This is THE blog for the guy that is toying with the brogue and smart shoes look!
Designer brogues and smart shoes are fast becoming a must have for stylish man’s wardrobe. We first blogged about this amazing trend back in September last year in the post titled Get The Trend: Designer Brogues for Autumn and since then the shoes have been really popular on the Mainline Menswear website. Well the spring and summer seasons are no different with brogues and shoes as popular as they ever have been. With this trend in mind we’ve just added 8 pairs of amazing Oliver Sweeney shoes to the site as well as smart but cheaper versions from Ted Baker, H by Hudson and some styles of Clarks Originals.
Some guys (myself included until recently) looked at a pair of brogues or smart shoes and weren’t so sure it was for them, but once you understand what makes the shoe it’s much more satisfying to own a pair that has been put together properly, than a pair from your local discount shoe manufacturer.
Each pair in the Oliver Sweeney range at Mainline Menswear carries its own unique and distinguishable features, these are (with explanations for some terms in brackets):
Abrahams Brogue – Goodyear welted (enables the shoes to be re-soled as many times as needed – making them last for years!) shoe with two tone leather and suede upper. Fin Project Lite sole (Oliver Sweeney’s own super light yet durable sole unit). THE only pair of shoes you need this summer if you want to make a statement.
Parham Brogue – Named after a village in Suffolk, Goodyear welted, full or wingtip brogue (perforated detailing throughout the length of the shoe) with Fin Project XL lightweight sole.
Wilks Brogue – Great entry level shoe, high shine leather, derby or longwing brogue effect which shows detailing on the pointed toe and along the length of the shoe. Quirky embroidered Oliver Sweeney branding throughout.
Rigo Shoe – Wholecut shoe (made from one single piece of leather, rather than a number of panels) with wedge Fin Project Eva sole. This shoe has to be one of the lightest I have ever seen or held.
Preci Shoe – Is it a brogue, is it a trainer? It’s both. Named after a mountainous Italian village they are a suede brogue upper with a cup soled (high sided sole that the upper sits inside) rubber sole unit. Removable kiltie (tassles covering tongue) so they can be smart trainers or casual shoes.
Butler Shoe – Lightweight slip on shoe made from Sioux calf leather (super soft premium leather) with wedge Fin Project Eva sole unit. Amazing summer shoe!