McQueen Reimagines the Classic Brogue in Punk Rock Red and Black

Sarah Burton reworks a menswear archetype.

Alexander McQueen's Exaggerated Welt Lace Up.

Alexander McQueen’s Exaggerated Welt Lace Up.

In the spirit of her mentor, creative director Sarah Burton, of Alexander McQueen, reimagined the building blocks of menswear for the spring 2015 collection. Coordinated suiting gave way to multicolored swirls; a smoking jacket became a blank, white canvas, with indigo and seafoam flourishes emanating from the side, instead of from a tie or pocket square.

The label’s Exaggerated Welt Lace-Up shoes are a perfect example of this reworking using color. An invitation for men to add character to their suiting in a way that goes beyond a playful sock or a mischievous tie.

From afar the oxfords are typical two-toned lace-ups. Up close scrutiny reveals the brogues’ pop-art-meets-punk-rock vibe. The red detail is not a saddle-shoe-style chunk of contrasting leather, but an elegant, red strip sewn into a black base.

On the runway, the shoes were paired with bright red socks, swirl-heavy shirts, black tights and black shorts. Such boldness is not mandatory, of course; the pointy-toed brogues can also function as a bumptious statement piece for an otherwise sensible suit. $890, AlexanderMcQueen.com ν

McQueen Reimagines the Classic Brogue in Punk Rock Red and Black