Manolo the Columnist: Elsbeth Brogue from J. Crew

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

Do you have any suggestions for a young, super queer college kid looking for nifty brogue shoes? I’d like to find shoes that are non-bulky and have lots of detailing to add to my small footwear collection. Unfortunately, the only brogue shoes I can find for ladies tend to have towering heels attached. These, like almost all of the trappings of modern femininity, make me deeply uncomfortable in a place near my pancreas. Please help.


Manolo says, the Manolo’s Sapphic friend probably does not read the fashion magazines (those pancreas-paining bastions of retrograde femininity), for if she had, she would know that we are currently in the middle of the brogue moment.

Indeed, the various street fashion blogs are replete with photos of waifish girls in mannish shoes and rolled-up jeans, androgynously going about their business.

And this is how fashion works. One minute you are the sensibly shod, butch girl, the next you are the leading edge of the fashion parade. But, do not be disturbed by this. If fashion follows true to form, by next week it will be onto something else, like dainty ballet slippers or wooden clogs.

Here is the Elsbeth leather oxford from J. Crew, the non-bulky brogues with beautiful cap-toe detailing

Elsbeth Leather Oxford from J. Crew