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Five Best: Tassel Loafers

27 Feb

While some may be waiting patiently for the first sign of any sun so that they can rush to the depths of their wardrobes to haul out the deck shoes they spent all last summer wearing, don’t act in haste. The deck shoe may have been massive last summer, but footwear in Spring/Summer ’11   is all about the tassel loafer.

We’ve mentioned tassel loafers a lot here on HIGHMAN previously, but for us they are a natural progression for the slip on shoe. And if you can’t just wait until the summer months to don them, there are a few ways you can get one step ahead of the weather.

A hard soled tassel loafer is a timeless classic and will look great with a suit or a shirt and smart trouser combo at any time of year.

A soft sole will provide a casual look, perfect for evenings chilling out at the pub. During the cooler spring wear them with woollen socks and slightly rolled up slim cut jeans or carrot fit chinos. And when the hot weather finally rears its head, forget the socks and roll ‘em chinos up even higher.

Here’s five great tassel loafers, all a snip at under £50 a pair.

Topman, £50 (also available in black)

Next, £45

Zara, £49.99

ASOS Was £40, Now £32


Dockers £48.30 (available from

Ten Best: Men’s Brogues

2 Nov

WE’VE already had the return of the moccasin over the summer, and while the hot weather may be all but a distant memory, there is another gentleman’s shoe experiencing a renaissance.

Henry Holland

Brogues, famous for their punch-hole detailing, are a key footwear trend for A/W 10/11, tapping into the vintage country look that is so popular right now.

Interestingly, their history lies in the Scottish farming community. They were worn when crossing boggy terrain, as the perforated holes allowed water to drain from the shoe. However, over time they became associated with business and formality, especially during the mid 1900s.

But now they are back and more versatile than ever before. You can dress them up with a suit, or play it more casual with jeans. For that ultimate look, team up a traditional tanned, wingtip brogue with a pair of dark-denim skinny jeans.

Designer Henry Holland is clearly a fan of the vintage shoe and can be seen here wearing an Oxford style, black and white full brogue.

Here are my ten of the best, all from the High Street.

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TOP TIP: Go for a wooden looking heel – it will look less clompy and fits in more with the vintage look associated with brogues.