While walking around campus lately, I’ve been a little appalled at the selection of footwear OU students have to offer. I long for the variety of shoes I was used to seeing in New York; where it was hard to find even two people wearing the same pair! The overwhelming majority of students prance around in foam flip flops, half-dead tennis shoes or last year’s craze — gladiators. While the latter isn’t a bad option, I think it’s important to realize that there are more shoe options than just heels, sandals and sneakers. Alas, there is another category that most Athenians seem to have forgotten: the oxford.
Whether you’re inspired by the new dandy/androgynous fashion trend or just looking for a new pair of summer kicks, the laced up oxford look is for you.
Let me be clear that by ‘oxford’ I don’t mean boat/dock shoes (which are fine for summer as well.) Instead I am alluding to a more sophisticated model. Taking after an Italian, tailored, Sartorialist style, the oxford shoe should be a staple in your wardrobe. The many different shapes, colors and versions of the shoe are flattering on almost any type of foot. Real leather, fake leather, canvas, or crushed velvet — all fabrics can work in your foot’s favor. And if a simple crisscrossed lace isn’t good enough for you, try making the laces go straight across. This gives an overall cleaner, more modern impression. Not thrilled with regular laces? Try using contrasting colored laces, ribbons or chiffon to glam up your interpretation.
The other neat thing about this kind of shoe is that you can successfully wear it in a variety of ways. Whether it’s barefoot with your pants cuffed at the ankle, over a pair of argyle socks or with sheer black tights and a flirty skirt — this shoe can adapt to almost any outfit and occasion.
Below are some favorites that I have stumbled upon while surfing the net. I urge you to branch out and buy a pair. Perhaps you could start with a faux leather neutral color with regular black cord laces and then later on purchase a bright pink pair with black wing tips and ribbon for laces! Either way, do yourself a favor and ditch the $5 flip flips… the sky is the limit with this trend, and it is guaranteed to spice up your usual summer garb.