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Need Help Choosing a Pair of Brogues

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hey everyone,

I am wanting to buy my first set of brown brogues for Christmas and I want to see what options are out there for me. I am going for a particular design based on the following rules:


- 100% real leather and quality overall construction 

- Slim, but not flat heels. No chunky platforms.

- Lighter to medium shade of brown

- Slender rounded toe. Nothing pointy or square

- Flat toe section. No elf-like upkicks 

- Tasteful brogue detailing, but not overkill

Only brogues I've come across so far that fit my requirements are these ones from Ted Baker, but I am not sure of the quality:


I've also seen some gorgeous ones for Fratelli Borgioli, however they are hard to come by and are a bit out of my price range.


So if you have any suggestions that match my criteria, then I would love to hear them!

Edited by Jay-B - 11/5/12 at 4:31am
post #2 of 16
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

I would like to keep it under $300

post #4 of 16


Strand in walnut or bourbon might do the trick.  A little over $300, but can be had on sale or on B&S for less.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 

That is a nice shoe, however the toe is a little bit too rounded for my liking. This shoe is almost perfect: 

Similar design to the Ted Bakers yet in a more versatile shade of brown. Has anyone got to say anything on Ted Baker shoes? Are they any good?

post #6 of 16
You have to decide whether these are to pointy, but they are for sure a billion times more elegant and more well constructed than those you posted in your OP:
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I wouldn't say that those are too pointy however I would go any pointier. I like the more minimal brogue pattern that has been done with this shoe compared to the Allen Edmonds. What would be the best place to order these?

post #8 of 16
You can do better than Ted Baker shoes.
post #9 of 16
You can order them directly through the contact form on the Meermin site.
Those could be of interested for you aswell:
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I just sent them a message. Those Loakes do look good, however I prefer the more minimal patterning of the Beaufort shoe :

I like the way the broguing has been done on the Loakes more than the Allen Edmonds. How do these shoes stack up in terms of quality compared to the Meermins?

post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

Just heard back from Meermin. I can get 10164 model shipped to Australia for about $310 AUD which is about $30 more than the Loakes.

So far it's a toss up between these two:

I am more partial to the brogue pattern of the Loakes due to them having wingtips. Does Meermin make a wingtipped brogue? I really like my wingtips however I would go for the Meermins if they are better in quality than the Loakes for the price. 

Edited by Jay-B - 11/6/12 at 3:46am
post #12 of 16
I've neither handled shoes of the 1880 series of Loake nor ones of Meermin but judging from various reports from members of this forum they are both great value for money.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your help Louis XIV. can ship the Loakes that I want with shoe trees and tan shoe polish for about $290 AUD which is under my original budget. I've pretty much settled on the Loake Beafords. Now I just need to find myself a nice set of stone chinos to go with them! 

post #14 of 16
What comprises a "nice set of stone chinos "? Or do you just mean a nice pair of stone chinos?
post #15 of 16
The meermins are a nicer shoe IMO.
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