theCool x Blogger Challenge by Debenhams


29
Oct

Brogues at DebenhamsA while back, theCool was given an interesting challenge from multinational retail chain Debenhams to check out whether affordability compromises on style and comfort when it comes to shoes!

It is widely considered that brogues are the smartest and most elegant footwear a man can own. It is also fairly widely accepted that to get brogues that create the right impression and look the part, you must part with a great deal of cash. Well, Debenhams have set out to disprove this, and hit us up with the challenge just to see whether it was true or false.

We immediately got to work in sourcing the right pair and teamed up with Wordless Media‘s frontman Wale Adaje to pick a pair for less that £50 that still stack up and look the part.

The chosen brogue of choice was the dandiest of pairs to give us that boost to check out exactly whether price is a key factor in looking great? Check out what Wale had to say about them:

“First impressions are good, the brogues actually look nice, I must admit shoes at this price point usually don’t… I got size 12′s which were a good fit so maybe I don’t actually know my size (11) or they come up small.

All that aside I really like the shoes. They are fashionable and functional. I can wear them to the office or a night out or both, from the office to the pub ha!  I hate having to go home and change. The contrasting sole is a nice touch that makes them stand out a bit.

These shoes are suede which looks good but will always need a bit more care than plan leather so I recommend a good stain / water repellant.

For now they are great but I don’t expect the same lifespan as a conventional brogue considering price and the fact they can’t be resoled.

Overall they are a hit though. I just don’t see them lasting if worn a lot (occasional use may be?). However, a major plus was that I didn’t have to break them in as much as traditional brogues. I have a lovely pair from elsewhere (higher price point) I have had for at least a year now and they still give my feet a hard time!”

You can browse through the selection of brogues at affordable price points over at Debenhams… pick a pair and put them to the test! Check out our lifestyle shoot just to showcase how much we wore them out, with thanks to Wale Adaje for the trial and Toyin Dawudu behind the camera!

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