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
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
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
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
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
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
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.