Spats style shoes and brogues may have been a mainstay of menswear in the early 20th century, but this decade has seen their impact on footwear for both genders. Skewing heavily towards a feminine interpretation, these Delightful Dress-Up Flats from ModCloth are a very cute version.
Not the cheapest shoes on the market, but if you want classic and long-lasting, these Church's Patent Burwood Wingtip Brogues are hard to beat.
That rich chocolate brown colour for the patent leather is certainly an eye-catcher, with the shoe finished with the decorative brogue perforations and topped off with a leather sole.
£355 is the hefty asking price, but look after them and these timeless gems should serve you well for many years.
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Brogues have been seen everywhere across mainstream footwear retailers for a few seasons now, which can only mean it's time for the high street to try something new in retro shoes. These spats-inspired Two Tone Shoes by Qube are a quirky and cool pair with evident vintage inspiration.
Taking an earlier menswear trend and adapting it for women's fashion, the idea behind these has a real sixties sensibility. The end result, with a monochrome palette and clean, sharp lines, has instant retro impact that you'll wear again and again.
Get them now from Debenhams for just £25.
Brogues as womenswear have been on our high street for a few seasons now, and as we move into Autumn/Winter 2010's new lines the style is becoming more varied. These Ivory Lace-Up Brogues from Dorothy Perkins provide a classic and well-styled pair ideal for the transition from Summer.
The rich cream shade of the faux leather provides an instantly retro look, perfect for sixties and seventies styles. For those decades which dared to take menswear on board in women's wardrobes, this pair is both traditional and feminine thanks to the punched hole designs combined with sleek curves.
They're now available from Dorothy Perkins for £25.
There's often a grey area where retro fashion is concerned, where enthusiasts argue between looking like a hip vintage kid and really rather old fashioned. If the latter has you screaming "But that's the point!" in your head, these Meg Oxford Shoes from American Apparel might just be right up your street.
Daring to veer from the tried and tested retro footwear styles like Mary Janes and brogues, these classic American dance shoes are made by Tic-Tac-Toe. Made in quality real leather or suede, the low heel and fringed front detail are reminiscent of a timeless forties shoe, versatile enough to wear on the dancefloor or off.
They're now available from American Apparel in the UK for £65, in a wide variety of colour choices.