Our Jay of the Day for Friday looked particularly suave and sophisticated, but also manly. For our anniversary this year, I bought my lover a pair of red leather brogues. They are only from Mr. Price, but they are from the Project Limited Edition Mister Trickett Range.
That means that a designer (Mister Trickett, or to be more precise, Neville Trickett) designs a number of items, in a finite quantity, for Mr. Price. They are of a better quality, but are still within Mr. Price’s audience’s price range.
The word “brogues” originated in the late sixteenth century and is a derivation of the Irish and Scots Gaelic “bróg”, taken from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”. Brogues are descended from an outdoor shoes, made from untanned leather, where the pattern (or broguing) was not merely decorative, but instead allowed water to drain from the shoes after the wearer had crossed wet terrain.
I love these. They are a good, deep red, and the correct term for these specific shoes is a Wingtip (full brogue) Oxford dress shoes. Wingtip refers to the type of pattern, and Oxford refers to the closure style. Every man needs a pair of slightly risqué shoes, and these fit the bill nicely. They are handmade from leather, and match his freebie Hansa tie really well. I thought the combination of paisley on the tie and brogues was quite dandyish, so we toned it down with a classic white cotton shirt and black skinny jeans from Jay Jays.