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Two-Tone Brogues

Wearing Two-Tone Brogues

A two-tone brogue is a style that screams vintage, which is quite appealing to many men in today’s fashion scene. Fortunately, they can be worn without much prior consideration as the two-tone look is one that’s very trendy at this moment in time. Whether men are looking for a truly formal shoe or something that’s a bit more relaxed, a two-tone brogue is an excellent selection that provides them with enough versatility to cross between formality and casual looks without having to make a stop.

The Suit

When choosing a pair of two-tone brogues, the suit selection should largely compliment the shoe’s main color. Two-tone brogues, like this season’s hottest Two Tone Leather Brogue design by GvS Clothiers, will generally be toned in different proportions and the most dominant tone will usually occupy at least 75% of the shoe. This means men with a brown and black brogue where black is the dominant color will find that their shoes match best with traditional greys, navies, and charcoals. Where brown is the dominant color, then these are best matched with more outdoorsy olives, browns, and tans.

The Venue

Despite its throwback ideals, two-tone brogues are acceptable in just about any venue or event. While the more discerning black tie event will always yield to the most classic staples in fashion, other high-end formal events through to casual gatherings will be lenient towards two-tone brogues. They’re sometimes seen as inappropriate to wear to funerals and weddings, but this isn’t always the case and its appropriateness is largely dependent on the host of the event. Modern, younger hosts will usually find them to be stylish and cool.


There is some debate in the fashion circle as to what constitutes an appropriate lace choice. The general consensus states a two-tone brogue should always have laces that match its primary tone. Men may also choose a blended or patterned lace that closely matches the pattern of the shoe, but these are usually difficult to find and are often running shoe thickness as opposed to a dress shoe girth, which creates a very poor aesthetic effect.

Michael Snell

Loving father and husband