Brogues Gallery

The at-one-time humble brogue — a traditional low-heeled and narrow men’s leather dress shoe that originated from Ireland and Scotland — is getting its groove back. A great option for women who want a dapper alternative to flats you can wear them with skinny jeans, legging pants and even with a skirt if you’re courageous. With so many options in stores now — two-tone oxford, suede, velvet, perforated, patent — it’s tough to pick just one style that says, “I’m fine and dandy.”

Dolce & Gabbana brogue

Dolce & Gabbana's velvet brogue on the Spring 2010 runway

Here are some of my favourite brogues:

Melissa Joy

Melissa Joy in Purple Flock, $115 at Balisi and JacFlash in Toronto

Spring Surwillo

Surwillo, $49.99 at Spring

Mod Cloth Get 2 The Point Spectators

Get To The Point Spectators, $39.99 U.S. at ModCloth.com

Urban Outfitters Suede Oxfords

Suede Oxfords, $48 U.S. at Urban Outfitters

— Jodi Goulart

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Hello! My Name Is Melissa

While on a recent vacation to Portugal’s Azores islands, I purchased a pair of Melissa Vinyl T-strap wedges in grape purple – and I’m hooked. The Brazilian company is the original purveyour of the jelly shoe and for 28 years has been making fun, sexy, cute, comfortable and candy-scented shoes that are available all over the world.

I know that you’re probably hesitant to give plastic shoes a try because of the dreaded blisters that your jelly shoes gave you when you were a kid, even though you never took them off damn it. But Melissa shoes are made with their patented MEFLEX™ material that molds to the shape of your feet so they’re always the perfect fit! Further proof that these are grown-up jelly shoes, Melissa has collaborated in the past with designers and artists such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Karim Rashid and Alexandre Herchcovitch. The latest ooh- and awe-inspiring partnership is with the grand dame of fashion herself, Vivienne Westwood. Melissa shoes are available in Toronto at Imelda, Balisi, Little Burgundy, Due West/Next Door and Dew.

Here are some of my favourites from the Fall 2009 collection:

Melissa Kali Pink Flock $145

Melissa Kali Flock $145

Melissa Vinyl III Purple Flock $115

Melissa Vinyl III Flock $115

Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglomania LadyDragon II $165

Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglomania LadyDragon II $165

Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Ultragirl II $145

Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Ultragirl II $145

— Jodi Goulart