The Oxfords Edit
Oxfords, a fancy name for the common dress shoes are staples in every men’s wardrobe. As it first appeared in Scotland and Ireland, it was popularized in 1800s by North Americans and now, a favorite style in offices worldwide. It’s distinctive shoelace eyelets must be attached underneath the vamp for it to be considered a true Oxford.
Surfacing in all shapes and sizes, there are 4 different characters of Oxfords – Cap Toe, Punched Cap Top, Brogue, Whole Cut.
Cap Toe Oxfords are the most common of all styles. It features an additional seamed portion to the foot of the shoe. Bagging its simplicity, Cap Toe Oxfords have served many from the everyday office fix to an easy boardroom option.
Dressing up your oxfords are lots of fun too. From an enthusiastic choice of socks to a switch in laces, a burnish finish on the leather exudes a minimal touch of elegance.
Punched Cap Toe
It’s a little bit of drama with this one. Punched Cap Toe Oxfords are a great way to elevate your look. As the lacing runs around the ankles, it creates an optical illusion of sharper ankles and possibly, some well proportionated feet.
An added finish line on the foot also brings attention down, balancing overall proportion.
When to mix and matching, it’s easy feet with Punched Cap Toe Oxfords. Opt for strong contrasting solids or simply a pair of textured monotone. If you’re feeling bolder, flaunt those feet in ditsy printed socks!
Tracing back to its history, Full Brogue oxfords are brothers of the traditional Ghillie Brogues where traditional Scottish performers wore as part of their outfits.
Deem to be a smart casual and country esque pair, the style has now become a favorite alternative of white collar workers. Featuring exquisite detailing, a pair of Full Brogue Oxfords need little effort in pairing.
Dress down the Full Brogue Oxfords with raw indigo jeans and a Polo top for the casual Fridays and turn it up with some Sloane square suits or the good old checks for a tasteful boardroom wardrobe.
Like a birthday suit, Whole Cut Oxfords are examples are raw craftsmanship at its finest. The style begs no complications with just two main features – shoelace eyelets and shoelaces.
Styling Whole Cut Oxfords can be tricky for some as more effort is needed to spice things up. Loud and printed socks are the easiest way to ace the look while subtly different toned laces are advised.
Overall, Whole Cut Oxfords are only ideal when you suit up. The elegant style goes well with both printed and solid suits while a patent leather whole cut oxfords could also fool one in a tuxedo.
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