Oxford shoes are a type of men's laced leather shoes that have a relatively low instep and a non-rubber sole. It originated in Scotland and Ireland, but with the evolution of fashion, Oxford shoes has become more than a staple pair for men; even women wear it!
There are many kinds of dress shoes for guys. Here's a short list:
1. Oxford. Oxford shoes are considered as the most formal shoes that a man can wear; traditional ones use genuine leather. Oxford is stitched at the bottom which is referred to as "closed lacing."
2. Blucher. Many are often confused between Oxfords and Bluchers, because their difference is only determined by how the laces are done. Blucher is open-laced.
3. Brogue. Brogue has sturdy leather uppers, but with decorative perforations and serration. This is because it originated in Scotland and Ireland where the shoes bring convenience especially when treading a soft and wet terrain wherein water can be drained through the perforations.
4. Wingtip. Wingtip is a variation of an oxford where the toe cap style is shaped like the letter "W" which also looks like a bird with extended wings. A shoe with the same design minus the perforations is also called a wingtip.
5. Cap toes. This is a decorated oxford wherein an additional layer or band of leather is placed over the toe.
New trends can be puzzling sometimes, especially when the basics are modified or combined with other styles. I hope this post will somehow help guide you on what kind of shoes you want when you're buying either from online stores just like Zalora (they offer cash on delivery) or at the mall if you're more fond of walking than clicking.
Written by: Jam Daquio
Edited by: Katrina Pulvera
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