Why not go for an alternative to black or brown with this russet red colour. Full of traditional features such as broguing, there is a formality to this shoe but the colour gives it originality and zing. It may be considered a full brogue as it has the wing tip detail and medallion to the toe along with perforations to the side. Can you imagine wearing this beauty in marshland? Well, a couple of hundred years ago, that is exactly what this style of shoe was created for. Irish and Scottish people working outdoors needed a solution to stop getting wet feet in the boggy land they worked in. Hence, the holes were inserted for drainage. The hide was untanned and all in all, they were work shoes. Not good enough to wear in town. How times change. The brogue shoe is most desirable in terms of mens footwear today.
Dapper gentlemen also understand the difference between their oxfords and derby shoes. This particular shoe is an oxford. The main way you can distinguish it is that this fastens with a closed lace system and so fits like a glove. It is very streamline in appearance and this lends well to it being the most elegant shoe a man can wear. It is sleek because of it and if you imagine the aesthetic of a plain black patent oxford, it is not hard to see why this is the choice for formal events. This is far from the supposed origins of this style of shoe coming from Oxford university! And far from its other origins being that of comfort.
Back to this red oxford brogue. You could wear it with tweed and go all out country. Why not try it with denim, maybe a deep indigo or dark blue. How about emulating the student look it originated from and try corduroy trousers. Equally, a navy suit would look stunning with this showing how versatile this style of mens oxford brogues has become.
See The Gentleman’s Gazette for an in depth guide to Oxford shoes and for brogues: https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/brogues-shoe-guide-men/