Legend in the British countryside has it, that leather dries more quickly if shoe's uppers have small perforations. The holes developed into rich patterns and the shoes came to the cities via the British aristocracy. The famous wearer who helped popularising the brogue was Prince Edward VIII, also known as the Prince of Wales. He often wore brogues during rounds of golf or in his later home – Villa Windsor in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris.
Today the brogue has become a classic. The best leather brogues are made from calfskin, where the fibre make it both durable and comfortable around the foot. Another type is scotch grain leather, commonly used for more robust brogues, has imprints in the leather surface that make it resistant to both scratches and wetness. Suede brogues are also great because their thinness makes them light, pliable and super-comfortable. They offer something slightly different than a standard leather brogue in terms of style – perfect if you want to stand out from the crowd. All you need to do now is to pick one you like the most.
Edward Green Dark Oak Antique Calf Malvern Brogue
According to the same principles that have guided Edward Green for over a century, each pair is cut by hand from the world’s finest leathers in their Northampton workshop, making Dark Oak Antique Calf Malvern one of our favourite brogues.
Alden Long Wing Color 8 Cordovan Brogue
This brouge shoe in the Long Wing model is crafted in shell cordovan leather made from the tannery Horween Leather Co. in Chicago. Cordovan is a rare vegetable tanned horse leather that is renowned for its exceptional durability, shine and comfort. Available from Gabucci store in Stockholm.
Crockett & Jones Brown Swansea Brogue
The classic Swansea model from Crockett & Jones is a full wing brogue derby on a Dainite sole. Also available in black calf and dark brown suede from Grafford store.
Morjas Brown Suede Derby Brogue
The Morjas derby is Goodyear welted on a rubber sole and soft calf suede for a great comfort and durability. Featuring a vertical storm welt to add protection and longevity. Perfect as a daily companion to both denim and tailoring.
TLB Mallorca Black Calf Balmoral Wingtip Brogue
This brogued balmoral wingtip in black box calf leather from the French tannery Annonay is made by TLB Mallorca and available from Skolyx online shop. Made on Oliver last with a single leather sole.