Trend Alert: Wingtip Brogues

By Sarah Ward and Judith Rasband

John Lewis Deconstructed Brogues
John Lewis Deconstructed Brogues

A hot shoe trend we’ve begun seeing this year are wingtip brogues.  If you see them worn, you may mistake them for a woman wearing her boyfriend’s shoes since wingtip brogues are a classic shoe style for men.  The good news is that they can work for women as well.

Wingtip shoes, also known as brogues, get their name from the toe cap that forms a “W”, which resembles a bird spreading its wings.  Wingtip brogues have characteristic perforated holes along the edges, forming the winged shaping.

Wingtip brogues can be worn for business or social occasions.  Traditionally, great ways to wear wingtip brogues are with trousers to the office and other business occasions, a la Katherine Hepburn, who pioneered this style years ago.


This time around, we’re going to see them worn with a flowing floral skirt for a more relaxed look, or with pants and  for social occasions, often rolled up with edgy abandon.  They’re also a fun when paired with shorts for social outings.  Photos c/o The Satorialist


Even celebs like Sienna Miller and Rihanna (pictured below) are embracing this style.

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What do you think?  Are wingtip brogues a trend you’d be open to try?

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6 thoughts on “Trend Alert: Wingtip Brogues

  1. I think the trend can work really well for women! Why should men get to wear them exclusively?! And when you think this is not a new trend – women have been wearing them since at least the 1920s – Norma Shearer for one! I love the trend especially cream ones. One great pair that are available are Herald Brogue at Kindred Sole…. What do you think?

  2. Thanks, Janine, for sharing your thoughts! It's fun seeing trends resurface. The Herald Brogue you suggested are really fun. They'd be darling with a floral skirt.

  3. I hate these shoes on guys! I definitely won't be getting any for me. Although I do love Katherine Hepburn, the shoes are not going into my closet.

  4. I was just trying to cut out of brogues design to adapt for myself. But watching Rihanna wearing brogues for styling I totally excited to follow this shoe trend. Thanks for sharing some nice images.

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