Precursors of these shoe-boots were Balmoral, popular among the Irish and Scots in the XVII century. In the XIX century began to wear shoes similar students at Oxford University, and later the boots were shortened and added a front lacing. In the 1920s, women were first manufactured Oxford, which are called "oksfordetty" and originally used only as a sports shoe.
Currently, men's oxfords black and brown tones made of leather, is considered the official footwear and an integral part of a strict dress code. However sew modern oxford use not only the skin but also suede and cotton materials. Female models may have a heel. In addition, manufacturers offer a variety of colors that makes this shoe practically universal. It can be worn with jeans, shorts, leggings, short dresses and skirts.