The most manly thing about me is my drink of choice, scotch.
The least manly thing about me is my footwear of choice, stilletos.
So understandably I've resisted the menswear inspired shoe trend for a year now. Despite seeing every single leading lady of fashion trade her ballet flats for brogues, I just couldn't get into the style. It looked clownish and just plain not cute. Plus I figured it'd be hugely unflattering on mortals without stick thin calves (read: most women who aren't the women below.)
That is until I spotted these fugly lovelies at Bakers for $40. As if by magic I finally got it. The juxtaposition of a man's utilitarian shoe on a women's slender foot. It somehow looked quirky and chic. It was unexpected and thus fresh and hence fashionable. It was tittilating precisely because it wasn't overtly sexy at all.
Plus the shoes reminded me of those lace up shoes I wore when I was a teenager. Which makes sense since the early 90s are definitely having a fashion moment right now. Juana donned the actual pair she wore in high school to my Jesus birthday party last month - along with our Catholic school uniform. Which still fits her. Loooooooove me a skinny bitch.
Wore my new butchy besties to work with leggings and a belted army green tee and navy blazer. Felt fabulously feminine despite the fact that most men - especially Mr. Diabolina - were positively flummoxed by the look. FINALLY, I think I've done Man Repeller proud.
Here's some more brogue inspiration to help you man up and give your heels a break. A few words of wisdom if you don't want to go full man repeller mode: wear the brogues with a) alot of leg b) one very feminine piece and/or c) full hair and makeup.
If money were no object, I'd buy 10 more pairs of brogues - in metallics and with sparkles or spectator color combos.
p.s. Jean Bean was finally photo blogged in Europe while covering the collections this year. Sadly, she was behind her gorgeous work bestie Alex. His photo blog worthy footwear of choice: brogues. Doh!!!!