The Brogue

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be adding a series of articles to the Herring Shoes blog giving some information about the major styles of shoe, their history and (if you’ll forgive us a little marketing) a few examples you can find in our shop online.

We begin with…

The Brogue

A Brogue



The Brogue is one of the most iconic shoe designs for men. The term brogue refers to the punching of holes into leather: the more holes that are on the shoe the more brogueing it has.

Brogue: a shoe with punching on the toe, around the sides (wing-tip) and the rear counters is known as a brogue or full-brogue. View all our brogues.

Semi-brogue: a shoe where the punching is just on the toe cap and rear counters is a semi-brogue. View all our semi-brogues.

Quarter-brogue: a shoe that only has a single row of punching on the toe-cap is called a quarter-brogue.

The brogue style is the most flexible design because it is made from multiple pieces of leather. This allows different leather and fabric combinations – known as two-tone or spectator shoes – to be created. The most famous wearer and populariser of the brogue was the notorious Edward the Prince of Wales in the 1930s. It is now seen as an acceptable business shoe in black, or a relaxed but smart country shoe in brown.

At Herring we have made our own bespoke ranges for many years and the two-tone is the core of our in-house designs. Our Fencote is one of our most popular shoes, showing that two-tone can be very tasteful, rather than brash. Similarly our own Herring tweed brogues are easy to wear with many colours, incorporating greens, browns, reds and blues.

The unusual fact about the brogue is that far from starting as a formal shoe, their origins began in the muddy fields of Ireland. It is thought that the perforations were originally added to allow water to drain out of the shoes – maybe they were the forerunner of the modern Crocs?

We are always looking for the next interesting modification we can make to our brogues, because they are so flexible and yet so classic that we never get tired of them.

If this has piqued your curiosity, then you can view all our brogues here on the main Herring site.

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See what’s available in your size . . .HS-SALE-S14-FB

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NEW – Herring Caserta Belt

609-suede-beltsOur new Caserta belt is available in a number of luxurious suede colours, made using the finest suede leathers with a full leather lined backing. The belt makes the perfect addition to any mans wardrobe.

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Herring Newbury – NEW for this season


We’ve just received delivery of our new Herring Newbury. Made on a sturdy March last these cracking suede brogues have been given a natural sole edge and brass eyelets, making them brighter for the summer months. Added to that the double thickness sole makes you walk tall! We love them, what do you think?


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Herring Le Mans – June Offer £69.99

Herring Le Mans


Fancy something casual for the summer? Check out our latest delivery of Herring Le Mans – we’ve also added a new colour, a superb rich brown. For a limited period we’re offering them for £69.99 so grab a pair (or two) quick!

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Herring Chamberlain – perfect for weddings

Whether you are going to be the Groom, best man, usher or guest we think our new Chamberlain is the perfect shoe to compliment any wedding outfit.

Created on our beautiful 11028 last this stylish quarter brogue shoe has been hand crafted from finest calf leather. Add to that the subtle bevelled edge of the Goodyear welted leather soles and you have a bespoke appearance that gives quiet confidence and effortless superiority.

Perfect for every occasion!


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Herring Cirencester

We absolutely love our new Cirencester. Available in 5 fabulous suede colours and at just £155 we are expecting them to sell very fast – so be quick and order now to avoid any disappointment!

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Herring Scott

The Scott is part of the Herring 1966 range which represents the ultimate in footwear craftsmanship. They are made in England and are Goodyear welted. The Scott is a wholecut which is where each shoe is created using one piece of leather. For this reason the highest grade leather has to be used to ensure a perfect shoe.  They also feature a full English oak bark sole which is tanned at Bakers of Devon. The soles have hidden channeled stitching and are skillfully bevelled, you can find the Scott here for £395.


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Diary of a Clothes Horse features the new luggage collection

Last week Diary of a Clothes Horse featured the new Herring Luggage Collection. We are very proud of the new luggage collection with a lot of thought going in to the materials used for the luggage. The luggage is made from premium grade brown leather and canvas from the British Landrover Defender! You can find the Herring Orkney here for £275. The Herring Stornoway is available here for £295.

and Stornoway here.

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The Terni

The Terni is a classic hand-stitched fringed tasseled loafer from the Herring Continental collection. It is available in 3 versatile colourways, black, burgundy and brown suede. The Terni is also crafted in Italy using the Italian traditional moccasin construction. The great yet quite unique part of the shoe is the sole unit. The sole has a rubber insert on the leather sole and a rubber heel which gives numerous advantage in terms of longevity, usage and grip. It is available on our website here for £110.

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