BFF – Brogues, Friends Forever

When it comes to making a long lasting impression, Brogues are a step ahead of the competition and won’t let you down.

In fact brogues belong in the same category as dogs and Volkswagen cars if you’re looking for another good, reliable buddy.

Have a read of the examples below and see why leather brogues will be your Best Friend Forever (BFF).

Eye catching looks

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Beautiful brogues will impress friends AND family
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With their instantly recognisable wingtips, pointed toe caps and patterned perforations, brogues are beautiful shoes.

Not only will they impress friends, hipsters and academics, but you can bedazzle your granny too.

Enduring

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Brogues – footwear for the future
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Robust, hard-wearing and long-lasting, a pair of brogues can be your rock as you embark on your journey into the future.

Whether you’re down and out or strike gold, your buddy, Mr Brogue will fit in just fine and won’t leave you standing.

Mixes well

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Brogues make friends easily
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Socialising with other fashions isn’t a problem for the popular brogues, so whether it’s your Sunday best of a pair of ripped jeans, you can count on your wing man, or rather wingtip shoes to mix well and not cause a scene.

Adaptable

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Brogues – a tough and practical walking companion
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Originally intended to be used as a tough walking shoe, the brogue’s recognisable features are actually meant for practical purposes.

Yes those perforations are meant for draining water if you’re walking through bogs. So if the going gets tough, you’ve got back up from your bro(gues).

Forever young

timeless brogues

Forever young with brogues
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Modern brogues have been around for over 100 years and those vintage looks are as popular as ever today.

With a distinctively stylish appearance, there’s no reason why this timeless classic can’t be the cool shoe of choice for many years to come. Enough to put a smile on your face for decades.

Life affirming

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Brogues – fit for all occasions
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Whether it’s a wedding, funeral or a fabulous birthday party for somebody special, brogues always be there during your big life affirming moments.

Adaptable, long-lasting and loyal, brogues are equipped with all the qualities you’ll need from a life-long friend.

There isn’t a buddy like a brogue buddy.

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Superhero suits for men

Where would a Superhero be without a trusty suit to catch the world’s attention and demonstrate unique super powers?

Ever since 1938, when Action Comics’ Superman began to save America from natural disasters and evil villains, superheroes have flown, fought crime, battled with personal weaknesses and brought splashes of colour and style to comic books with their spectacular costumes.

Here’s five of the best men’s suits for superheroes.

Superman

Superman suit

Suits for men of steel
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Superman may well have the most memorable suit of all. When humble news reporter Clark Kent enters a telephone box, he decks himself out in physique-revealing blue spandex and underpants that he wears on the outside of his suit. Superman’s superhuman strength is innate, but maybe the glorious red cape has something to do with his powers of flight.

Batman

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A black suit for a Dark Knight
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Perhaps compensating for his lack of superpowers, Batman takes his superhero suit a step further by donning a mask in the shape of a bat’s head. The mask also conceals part of his face and heightens the mystery about this Dark Knight. And while wearing underpants over your trousers is always going to go out of fashion, black never goes out of style.

Spiderman

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Spiderman’s suit – more than muscle-hugging spandex
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Spiderman has a radioactive spider bite to thank for his superpowers: super strength and agility, adhesiveness and even a ‘spider sense’ that warns him of peril. His suit covers his entire body, although it doesn’t stop Mary Jane in the 2002 movie from giving him a sensual kiss. Spiderman’s suit is more than just muscle-hugging spandex: it features web shooters built into the wrists so that Spidey can swing between the skyscrapers of New York on lengths of spider silk.

Iron Man

Iron Man suit

Get a suit that shoots laser beams
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Here’s a superhero suit that does more than just reveal musculature. Iron Man’s suit is made from special powered armour, with plenty of gadgets built in. Repulsor rays fire from the palms and ‘uni-beams’ project from the chest. In fact, Iron Man is a brilliant engineer and spends his life making his suits fit for all sorts of purposes. Can Spiderman deep sea dive? Iron Man certainly can.

