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Women and Oxford’s!

April 13, 2012

                  Oxford shoes were introduced as men’s shoes during the 1800’s. It sarted in Scotland and Ireland and later moved to England and the United States. Occasionally known as the Balmorals which is derived from Oxonian is a a half boot with side slits that was popular then among male students in Oxford University. Later on this side slit evolved to a side lace and eventually to the instep. It used to be a classic leather shoe with a body that comes up to the ankle and with lace reaching the instep. It is usually called a saddle shoe characterized by a plain toe and distinctive, saddle shaped decorative panel placed mid foot. Most commonly used materials are calf leather, patent leather and suede canvass. It can be quarter brougue with the toe caps either lined with narrow stitching, perforated holes along the end of cap stitching. A semi- brogue, with perforated holes along the end cap stitching on the toe cap or a full brogue which is a semi brogue with the classical wingtip design. Usually, it comes in black, brown, burgundy, may be plain or with some ornamentation.


Oxford Shoes-basically for Men. But nobody said, women can’t wear it.


Fashion industry has been continuously aggressive on exploring endless possibilities. . Oxford shoes now come in many colors, neutral and shocking colors, various prints of dots to fine flowers, flat ones or heeled ones, thin beak, beak rounded or beak elongated. With studs or just plain. These are the Oxfords- all lace up.

Women can best wear it as casual chic with skinny jeans and loose shirt, as sexy casual by pairing loose jeans and a v neck sweater or look preppy casual in loose blouse tucked in pleated trousers. Be cruise casual with shorts or short skirt and a tank top. Get more formal as the evening nears, wear them to parties with shimmering blouse over tights, or come in your heeled oxfords with a tunic or short dress. Show off some legs, or leave the ankles bare – it’s how Oxfords should be in women.


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