Shoe in: Loafers, Brogues and Oxfords

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All snooty named shoes are not created equal.  At least that is what we learned during the painstaking, no stone left unturned research for this article.  Okay okay, no pain only fun and footwear gain.

Being the people pleasing style mavens that we are, we thought we’d whip up a quick shoe-torial on the three styles.

Loafer: Webster’s definition includes a person that does not work.  Our definition includes a shoe with no laces and meets somewhere in the middle of a moccasin and a slip-on.

Brogue: can be found as far back as the 16th century and sets itself apart not only in age but in its standalone detail, a perforated pattern around the toe and wingtip.

Oxfords: have laces.  Yep, that is it.  Any shoe with a tongue and laces is technically in fashion terms an Oxford.  Oh, and they originated in Scotland and Ireland (2-fer on the cool accents).

And with that, class is adjourned.


Repetto Michael Patent Loafer $350


Robert Clergerie Vicolei Crochet Oxford $395


Repetto Dean Oxford $395


Proenza Schouler Fringe Slipper $750


Gravati Leather Wing Tip $590


Oscar de la Renta Adelyne Oxford $790


Paul Smith Afton Cherry Etrusco Oxford $525



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Shannon Cavanagh
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