Oxford

An Oxford is any type of dress shoe (not boots) with a lace over a tongue. Unlike a derby, the tabs that join the lace must be together in order to qualify as an Oxford. That is about the only distinction between an Oxford and a Derby. Oxfords appear in many formats and are a classic of the working man’s wardrobe. Variants of an Oxford include cap-toe, wing-tip, brogue, balmoral, etc.

The tightly stitched-based welted, properly constructed leather sole is an English-style shoe that is remarkable due to the intensity of the craftsmanship and the work that goes into making a pair. You will never find a cheap, good Oxford because of its labor-intensive process and high-quality material. It is the most sought-after shoe by any gentleman.

A well-kept pair of oxfords suits almost any dress occasion, including an interview,  a first date, or a shiny gala dance floor. A great pair of oxfords is said to be a man’s lifetime companion.

If this is your first pair of oxfords, choose black. But it will require another investment into a brown loafer. If you can’t afford a brown loafer shortly, go for a dark brown oxford. The reason is that a black Oxford can work with your navy and charcoal suit. You can also get away with it as formal wear if it’s spotless and freshly shined. But it won’t help you in the ‘blue jeans Saturday’ appearance, so you’d need that brown loafer. And, for the sake of the shoe, don’t wear it every day.

If this is your first pair of oxfords, choose black. But it will require another investment into a brown loafer. If you can’t afford a brown loafer shortly, go for a dark brown oxford. The reason is that a black Oxford can work with your navy and charcoal suit. You can also get away with it as formal wear if it’s spotless and freshly shined. But it won’t help you in the ‘blue jeans Saturday’ appearance, so you’d need that brown loafer. And, for the sake of the shoe, don’t wear it every day.