Handmade Oxford Shoes

What is an Oxford Shoe?

It may seem obvious, but an Oxford is a shoe with laces, unlike the Monk Strap Shoes or Chelsea boot. Secondly, an Oxford shoe has a closed lace system vs. the open lace system of a Derby shoe. But what exactly does that mean? Here are the basics of an Oxford shoes

  1. The Oxford dress shoe is one every man should have in his closet. They are versatile, and they can work on almost all formal occasions. They are perfect to wear under suits or fitted denim, and many other such combinations. If one is being wholly choosy, then one should normally describe the Oxford as a strictly formal shoe however, in modern times and subsequent experimentation with colour combinations and more casual leathers such as suede, the Oxford has gained more popularity as a slightly less formal shoe, so this style really is as versatile as well as being the quintessential dress shoe and it is different from a Derby Shoe.
  2. The Oxford is defined by its close quarters, it has a vamp and ankle that is exposed. Typically, an Oxford Shoe has 5 eyelets. However, some of the American makers have 6 eyelets. You could get one with or without a cap toe and with or without a brogue design, depending on the look you want.

Types of Oxford Shoes at Kings Traders:

Plain Toe Oxford Shoes:

As the name suggests, the plain toe Oxford basically consists of the quarter and the vamp. All it lacks is a cap-toe. This design is the simplest out of all the oxfords and usually is made in patent leather so that it can complement a tuxedo.

The recommended pair to purchase is a full black leather or patent leather, which will be perfect for black-collar events or casual evening wear.

Wholecut Oxford Shoes:

The name wholecut comes from the way the shoe is cut from 1 entire piece of leather. Commonly, it has just one centre seam in the back, and it's very popular these days. The design has a closed-lacing structure, and this, along with the single leather construction, gives it a very clean and sleek look. The only problem with the wholecut is that if it's made out of a ready to wear shoe leather it often wrinkles more easily than any other Oxford design only because it's one piece of leather - keep this in mind when you invest in one.

Wingtip Oxford/Brogue Shoe:

This design of the Oxford has a pointed cap-toe which has extensions that are called wings. e. The wing looks like an ‘M’ or ‘W’ on the shoe, depending on the point of view.

The wingtips can be designed with one or 2 different colours and different leathers, for example, a leather and suede combination with black leather and blue suede. This can be customised to your liking and taste, with a large variety of colours available.

Wing tips are not the kinds of shoes that are worn as formal or evening wear; rather, they are more casual and look best with fitted denim and casual suits.

Cap Toe Oxford Shoes: 

As indicated by the name, the cap toe Oxford features a distinctive additional piece of leather across the toe, providing a more defined and structured appearance compared to its plain toe counterpart. This design element adds a touch of sophistication and detail, making it a popular choice for business and formal attire. Typically crafted in smooth leather or patent leather, the cap toe Oxford is versatile enough for both boardroom meetings and formal social events. The ideal choice for those looking to purchase would be a classic black leather, ensuring elegance and compatibility with a variety of formal outfits.

We have a store in Dubai, where we sell a variety of handcrafted Oxford shoes. We can custom make Oxford shoes as per your liking with a choice of leather and/or suede. Contact us at sales@kingstraders.com for custom-made shoes in Dubai.