Oxblood shoes – the different options and how to style them
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 – 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 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 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.