Modern Brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Ireland that was constructed using untanned hide with perforations that allowed water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain. The word “brogue” came into English in the late sixteenth century. It comes from the Old Irish bróg “shoe”, which itself stems from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”. It can be worn with any fashion style, from casual, to trendy, chic and corporate.
Quick lesson in Types of Brogue Shoes include, Full Brogues (Wingtip), Semi or Half Brogues.
Full Brogue, (Wingtip). Its perforation is full at the tip or foot edge of the shoe.
Full brogues (Wingtips) are characterized by a pointed toe cap with extensions (wings) that run along both sides of the toe, terminating near the ball of the foot. Viewed from the top, this toe cap style is “W” shaped and looks similar to a bird with extended wings.
Semi or Half Brogues
Brogues continue to be most common as leather dress and casual shoes and boots, but can also be found in many other forms including canvas and leather sneakers and high-heeled women’s shoes. Although Brogues are similar to the “Oxford shoe”, they are two completely different types of shoes and are not to be classified into the same family.
Oxford Shoes also called Quarter Brogues:
Oxford Semi Or Half Brogue
Spectator Brogue Shoes
The spectator shoe (British English: co-respondent shoe) is a style of low-heeled, oxford, semi-brogue or full brogue constructed from two contrasting colors, typically having the toe and heel cap and sometimes the lace panels in a darker color than the main body of the shoe.
At first the brogue was not considered to be appropriate for other occasions, social or business, over time perceptions have changed and brogues are now considered appropriate in most contexts, including business.
Other Types Of Brogue Shoes
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