Photograph by Tom
For those of you that know me, you will have a clear vision of me standing tall in at least four inch heels pretty much day in, day out. You may even label me a 'clacker' (please tell me you've seen the Devil Wears Prada). But the recent year or so has me stalking some flatter shoes. Yes gasp! Loafers and ballet flats have entered my shoe closet and now my love of flats is gaining further momentum. For a devoted well heeled girl, drawing one's attention to the flat counterpart is no easy task. Cue my latest and realistically wearable addiction, mannish footwear. Think brogues, monk shoes or an ankle boot (the rugged riding or chelsea style).
Brogues were traditionally considered to be outdoor or country footwear and not appropriate for casual or business wear. Alot has changed and you can spot them on some super stylish ladies. They are favourited by the likes of tomboy(ish) dressers including Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn, Sienna Miller, Tilda Swinton and Coco Sumner. Once you have tried a pair on, you can understand the attraction.
I recently purchased my first pair. The N.D.C. version photographed above (and featured below, number 5). I went for a more basic pair that would be easy to style with more casual weekend looks. The brogues are the perfect partner with boyfriend jeans for lazy days or to see you through the times when you just need to walk all day long.
Below are are few of my favourite mannish footwear designs from this season. I can firmly say, everyone needs at least one pair. Not because they are 'in vogue' in a huge way this year, or for the reason that you can wear them with everything under the sun, but because we all need an alternate to heels and a change from the never-ending sneaker trend.
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