While the Birkenstock may be,
hands feet down, the foreign footwear of choice for summer, changing it up is key. But filling the lofty shoes of the durable, comfortable, + fashionable Birkenstock as the season staple is a hard task to attempt. But another European-made mule might just be the ideal alternative.
Brogue; a strong outdoor shoe with ornamental perforated patterns in the leather, formerly worn in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands.
Akin to the oxford (and often confused as such), the brogue is a borrow-from-the-boys alternative to sandals for the warmer days. And Italian shoemakers – also known as cordwainers, not cobblers – at Anniel have vast collection of unbelievable soft leather loafers. Their assortment in general is astounding, offering a range of simple classic looks to glittered + gilded variations. The entire Anniel line is massive, and their handcrafted, soft-structured shoes provide both fashion + functionality as the brand fuses art + sport.
Because in the end, great style is about keeping people on their toes.
Images via annielmoda, rachelelsome.