Oxblood shoes – individual and versatile

Oxblood shoes

Oxblood shoes – the different options and how to style them

Oxblood shoes pair well with light blue trousers
Oxblood shoes pair well with several colours including light blue/grey trousers

Looking for a dress shoe to go with jeans? Or want a colour that works well with black, navy and grey?

While black and brown are still the most common dress shoe colours, for a lot of people, oxblood dress shoes are an essential part of their wardrobe.

Why?  Firstly because oxblood is versatile – it goes well with a range of colours. And it can add a splash of colour to a more neutral outfit. For example,  you can use oxblood to pep up a neutral outfit like a grey jacket with chinos or jeans.

Oxblood can make a stronger and more individual statement than black or brown.

Oxblood shoes pair up well with black, navy blue, light blue and grey.  And they can be dressed up or down.

Oxblood wholecut shoes
Oxblood wholecut shoes are the most dressy
oxblood-wholecut-shoes-with-grey-trousers
Oxblood wholecut shoes with grey trousers

Oxblood – the colour

Oxblood color shoes have been around a long time.   Some people also refer to it as burgundy. It is also associated with cordovan, although this is more correctly refers to equine leather taken from horses.  The blood of an ox was used originally as a pigment to dye leather.  As it oxidised and aged its colour would change and darken to a deeper shade of reddish brown with a purple undertone.

There are different shades of oxblood, from lighter or more reddish colours.  Generally the darker, deeper shades are the best and are more dressy. Lighter shades are ok for more casual outfits.

The popularity of oxblood shoes does vary over time – sometimes it becomes the colour of the season.

Different styles of oxbloods

 

 

Oxblood bluchers or derbys
Oxblood bluchers or derbys
Oxblood wholecut shoes with blue jeans
Oxblood wholecut shoes with blue jeans

Oxblood wholecut oxfords are the most dressy oxbloods. They can look great with a navy or grey suit or dressed down with a jacket and trousers.

Oxblood derbys and oxblood bluchers are less formal than oxfords and look good with a jacket and trousers or jeans.

Oxblood loafers can look very good sockless with jeans or blue gray trousers.

Thomas Bird Italian Oxblood Shoes

We currently offer oxblood shoes as wholecuts, derbys and bluchers. We will be adding an oxford and loafer very soon, along with a new oxblood monk shoe. Like all Thomas Birds they are all Italian made shoes with quality calf leather, dyed and burnished by hand to bring out the depth of colour.

Do you like oxblood shoes and how do you wear them?  Please let us know and leave a comment below.

 

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Adam

Thomas Bird Shoes

4 thoughts on “Oxblood shoes – individual and versatile

  • January 5, 2017 at 8:45 am
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    You don’t mention boots?

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    • January 5, 2017 at 9:47 am
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      Good point. The same ideas apply to boots. We don’t have an oxblood boot at the moment but maybe we should. Oxblood chelsea boots could look great.

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  • January 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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    I have your bluchers in oxblood. They are very versatile shoes that I like to wear with slacks or dark wash jeans and a sports jacket. I wore them with a navy suit once and that looked nice. Like you said, oxblood shoes are good for adding a splash of colour to an outfit.

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    • January 9, 2017 at 10:07 am
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      Thanks DeJuan. Yes oxblood works well with dark jeans and navy. Glad you like them.

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