Semi-brogues appeared in men’s wardrobe about eighty years ago — they are considered to have been first produced by the London company John Lobb in 1937. By now they have become very popular with admirers of solid classic shoes, however, you still come across them out in the street quite rarely. Thus, semi-brogues are an ideal choice for those who search for truly classic shoes with a noble look, which are not seen at every turn but at the same time are not ostentatious or even gaudy.
Semi-brogues are produced in different colours and shades; black styles are the strictest, while dark-burgundy and dark-brown ones are the most versatile. No semi-brogues can be combined with a tux or a morning dress, but they often go well with suits — especially those made of flannel, tweed and cotton, but sometimes with styles in smooth woollen fabrics as well. Brogues made of smooth leather or cordovan have the most formal look, while styles in suede and grain leather are less official. The formality level of semi-brogues is also influenced by colour (the lighter, the less formal) and lacing (closed one is stricter).
The advantage of dark-brown and dark-burgundy semi-brogues in smooth leather is that they can be combined with both various suits, odd trousers in lots of different fabrics and jeans (however, with no holes or ripped edges). Styles in grain leather look great with tweed, corduroy, cotton twill and denim, and suede semi-brogues can also be worn with linen clothes. You should bear in mind that even the most informal semi-brogues do not go well with shorts, and we also do not recommend that you wear them without socks.