A friend is committed to laughing at me whenever I do, since she insists they are ridiculous, but like a forbidden boyfriend, her scorn has only deepened our love.
Its true that Oxford flats can be tricky and can look a bit orthopedic if you dont pair them with the right clothes, but I dont care my love for them is strong and true. And theyll be a perfect fit with the rest of falls shoes, which remain neutral and natural, with lots of chunky heels and animal prints. (Im not quite on board with animal prints because I think they easily can become abused animals conscripted to pair with stacked, two-tone hair and rhinestone-laden clothing, but maybe thats just me.)
At the lovely Heirloom Shoe (4415 N. Western; 605-0356) you can sample all of the latest trends with gorgeous shoes. I was in love with a girly, heeled Oxford by Coclico (maybe it wants to go on a playdate with my flat Oxford). The shoe is done in a soft slate with delicate cutouts for maximum adorableness.
For something a bit more tough, check out the lace-up leather boots by Vintage and Argila think a European chic take on the early 90s staple of Doc Martens. Id love to pair these with thick, textured tights and re-create my own version of Reality Bites.
Besides the neutrals, I also saw some great pops of color (deep green and eggplant) at Heirloom, along with the always-fun collection of bright Bensimon tennis shoes. (I own a pair in navy and wear the hell out of them.)
Id love to re-create my own version of Reality Bites.
Heels rule at Pink Sugar Shoe Boutique (1389 E. 15th; 359-0044) in Edmond. Keeping that ruggedchic trend going, check out the Bacío 61 ankle boot done in a deep brown leather with a serious heel.
On the girlier end, I loved the classic, round-toe pump by Plenty by Tracy Reese. Its a lovely gray suede with a stacked heel. And, being a sucker for all things whimsical, I couldnt help but fall in love with the dark-gray, round-toe heel by Poetic Licence. It has a fat, stacked heel, T-strap and a vintage-cool velvet flower at the toe.
There are flats, too, along with some great knee-high boots at Pink Sugar right now.
Things get casual at Blue 7 (7518 N. May; 604-5199), which carries a good selection of both mens and womens shoes. (And you cant miss that whole wall of Toms in lots of fun patterns and colors.)
From Sanuk slip-ons to cute Keds, flats are the shoe to buy at Blue 7. I especially loved the broken-in leather dock shoes by Stu. For mens, the styles range from scruffy boots and sneakers to docksiders.
All these options itll be hard to pick just one new mate for my Oxfords.
Photo by Shannon Cornman