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What is an Oxford?
An oxford is a low-heeled shoe with a closed lace system and exposed ankle. The Oxford shoe appeared in the 17th century. In that time, men only wore buttoned boots with high heels. But King Louis XIV of France created a model of modest height, which became successful among the high society, and which was adopted amongst the students of Oxford University, who replaced the buttons with narrow slits then with laces in the instep of the boot.
There are different types of Oxfords, just to name a few : Plain Oxford, Cap toe Oxford, Saddle Oxford, Wholecut Oxfords, Seamless Oxfords, Wingtip Oxford / Brogue. The Plain Oxfords are the most elegant ones, mostly in black and to be worn with a black tie. The Cap toe Oxford is the most classic business shoe, which has to be worn with a business suit. In general, Oxfords are very formal shoes, except those made of suede or colored, which can match with a pair of chinos and a blazer. Oxfords don’t however fit with denim.