How to wear brogue boots

Brogue boots from Samuel Windsor are a smart and versatile option

Brogue boots are a smart and versatile option
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Brogue boots are one of the most versatile footwear choices around. Choose black and they’re easily smart enough to wear with a suit. Go for brown and you’ll look great in tweed. For a funky weekend vibe, twin your brogue boots with jeans or moleskin pants and a bomber jacket. Confused? Here’s your guide to looking smart in brogue boots.

Smart brogue boots

Black brogue boots make an excellent work shoe, especially in bad weather
Image: Black brogue boots from Samuel Windsor

You want something more substantial than your standard issue Oxfords, but you’re worried in case your choice of boots raises eyebrows for not adhering to office dress code? Don’t be.

Black brogue boots are an excellent stand-in for your standard black work shoe – in fact they go very well with a navy or charcoal business suit and are particularly appropriate during the winter months when you need that bit of extra weather protection and foot support.

Tweed brogue boots

Tweed and brogues both originate from the Scottish Highlands

Tweed and brogues both originate from the Scottish Highlands
Image: Prestige Country Boot in tweed from Samuel Windsor

Just like the rugged woolen cloth, brogue boots are a product of the Scottish Highlands. Originally called ‘ghillie brogues’, the decorative holes were traditionally added to allow the water to drain from the gamekeeper’s shoes as he strode over the mountains and through the glens of Scotland in pursuit of grouse or deer.

It is, therefore, completely appropriate to twin your tweed suit with a pair of brown or black brogues. Generally, black brogue boots suit charcoals and grays, while brown boots go with reds, browns, heathers, and mossy colors. For a bit of fun, why not try a leather/tweed brogue boot – a contemporary twist on a classic boot that’s sure to turn heads.

Wax jacket and brogue boots

Prestige Chelsea Brogue Boot from Samuel Windsor

The perfect pair of brogue boots for a weekend in the country
Image: Prestige Chelsea Brogue Boot from Samuel Windsor

Dressing for a weekend in the country? You’ll need sturdy footwear that’s equally suitable for casual and smart-casual venues – and which also keeps you comfortable on longer walks as you enjoy the fresh air. Chelsea style brogue boots do it all.

We recommend you go for a soft brushed cotton tattersall shirt and jeans. In fact, these leather boots make superb winter footwear, and look great with rugged knitwear like fisherman’s sweaters. Wear a wax jacket, the epitome of British country style, to complete the look.

Cords and brogue boots

Prestige Suede Country Boot from Samuel Windsor

Suede brogue boots are timeless and smart
Featured: Prestige Suede Country Boot from Samuel Windsor

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home? Anticipating a stroll that takes in your local bar? A walk with the dog with a suitable refreshment stop to keep your strength up? There’s no need to look like a scruff while you join your fellow wanderers to sink a beer or two and set the world to rights.

Throw on a pair of toasty cord pants, a comfy check shirt and perhaps a Nordic sweater if it’s chilly outside. For your feet, you’ll want a pair of brogue boots – try a suede pair – they’ll really complement the texture of your cords.

Moleskins and brogue boots

Brogue boots from Samuel Windsor pair beautifully with moleskin pants and a tweed jacket

Brogue boots pair beautifully with moleskin pants and a tweed jacket
Image source: Prestige Country Brogue Boot from Samuel Windsor

Dressing for a night at your local theatre, a musical performance or meal out with friends? Try a pair of tan leather brogue boots and some contemporary moleskin pants for an effortlessly stylish look.

To complete the ensemble, go for a checked shirt worn with a lightweight cardigan. If there’s a nip in the air, you won’t go wrong with a tweed jacket which shields you from the wind and keeps your silhouette long and lean.

Bomber jacket and brogue boots

For a youthful vibe, pair your brogue boots with a bomber jacket from Samuel Windsor

For a youthful vibe, pair your brogue boots with a bomber jacket
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Want to project a youthful image without losing your dignity? Time to reach for a pair of black or dark brown brogue boots. Wear them with indigo jeans – go for straight or slim fit but not skinny or you’ll look like an old turkey.

For your top half, we suggest a t-shirt underneath a bright plaid shirt or bomber jacket.  Think – echoes of James Dean.

Brogue boots really are the most versatile men’s boots around. So eminently suitable for a wide range of formal and social occasions, no man’s wardrobe is complete without a pair.

11 Blogs to rev up your retirement

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Discover new and exciting ways to spend your retirement
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How do you plan to spend your retirement? You’ll be surprised how many men secretly fear the end of their working lives. Work gives us purpose, status and an identity which, when your career draws to a close, can feel like quite a loss.

Guys with active, fulfilling lives in retirement stay healthier and live longer than those who, for whatever reason, feel they have nothing to do. To help you to make the most of your golden years, we’ve put together a few of our favorite blogs and websites for inspiration. Here’s how to fill your days with fun, adventure, and healthy living. Retiring? You’re just getting started…

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How to wear monk strap shoes

Monk shoes from Samuel Windsor are sleek, stylish and brimming with personality

Monk shoes are sleek, stylish and brimming with personality
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Your monk shoes look sharpest when you wear them with smart pants, a crisp shirt and cashmere sweater. It’s a classic look that’s perfect for almost every social occasion. To dress things up a little, or for an evening out, add a tweed jacket.

Monk shoes are a versatile addition to your menswear wardrobe, working just as well with a sharp suit as for weekend brunches at your favorite cafe. Wear single or double monk straps to create a look that’s sleek, stylish, and just that little bit different.

What are monk strap shoes?

Single strap monk shoes from Samuel Windsor

Monk strap shoes can often be slipped on like a loafer
Image: Single strap monk shoes from Samuel Windsor

As the name suggests, monk shoes are descended from medieval monks who first introduced a strap-fastened shoe to provide more comfort and protection than their usual sandals.

