The Oxford Shoe (or the Balmoral as it’s called in the U.K. and in parts of the U.S.) is characterized by shoelace eyelets that feature closed lacing. First appearing in the U.S. in the 1800s, Oxfords have evolved into a range of styles that are suitable for formal, uniform, or casual wear.
Oxfords can be found in a wide range of colors, patterns, and leather finishes. The toe cap can either be lined with two narrow rows of stitching, perforated holes along the end cap stitching (quarter-brogue), perforated holes along the end cap stitching and on the toe cap (semi-brogue), or a semi-brogue with the classical wingtip design (full-brogue).
A pair of tan patterned (Brogue) Oxfords looks great with a steel blue suit, and they can just as easily help dress up a pair of jeans and a sports jacket. Black Oxfords are a classic choice to be worn with a dark suit. And, there are some great burnished leather Oxfords that can go with just about everything else.
This versatile footwear style has been around for a long time, and they just keep looking great. And, that’s why we deem Oxford Shoes as COOL for The Relevant Man.
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