According to Sven Raphael Schneider, the author of Gentleman's Gazette, the first semi-brogue appeared in 1937, and they were produced in the London tailor’s shop John Lobb. Josh Sims, who wrote the book «Icons of Men’s Style», offers a slightly different version. He relates that the Prince of Wales «was the first to present to the world semi brogues, which had decorative perforations only on the cap toe, not on the wingtip toe like it was the case with full brogues; this is how His Highness introduced brogues to the citizens’ fashion».
Sven Raphael Schneider states that the most versatile semi-brogue oxfords are dark-brown and burgundy styles made of smooth calf skin. They can be matched with both jeans, chinos, other odd trousers, tweed and flannel suits and some suits made of smooth fabrics (but not too formal ones). Black semi-brogue oxfords look a little bit stricter, but they make a bad match for jeans and light-coloured clothes, while tan and light-brown styles are, on the contrary, less formal and it is exactly light trousers, jeans and suits as well as some dark-blue items they are best combined with. No semi-brogues go well with tuxes and tail-coats.
There are no particular complexities connected with care for semi-brogue oxfords. The only nuance is that you need to watch that the cream does not gather in the decorative holes. When you apply cream on your shoes or boots use a high quality brush so that you can brush the cream out of the places where it accumulates in proper time. In case with suede semi-brogue this nuance is of course irrelevant, but here we have another sort of advice: use high quality water- and mudproof impregnation care if you plan on wearing the suede shoes in humid weather. You can use similar impregnation care for ordinary leather shoes as well.