I was sitting outside the Student Centre in college a few days ago (if you know me in ‘real’ life, you will be well aware that this is no isolated event by any means...) when a thought occurred to me. There was a line of girls sitting near me and each one was wearing a pair of brogues. Something clicked then. The former old footwear staple of the ‘indie chick’ (cough) had now become a fully fledged feature of the mainstream.
The brogue has an interesting history – menswear roots, boarding school connotations, Teddy Girls... to Bang! sometime in the noughties the brogue became the footwear choice of ever vintage – loving, canvas tote carrying, indie band-bopping girl. Topshop, of course what with its ENORMOUS influence and vast and varied selection had a big part to play in their quickly growing popularity. In a way, it marked the creation of a whole new sartorial code – Brogue –wearing girl equals cool girl.
I have noticed something recently though, the brogue, now as a staple for all, is no longer the only indie go –to footwear of choice, but in a somewhat bizarre turn of events in recent times (indeed, this could class more as prediction rather than recital of fact), the runner has seemingly made a return. While these sort of statements generally make me cringe a bit because, come on now, the runner hardly disappeared from the shops or anything, I have, however, noticed a re- emergence of the runner among bloggers and 'Streetstyle Snappees' (coined a term there, maybe?!) who perhaps, in the past would have been precisely of the more Brogue – wearing variety.
Needless to mention, I will not be retiring my brogues to the trash just yet – I like them and their connotations TOO much. But saying that I like the idea of runners re-establishing themselves as ‘fashion’ again. That’s interesting and I’m keen to see where this might lead to. It’s also a further note in that stripped – back – practical, 90s’ approach that is so very relevant right now. While I can’t see myself heading out to Champion Sports and buying a pair of Nikes anytime soon, it really is about time I got a pair of Converse at least...I know...have never owned a pair ...mort for me too...