ENGLAND HOSTS SUCH A TEMPERAMENTAL CLIMATE, AND WITH A WICKED WINTER LOOMING, WE ALL JUST WISH WE COULD LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT SOME FORM OF WATERPROOF. BUT ALAS, NO SUCH LUCK. WE LADIES, HOWEVER CAN PROTECT OUR FEET WITH THE STAPLE SHOE: THE BROGUE.
Originated from the Highlands in the 1700s, the Brogan meaning shoe, was created for walkers roaming round and for practical activities such as fishing. The holes you see dotted were fabricated in order to allow water to escape through the brogue. As time went on, in the 1920s the shoe became an elegant form of fashion for females, and was worn for sport and outwardly pursuits. Today it’s still nationally recognised as a luxurious and classy form of footwear. Here are our top five recommendations of Britain’s oldest and dearest shoe.
THE BURWOOD 3
AVAILABLE FROM: CHURCH’S FOOTWEAR – £320
Originally worn by legends Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in their celebrated routines and performances, this shoe embodies jazz. The Burwood 3 is a quirky adaptation of the Oxford, yet it still evokes elegance.The monochrome mix of black and white is a glamorous partner for an A-line dress, or will perk up a black suit. This brogue, with it’s leather sole and non-skid leather will not only be adequate for winter but will bring out your personality.
AVAILABLE FROM: LOAKES – £185
You simply can’t not have a pair of these delightful brogues. Loakes prides itself on its English heritage, and its caliber of quality can’t be disputed. The Viv Brogue is the staple shoe, and the design is true to its origin. Opt for this as a day shoe, and it will serve you well. With tan colours in season, this brogue will be a smart choice. Available in both Burgundy and tan shades, you can pick the perfect companion for your feet.
AVAILABLE FROM: GRENSON – £225
Escaping the big smoke for a country weekend? Be smart and invest in this pair of boots that will battle the winter blues. A modern take on the shoe version, this cherry accessory will not only pop subtle colour to your outfit, but can be worn as either as effortless practical footwear, but also as a sharp statement with black.
AVAILABLE FROM: RUSSELL AND BROMLEY – £225
Sparkle your way into a room with this truly charming brogue. Although missing the lace- up with this loafer version, the brogue detailing is still evident. Stuart Weitzman’s collaboration has given a feminine twist on the classic footwear. Who needs heels? Get that little black dress out and pair with this dazzling choice of shoe. Dedicate this shoe to a night out with its mid-block heel and it won’t let you down.
FORTON, SOMERSET BY ALICE TEMPERLEY
AVAILABLE FROM: JOHN LEWIS – £110
You go from a day of work in the city to going out in the evening. It can pose a fashion faux-pas, especially when your footwear is not adequate for going out for a cocktail. Do not stress however, as designer Alice Temperley has provided a luxury design which can be dressed up, or dressed down. The snakeskin is in this season, and blends well with the patent leather to make an aesthetically pleasing all-rounder.