Now Trending: The Updated Brogue

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Brogues by Florsheim x Duckie Brown (via

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that the brogue has replaced the driver as this season’s must-have shoe. And what makes recent incarnations of brogues so exciting is the myriad ways in which designers have updated them, as well as their presence in both the menswear and womenswear markets. Duckie Brown featured pink suede brogues for their summer 2011 collaboration with Florsheim, and John Galliano sent his models down runway in shiny, blue brogues for his S/S ’11 show last year. Most notably, however, Prada’s S/S ’11 “minimalist baroque” collection featured black and brown brogues with layered soles.

Prada brogues from Face Hunter (left) and The Sartorialist

Prada-inspired brogues (via Face Hunter)

Street style photographers have captured several permutations of the brogue trend on their blogs. The Satorialist and Face Hunter photographed a pair of men who paired their Prada brogues with minimal, all-blue looks, as well as a woman who opted for a Prada-inspiredbrogue covered with pink polka dot print. The good men from Street Etiquette also featured a pair of vintage of brogues in a recent post about floral print, while Tommy Ton shot a duo of multicolored brogues the other week for Jak&Jil.

Brogues from Street Etiquette (top) and Jak & Jil

For me, the variety of looks encompassed by this trend is what makes it so rich. The images here alone channel so many styles and feelings: preppy, edgy, classic, artsy, whimsical. This trend, unlike others, is easy to make your own.


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