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Brogues: The Shoes Women Love to See Men In

One of the questions men face in autumn is “What stylish shoes to wear and, at the same time, look fantastic?”

What’s YOUR answer?

Did you say black leather shoes? If you did… you’re close but not quite there… I have a better option for you. In fact, I have a GREAT option: brogue shoes.

Wearing jeans and a sweater may prove to be … banal. But if you add a pair of brogues, that’s another story! The classy brogues will make your outfit irresistible!

Let me tell you a secret: women actually look at shoes! Women actually judge men (and other women) by their shoes. To us men, this doesn’t make any sense, but that is how things work in women’s world. If you want to make a great first impression, then the brogues are definitely what you need!

The brogues will always give you a sophisticated look and one thing is for sure: you will never have a lack of self-confidence if you’ll feel good in your brogues!

Here’s a gold nugget for you:

Anything that literally “screams” class and can be worn with jeans can make you look like THE stud when you go out. Think sports jackets, scarves, slim ties and, of course, brogue shoes!

The saying “Shoes make the man” is 100% true. As a man, by paying attention to your shoes you show that you pay attention to details. And this is one of the qualities that are most sought after in our modern society.


Brogues are not for everyone. If you’re the “chill out” type of person, who likes to wear sneakers, you probably won’t feel comfortable wearing brogues on a daily basis. That’s OK. Just keep them for more formal occasions.

But if you want to show class, if you’re the type of guy who likes to wear dress shirts, brogues should be a staple in your wardrobe.

The next question is: how to choose the perfect pair of brogues?

First of all, a pair of shoes, and especially a pair of brogues, never comes alone. You must not choose your brogues without thinking of your entire outfit!

First things first: the color.

The most common brogues’ colors are brown, black, white and white with black.
You sure don’t want to wear the white with black ones, unless you work at the circus 😉

The white ones are too fastidious, so… Let’s talk about the REAL brogues: brown and black!
The brown brogues are perfectly suited for a pair of jeans, a blue shirt and, of course, a brown belt, of the same nuance as the shoes.

Are you looking for a more classy look? You’ve got it! : black brogues, jeans, white shirt, sports black jacket, and a black belt. Now you’re perfect for an outstanding entrance in the most stylish society!

So there you have it: two outfits which will guarantee you’ll look great, combining more styles, so that you can wear them in more than one occasion. Feel free to invent your own outfit with brogues, just keep an eye on the mirror!

I could go on, and on, and ON of ways you can make brogues part of outstanding outfits. The main idea is that if you really want to be stylish, brogue shoes are a must of your wardrobe!

Can I wear my brogues with t-shirts?

Sure. Casual has evolved to a point where it allows wearing brogues with many clothes. As long as you’re wearing dress pants or jeans, it’s perfectly OK to wear a t-shirt.

What not to wear with brogues?

Brogues are formal shoes that go great in casual situations, but there’s a line you don’t want to cross. Please don’t wear them with sporty outfits or shorts.

If style, special and refined are words that define you, make sure you have at least 2 pairs of brogues: one black and one brown. This way you’ll be covered for most occasions and outfits.

George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based between the UK & US he enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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  1. clyde July 19, 2012

    in one part of the article you said white brogues are too fastidious then in the last paragraph you say we should have two pair of brogues, one black and one white. looks like a contracidtion to me.

  2. George July 19, 2012

    Hi Clyde,

    While brogues are classy, the trend now is to wear them on certain casual occasions. I said they’ll give you a sophisticated look and this is exactly what you should aim for when meeting women.

  3. arrizz April 14, 2013

    I’m going with a black brogues..coz black goes well with pretty much everything I guess? Then another thing is, which do you prefer, a shiny or a matte finish brogues?

  4. George July 10, 2013


    Yeah, black goes with anything, though I would try not to mix it with brown. I’d go with the matte finish.

  5. Vince October 21, 2013

    i want to ask about the jeans.what kind of color that goes perfectly with brown brogues and does suede brogues also go well with dress shirt?

  6. Jonas October 23, 2013

    To repeat and agree with what Clyde said (a year ago): You ended this article by stating:

    Surely you meant to write “one black and one brown”?

    I wear my brown Loake brogues every other day at work, and love them! (For my “black” days I go with oxford captoes.)

  7. Jonas October 23, 2013

    Something happened with the formatting of my previous comment. I meant to say that while you recommend owning two pairs of brogues, one black and one white – I think you meant “one black and one brown”.

  8. George October 23, 2013

    Yes, you’re right, thanks for catching that!

  9. Jose R June 4, 2014

    What are your favorite brands that make brogues? I like several but my current favorite is J Adler. I need mine custom made due to my wide feet!


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