Traditional flat brogues A traditional brogue is a flat lace up shoe made up of different panels. These panels are emphasised with punch details (broguing) along the seams. Whilst men’s brogues are smart footwear usually worn with a suit, women’s brogues are usually worn as more of a fashion statement. Wear them with a suit at your peril – this will look much too manly.
The key is to wear them with something feminine so stick to something that shows your legs off like a dress or denim shorts with tights. This will flatter both tall and petite women. Obviously this style of shoe won’t add much height if you’re vertically challenged but it will give you a neat and cute look – so give it a go!
High heel brogues
If classic brogues are that little bit too boyish for you, never fear, because high heeled brogue shoes are now available. Many take the form of brogued shoe boots, which look fabulous with cropped tailored trousers such as peg leg trousers. Team your trousers with a feminine top and a rolled-up sleeve blazer for a high fashion, minimum-effort outfit.
There are a number of advantages to wearing brogues in heel form, this take on the masculine shoes trend allows you to add in a little extra femininity, helps you highlight your legs and makes you look taller (as well as the obvious, heels make you stand up straighter).
Bright brogues For many, the thought of brogues conjures up images of staid looking black and dark brown shoes. If you’re a colour lover, you’ll be pleased to hear that women’s brogues can now be found in all colours of the rainbow. Look for patent versions, which make the colour really pop for a bold fashion statement. These look great with a neutral dress and colour coordinated accessories, coloured brogues are also ideal for wearing with skinny jeans for a rock chick look.
Two tone bogues For lovers of the retro look, two tone brogues in contrasting colours will give any outfit an unusual accent. The different panels of brogue shoes lend themselves perfectly to a two tone colour scheme. Black and white patent leather ladies’ brogues give a chic look – use them to liven up a plain black outfit and add other white accessories to finish. Try and coordinate your outfit with the darker colour on the brogues for a polished effect.