“ Brand: Topshop „
Brogues have been back on the scene for a good couple of years now. I got a pair when they first started becoming popular (back when granny chic was in fashion!) and I wore them to death. I then went off brogues for a while because it seemed like everyone was wearing them and they became a bit generic. These are my second pair of brogues and I bought them last month as I thought that they'd be ideal for autumn/winter wear as a nice alternative to boots and they're just as comfortable as flats but warmer. I was tempted to get a cheapo pair from Primark but decided against it as I find that cheap, synthetic shoes can make my feet really sweaty - sorry for tmi! I also wanted them to be decent quality and last for a while and after a little browsing I decided on the Topshop 'Maths' leather brogues. These are £30.00 which in my opinion is a real bargain considering how nice the design is and they're 100% leather too. These are in the usual distinctive style of brogues - there's nothing that really makes them unique but they do still look nice. I have the tan brogues as I find that this colour goes better with jeans and shorts but a black version is also available. The tan ones are a gorgeous light chocolate brown and the laces are brown as well. The colour is lighter than it appears in the pictures on Topshop's website though which is worth mentioning. The sole is a much darker brown which adds a bit of contrast. The brogues have detailing on them which makes them more feminine in my opinon. The detailing is subtle but still easily noticeable if that makes sense and the design is really pretty. It is basically two 'bands' which go across the sides and front of the shoe and the bands have tiny round indentments designed to look like holes. There's also two 'bands' on the back of the shoe. The detailing adds a cool shabby chic 'stitched together' kind of design. The laces are quite stiff and cheap feeling but they're easy to tie and unknot and they stay securely tied. The brogues fit well and unlike my previous pair of brogues they don't rub against my ankles. They're too short to be worn with socks unless I wear trainer socks but this isn't really an issue because I am happy to wear them bearfoot, although they look nice with tights as well. Styling them is incredibly easy as they're so versatile. They're easy to dress up or down and I like that the vintage factor can be played on eg pairing them with a floral playsuit and aran cardi or I can stick them on with some skinnies and a blazer and these add a bit of geek chic to the outfit. I wouldn't say that these are particularly smart shoes and I think that they'd look out of place if someone wore them to say a job interview/work/uni and so on - they're best worn as casual shoes in my opinion. The brogues are 100% leather and they were initially quite stiff and almost plasticy but they soon eased off and after wearing them a few times I find them comfortable to walk in. The thick material, chunky sole and slightly padded insole make them ideal for wearing during the colder weather as an alternative to boots and despite having a slight heel they are as comfortable and easy to walk in as flats. The only disadvantage that I can think of is the sizing, which seems to be the case with 99% of the shoes that I have from Topshop. I'm a size five and these were way too small, but a size six fits pretty much like a glove so the sizing is a little iffy. Even though I got them in a size bigger than my usual size they're still a bit of a pain to get on and even trainer socks make them feel bulked out. Despite this though, I recommend them. They're versatile, good quality and once I've actually got them on they're comfy and easy to walk in.