The Oxford shoe is a staple in any person’s wardrobe. Dressed up or down, they add a sense of polish to any outfit. I own three pairs—brown, black and pinstriped. Since I have the opportunity to visit their namesake, I figured that I should learn some more about the history of this timeless shoe.
Oxfords originally hail from Scotland, and they are often referred to as Balmorals (as in the Queen’s residence). However, the Oxford gets its name from the college because it was popular with the students who wanted to rebel against the classic ankle or knee-high boot. Oxfords are often confused with Derby shoes, but the Oxford has a more seamless shape due to its closed-lacing.
Okay, the history lesson is over…on to the styling. I like wearing mine with cuffed, skinny pants or anything with tights. I tend to lean towards the preppy look, but they can easily be toughed up with a leather jacket or unexpected cut-outs.
Whether you like yours brown, black, metallic, floral, studded, or even neon, invest in a good pair because Oxfords are a must.