Brogues shoes are a type of men’s dress shoe that is characterized by its decorative perforations and serrations along the visible edges of the leather. The perforations are not just for aesthetics, but were originally designed to drain water from the shoe when walking through wet terrain.
Brogues shoes were originally designed as rugged outdoor shoes worn by Scottish and Irish farmers, but they have evolved into a popular style of dress shoe that can be worn with formal or business attire. Brogues shoes can come in various styles, including full brogues, semi-brogues, and quarter brogues, depending on the amount of decorative perforations and serrations. Full brogues have the most perforations, while quarter brogues have the least. The perforations can be found on the toe, sides, and heel of the shoe. Brogues shoes are typically made from leather or suede and are available in a range of colors, from classic brown and black to more vibrant shades such as burgundy and navy. They are often worn with dress pants, suits, and tweed jackets for a classic, sophisticated look. In addition to traditional dress shoes, there are also brogue-style boots and casual shoes available for more relaxed occasions. Brogues shoes are a versatile and stylish option for men's footwear that can add a touch of personality and sophistication to any outfit.