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Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

Classic English Styling: Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

January 1, 2013 by jeff

Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

A good, sturdy pair of boots is a must have for men in New York, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for function. Not to say that construction style boots don’t have their place in street wear, but if you want a classier style, then look no further than a pair of traditional English country brogues. This season I added a pair of Mark McNairy Vibram Sole Country Brogue Boots to my collection. They serve as a great transitional piece between my old beat up Red Wing 875s and my slimmer profiled Alden Cordovan Wingtip Boots.

The first thing I noticed about the boots were the brown pebble grain uppers on the natural storm welt. The natural colored welting perfectly compliments and breaks up the brown uppers and the white Vibram Cristy Morflex soles. I had been wanting to add a pair of Mark McNairy shoes to my collection for a while  but generally have a difficult time finding my size in stock. When I saw these boots available from End Clothing, I jumped on the chance to own my first pair of English-made brogues and my first piece from Mark McNairy.

It’s difficult to talk about modern menswear these days without hearing about Mark McNairy. McNairy has a history in men’s fashion, with a stint as the creative director for the Ivy League influenced J. Press, and then branching out as the designer for brands such as Southwick, G.H. Bass & Co., and Pro Keds. Currently, Mark McNairy has been a very busy man from running his own signature label, Mark McNairy New Amsterdam, to succeeding Daiki Suzuki as creative director at Woolrich Woolen Mills, and collaborating with Pharrell Williams in creating a collection called Bee Line for Pharrell’s own Billionaire Boys Club. On top of all that, Mark McNairy has lent his name to collaborations with various brands and retailers all over the world producing a multitude of exclusive footwear, clothing, and accessories. With so many unique partnerships, each design is produced in very limited runs so the chances of running into someone else on the subway with the same shoe on is pretty slim. In a city full of well dressed men, it’s good to have a pair of shoes that stand out a bit.

The New Amsterdam label has a strong focus on footwear and these wingtip boots were a make up done for End Clothing Co. in Newcastle, England. Most of the footwear in Mark McNairy’s New Amsterdam collection is made by Sanders & Sanders in Northampton, England following a 100+ year old tradition of producing high quality footwear of the finest construction. Back in the old days of England, a man invested in a single pair of shoes constructed in a way to enable him to have the shoes repaired when the soles wore down or got damaged. This led to the development of the Goodyear welted construction method, wherein the upper, insole, welt and sole are stitched together. Having the ability to change out the soles when needed not only adds to the longevity of the shoe, but it also gives you the option of completely changing the look of the shoe by replacing it with a completely different type and style of sole. I’ll admit, as much as I like the Vibram Cristy soles, I wouldn’t mind switching the soles of these out to a Ridgeway sole or a maybe even a Commando sole for a more rugged look when the time comes. 

So far, these boots have been really comfortable to wear and they totally fit in with the workwear aesthetic. I went true to size on these and the fit is spot on with just enough wiggle room to wear thicker socks for those colder winter days. The quality and construction of these boots is top-notch and I can already tell that they’ll provide me with years of stylish comfort. They pair perfectly with denim, chinos, or even heavier slacks.

The details:

  • Brown pebbled premium full grain leather uppers
  • Vibram Cristy Morflex Sole
  • Natural Storm welted Goodyear construction
  • Fully leather lined
  • Traditional wingtip with punched brogue detailing
  • Nickel eyelets with gold/ tan Taslan nylon laces
  • Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Logo detailing inside
  • Fit is True to size (UK sizing)

Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots vibram cristy morflex sole

Vibram Cristy Morflex

Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

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Mark McNairy inspired outfit – wings+horns Down Shirt (F/W 2010 purchased from Barney’s), Engineered Garments Scarf (2011 piece from Nepenthes), Woolrich Woolen Mills Upland BD (F/W 2010 purchased from Odin), Momotaro x BiG 705 (purchased from Soho’s Blue in Green), JCrew Belt, Mark McNairy Country Brogue Boots

The Mark McNairy Vibram Sole Country Brogue Boots can be purchased at endclothing.co.uk or you can find other Mark McNairy shoes online herehere, or here along with various other retailers.

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