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.

https://i1.wp.com/ny-image1.etsy.com/il_430xN.129359529.jpg Jeffrey Campbell UniformBass Women's Chrissie OxfordProduct Image Women's Xhilaration® Taree Oxford Shoes - Blackhttps://i0.wp.com/fashionbombdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Blue-Oxford-Shoes.jpgSteven by Steve Madden Women's Jezebell Shoe https://i2.wp.com/www.shopnastygal.com/product_images/q/042909148__69180.jpghttps://nystyleathensaddress.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/wedding_shoes_oxfords_lace.jpg?w=257https://i0.wp.com/manolomen.com/images/paul-smith-velvet-oxfords.JPG



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7 responses to “oxfords.


    Love the article Amanda but the shoes have to grow on me.. lol.. good job,you are a busy busy girl..

  2. Lori Vogt

    Any suggestions on best places to find these styles right now?

  3. Haha, give it some time. I’m sure you will like them if you try them!

    The most convenient place for Columbus would be Steve Madden. They’ve got a bunch of styles.

  4. Oxfords are all and well, but even bigger for summer are wedge heels with a sandal upper. They’re also more forgiving in size and width, I’ve noticed.

  5. That’s true, however, sandal wedges are traditionally always in through out the summer season. The oxford look is a pretty specific trend, and it is drastically different than most of what’s out there.

    The trend is new and on the rise, and very popular on the east and west coast at the moment, so it’s worth pointing out and grabbing a pair! I can probably count on one hand the number of people I’ve seen wearing oxfords in Athens thus far. 🙂

  6. Sarah

    That´s smth true…in this moment I am totally falling in love with that oxford shoes…but I´m from Mexico …so I haven´t found them yet in any place…!!!

  7. Glad you agree Sarah! Hopefully you will find them in stores in Mexico soon. If not, I’m sure you could always purchase a pair online.

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