Trending: Oxfords Saddle Up For Fall

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Following our look at all things modern punk, DFW Style Daily’s Fall Trending series continues today with a footwear comeback kid. Click here to read Trending: Punk Takes Practice.



The recent return of the Oxford shoe, also known as the saddle shoe, reflects a long history dating back to the late 19th century. First seen as a functional dress shoe for men, Oxfords gained a foothold in Scotland and Ireland. In following decades, the look became popular with women and children as well, spreading to England and the United States.

Whether laced-up or not, this leather-tongued style has had numerous resurgences. The London punk scene took a shine to Oxfords in the early 1970’s, but they remain most fondly remembered as a darling of the American Poodle Skirt era of the 1950’s.

Variations include Balmorals, the classic, seamless style. Wingtip Oxfords feature W-shaped toecaps, giving the appearance of a bird spreading its wings. Finally, Saddle Oxfords are so named for a saddle-shaped leather accent sewn over the instep.

This season’s twists include prints, ornamentation, and color-blocking, as spotted in designer collections from Bottega Veneta to Givenchy and beyond.


Oxfords On The Runway



Derek Lam shows a sophisticated pointed-toe Oxford.











Bottega Veneta’s lace-up version adds a sky-high heel.











Stella McCartney combines faux python and slip-on ease.











A two-toned Oxford from Chloé features ostrich detail.











Cow print at Givenchy extends all the way to the shoe.











Shop The Trend


J. Crew’s mirrored metallic Oxfords ($258) are sure to draw admirers.

Cut-outs and color-blocking update ModCloth’s modern saddle shoes ($60).



Additional research by Natalie Starnes.

Photo credits, from top: 1., 2., 3. Gianni Pucci/InDigital-GoRunway, 4., 5., 5., 6., 7.



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