The lovely classic Oxfords!
Oxford shoes are ideal for every man with dynamic lifestyle, for the moments when he needs comfort and in the same time wants to be elegant. So compatible with all kind of clothes (jeans, shirts, pants) they win our hearts! We love to wear them during spring, summer and autumn. These are one of the most practical and always trendy shoes! They are comfortable and diverse – mono- and multicolored, closed and perforated, flat, pumped or platformed.
Why we call them Oxfords?
Oxfords, Balmorals, Bals, Richelieu - the names given to these lace-up shoes nowadays are as versatile as the stories behind their origin. The style is thought to derive from the Oxonian shoe – a comfortable half-boot popular among the students at the Oxford University in the 1800s. Many sources trace their origin back to Scotland and Ireland, where they were called Balmorals after the Balmoral castle. It is also believed that the Duke Richelieu influenced the development of the shoe style, which explains why they are known as Richelieu in France.
Originally, Oxfords were classic, formal shoes, made of leather, but they evolved into diversity of styles suitable for formal, uniform, or casual wear. Normally they were black or brown, but now we see them in the whole color spectrum.
How to recognize them?
There are three main characteristics that define this shoe style:
1. Oxfords are have a “close-lacing” construction. Actually here is the key difference with the less-formal Derby shoes that always feature open lacing.
2. All Oxfords are low-heeled. The height is max. 4-5 cm.
The model exposes the ankle.
3 ways to wear them
Get the casual look! Pair your comfy shoes with your favorite jeans and shirt.
For a business look – Combine Oxfords in dark color with trousers, shirt and tie.
Need formal look? Wear classic black Oxfords with your suit.
Design your own!
You can create your unique custom made Oxford shoes with Girotti. Get the perfect pair in just a few minutes with the 3D Configurator. You can choose the material (suede, leather, patent leather, nubuck), the style, the sole and also put some extra details like brogues, fringe accessories, saddle decorations, metal accents and more. Design your shoes for the occasion you need - casual or business style, trendy or classic, perforated or closed – the choice is all on you. You can surprise your best friend or relative with custom handmade shoes too. This is definitely a creative and original way to make someone happy.