History of the Oxford Shoe

Women's oxford shoes are back in trend! This classic shoe dates all the way back to the early nineteenth century. Originally a men's footwear style, women's oxfords have gained immense popularity since the 1920's, especially in the 1940's through 1950's.


The first time oxfords appeared was in Scotland and Ireland. They were first called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. Later the name was changed to oxfords after many students started wearing the practical shoe at Oxford University. This shoe style didn't start showing up in the United States until the 1800's.

Oxfords were derived from the Oxonian, a half-boot with side slits. The half-boots were shortened into a more practical shoe for a good reason. Students at Oxford University mainly wore boots at the time. This new shoe style gave students versatility and comfort. The old style boots were very constricting, not to mention boring. Women's oxfords were a step in the right direction in fashion for more choices in women's shoes.