“ Brand: Aldo / Type: Flats „
Since I can remember I have always been a fan of brogues. I think my small obsession began as a child as my dad always wore brogues. My dad is a bit obsessive when it comes to shoes and will happily buy up to four pairs at any one time so you now know where I get my obsession from! Brogues had originally been associated with men for years, those who wore smart suits and carried a brief case! However, as time has gone on the past few years have seen various brands produce brogues for women whether flats or heels this pattern has become incredibly popular.
Not one to shy away from the trend I set upon looking for a pair of brogues which I could wear to work and casually. I had pretty much picked out the pair I liked from Topshop and was ready to buy them but before I did I came across a pair on the Aldo website (a firm favourite of mine) and found a pair of unusual looking brogues. The pair are called Lubbs and are still available from Aldo (www.aldo.co.uk) and they come in either black or cognac patent. I opted for black as this colour would go with more of my trousers I wear to work.
What Aldo say:
"These open-shank brogues are perfect for everyday and weekend wear. Versatile upper design in soft leather, with small cutouts and front fringe detail."
As you can see from the picture the sides of the shoes are open and have a lovely grey buckle feature which helps secure your foot into the shoe. The buckle is in a matt grey colour and is rectangular in shape. There are only a few holes to which you can adjust the open shank so these may not fit people with very narrow feet. These shoes do not offer much support for the sides of your feet however tight you do up the buckle. Along the buckle strap of the shoe there are little triangular shaped holes which again add a little detail to the shoe. On the closed side of the shoe there are again the little triangular holes all along this side which matches the open shank
The black patent contrasts nicely with the grey and what makes these shoes really stand out is the scarlet red inside lining of the shoe. Again this shade of red goes nicely with the black and the grey. At the front of the shoe there is the little grey frill which is made of leather. This has started to curl up slightly on my pair which is a shame. At the front of slightly pointed toe there is again a few little tear shaped holes which sit just above your toes. The toe of the shoes isn't too pointed so your toes are not crushed and you do have a little wiggle room. However, I do find these quite a narrow fit which was slightly uncomfortable until the shoes wore in slightly.
The shoes are made of leather and as soon as I took them out of the box I noticed that they were quite soft without being flimsy which was good. Although the leather was rigid enough to hold the shape of the shoes I did wonder whether they would start to gape especially with the open sides. However, I've had mine over 6 months now and they are still in great shape and haven't gaped at all. The leather has given a little but the shoes are sill quite a good fit on my feet without them feeling overly loose. The heel is incredibly small and is less and half an inch. So far the wear seems to have been minimal in 6 month despite wearing them a lot so I wont need to get them re-heeled for a while.
It didn't take long for these shoes to wear in and I didn't experience any rubbing at my heels which is where shoes usually rub me but I did find they are quite a tight fit and just above my toes I had some slight redness when I wore them for the first couple of times. Eventually after the leather gave a little this stopped and I found they weren't as tight as they originally were. What I really like is just how soft the leather stays. There is a little padding in the lining of the shoe which makes them a little more comfortable to walk in.
Lubbs are still available at Aldo but are now in the sale so sizes may be limited. They originally retailed at £70.00 and are now selling at £49.98. Sizes are from 3 to 8.
Overall, I love my Lubbs! They go really well with my high waisted trousers for work and they look smart. I don't really wear mine out casually which is hardly the end of the world as they get enough wear when I am/ was in the office. Definitely a lovely pair of smart flats which adds a bit of detail to the outfit and are definitely different to your average pair of ballet flats.