Oxford Shoes Guide – How To Wear, Buy & Combine Men’s Oxfords

Oxford Shoes Guide – How To Wear, Buy & Combine Men’s Oxfords

Welcome back to The Gentleman’s Gazette! Today’s
video is all about oxfords, one of the most classic, timeless and versatile shoes a man
can have. What
exactly is an oxford shoe? Its history dates
back centuries and if you want to learn all the details about it, please check out our
in-depth guide on our website, here. So what exactly is an oxford? First, it’s
defined by its quarters which are closed unlike a derby where they’re open. Then we have a
vamp like here, the ankle is exposed. You usually have a cap-toe and a center seam.
To learn more about the details of an oxford and how it differs from a derby or a blucher,
please check ou this video. As explained, the oxford is just defined by these few characteristics
and as such, there are many different kinds out there. Let’s do a run through so you know
exactly what is what. The first and most important oxford you should
have is the so-called cap-toe oxford and it’s called that way because it has the cap-toe.
Basically, what you’re looking for is a shoe with a cap-toe, no broguing which means no
hole perforations that’s all black with neat lines and elegant last. This is in fact, the
very first black oxford I bought as a teenager and I still have it today simply because it’s
so timeless and versatile. The second shoe you can have is the plain
oxford. Basically, it’s like a cap-toe oxford, it just lacks the cap-toe and sometimes you
can see a medallion on them but then it’s not a plain oxford anymore. Usually, the plain
oxford is favored in patent leather for evening shoes so you can wear it with a tuxedo. So, how should you wear these oxfords? Like
I said, first one should be in black. If you have another cap-toe oxford, you can go with
a solid, dark brown one that’s going to be versatile or burgundy. Plain oxfords are best
in patent leathers for evening wear and nothing else. The third oxford on our list is the so-called
wingtip oxford or brogue. Basically, what that means, it has a wingtip in front that
is like a W and we did an entire video just about this kind of style so, take a look at
it, here. The fourth kind of oxford is the so-called
saddle oxford or saddle shoe. It has the same closed lacing system but it has a middle strip
of leather which is called a saddle. It’s particularly popular in the US and outside
the US, it never really caught on. It’s a more casual style and I suggest you only wear
it if you’re big into Americana or you just want to create a preppy outfit otherwise,
it looks out of place. The next oxford is the so-called kiltie oxford.
It’s very rare and it actually has an additional tongue on the outside which looks a little
bit like a kilt hence the name and it’s sometimes seen on golf shoes. Other than that, I really
don’t suggest you wear the kiltie unless you have a very specific look in mind but it looks
very special and unique and people will definitely ask you about it. A very elegant form of the oxford is the so-called
whole cut. It’s called that way because it is cut from one whole piece of leather. Generally,
it has just one center seam in the back and it’s very popular these days. The only problem
with the whole cut is that if it’s made out of a ready to wear shoe oftentimes, it wrinkles
more easily simple because it’s one piece of leather that is shaped to your last so
keep that in mind when you invest in one. The next step up from the whole cut is the
so-called seamless oxford and all that means is that there’s actually not a single seam
so you have to get a very good hide that adjusts to the entire last and that’s why it’s only
something you often see in bespoke shoes. Seamless and whole cuts are very sleek and
elegant shoes that sometimes, they have a medallion on top and you can wear them with
suits but if you have them in brown and burgundy colors, also with sportcoat combinations.
Overall though, I’d say it’s more in the formal end of things just because of the clean line
and the lack of seams. Another type of Oxford is the so-called U
tip and it’s similar to a wing tip but it has that U shape when you look at it from
the top. It often comes as a spectator, as you can see here, with two tones and basically,
it’s a very loud shoe, it’s a usual shoe and therefore, it’s only suggested if you want
to create an outfit that is defined and that catches people’s eyes. That being said, one of the ways to get really
a lot out of your oxfords is to change the color of your shoelaces. While a pair of shoes
can cost you $200, $300 or $2000, a pair of shoelaces cost about ten bucks and it can
really change the entire look. This brown shoe here looks very different with yellow
laces. For example, you can add green or red or just brown laces and basically, with a
simple twist, you get an entirely different shoe and it makes the shoe more casual. If you want to invest in some oxfords to start,
I suggest you get a black cap toe oxford with black shoelaces and then a few other colors
such as red or yellow or burgundy and even purple works. As a second shoe, I suggest
you get a half brogue or full brogue, mid brown oxford and if you want to go a step
further, you can get either a tan or a burgundy red one. For example, these two would be good
options for first two shoes. As you grow your shoe collection, you can expand in more unusual
models such as this white, full brogue which is great in summer or this spectator shoe
which looks great with a plain, navy suit or striped suit. Of course, there are lots
of other color combinations for oxfords and since it’s such a classic, versatile and timeless
last and style, you will find basically anything under the sun. If you want to find out what brands we recommend,
please check out our in-depth guide and if you want to buy high-quality colorful shoelaces
in round and flat and different shapes, please check out our shop. Make sure to check out
the article because no matter your budget, we have an option for low, middle and high-end.

100 Replies to “Oxford Shoes Guide – How To Wear, Buy & Combine Men’s Oxfords”

  1. This is a nice video. Thanks so much for going into detail regarding which should be kept as very dressy and which would look great with casual suits and so forth.

  2. Hello Raphael,

    I love your videos and I have learnt a great deal from your channel. Talking about shoes, I have come across some formal shoes with extended toe caps. I personally don't like them or perhaps I don't know how to sport such a pair. Could you please do a video on how to wear shoes with extending toe caps and whether they are appropriate for formal occasions?

  3. looking extremely sharp! Big shoe fan here, love them wingtips styles. I find the wholecut and seamless oxfords amazing. Like to see how large your shoe collection is.

