Aug 18, 2011

Pretty of the week: Oxford Heels

I've developed a recent obsession with oxford heels. I'm not normally a fan of heels as they make a tap-click instead of the dainty click-click and the sound normally makes me feel the shoes think they are far too important for the likes of me. That, and my balance isn't the greatest the world has seen. But it's mostly the sound thing.

But I started seeing friends post pictures of oxford heels last week and fell, forgive the pun. head over heels in love with them. Not only are they completely charming, but they so easily transition into and out of lolita in a way that's super stylish and elegant and just a little bit grown-up while still being fun.

Is that not the most lovely shoe?

This one is more what I think of first when I see the name, though. Black and white just looks so sharp.

I love the summery feel of these!

Pink, anyone?

I got my first pair over the weekend in a bribe to sit through a scary movie. They are so very worth the sleepless week I know is coming, though. They even make a clap-tap that doesn't sound at all self important! And as a bonus I get to show off my husband's taste in shoes. <3

Totally worth it.


  1. Love the first pair, the tan ones, who is the designer? Thanks!

  2. The first pair are from J. Crew. :D

  3. Hi, just bounced here from googling oxford heels.
    But, being a shoemaker myself, I wanted to fix some terminology :)
    Top picture: Has an oxford cut, but is actually called half brogue, due to the traditional decorative perforations throughout. A full brogue is similar but the toe cap is shaped like wings. The straight toe cap cut makes it a half brogue. One can also just call them plain 'brogues'

    The B/W & W/Pink: These are actually called 'saddle shoes', which are another fine examples of adapting classic men's models to high heels.

    The lace heels & the last picture: The cut is called 'derby', which differs from oxford that the lacing parts go over the vamp. In oxford they go under the vamp, and in a saddle shoe, the breast/lacing has it's own individual piece all together which goes over both the vamp and the quarters.

    It's a pity that even the shoe sellers don't know these traditional terms, and I've seen many eStores selling heels with wrong terminology.