The history of the Oxford begins in Scotland and Ireland, where they are occasionally called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. Today’s Oxford traces back to the early 1800’s and is derived from the Oxonian, a half-boot with side slits that gained popularity at Oxford University.
Characterised by shoe lace eyelet tabs attached under the vamp, known as closed lacing, the Oxford style was predominantly a formal shoe made of leather. The evolution of the Oxford has seen it become adaptable, worn with casual wear and made from suedes.
Key Oxford styles include plain-toe, toe-cap, wingtip or whole cut and depending on the dress code or personal style the options are vast. In the Barker Spring / Summer 2020 collection we’d recommend the below Oxford styles from the Professional collection.
ARNOLD | Black Hi-Shine | Last 69 | E & G Fitting
LERWICK | Antique Rosewood Calf | Last 464 | G Fitting
MALVERN | Rosewood Calf | Last 386 | F & G Fitting
MALTON | Burnt Oak Suede | Last 386 | F & G Fitting
McClean | Cedar Calf / Navy Suede | Last 443 | F Fitting
WINSFORD | Burgundy Hi-Shine | Last 469 | G Fitting
VALIANT | Multicoloured | Last 446 | F Fitting