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What is an Oxford shoe?

By October 27, 2021No Comments

Some shoe fans may gasp in horror by the thought of someone not knowing what an Oxford cut shoe is. But the matter of fact is that not everyone does know. So today I am going to break down for you what makes an Oxford shoe.


There are two origin stories for the Oxford shoe. The first and most popular being that the Oxford shoe originated at the famous University in England, Oxford. Students who used to wear boots known as ‘Oxonian’ cut them down to a more comfortable shoe. The other origin is that it is believed that the Oxford was worn by Prince Albert in Balmoral castle. Which is why the Oxford is more commonly known as a ‘Balmoral’ in the US.


The Oxford is a classic sleek design for more formal occasions characterised by their closed lacing system. An Oxford’s eyelets go through the vamp. Vamp is just the traditional name for the part of the shoe that goes over the top of the foot. So, translating an Oxford has holes for laces that go straight through the top of the shoe. This creates a classic and elegant look as there is minimal extra silhouette created from the side.



At Bradshaw and Lloyd we offer a wide range of Oxfords in different styles and materials. Whether you’re looking for toe-cap Oxfords, semi-brogue, full brogue or just plain we have a wide range available for you.
A classic which has been around the block for years is the Loake Aldwych toe-cap Oxford. A classic simple design, it still stands today as one of Loake’s bestselling shoes. Available in classic black, brown or mahogany calf leather and dark brown suede.

For something more bold look no further than the Barker McClean. A full brogue oxford with suede inlet panels. These shoes look great at a wedding.

Looking for a high shine plain Oxford? Then the Loake Patent is your best bet. Great for evening wear and for all those dancers out there.

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