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Manolo the Columnist: Elsbeth Brogue from J. Crew | Manolo's Shoe Blog

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

6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Elsbeth Brogue from J. Crew”

  1. Kimberley October 9, 2009 at 10:42 am #

    The J. Crews are very nice, but an even kickier option can be had over at John Fluevog: the lovely new Gateway Angels would be just as gorgeous on a boi as on a boy, no?

  2. ShoesLover October 9, 2009 at 11:53 am #

    Great shoes! I love this kind of model!

  3. Grand Mademoiselle October 11, 2009 at 10:47 am #

    Both are lovely, but a surprising choice is Aldo. The shoes are affordable, and they have delicious brogues at the moment: Try the Goodreau – http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/men/shoes/dress-lace-ups/75250557-goodreau/22 – it’s definitely kicky!

  4. kristophine October 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    I love those, but I have to agree that Fluevog is a bastion of comfortable-yet-badass gender-nonspecific shoes.

  5. Francesca October 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    I love the shoes- I only wish I could pull them off. I am way too short!


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  6. Nariya October 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Out of the choices that other posters have suggested, I think Manolo’s reigns if it’s an addition to a small shoe collection. Versatile and elegant in its understated simplicity; can be dressed up or down. Kudos to Anna for being true to herself and her abdomen; as the headstrong Coco herself said, “Fashion fades, only style remains.”