BELGRAVE TOECAP OXFORD CITY SHOE – ESPRESSO BURNISHED

£495.00

THE DESCRIPTION

An Oxford shoe is defined by its “closed” lacing system, meaning that its eyelet tabs are stitched underneath the vamp (i.e., the top) of the shoe so that they aren’t visible. Oxfords are occasionally called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. The shoes are named Oxfords after Oxford University. This shoe style did not appear in North America until the 1800s. In the United States, Oxfords are called “Bal-type” as opposed to “Blucher-type” (see Derby). In France, Oxfords are known as Richelieu.

Oxfords were derived from the Oxonian, a half-boot with side slits that gained popularity at Oxford University in 1800. Oxfords were cut smaller than the foot. The side slit evolved into a side lace that eventually moved to the instep, as students rebelled against knee-high and ankle-high boots. The toe cap can either be lined with two narrow rows of stitching, perforated holes along the end cap stitching (quarter-brogue), perforated holes along the end cap stitching and on the toe cap (semi-brogue), or a semi-brogue with the classical wingtip design (full-brogue).

The Balmoral is also known as an Oxford with no seams, apart from the toe cap seam, descending to the welt. Oxford shoes are also known by their variation, or style. The Cap-Toe Oxford is the most well-known, although ‘Whole Cut’, ‘Plain Toe’, and a variation of ‘Brogue’ Oxfords are common. Shoes with closed lacing (Oxfords/Balmorals) are considered more formal than Derby’s

THE LEATHER

A deep, rich brown just like a really good espresso should be. Our Espresso Burnished colourway is the perfect tone for those not wanting to wear black. Perfect for all occasions and beautiful when ages and full of the character gained from plenty of wear.

Calf leather is finer grained, and lighter in weight than the hide of older cattle. This means that it is also more supple. It is also very durable in comparison to its thickness.

We advise using a Brown polish to help care for these. As you put the polish on, darker patches will appear which is the burnish. Don’t be afraid, this is the affect of the shoe.

THE FIT

This last has been used for our City shoes for many years.

The size (length fitting) of Tricker’s footwear made on this last (4537) is true to size, we recommend sticking to your regular than a regular UK. If you are unsure of your UK size, use our size guide to convert your known size to a UK size.

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