Guide to Oxford shoes

If you wear suits, and are looking for a versatile shoe that will fit any situation, my guide to Oxford leather shoes will explain the top three reasons why these iconic shoes should take pride of place in your wardrobe.

This is my first video in a new series of style videos where I take you through many of the key elements of modern gentleman style.

See if you can spot my mistake when talking about loafers. I say business casual, when I meant to say smart casual, but hey, I’m only human! Enjoy.


How do you recognise an Oxford shoe? The Oxford shoe has the closed face laces instead of the open face. For a more detailed description, look at my article Oxfords vs Derbys . If you buy Oxford leather shoes with a thin sole, these will be considered more formal.

Timeless –

Oxfords, same basic design for 100 years and still seen to be the smartest. Where this is key is when buying a quality shoe that will last. If you know your shoe will last 5 – 10 or even 20 years with correct care, it is important to invest in a pair that will not date in style. Classic Oxfords fit that requirement perfectly and will still be just as current in 20 years.


At one time or another we have all been there; You need a shoe that will fulfil a multitude of roles. Maybe you are travelling on a business trip and you don’t have space to take five pairs. To the office, interviews, military shine for Black tie events. Even worn casually with jeans – As long as the jeans have the same break as your suit trousers and you wear a shirt. If you travel on business and need to pack light, these are the champion multi purpose shoe.


Universally acknowledged as the smartest shoe you can get. Oxford men’s leather shoes are classic and timeless so they won’t date. Most important of all, they are the most versatile shoe you can have in your collection.

Ordered  from Jones The Bootmakers

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  1. Thank you for this nice video.

    You say the heels should be thin. But what about the heel? How long, would you suggest, the heel could be for an oxford shoe?

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