The Gentleman’s Guide to Wearing Brogues

‘You can tell a lot about a man from the type of shoes he wears.’ – Anonymous

When it comes to sartorial elegance and distinctive style, Brogues are the perfect shoes for every gentleman!

Brogues are exceptionally versatile shoes that can be worn to a plethora occasions – from a presentation in the boardroom to catching up with colleagues at a frat party and even a casual date with the lover at the pub!

You can match your Brogues with many different outfits and a palette of colors and come out looking great every time!

In this article, we’ll be showing you how you can pull off a super cool and stylish look that is true to your style while wearing your favorite pair of Brogues.

But first, let’s find out what Brogues are…

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What are Brogues?

Brogues are distinctive outdoor shoes with fine ornamental patterns perforated into the leather. They’re believed to have originated from either Scotland or Ireland centuries ago.

Did you know? History has it that the perforations (holes) you see on Brogues today once served a very practical function – they helped to drain water out of the shoes anytime a gentleman was unlucky enough to have stepped into a puddle.

Little did our Irish/Scottish ancestors know they would ultimately become the intricately beautiful designs that make brogues so unique!

While brogues weren’t always so popular, they have become a staple item of style for the 21st-century gentleman with no signs of going out of style in the near future!

Both men and women can rock a pair of Brogues, but for this article, we’ll be focusing on Brogues for men and how to wear them.



Types of brogues

Men’s brogues come in different flavors! Knowing your options will allow you select the right pair to achieve the look you’re going for.

  • Wingtips

This type of Brogues has a pointed cap toe with extensions called a ‘wingtip’ that extends along both sides of the shoe. When seen from above the cap is shaped like a ‘W’ or ‘M.’

A classic pair of wingtips can be paired with almost anything, style them with your suit or even a pair of jeans.

Wearing wingtip shoes with shorts is a combination that can do quite well if you’re confident enough. You could go for a pair of tailored shorts or chinos to match.

  • Quarter brogues

This type of Brogues also comes with a cap toe, but without extensions or wings. Quarter Brogues are for more formal occasions. Instead of wearing jeans or shorts, you could opt for tailored materials and pick a simple monochrome color.

Complete the look with a formal shirt and you’re good to go!

  • Semi-brogues

Semi-brogues have a toe cap without extensions or wingtips. Semi-brogues go quite well with business-casual outfits.

Try wearing them with a navy blue suit or some brown chinos with a blazer and you’re set to head out.


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How to wear Men’s Brogues

Brogues for men can be worn in any number of ways and it goes quite well with a wide range of fabrics. However, what you want to do is stay away from trainers and tracksuits.

The most important thing is to be confident in your look. Choose a look to fit your mood and personality and rock it like a pro!

  •  The casual look

The casual look is for informal settings like a stroll in the park, dinner with friends, a vacation, or some outdoor shindig you want to attend. It gives you a laid-back look that can be pulled off with ease!

You can pair your Brogues with a pair of fitted jeans and a t-shirt; all you have to do is pick the right colors to suit your style. We recommend contrasting the colors of your shoes and clothing.

Also, don’t forget to accessorize as you see fit. A nice wristwatch will be great for any outfit!

  •  Business-casual

To pull off the semi-formal all you need do is dawn a blazer with your t-shirt on either jeans or chinos and you’re good to go.

Donning a striped shirt with the sleeves rolled up and your favorite pair of brogues is always a great way to turn up at a business-casual function.


  • Formal

With the formal or otherwise business look you want to stay away from jeans. Stick with plain trousers. We recommend dark colored brogues e.g. black, or brown.

Wear a nice shirt and a blazer if the occasion to finish off the professional look. A nice suit and a pair of brogues are like bread and butter so don’t be afraid to rock it stylishly!


Choosing the right pair

When it comes to choosing the perfect pair of brogues for your outfits, there are a few factors to consider that would help you make the right choice.

Keep reading to find out more!

  • Color

Everyone has a unique preference when it comes to color. The good news is, whatever hue you fancy, there’s definitely a brogue out there to suit your taste!

Dark colors are the most favored choice for men’s Brogues because they go well with literally every type of outfit combo, and they look super elegant as well.

Style tip: Look effortlessly cool by matching your black brogues with a pair of fitted chinos and long sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

If you prefer brighter colors, you could make a statement with a brown tan. Grey is another great color that gives off a confident vibe that is very masculine and sophisticated.

You could even opt for beige-colored Brogues if you’re feeling a little adventurous!

  • Size & Fit

Make sure you choose a pair of Brogues that fits comfortably without having to constantly make adjustments. Go for the right size – a snug fit that gives you balance and won’t give you a foot ache at the end of the day.

Depending on your foot type, you could have a low, normal or high arch foot which could affect the fit of your shoes. The good news is that you could get a handcrafted pair of brogues. You can’t possibly go wrong by having a pair of shoes that are specifically made for you!


Picking the right brand is just as important as getting the right size. Since a good pair of brogues might be a substantial investment, you want to get a shoe that is durable and made with premium quality materials. You need a brand that is trusted and gives you the best quality for your money. 

Last words

If you’re a lover of good shoes like we are then you’re already thinking of what store to get your unique pair of brogues from to match your amazing outfits.

Here you can find what you’re looking for – all in one place! Our main focus at Idrese is solid craftsmanship, through mastery. Durability and quality are expected, but we back that statement with 100% risk free shopping guarantee

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