe destruction, not to mention transform your daily look.
Worried brogues are too casual for work? Today’s working environment is, on the whole, much more casual than it used to be. So unless you are a barrister, an army general or a true traditionalist, a brogue will do just fine.
If you do need to stick to a formal black shoe, make it a brogue. And if you want a different shade but need a more formal look, go for a brogue with less detailing, adding some style, without offending the dress code.
CasualWhere a plain old work shoe fails, a brogue succeeds. Though black Oxfords, Chelsea boots and Gibsons can all be won in a casual setting, nothing is a versatile as a pair of brogues.
For the colder months, wear a pair of brown brogues with navy some chinos and top with a warm peacoat. Perfect!
When, sorry, if summer comes, fashion aficionados could do worse than to team their shorts with a pair of low cut brogues. For slightly cooler days, they’ll also look great with chinos and a shirt.
You may well decide that your work shoes “will do” for other occasions, but for a pop of extra showiness and a whole lot of versatility, you’re best off going with brogues!