Discover the Oxford, arguably the most iconic style in mens shoes today. This guide offers a brief history and distinguishing features, as well as contemporary styling tips that will make you appreciate this timeless footwear.
Many variations of the Oxford shoe exist today. For the genuine article, your Oxford should be Goodyear welted, or of a similar build quality. As you will see below, an Oxford can come in many styles, four of the more popular include the Semi-Brogue Oxford, with its distinctive perforations across the quarters and capped toe. The iconic Cap Toe Oxford is the best known and widely worn style. Other styles, such as the Plain Toe and Wholecut Oxfords are also widely worn. The shoe's last will have a nuanced but important influence on the shoe's overall look and feel, as will other other factors such as the shape of the toe, the needle work, patina, edging etc.