A History of The Brogue/Wingtips Featuring The Allen Edmonds McAllister Wingtips
A full Brogue or Wingtip is characterized as a low heel shoe with a leather upper made of various pieces of leather adorned with perforations.The name brogue was first used to describe outdoor country walking in the early 20th century. Of Scottish origin the shoes were not considered appropriate for dressed up, however fashion standards have changed and made them a must have in the shoe wardrobe of the well dressed man. Below a closer look at the Brogue /Wingtips:
Modern brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and Ireland that was constructed using untanned leather with perforations that allowed water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog The word “brogues” originates in the late sixteenth century and is a derivation of the Irish and Scots Gaelic “brōg”, taken from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”.
Men’s full brogue (or wingtip) oxford spectator dress shoes full brogues (also known as wingtips) like theAllen Edmonds MacAllister are characterized by a pointed toe cap with extensions (wings) that run along both sides of the toe, terminating near the ball of the foot. Viewed from the top, this toe cap style is “W” shaped and looks similar to a bird with extended wings, explaining the style name “wingtips” that is commonly used in the United States. The toe cap of a full brogue is both perforated and serrated along its edges and includes additional decorative perforations in the center of the toe cap. A shoe with a wingtip-style toecap but no perforations is known as an “austerity brogue”.Via.
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