What Do Oxford Shoes Look Like? 3 Defining Characteristics

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This style of shoe has been around for centuries and remains one of the most popular shoes today. Oxfords originated in the UK and became very popular at Oxford University in 1800 before making their way to the US.

Celebrities such as Diane Kruger and Rita Ora have shown us how to look stylish and on-trend even while dressing down.

There are plenty of options for grown-up versions of oxfords that will perk up any outfit and make you look charming and sophisticated.

3 Characteristics of Oxford Shoes

There are certain defining features of an oxford shoe. Traditionally speaking, they must have all three elements to be classified as an oxford.

Sam Edelman's Rishel woven Oxford is perfect with jeansSam Edelman’s Rishel woven Oxford is perfect with jeans

The most important feature is their closed lace system. Secondly, the shoes sit just under the ankle, and lastly, they must have a low heel. The low heel is what set these shoes apart in the early 1800s.

Although initially a men’s shoe (and still is), they are also a popular women’s shoe.

Women now have the option of traditional-looking oxfords as well as more modern interpretations of the classic shoe.

Fluffy pompoms trim the laces of a menswear-inspired oxford from Sam Edelman for a look that's both street-chic and sophisticatedFluffy pompoms trim the laces of a menswear-inspired oxford from Sam Edelman for a look that’s both street-chic and sophisticated

Women’s oxford shoes are a great addition to a casual look or a comfortable alternative to heels when wearing office attire. They are incredibly versatile, stylish, and comfortable!

You can find hundreds of Oxford shoes at Nordstrom and Zappos.

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