Investing in a pair of Goodyear welted shoes is a decision not to be taken slightly as there are several aspects to consider including the shoe style, colour, sole type, fitting and size. While some shoe designs are seen as being occasional styles worn for events the men’s Oxford toe cap is one of the safest bets you can make on your feet. A popular variation of the timeless classic Oxford shoe which is characterized by a closed lacing system (shoelace eyelets tabs are attached under the vamp) and a low heel.
A formal favourite, the Oxford dates back to the 1800’s and is associated to the famous English institution, Oxford University. Originating from a half boot called the ‘Oxonian’ which featured narrow slits on the sides making it more comfortable for students to wear around campus compared to fashionable high boots at the time.
The Barker shoe range features several toe cap Oxford shoes mainly in the Handcrafted, BarkerTech and Professional collections. The Professional collection is where you’ll discover an extensive offering of Oxford toe cap shoes in particular the Arnold and Winsford Goodyear welted styles. Arnold is one of the most popular classic dress shoes made on the 69 last from polished leather with a full leather sole and is available in E and G fitting.
The Barker Winsford is highly recommended as a all rounder of a Oxford shoe made on the 469 last from a choice of calf, hi-shine and suede colourways on a leather sole. Other Barker business toe cap Oxfords include the Alfred, Duxford, Malvern, Mirfield and Midhurst styles. A versatile Oxford toe cap in the Professional collection is Burford, made on the same last (469) as Winsford but with a hardwearing British Dainite rubber sole.
BarkerTech is the latest shoe technology by Barker which offers Goodyear Welted shoes with the flexibility and comfort of a sneaker. The BarkerTech collection combines traditional craftsmanship and padded comfort whilst maintaining an elegant aesthetic with features including a integrated three part flexible insole and a removable insock. The BarkerTech Wright style is a FX fitting modern toe cap Oxford made on the 493 last from premium calf leather on a leather sole with a rubber forepart.
Within the Creative collection you’ll discover imaginative takes on the classic toe cap Oxford shoes including the Hartley, Hursley and Nicholas styles which include intricate brogue, suede and check fabric detailing. Barker’s most prestigious range of shoes is the Handcrafted collection featuring the Falsgrave and Lerwick toe cap Oxford soe styles which feature the iconic handwritten script leather sole.
Toe cap Derby shoes are also available for those of us who need some additional room and find an Oxford to not fit correctly. The Ashton, Haig, Marcus, Marvin and Morden toe cap Derby shoes are highly recommended and are available in several leather and suede colourways.