When it comes to travelling, comfy shoes are a must. Sporty sneakers or walking shoes fit the bill, but are usually more practical than stylish.
A pair of cute ballet flats or sandals can also work and will help you avoid the tourist look, but what if your style is more whimsical?
Stylist Morgan Mullin has these tips on how to wear a shoe that is both comfy on your feet, and will score you some creative style points- the casual oxford.
Since oxford shoes are very masculine, avoid pairing them with other tomboy pieces- otherwise, you risk running into Annie Hall territory! To add some femininity to your look try pairing your oxfords with a simple day dress, a floral print, or a top in a ladylike shade of pink.
You could even don a blouse with lace trim or a slight ruffle! The contrast created between a feminine piece and the masculine shoes will be very high-fashion, yet totally wearable. Also, it will keep the oxfords from looking costume-y. Talk about win-win!
Wear Oxfords with Polished Pieces
Oxfords are dress shoes for men, and on women they should still be paired with more polished pieces. That means nothing sloppy, ill-fitting, worn or faded. Rather, choose pieces that are well-tailored and classic. For instance, dark denim Bermuda shorts with clean lines look amazing with oxfords.
A simple a-line skirt that fits perfect would be another excellent item to pair with them. Clean, flat-front pants with a slim leg would work on cooler days. As for a dress? A simple, structured one makes an easy, chic mate to your oxfords.
Choose Warm Weather Oxfords for Summer Travel
Since most of us spent our summer in sandals, having confined toes on a warm day seems difficult to do. To pick oxfords that can be worn in the warm weather, try fun cut-out styles or ones with lightweight uppers like lace or mesh.
If you want to sport your Oxfords into the fall or next spring, try choosing more classic styles made from traditional fabrics like suede or cotton. These more classic varieties still work for summer if you choose softer hues- instead of black, reach for grey or taupe. Just don’t forget to pair ones made of heavier fabrics with footlet socks!
Don’t Wear Oxfords with Too Many Accessories
Since oxfords are such a statement-making shoe, use a light hand when adding other accessories. A simple cross-body bag lets your shoes take centre stage and is a practical choice for travel. As for jewelry, one bold piece, like a great necklace, ensures an extra dose of femininity without overdoing it.
There you have it! Let your comfortable feet carry you to new experiences in your oxfords, and don’t worry about looking like a faux-pas from the ankle down. Finally, fashion and function have made a perfect match, making your holiday that much easier.
*This post was originally published in 2012 and has been revamped and updated in keeping with current style.