  4. Is it acceptable to wear well polished black captoe Oxford's for evening wear? I believe that is how black tie was first worn. Also, saddle Oxford's are the most common golf shoes.

  5. Mr. Schneider, life is interesting indeed! I was just out doing a little men's shopping at a well known Clothier in Long Island and there was this older couple (of the generation just after the 2nd Great World War, from what I could see) picking up a sports coat and two pair of pants that were being altered to fit her husband. As we were waiting there, we started to look around to see some of the merchandise the Clothier was selling. The wife immediately went to a seersucker suit that was on the rack. She immediately exclaimed 'Honey don't you remember when these things were in fashion?' ….and the husband answered 'Yes I do!', I then enthusiastically stated …'these suits are on a come back now and a lot of fellas are just NOT wearing the standard blue seersucker, they're wearing colors like red and brown. I've then took out my phone (Samsung Note 3) and show her a gentleman at the Kentucky Derby sitting in a red seersucker suit, and another one in a brown seersucker suit, who happen to be wearing a pair of 'Spectators Shoes'!! Sven Raphael Schneider if you could see the joy in their faces when they saw those shoes and how they talked about them… IT WAS AMAZING! I was able to conversate with them about this and they were so surprised that I know them. I was able to do this simply based on the knowledge of your video. I am so thankful for that. They left that store and their hearts were set on fire and mine was too

  6. I love the style of white dress shirt collar… what is this name of this kind of collar? It has rounded corners. Thanks!

  7. I am now obsessed with oxfords! Will definitely grow my oxford collection. The only problem I have is that I have a very wide feet and lots of meat on top, so it's very hard to find my size. I found allen edmonds. Any other brands that offer wides?

  8. hello, how would you maintain these shoes to last? ive herd some people keep them in good condition for years!

  9. Great video. Thank you for your channel. I really like the guidelines to helping me making me look great. Keep the videos coming.

  10. what belt would you wear with a blue or white shoe? Or basicly any dress shoe thats not black or brown. Because I know that you should match you shoes and belts but also heard that you should not wear leather belt any other colour than black or brown.

  11. Great video. Are these oxfords with cap toes? http://www.florsheim.com.au/shop/resources/images/banners/shoeMens_mensDress.jpg

    I'm a little confused between round and square toes. I have purchased some shoes with a more square/plain toe which I think look good but want to avoid square toes as they don't look very stylish. The shoes I purchases are similar to ones in the link above.


  12. What can someone wear with say, a polo and chinos if they're on their feet all day? I work at a music instrument store and I'm not sure Nike air maxes work too well with the look, but leather shoes would probably get uncomfortable after up to 9-hour shifts standing up most of the time/walking around, and might also look a bit out of place.

  13. This is wonderful presentation. I'm looking to buy my first pair and this really answered my questions. Thanks!

  14. do you have a video on wearing sports coats and and how to pair them pants specifically for me I have some nice off white pants and was wondering if I can pair a jacket with them but not sure how to?????

  15. you gotta admit, guy knows how to dress. He went to the '' dress and kick ass academy''. He just needed the Homburg hat and…mother will be kicking ass.

  16. Sven, one thing I've noticed in a lot of Oxfords such as Allen Edmonds Park Avenue is that the shoes/toe box is never flat to the ground. I see this is most of the oxfords where the toe or front part of the shoe curls up. Is there a reason for this? Even new shoes don't like completely flat.

  17. Where would I be able to find those white wingtip oxford's you show? They would be awesome for a wedding

  18. I'm probably the only guy that wears Oxford shoes whit my Dicky pants whit a wife beater shirt an a button up over dress shirt I know I'm the off the cuff type of guy

  19. Raphael, I can't help but smile while watching your videos.
    I started watching your videos after a drastic weight loss of 30 lbs I decided I needed a new wardrobe and at 35, shopping at target wasn't exactly a choice anymore. I started looking at neiman and Macy's. And I am slowly becoming a metrosexual. Thanks to you. Please keep doing what you do. Thanks

  20. Thank you for this vid, it's very informative.

    I'm new to all this so I need all the help I can get. I recently bought a navy blue slim fit and am agonizing as to which type of shoe to get to match with them.

    But if I hearing it correctly, you can't go wrong with a black Oxford cap toe. Right?

  21. I take it this douchebag is european and doesn't care for americans much.
    Ah, i just read that he lives in america now…and probably rocks the saddle oxfords now too.

  22. I'm glad you upgraded your suit. I skipped 2 of your videos because of what you were wearing. You were talking about shoes but your suit didn't agree with your expertise. Now, that's more like it.

  23. Ola Amigo , Gostaria de Lhes Parabenizar a Voçe e Toda a Sua Equipes, Lindos Calçados,Obdecendo a Altura e os Desayner dos pes, com muito Conforto e Glamur. Otimo.
    Sr. Gentlemans Gazette.

  24. Our style is not quite the same however I have to say, Raphael looks great in suites with peaked lapels

  25. At the end of this video, you say if you want to find out which shoe brands we recommend, please check out our indepth guide, but there is no link, and I am unable to search for it in your search feature under "indepth guide." Can you reply with the url for that?

  26. Whole-cuts are rather too plain and, to my eye, a bit grotesque. Cap-toes are a reasonable starting point, but I find plain-toes in regular leather more modern and elegant.

  27. I really enjoy watching your channel

    I am 14 years old, and your channel influenced me to be a gentleman and step out of my comfort box when it comes to my style and my personality. I usually wear a polo shirt, a skinny jean/ polo, my Oxfords (I just bought blue ones), and my pea coat when it is cold outside. I would get some of your FB socks, but I can’t afford that with my allowance. Do you have any tips for my style when it comes to the outfit I just described to you?

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