During WWII, restrictions were placed on leather usage in England, and shoemakers began to offer their brogues without punching. They called the result the austerity brogue, and it remains with us today.
Two austerity brogues from Saint Crispin’s, the 523 and the 104, arrived to the store recently. The 523 is made in bordeaux calfskin on the chiseled last, and we’ve done the 104 on the classic last in a highly unique dark brown color. Both can be worn with different levels of formality, from a dark suit to all the way to jeans. They’re elegantly unique in a way only Saint Crispin’s can achieve.