Bananaman

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A fruit inspired superhero deserves an exotic suit
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This is how Britain does superheroes. The comedy superhero Bananaman hit UK televisions in 1983 after appearing in Nutty Comics. With the help of a pet crow, Bananaman increases his superhuman strength by eating his favourite yellow fruit. Like Superman, he possesses the ability to fly and has a fetching cape – in the shape and colour of banana skin. He also manages to defeat a villain in every episode. Is this the suit that peels away from the rest of the competition?

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The world’s best leather boots

Hardwearing, trustworthy and practical – but leather boots aren’t exciting – right? Wrong.

Leather boots have set the world alight – and if you’re not convinced, read on to find out how.

Most iconic boots

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Justin – The king of cowboy boots

No pair of leather boots can compete with the good ol’ American cowboy boot – the most recognisable boot on earth. And when it comes to the companies that create this most flamboyant of footwear, there’s one that stands out.

Justin cowboy boots, were the first. In 1879, the young H.L. ‘Big daddy Joe’ Justin left his hometown of Lafayette to travel to Spanish Fort, Texas. Originally a shoe repairer, he soon set up shop on his own, supplying cowpokes with boots for work and leisure. But it was his wife Annie who really got his business up and riding.

She invented a ‘fit kit’ that consisted of a tape measure and measuring instructions for ordering a pair of bespoke boots. Given away by cowboys as they went from ranch to ranch, the word spread with the cattle drive.

Most famous boot

Chelsea boots

Chelsea boots – as worn by The Beatles

The Beatles were a phenomena. The first true super group, they spearheaded the 1960s youth revolution that endures to this day. Their music was like nothing that had gone before – and the same goes for their footwear choice – specifically chelsea boots.

They took this classic design and with the help of designers Anello and Davide, they created the Beatle boot. A high cuban heel and super pointy toe, Beatle boots raised the game. People queued around the block to be measured for a pair and even today, many celebs can be seen sporting Beetles, customised to their own opulent taste.

The highest soles

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Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary

When Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered Everest on 29th May 1953, they did so thanks in part to the fact that their feet didn’t freeze. Their heavily insulated boots had a revolutionary inner vapour barrier that stopped sweat from their feet turning to ice.

The insulating material was kapok – a naturally occurring hollow fibre since replicated by synthetic fabric technologies. The boots were cutting edge in their day – they weighed in at just 4lb 4oz. Nobody who wore them during the expedition suffered frostbite – truly a ‘highpoint’ of 1950s innovation.

Most heroic boots

Army boots

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Heroic army boots

The British armed forces may be the best trained service personnel on the planet – but an army is only ever as effective as the boots it marches in. Earlier this year, the MOD announced new brown leather boots for troops from all three services.

There will be five variants to cover all deployments, from desert warfare in 40 degree heat to operations in cold, wet climates where temperatures can slip as low as minus 20 C.

For purists who worry about the move to brown leather boots – fear not. Spit and polished black boots will still be de rigeur for parade duty.

Oldest boots

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Oldest leather footwear

Found in an Armenian cave, the world’s oldest leather footwear is believed to date from 3500 BC. The boot is incredibly rare because organic materials usually rot away in a short time. This artifact was preserved partly because it was buried in sheep dung and partly because of the extreme dryness of the environment in which it was found.

Made of just one piece of leather, the boot has been described as amazingly modern in its design. Perhaps that shouldn’t surprise us – after all, there’s nothing particularly new about the human foot.

Out of this world

boot print on the moon

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Footprint on the moon

Micheal Jackson wore penny loafers for his moonwalks, but what about the men who actually walked on the moon?

The boots worn by astronauts may not have so much as a single strip of leather in their whole construction but, if you’re walking in space, your boots need to be out of this world.

According to NASA, lunar boots are slip ons with soles made of materials that reduce the transfer of heat from the surface of the moon. The uppers are made from metal woven fabric designed to resist high temperatures and abrasion. They only come in white.

Golden boot

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The world’s best football boot

Awarded to the top goal scorer at the World Cup, the golden boot is one of the most prized trophies in football. To win it requires an extraordinary exhibition of skill and composure, in the unforgiving arena of the planet’s ultimate football tournament.

The golden boot has been won by talents like Ronaldo and Gary Lineker, but has passed other great talents by. Maradona never won it – neither did the greatest footballer of all time – Pele.

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