The Best Brogues
Gold full-grain leather
- Hard-wearing leather with patina in the making
- Durable and water-tight Goodyear storm welt
- Handmade in Portugal
Gold full-grain leather
The leather marks and stains in no time
They feel stiff and uncomfortable
The outsole doesn’t go the distance
The leather is poor quality
The Best Brogues’ leather was sourced from our renowned Spanish tanning partners Picusa, and from their Royale range no less. We chose this particular, textured full-grain leather for two reasons: it’s both supple and hardy, and it marks less easily than smoother leather.
This sort of low-cut and heeled footwear requires serious support for the arch of the wearer’s foot. You wanted these to be comfy from the word go, so we made the inlay slightly curved to cushion your feet. Consider these brogues and your feet a match made in shoe heaven.
The outsole, that brave footwear feature that’s on the front lines head-butting the pavement, scuffing the escalators, kicking open heavy doors. Luckily, this one’s extra sturdy: made by Itshide, a British manufacturer that’s been at it for over a century. Needless to say, you can trust the aptly named “Commando” sole not to leave your feet exposed. 100% rubber, this one’s a best-selling house favourite.
The Goodyear welt is the seriously solid foundation that keeps this brogue together. All the lower parts of the shoe are sewn together for optimal durability and water-tightness. The other benefit of a Goodyear welt? When - eventually - you wear these soles thin, you can have your brogues resoled by your local cobbler. Don’t get too excited about that though, these soles’ll take some serious wear.
Walking on water
The storm welt’s defining characteristic is the way the welt lightly curls up around the base of the shoe’s upper, making them extra water-tight. Unless you’re planning on swimming in these, your socks should be looking at an extended dry spell.
Brogues are made of several leather layers finely patterned with decorative perforations. We added our own unique touch to the Best Brogues with the outline of a flower traced on the toe, earning an 8.9/10 style score from you. Tough shoes with an elegant touch.
These aren’t all technical prowess and hardware, they’re also perfectly proportioned. Toes that aren’t too pointy, or too rounded. A profile that’s not too hefty, or too sleek. We spent a long time getting just the right balance for a neat-looking pair of shoes that are solid and smart, but stop way short of the pretentious line. Shoes you can wear with jeans, or a suit.
Waxing the tips
Our usual attention to detail is on display here, and extends to the very tip of the laces, made with waxed cotton for extra durability. No fraying or snapping here. This time you won’t end up with mini-laces after the first trot around the block.
Not just lookers
Hardwearing footwear, comfortable right out of the box with a carefully thought-through profile and shape. Don’t just take our word for it, there’s also the 8.8/10 score you lot gave these for their cut. The Best Brogues are quite the lookers, but they’ll also go the extra mile - thanks to some serious shoe know-how in the mix. We know you won’t want to, but do remember to give them a breather once in a while.
All the production steps for your Best Brogues
What goes into making your Best Brogues? The materials have travelled a total of 23,800 km (14,788 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperatives Spain and Argentina
Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each pair of Best Brogues we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
Soit 238 km parcourus en voiture.
of phosphor released in the water
The equivalent to growing 3.6 kg of apples.
The equivalent of 39h of heating (in avg. flat).
NO SWEAT !
We deliver worldwide, the cost of which is automatically calculated at checkout. For all deliveries to the UK, European Union countries, Switzerland and Norway we charge a flat fee of 9€. For other European countries we charge 15€, please check our FAQ for the full list of countries included. All other countries are charged at 25€.
Easy to change sizes
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe these are free, and for countries, in the rest of the world we ask you to pay the return and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
IT’S A RISK-FREE INVESTMENT
Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.