What a long way brogues have come; back in the 19th century, they were mostly worn by male workers and farmers from the countryside. Fast forward to year 2010, and these shoes are not only seen on women as well, they’re also one of the bigger shoe trends we spotted for Fall/Winter.

Anne Valerie Hash F/W 2010 IMAGE: Corbis

Brogues can be easily identified by the perforated pattern along the seams and top of the shoe. With modern designs, the form has been reinvented to suit female tastes – they are sleeker, and come in more colours, different fabrics and materials, and of course, varying heel heights.

This Fall/Winter season, high-heeled brogue boots will be popular in colder countries, but it’s the classic flat brogues that are ruling the runways of fashion leaders like Christian Louboutin, Moschino and Anne Valérie Hash. Even celebrity style icons, including Alexa Chung, Agyness Deyn and Liv Tyler, have been spotted in these comfortable old-school shoes.

Stylish designs from the Fall/Winter 2010 collection of several brands are already available in Singapore. If you’re a fan of the classics, you can find fuss-free designs at Stradivarius. But if you’re going for drama, check out the ones by top shoe designers Sam Edelman and Nicholas Kirkwood at OnPedder.

It’s easy to wear brogues – simply pair them with rolled up jeans or cropped pants, and shrug on a boyfriend blazer over a T-shirt for a cool, preppy look.