The lovely classic Oxfords!
Oxford shoes are ideal for every lady with a dynamic lifestyle, for the moments
when she needs comfort and at the same time wants to keep her feminine elegance.
So compatible with all kind of clothes (skirts, dresses, 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 platformer.
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 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 Duke Richelieu influenced
the development of the shoe style, which explains why they are known as Richelieu
Originally, Oxfords were classic, formal shoes, made of leather, but they evolved
into a 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 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.
3. The model exposes the ankle. This is an opportunity for pairing with interesting socks or tights.
3 ways to wear them
Get the casual look! Pair your comfy shoes with your favorite
jeans and shirt.
For a girly-boho look – Combine Oxfords in pastel colors
with midi skirt and cardigan.
Need romantic look? Wear multicolored Oxfords with a floral
dress, the colors will match perfectly. You can pair Oxfords with a lace
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!