M E N S FA S H I O N
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Brogues ues Rediscovering WORDS NICK CARVELL
LOOKING AT THE MAGAZINE shelves in WH Smith proves that, when it comes to the fashion press, men always get the bum deal. Drop magazines like Buck, Details or Fantastic Man, into conversation and more often than not you are met with blank stares. After a dialogue last week with someone who unfathomably hadn’t heard of Esquire (ESQUIRE! They sell that in Tesco, for God’s sake!), I decided to take a stand on behalf of my sartorial brethren. Men’s fashion comprises many classic pieces that are often overlooked, undervalued and underappreciated. I intend to rediscover a few in this monthly feature and show all the boys (and girls) what amazing items men’s fashion has to oﬀer. When it comes to a versatile men’s shoe, none can match the humble brogue (or ‘wingtip’ Gieves and Hawkes (£265)
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for our transatlantic readers). With its historical roots in the Scottish highlands, the brogue has transitioned from a brown formal shoe that was only ever worn in the countryside into an all-round fashion heavyweight. Traditionally found in brown or black, now brogues can be found in many guises from patent leather to suede and in a whole multiplicity of colours. Whilst the black incarnations of the brogue can be worn with a suit, I tend to wear my favourite brown pair more informally. My favourite way to wear them is with my green jeans and a jacket, but they also look great with a pair of smart shorts and a shirt. If you are showing oﬀ a bit of leg, whether you’re wearing shorts or merely rolling up your trousers a little, it’s always interesting to mix it up with a pair of eye-catching socks. Try them with diﬀerent outﬁts, clothes you wouldn’t expect to wear a more formal shoe with. You’ll be surprised at how many they look great with.