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14-03-2013 11:30 PM
First Brogues - fit
Calling all brogue-sters,
I'm thinking about buying my first pair of brogues, after searching I think I like the Ted Baker ones the most for around that price point (£130).
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My slight concern after trying them on is the shape.
because they are fixed and round, rather than a thin and long shoe, I'm a little concerned they make me look like I have massive feet. I'm only 5"6 so not the tallest guy, just don't want to look like a clown.
The shop assistant said it's the style and I would get used to it, but he would say that.
Just want people's opinion on how brogues should fit.
They were pretty comfortable and sturdy shoe though; beautifully made for the price.
15-03-2013 06:30 AM
What kind of dress do you plan on wearing your brogues with most of the time? For me, I only wear brogues with suits which I wear once or twice a week. I know that many guys dress down a bit and still look very fashionable with brogues. However, I just am not comfortable with that look.
That being said, if you plan on dressing up (smart-casual or higher fashion), I would get skinnier toes that are still round.
If you plan on dressing down, I would say that a slightly rounder (larger) shoe is doable.
Do what you feel comfortable with. After all, you're the one wearing it!
15-03-2013 08:31 AM
Brogues are like any other shoe, in my opinion, and they shouldn't make you feel like you're wearing clown shoes. I'm not the tallest of guys either (174 cm), so I know what you mean. Bottom line, you should feel comfortable wearing them.
That said, don't be afraid to push yourself a bit. I find I change my mind a lot of the time, when for example trying out colours I don't normally wear, if I can just try it for a day. I was unsure of my first pair of brogues (a pair of brown Loake Chester), but at the end of the day I'd gotten two complements for my shoes, which had never happened before!
I usually wear brown brogues with jeans, shirt+tie and a thin knit, tight sweater and/or a blazer.
Originally Posted by Dustin
15-03-2013 11:22 PM
I hate Ted Baker's no refund policy - otherwise I would have bought them to experiment with at home, might just try them on in store again.
I was planning on dressing them down rather than wearing them with a suit.
18-03-2013 09:47 PM
As much as I loved the TB ones their slightly chunckiness made them look too big.
Ended up getting a pair of Brogues from Office.