Elegance and style are what every gentleman intends to nail whenever they put on a pair of Oxford shoes.
Oxford shoes are considered to be the most formal of men’s shoe choices as the shoes have a design that is ever classic.
An oxford shoe is a shoe that has closed lacing system, is low heeled and also exposes the ankle.
Some amazing facts about Oxfords are;
- The Name
Oxford shoes trace their history back to the halls of the prestigious Oxford University. Legend has it that the shoes were developed in the 18th century by Oxford students who found them easier to wear than the high heeled boots that were in vogue then.
- Oxford Shoes May Have Scottish or Irish Roots
Some other version of the oxford tale has it that oxfords were indeed developed in Scotland as the Scotts named the shoe balmorals after the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Oxford shoes are called Bals in USA and Scotland till date. Irrespective of its murky history, oxfords will always represent a shift from the impractical and often ornate men’s shoes of the previous decade.
- Oxfords come in Various Styles
There are various styles of oxfords. They all have one thing in common though; it is a closed laced shoe.
The various types are:
Whole cut Oxford
Austerity Brogue Oxford
- One Acceptable Lace Style
The proper lace style of the oxford shoes allows it sit well against the clean lines of oxford as well as help distinguish the shoe from it’s cousin- Derby shoe.
The only acceptable way to lace oxford shoes is to always ensure that they are straight-laced so that the lace lies in neat horizontal rows across the shoe.
The quality of the shoelace also helps achieve this clear cut lace style.
- Oxonian Shoes Birthed Oxford Shoes
The first shoe produced by the students of Oxford University was the Oxonian shoe. It was a “half boot” that had narrow slits on the side replacing the buttons that were prevalent then.
Over time, the side slits were replaced with laces (on the side) and the side laces eventually ended up on the instep of the boot.
Other significant changes made to the Oxonian boot were the lowering of the heel and the height of the boot in order to expose the ankle.