Guest Post: A Bloke and his Brogues

February 24, 2010 § 2 Comments

It’s been a while since Pair Diem has been graced with a guest post and I’m more than pleased that the latest pair come from  F. E. over at Unabashedly Prep. (If you’re not a regular reader, well, you should be) Read his story and vote your thoughts on his vintage brogues. Proud of a pair of your own? Send over to and see if they make the grade.

vintage brogues



[prov-uh-nuhns, -nahns] –noun; place or source of origin.

Date of Purchase: Fall 2009

Circumstances: Double monk straps by the likes of Ralph Lauren or Sid Mashburn are on my get list. While I scrimp and save, I decided to pick up these broken-in Cole Haan brogues on eBay to tide me over—and for $20 (including shipping), there was practically no downside.

Compliment Meter: A compliment from a woman is easy to come by; however, a compliment from a fellow man is infrequent.  These brogues garner even male compliments when I lace up.  I can conquer the world in these all while not losing sleep over a scuff or two.

Comfort: Though these are sans Nike Air technology, they are still comfortable. Honestly, comfort is a bit of an afterthought when you’ve purchased used brogues to kick around in at a Vampire Weekend show and drip your Guinness on.

 Worn with: Ralph Lauren selvedge denim (no break) and no socks (ie invisible socks).

 Thoughts: Going Brogue Not Broke  (on


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