An Oxford Education

“An Oxford shoe is a style of leather shoe with enclosed lacing,” reveals Wikipedia. “Oxford shoes are traditionally constructed of leather and were historically rather plain.” And that’s exactly why it’s a little disconcerting that Oxfords — those cap-toed, laced-up flagships of the sensible shoe fleet — are sharing space with the words “Trend Alert!”

Gravati Oxford

Gravati Oxford

But it’s happening. “Trend Alert: Oxford Shoes Are About To Be All The Rage,” announced Glamour magazine in a recent daily style blog. The post goes on to enthuse, “Here’s what you can wear yours with: EVERYTHING. They look great with or without socks, with skinny jeans or cropped pants, with skirts and dresses, shorts and capris.”

Joi Suede Lace-Ups

Joi Suede Lace-Ups

New York Magazine also tapped Oxfords for fall, writing, “The emerging shoe trend: colorful, comfortable oxfords, a welcome evolution from the ubiquitous ballet flat.” Comments to the post range from “Gross, these are shoes for men” to “I love these for a casual Katharine Hepburn-esque day outfit.”

Blogger shut up, i love that shirt on you gave the subject some thought, deciding, “There is one trend I cannot ignore. I also can’t decide if I’m on board with it. Allow me to introduce you to what very well may become the new ballet flat: the Oxford.” In a reader poll on the site, 45% voted “Fab” to 55% claiming “Woof.”

Kimchi Blue Metallic Oxford

Kimchi Blue Metallic Oxford

Lukewarm reception to the idea isn’t stopping designers or stores. Saks carries Joie suede lace-ups, Italian-made Gravati Oxfords can be found on on Zappos.com and Urban Outfitters is selling the adorable Kimchi Blue metallic Oxford.


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