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“BRO”-GUE – The ultimate man shoe !!!

“BRO”-GUE – The ultimate man shoe !!!

Shoes, arguably the only true essential item of clothing.  Modern brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and ireland that was constructed using leather with perforations that allowed water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog. The word “brogues” originates in the late sixteenth century and is a derivation of the Irish language and a Scottish Gaelic “brōg”, taken from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”.The word “brogue” was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century. At that time the brogue was not considered to be appropriate for other occasions, social or business. Over time perceptions have changed and brogues are now considered appropriate in most contexts, including business. Brogues continue to be most common as leather dress and casual shoes and boots, but can also be found in many other forms including canvas and leather sneakers and high-heeled women’s shoes.

Brogues are made to withstand wear and tear, and are often used as work boots. Choosing the best brogan shoes entails choosing ones that are made of genuine leather or a similarly durable material; they should fit properly and feel comfortable on your feet for long periods of time.

Modern brogan shoes are more varied in style; the term is often loosely applied to any shoe or boot that is ankle high. Typically, the best modern versions are still made of leather, although they can be made from other materials, such as nylon. Most modern brogans at least slightly resemble the historically accurate models, but may come with rubber soles and cloth laces. Shoe stores that sell leather boots and shoes are the best place to look, although you may find shoes or boots called brogans in other types of shoe stores.

When choosing the best brogan shoes, it’s important to try them on if you can, particularly if you are purchasing a replica. Many replicas may fit a bit differently and are a bit smaller than a regular shoe or boot, so it’s a good idea to try a shoe that is a half size larger than you normally wear. You may want to know if the shop has a return period if the shoe doesn’t fit say if you bought it as a gift for someone else. This means you may want to keep your receipts after purchase. Bata has one for example.Truth is, you need a pair of brouges, every man does.


Eric Magale.



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This entry was posted on February 23, 2012 by in mens Fashion.


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