The word "brogue" was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century, traditionally worn by men. A distinctly British shoe, the Bourton brogue instantly adds an air of sophistication to virtually any ensemble.
Types of Shoe
Discover our range of iconic Tricker's shoes. We'll explain the story behind each and every one of them. Discover the story behind some of our classic styles such as the Derby, Penny Loafer and Monkey Boot.
The inventor of this style of boot was Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, who designed it in the mid-18th-Century and was originally called a Dealer Boot. Her Majesty had requested a pair of boots without laces that she could wear while riding.
With several theories regarding its origin, the Derby shoe can be identified by its “open” lacing system, meaning that its eyelet tabs are stitched on top of the shoe’s vamp.
The history of the humble Monkey Boot dates back to World War 2, worn as standard issue by the Czechoslovakian army, their durability, practicality, and the fact they were inexpensive made them the ideal boot for the foot soldier.
An Oxford shoe is defined by its “closed” lacing system, meaning that its eyelet tabs are stitched underneath the vamp (i.e., the top) of the shoe so that they aren’t visible. Oxfords are occasionally called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. The shoes are named Oxfords after Oxford University.
The loafer style dates back to Norway in the early 1930s. Taking inspiration from the moccasin shoes worn by native Americans in North America, and the simple slip-ons on the feet of Norwegian fishermen, the first design was born.