"Broguing" in shoes was originally meant to allow water to drain out of them.
True Or False: TRUE
In the early 20th century, brogued shoes and boots were considered straight-up casual wear. No man was dressing these up with a suit, rather, he was using them to muck around the country, and in places like Ireland and Scotland you'd usually find yourself stuck in some muddy bog water. The holes on the shoes were meant to allow that crud to easily drain out.