I have three brothers, and I grew up a tomboy, until I discovered boys. But I still loved borrowing their clothes into my teenage years, and now I often steal my 10-year-old son’s cute little sweaters (to his dismay). Unlike with boys’ cardigans and blazers, I resisted brogues for ages, simply because most look like they were made for Frankenstein. I found most Stella brogues to be expensive, heavy, and frankly, ugly. But these sleek DKNY Steph platform loafers have me completely sold; they have just enough feminine curve to appeal to my boy-meets-girl sensibility. Now that times – and shapes – have changed, I say bring on the brogues!
1. Toga Pulla Embellished Leather Brogues: What better way to mess with a classic black leather brogue than to sprinkle it with textural silver medallion hardware? These bring a sense of fun to any daily look. On NET-A-PORTER for $565.
2. DKNY Steph Tailored Platform Wedge: I’ll take my pair with some height, please! I love the way DKNY has pumped up the classic style, without turning it into a clown shoe. At DKNY for $295.
3. Stella McCartney Odette Lace-Up Slingback Brogues: While I wasn’t a fan of her original chunky brogues, I’m liking this slingback update, which reads like a quirky cross between an oxford, sandal, and, of course, brogue. (And yes, there are subtle differences between the oxford and brogue.) On MATCHESFASHION.com for $847.
4. Grenson Emily Brogues: If black seems too severe to you, opt for a glimmering metallic finish. It’s a glamorous way to tweak a quintessentially boyish look, particularly when contrasted against traditional spectator accents. On Farfetch for $316.
5. Oscar de la Renta Raffia Adelaide Lace-Up Brogues: In airy, spring-ready raffia with a refined silhouette, this feminized take says dainty dandy all the way. On Moda Operandi for $690.