[Pictured: Our Legacy Brogue Washed Leather available for $291.00.]
A while back I remember checking out a Billy Reid S/S '10 preview (I can't recall where). As you can imagine the collection featured Reid's typical fair of combining European tailoring with down south sensibilities. While this kind of stuff is always a pleasure to check out, and hopefully own, what really caught my eye were a pair of washed brown brogues. I had never really come across such a striking pair of shoes and ever since I've been on the lookout for something similar. Unfortunately I've yet to find a similar shoe until this afternoon when Swipe Life featured a new washed brogue being offered by Our Legacy.
The washed brogue from Our Legacy even surpasses what Billy Reid was offering due to its longwing broguing and I've never been one to hide my love for the longwing. This particular shoe is everything one can hope for in a washed leather shoe and has instantly moved to the top of my "Lusting After" list (especially since I now own a pair of shoes from Mark McNairy's Red Brick Sole collection).
What's so great about the washed brogue, or any washed out leather, is the new life given to a garment based around such a simple detail. The fading and matte finish created by the washing process completely alters the entire "idea" of the shoe. Without getting too meta on you guys, I really love how a washed brogue presents a engaging juxtaposition between the relaxed look of the leather and the fancy intricacies that are associated with broguing. While I am on the lookout for any shoe even somewhat similar I still can't seen to scrounge up any alternate options (feel free to post anything you have come across in the comments) and I am slowly approaching the idea of trying the washing process out myself. This is no easy feat by any means and if I do plan on doing this I will keep you guys updated. For a guide to washing leather, check out this primer Blackbird posted a while back. Stay tuned.