Eyeglasses + brogues

Introducing the newest addition to my shoe collection… burgundy patent leather brogues! I ♥ them. The fact that I got this pair of Clark brogues on sale (from $120 original price down to $49.50 on sale!) is just icing on the cake… or should I say the broguing on the shoes? 😉

When I first tried on these brogues in the store, I immediately thought of pairing them with my olive ankle pants. The eyeglasses tee and grey cardigan quickly followed, for a casual work outfit that my husband christened, “The cutest little nerd outfit there ever was.” 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues


Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues

So what’s the difference between “brogues” and “Oxfords”? If you’ve seen the Colin Firth film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), then you might recall the scene in which Firth’s character, Harry Hart, gives a young man the advice, “Oxfords, not Brogues. Words to live by.” Oxfords, named after Oxford University, are a classic shoe, tight-fitting leather uppers with front lacing. Brogues, which originated in Ireland, began as flat shoes with perforations that allowed water to drain — a working man’s shoe. Brogues are characterized by multiple-piece leather uppers with decorative “broguing,” or perforations (I call them “doodads”). I prefer brogues, and even more so now that I know they originated as a working man’s shoe! I am a working woman, so I wear my brogues with pride!

I mean, hello, gorgeous:

Librarian for Life + Style | Burgundy brogues closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues

Librarian for Life + Style | Eyeglasses print tee + burgundy brogues

I really liked this outfit! It’s a little bit different for me, with the new brogues, but it still stays true to my “comfy + classic with a bit of quirk” personal style.

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13 thoughts on “Eyeglasses + brogues

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks! I was asking myself, “What’s the difference between oxfords and brogues?” which led me into researching it… and I learned something new! Of course, I had to share it with y’all, right?! (Such a librarian 😉 ) My favorite part of these brogues is the patent leather. I am such a fan of patent leather — and so practical for the rainy weather up here in the Pacific Northwest.

  1. Laura

    Ma’am. Your shoes. YOUR SHOES. I require them! Where did you find them at that price? I would probably be willing to pay full price if necessary–but maybe it’s not necessary?

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I’ll have more details in my budget adventures post on Friday — I took advantage of the President’s Day sale at Clarks. This style is still available in a few different colors, including black + tan + burgundy + a gorrrrrrgeous pewter metallic. I’ve linked in the post to one site where they’re available (but full price) — it was the site that had the most size options for the burgundy patent leather color. I’ve also seen nice brogues from the Born line, available at Macy’s, and those are also very nice quality.

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