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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

brogues, oxfords, and all of that jazz

I love borrowing from the men. I love androgynous dressing. And for women like me, gents' inspired shoes help complete that look. To perfect that charming man-woman swagger try these.

Brogues find their origination in Scotland and Ireland. They are low heeled made of leather and distinguished by the wing tips (the W formation on the toe cap) and the perforations.

Derek Lam's take on brogues.


More traditional, formal and plain than brogues. These dress shoes mostly include the little piece of leather stitched at the toe cap.

Look what Miu Miu made for us.

Again, we owe Coco Chanel who brought the two-toned pump into existence for women. She didn't see why men should be so comfortable yet so well dressed all the time and was inspired by a black and white Oxford shoe.

Jazz Shoes:

These dance shoes have a split sole just like ballet shoes. They have a longer vamp and is secured to the foot with lacing or elastic. Usually they have a low heel.

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Winklepickers have been around from the 1950's, largely seen in the teddy boys' cultures. It soon found itself adorned by both male and female British rock n roll fans. Winklepickers have a very sharp and long pointed toe and gets it's name from the needle that is used to take out winkles (sea snails) from their shells. Currently a huge fave amongst the Punk/Goth/Emo people.

Lastly, you MUST take a peek at Queen Michelle's (Kingdom Of Style) enviable collection of shoes that includes a lot items from above. Click on the link below.


dreamecho said...

i have long loved shoes like this, but it's only been relatively recently that i've actually been able to figure out how to wear them with my clothes. basically, my taste in shoes was more advanced than my clothing style.

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indi said...

oh you have no idea how much i'm dying to experiment with my wardrobe (clothes,shoes n all) but its really hard to find what i want here. thank god for imagination and fashion blogs!