The Pioneer 396 Brogue – the highest echelon of our craft.

January 2018.

Worn by the peat farmers of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, brogues were originally considered an outdoor work shoe. Its perforated holes on the upper let the muddy water out when traversing a soggy terrain. However, it’s remarkably easy-to-wear style made them the perfect men’s shoe for a smart-casual dress code. We think every man should own (at least) one pair of fine brogues.

Brogues are the most versatile shoe in your wardrobe, suiting both casual and smarter attire. The Pioneer 396 features a soft tapering almond shape toe, finished with a brogue rose, works wonders with black or dark wash indigo jeans. It’s also sleek enough to teamed with a suit for more formal occassions.

Brogues are go-anywhere shoes. Just be careful, as this doesn’t mean that you can mix and match everything with a beautiful pair of solid brogues. For instance, tan brogues worn with a dark or worsted wool suit would not be the safest choice, but with a light shirt and pinstripe formal suit will tow the smart-casual line perfectly.

A combination that says “winter”

For the colder months, brogues team nicely with traditional cardigans in seasonal colours. Pair with straight cut jeans, a shirt or polo. You’re ready to go!

When buying a pair of brogues, longevity is related to the quality of real leather uppers and linings and the handmade construction technique. An outstanding Goodyear Welted Brogue, such as The Pioneer 396, is widely recognised as the finest example of the craft of shoemaking. It should last many years, which makes it definitely worth the investment.

No longer crafted to drain water, the brogue’s complex pattern of perforated holes on the upper is now synonymous with sartorial elegance. Our Pioneer 396 is a derby closure wingtip shoe with full stitched and punched brogueing – the hallmarks of quality and expertise.

The Pioneer 396 features a rounded storm welt, soft tapering almond shape toe and is finished with a brogue rose.

We’ve given the classic brogue a contemporary update – the shoe holds on to traditional details outside and has been re-engineered for comfort inside. It also incorporates the subtle use of colour, contrasting with the beautiful full grain Tuscan calf leather. The tans are available with Signature Red and tonal Comfort Bridge details.  The dark browns and blacks are more unstated and work with most looks. You can always inject a shot of colour into winter outfits with a lighter and warmer colour pallet for coats or patterned pullovers.

Smarten up an otherwise casual look

However you wear them, enjoy them now, available now for £197.