The best Oxford shoes to invest in now

Ellie Goodman

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8 July 2022

A monolith of menswear, step into these sharp Oxford shoes to level up your work wardrobe

8 July 2022 | Ellie Goodman | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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n the last few years, trainers have become so ubiquitous that one might cautiously assume the days of dress shoes for anything other than a black-tie event or a Royal audience are long gone. But spend just a few minutes strolling through the city’s business districts after 5pm on a Friday and you’ll find you were mistaken. As much as we might feel like suits are dead and formal shoes are over, in the face of a move towards the casual end of the smart-casual spectrum, the Oxford retains its place as the choice footwear of suave style savants.

Dating back over two centuries, and named after students of the prestigious university, the Oxford brogue is a true menswear staple, commonly characterised by closed lacing and stitching to the interior and exterior quarters underneath the vamp. Whether in polished black leather or buffed brown suede, an Oxford is an excellent way to inject timeless elegance into your ensemble. Here’s our pick of the best Oxford shoes to add to your rotation.

Berluti Blake Oxford

Founded in 1895 as a bespoke cobbler, Berluti has garnered a reputation for classic craftsmanship and contemporary sophistication. Crafted in Italy from a cocoa-hued Venezia leather and whole-cut to highlight the natural patina the calfskin will develop with wear, they stand as proof that sometimes less really is more.

Berluti Blake whole-cut Venezia leather Oxfords, £1,620, mrporter.com

Christian Louboutin Corteo Oxford

Never one to do things by half, Christian Louboutin has delivered a touch of glamour to its Corteo Oxford with the addition of black tonal crystals. Rendered in soft black suede with a square toe, piped vamp and stacked sole – complete with trademark crimson lacquer – this is the perfect pair to take your evening ensemble to the next level.

Christian Louboutin crystal-embellished Corteo Oxfords, £975, matchesfashion.com

Church's Dickens Oxford

Crafted in Northampton (the British home of shoemaking) from a naturally-finished golden caramel Masai leather, these Dickens Oxfords are a contemporary classic. Featuring perforated broguing detailing, with leather laces, blind eyelets and piping on the upper to boot, their sleek silhouette and sharp finish exemplify Church’s mastery of the craft.

Dickens Masai leather Oxfords, £1,550, church-footwear.com

Crockett & Jones Audley Oxford

If you’re looking to invest in your first pair of Oxfords, Crockett & Jones is a fantastic place to start. Holders of a Royal Warrant to HRH the Prince of Wales, you can rest assured that you’re in good company when you slip into these straight-cap Audley Oxfords. Crafted in classic black calf leather, with leather laces and simple stitching on the upper and vamp, this best-selling style is one you’ll wear for years to come.

Audley black leather Oxfords, £620, crockettandjones.com

George Cleverley Reuben Oxford

George Cleverley’s wingtip Reuben Oxfords have been crafted in durable pebble grain leather. Enhanced with the addition of pinking and perforation across the uppers, these chocolate brown brogues make for a stylish slant on the well-worn classic.

Reuben pebble grained Oxfords, £575, georgecleverley.com

John Lobb Philip II Oxford

Rendered in a sleek navy blue leather with a round toe and Prestige leather soles, John Lobb’s Philip II Oxfords will add an unexpected edge to your formal attire. Featuring a classic lace-up vamp and meticulously perforated detailing across the front of the upper, these hand-sculpted shoes will make a welcome change from your day-to-day black brogues.

John Lobb blue Philip II Oxfords, £1,405, brownsfashion.com

Maison Margiela Oxford

Furthering the case for unexpected shades, Maison Margiela’s rich burgundy Oxfords in a patent waxed leather are the ideal option for those who like to stay classic in their silhouettes, but play around when it comes to colour. Featuring a rounded toe, simple stitching detail and Margiela’s signature white stitch at the heel collar, you’ll be stepping out in style whenever you put these bad boys on.

Maison Margiela burgundy waxed Oxfords, £710, ssense.com

Onitsuka Tiger Oxford

Certainly not your father’s dress shoes, these chunky-but-funky Oxfords from Japanese brand Onitsuka Tiger bring a more youthful edge to the classic silhouette. Featuring contrasting panels of patent and matte leather, an almond toe, sturdy rubber soles and gel foam cushioning, they might turn heads on your next visit to the members’ club, but only out of envy or admiration.

Onitsuka Tiger contrast leather Oxfords, £340, farfetch.com

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