“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!”
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.”
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.”
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.