Always on the look out for a comfy shoe, this morning on the way for a much-needed coffee (I blame Euro 2012, I can't watch the England football team sober) I bumped into Rose Ratcliffe. Local retailer and stylist extraordinaire. In white brogues. Sadly, her feet and ankles are out of focus in my mobile phone photo - Garance Doré won't be quaking in her peep-toe shoe-boots just yet - in real life Rose looks a lot better than this. For a start, she doesn't have cankles, and her flesh is not the same colour as her footwear. Anyhow. Here's a picture of a slightly less blurry brogue. Starting to think I may need to pay the optician's a visit...
The lace-ups are from Danish comfy-shoe-meisters Ecco. The 48-year-old label now has a more directional Fashion Line. Who knew? Rose is practically an ambassador for the brand, 'I've had other Ecco shoes and they're still going 6-7 years later,' she declares, ' So you could say I'm impressed by their durability. Also, I like the fact that there's not too much going on with this brogue. Not a lot of detail. And the off-white colour means I can wear them in winter, with socks.'
As we all know, the brogue and wide-leg trouser combo is the epitome of tomboy chic:
And now for a game of dress-up. Let's imagine Lauren Hutton in a pair with this tailored outfit:
How would you wear white brogues?