Brogue – shoes with decorative perforation in the form of small holes. Descended from the shoes of Irish farmers who worked in a swampy area and suffered from constantly wet shoes. According to legend, farmers began to make holes in shoes so that the water would flow out faster and the shoes would dry faster. Over time, the perforation lost its functionality and became decorative. You can contrast brogues with plain (plain toe – “smooth toe”), that is, shoes that do not have brogging. Depending on the number of perforations and their location, brogues are divided into quarter, half-brogues and full brogues. Quarter (quarter brogue) have a number of small holes only along the seams.

Semi-horns (semi brogue) are decorated with perforations at the seams, as well as a medallion pattern on the toe, cut off in a straight line.

Full brogue (full brogue) have holes located along the seams, on the toe, as well as on the curly cut-off line of the toe in the form of the letter “W”. Full brogues are also called wingtip.


Loafers are shoes that combine the upper without lacing with the sole of shoes. The history of loafers begins in the 1930s in Norway, when shoemaker Nils Gregoriusson Tweranger created comfortable shoes for farmers based on moccasins and called it “Eurland moccasins” (Eurland is a locality in Norway). The original model soon began to be in demand in America, and the Spalding shoe dynasty from New Hampshire (USA) began to sew their versions of Eurlann moccasins, giving them the name “loafer” – “loafer”. Loafers are a model invented for lazy people and an idle lifestyle: you do not need to bother tying your shoelaces, and also feel uncomfortable because of the rigid shape of the shoe.

Depending on the decorative elements and the shape of the top, they are divided into penny loafers, loafers with a buckle, tassels, fringe, Venetian loafers, Belgian loafers and sleepers. Penny loafers. In 1934, American shoemaker George Henry Bass added a leather strip with a slot to the popular loafers. When the model came into use by students, they found their use for the decoration in the form of a strip: they inserted a penny coin into the hole, from which the “penny loafers” came. Perhaps they did it for purely decorative purposes to emphasize the uniqueness and originality of their couple, or maybe the penny coin served as a good luck charm.

Oxfords and Derbies

One of the most common models. These are classic shoes, the main characteristics of which are closed-type lacing and seamless transition (between the berets and the union). The elegant appearance of the shoes is perfect for a business look, while they can also be used for an informal bow. It is not recommended to wear it under jeans. This model also has lacing, but only open. Such shoes will also fit perfectly into a business style, but compared to the option described above, they are not so formal. Brogues
This view is very similar to the models described above. A distinctive feature of such shoes is perforation (decoration with holes). Most often, the gods are chosen for official meetings and social events. Due to the presence of patterns, they look more relaxed and elegant.