The Origin of the Wingtip Shoe

origin of wing tipped shoe

When it comes to footwear, the wingtip is a classic style of shoe and a must-have piece for any dapper gentleman’s collection. The style is very distinct, and typically includes a leather, perforated wing-tip in leather, and an inlay of either leather, suede, or canvas. I have often found myself wondering where this style of shoe originated, thus I did a bit of research in the name of expanding my knowledge.

Originally called a brogue shoe, the wing-tip is a low-heeled shoe or boot characterized by multiple-piece sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations including serrated edges. The shoe originated in the bogs of Scotland, as the perforations allowed for water to drain when crossing a wet terrain. Brogues were originally considered outdoor or country footwear, and thus have made an incredible journey from the bogs of Scotland to the boardrooms of today.

wing tip shoe

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