Classics Rediscovered: The 7 Best Oxford Shoes for Women! (2021)


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The Best Oxford Shoes for Women (2021)

Given how common Oxford shoes are, very few people know the one, mundane distinguishing trait of an authentic “Oxford”. 


Bueller? Bueller? 

I'll help you out. 

An Oxford is an Oxford if….the shoelace eyelets are sewn under the vamp, forming a closed-lacing system. (Contrast that to derby shoes which have an open lacing system.)

Yup. That's literally it. 

Beyond that, Oxford shoes can take on any style, any construction, and any materials, although Oxfords have largely retained their legacy as mostly formal, mostly leather or suede, and mostly black or brown. 

With that being said, it's pretty incredible that something as simple as the shoelace eyelet placement can define an entire shoe style

This broad definition benefits the fashion-forward, though, as so many shoes – no matter how colorful, innovative, or unique – can be considered Oxfords. 

Keep reading for our 7 favorite women's Oxford shoes this season! 



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Best Black Oxfords: Birkenstock

That's right. Birkenstock doesn't just make sandals! 

These lovely black oxford shoes feature a rich suede upper, traditional rounded toe, and a contoured footbed that molds to the shape of your foot, thereby offering maximum support and comfort! 

Birkenstock Gary

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Best Brown Oxfords: Josef Seibel


When it comes to style, look no further than these elegant brown oxford shoes from Josef Seibel

Crafted with vegetable-tanned leather, these oxford shoes feature an attractive stitching pattern that is also double-lock stitched, meaning the stitches won't fray – even if one becomes loose!

Josef Seibel Lindsay 2

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Best White Oxfords: Easy Spirit

Traditionally oxford shoes are black or brown, but who likes too much tradition, anyway? 

Oxford shoes deserve some spring and summer love too, and this pair from Easy Spirit is the perfect elegant accent to any warm-weather casual outfit! 

Easy Spirit Motion

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Best Casual Oxfords: Dr. Martens

Call these shoes classic oxfords with a patented Dr. Martens twist.

Honoring tradition with the sturdy platform, midsole stitching, and classic triple eye lace-up, these oxfords are finished off with some unmistakably Dr. Martens features such as the yellow trim and glossy-coated leather! 

Dr. Martens 1461 Patent

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Most Comfortable Oxfords: Naot

Remember when I mentioned that any shoe with closed-lacing can be classified as an Oxford? 

Well, these casual oxford shoes from Naot depict that perfectly! 

Essentially sneakers, these yoga-inspired lace-ups offer a two-toned leather and suede upper to complement a perforated construction that allows for enhanced breathability and comfort! 

Naot Kumara

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Best Platform Oxfords: Clarks

If you also find Clarks shoes to roam on the formal, stilted side of things, these platform oxford shoes are a much-needed breath of fresh air! 

Highlighted by a cute pink design available in leather or suede, these oxfords also offer a memory foam footbed and rugged, traction-rich platform and outsole! 

Clarks Sharon Noel

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Best Leather Oxfords: Nisolo

Peruvian footwear brand Nisolo kind of cheats by calling these shoes oxfords since the closed-lace vamp doesn't actually contain, you know, laces

With that being said, I had to include these cute slip-on d'Orsay “oxfords” for no other reason than I absolutely can't wait to get my feet in a pair of these once summer finally rolls around! 

Nisolo Emma d'Orsay Oxford

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