Though the last few years have been all about wearing running trainers, badminton sneakers and tennis shoes in both formal and more casual contexts, now – for Spring Summer ’19 – smarter shoes are making a return.
It’s a shift which comes in tandem with a general return to elegance on the world’s runways – from the fluid double breasted suits by Kim Jones at Dior, to the streetwear-inspired tailored two pieces at Louis Vuitton, dressing up has never been more, well, dope.
If a full dress suit with spats is perhaps a step too far, we’d advise breaking yourself in gently with a pair of elegant-yet-serviceable brogues. Defined by the perforated decoration around the upper of a shoe’s visible edges, it’s possible to get Derby brogues, Oxford brogues and even monk brogues, meaning they’re among the most adaptable shoes you can have in your footwear arsenal.
What’s more, a good pair of brogues will elegantly bridge that gap between smart and casual which a trainer, quite simply, cannot. A pair of low slung black brogues with a black suit will look elegant and work-ready. a pair of triple-welted tan brogues, on the other hand will look great worn with jeans.
To get you started on your journey into the wonderful world of brogue-ing, here’s our edit of the best brogues on the market right now…