Modern monk shoes are often smart dress shoes featuring a side fastening consisting of either one or two buckles. But they’re occasionally used to add an unexpected dash of flamboyance, and so you’ll also find funky two-tone, patterned and leopard print versions under the guise of men’s goth or punk creepers.

Single or double monk straps?

Double strap monk shoes in oxblood from Samuel Windsor

Patent leather double-buckle monks are incredibly smart
Image: Double strap monk shoes in oxblood from Samuel Windsor

There’s some debate about whether single or double monk straps are smartest. Some argue the more minimalist single buckle creates a cleaner silhouette that’s more suitable for formal occasions, while others point out that with a larger piece of leather covering the opening, double monk straps are actually the sleeker of the two styles.

Our advice is to base your decision on the individual shoe – what looks to be the more formal footwear probably is, indeed, smarter. After all, whether they feature one buckle or two, patent leather monks look great with your tux.

Are monk shoes suitable for the office?

Brogued monk shoes from Samuel Windsor

Brogued monks are ideal for an approachable look
Image: Brogued monk shoes from Samuel Windsor

Yes, you can wear monk shoes to the office – a pair of single or double strap monk shoes offers a very acceptable alternative to your usual Oxfords. Wear yours with your navy or charcoal suits, and if you feel like adding a unique touch to your office ensemble, try oxblood monks – a very tasteful way to rock monk straps!

For tan or rustic tweed suits, brown monk shoes are a better choice than black. Brogued monks look great with tweeds, and because this combo adds approachability, it’s a look that’s a great choice for people-facing professionals like teachers, college lecturers and therapists.

Smart casual monk straps 

The less shiny the Samuel Windsor monk shoe, the less formal it is

The less shiny the shoe, the less formal it appears
Image: Monk shoes from Samuel Windsor

Think of monk straps as a sturdier version of a loafer. They’re almost a slip-on, but not quite. What you’d normally wear with your loafers is equally suitable for a switch to monk shoes – think chinos, cotton shirt and a thin sweater. Or go preppy by wearing a button-down shirt and cardigan, or a tweed sports jacket for fall and winter seasons.

Alternatively, choose a pair of pants in a textured fabric like tweed, corduroy or moleskin, and top with a shirt, knitted tie, and smooth twill jacket for contrast. Our tip – keep a twill jacket ready for cool blustery days – twill packs a high thread count which results in a fabric that offers more than token wind resistance.

Casual monk shoes

Double strap monk shoes in tan leather from Samuel Windsor

This casual tan coloured leather is great with jeans
Image: Double strap monk shoes in tan leather from Samuel Windsor

Wear a pair of brown monk shoes with with tan cords, a burgundy fisherman’s sweater and a wax jacket and flat cap. It’s a look that gives more than a nod to the kind of wardrobe typical of English countrymen. Add a soft, brushed cotton tattersall shirt for a touch of British comfort.

Feel like kicking back and relaxing? Go for black or oxblood monk straps with indigo or black jeans. Add a pair of classic sunglasses and you’re ready to unwind.

Monk shoes make an excellent addition to your wardrobe. Extremely versatile – you can wear them with your tux, your business suit, your smart casual ensemble, and even your casual weekend gear. Whatever the occasion, there’s a monk strap to suit.

How to wear men’s brogues

Flat lay of shirt, brogues and other smart accessories

Dress to impress with a sleek pair of brogues.
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Stylish shoes are a necessity for any fashionable gent, and men’s brogues, also known as wingtips, are a good match for all but the most formal of dress codes. They’re the cool shoes worn by gangsters in The Untouchables, and celebrities like Jude Law. 

For formal occasions, black brogues are the best choice – opt for a conservative semi or quarter-brogue and make sure they’re well polished. For more casual occasions, brown or tan are perfect. For those who like to push the envelope, there’s suede. And most flamboyant of all, there are two-tone ‘spectator’ brogues. Here’s how to wear your favorite brogues with confidence.

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How to wear a linen suit

Linen suit from Samuel Windsor

A linen suit is essential for any summer wardrobe
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A summer-tailoring must-have, a linen suit is your own personal climate control system. Light and breathable, linen absorbs a large volume of moisture before showing signs of damp, making it the perfect fabric for blistering heat or suffocating humidity.

No matter where in the States you live, work, or travel – a linen suit is ideal for summer weddings, smart casual events, cruises and graduations. Excellent value for money, your linen suit can also be worn as separates, adding a snappy summer versatility to your wardrobe. Here’s how to get the most from your linen suit.
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Men’s loafers – the ultimate guide

Loafers are smarter than your average slip on. Incredibly versatile, they look good with everything from a sharp suit to a pair of casual shorts. The trick is to know which loafer to choose, and when.

Horse bit or tassels? Leather or suede? Should you go sockless? Our ultimate guide to loafers will help you answer these common questions and more.

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Best bloggers to bookmark for road trips

RV travelling down Highway 1 near Big Sur

Get to know the US through it’s highways and backroads
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Planning a road trip? Exploring a new part of the USA? Here we present 12 blogs to help you enjoy a visit to a new area – local knowledge, insider tips and best-kept-secret hangouts. What better way to be sure you make the most of your voyage of discovery than getting advice from a local.

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Ten famous tweed wearers

Man standing in a darkened room in a tweed jacket

Looking tidy in tweed
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Tough, versatile and stylish, tweed looks great in a wide variety of settings. This being the case, it’s no surprise that tweed jackets and suits often appear on film and television. Here we take a look at ten characters who are famous for wearing this multifaceted fabric.

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