Oxford Shoes date back to the 1800s; precisely, Oxfords derive their name from “Oxonian,” a half-boot with slide slits that gained popularity at Oxford University.
Oxfords first appeared in Scotland and Ireland and were also called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. In France, Oxford Shoes are called Richelieu.
Women adopted Oxford Shoes in the 1920s. The main difference originally was the heel height, with women’s Oxfords being made using higher heels.
Today women’s Oxford shoes have the advantage of a variety of colors and ornamentation that we can wear on this classic type of footwear.
We can get away with bright colors, textures, sequins and even rhinestones. It is in the designers’ imagination and skilled shoemakers hands to please our senses and personal tastes.
Traditional Oxford Shoes are made using high quality grades of leathers on vamps, lining and soles. Oxfords usually are made with toecaps, but a smooth one-piece vamp has entered fashion today.
Autograf New York’s first Spring 2015 Collection offers 3 Oxford type of shoes:
SIENA, which are technically a type of Chukka Boots – but a close sister of Oxford Shoes – in GOLD Mirror Metallic leather and Smooth Calf leather.
We decided to first introduce Classic silhouettes and gain your trust with very well-made impeccable shoes. Let’s first dress effortlessly and give our feet a break from ultra trendy and often ill-fitting shoes.
Timeless pieces are worth an investment – you can enjoy wearing each pair of handcrafted in Italy shoes for years. With every year, your shoes will take on a more vintage and authentic look.
Knowing that your shoes are made out of top quality leathers and components should add to your blissful comfort.
With more than 15 years of experience designing for women’s fashion brands, award-winning shoe designer Monika Kusinska launched Autograf New York in 2014. Driven by her personal endeavor to find well-made, comfortable shoes in uncommon sizes in the United States, Kusinska-Paez decided to bring the luxury of high-quality, Italian leather shoes stateside. In 2000, she attended Parsons School of Design with a concentration on footwear, and later designed for women’s shoe brands including Ann Taylor, Fossil, Lucchese and Camuto Group.