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Black & White Brogues: Stuart Weitzman & Saint Laurent

Black & White Brogues

When Coco Chanel donned a gent’s cardigan with trousers and brogues, fashion changed forever. Since then, the menswear style has had its lovers and haters, but this season it’s going strong with a colorblocked kick. I’ve browsed a lot of two-toned brogues, and I have to say that the black and whites are my favorites. They lend some delightful femininity to the manly loafer, and after all, we’re trying to pay homage to menswear, not to actually be men! If you want to dip your toes into the shallow end, Stuart Weitzman’s Guything loafers (on Shopbop for $375) are the girlier of the two pairs with a graphic design decorating the droplet-textured black leather. Saint Laurent’s brogues (at Barneys New York for $790) are more subdued, save for the fact that their white vamp is perforated – a loafer for summer! Pairing these shoes with slouchy pants and a button-up would be too expected. Wear them with a drop waist dress instead for a throwback look that would make you want to head straight out on the floor and dance the Charleston.



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