If you know me at all, you know this: I wear heels whenever possible. Ballet slippers are not my thing; my feet probably went about five years without seeing the inside of a pair of sneakers….you get the picture. I’m just a little over five feet tall, so it’s a good thing I have no problem walking in heels – in fact, my arched feet tend to sit better in high heels than they do in most flats.
But I digress. I had a very easy time resisting the ballet flat trend but the same can’t be said for the new flat shoe in town: the oxford. I just can’t seem to get enough of these menswear-inspired shoes. And while a classic black brogue would look great paired with black pants and a white button-down, I happen to prefer a slightly flashier option. I say if you’re wearing a tame shoe like an oxford, bring on the glitter, the sheen and the studs. I fell in love with several pairs of oxfords but ultimately none compared to this glorious pair:
At $237, these Red Valentino sparkly duds were a bit of a splurge, but I am so happy I bought them. I’ve worn them nonstop for the past month or so and they get so many compliments. They really amp up any outfit – even a pair of black jeans and a plain white tee shirt (exactly what I’m wearing below) looks exciting when I add these…don’t you think?
I personally love these shoes, but there are plenty of other options out there if you want to cop the menswear-with-a-side-of-sheen trend. I’d recommend shelling out a little more cash and getting a pair that is made with real leather, as they’ll be so much more comfortable. Man-made materials may cut or blister your skin and if you get a pair that doesn’t irritate, your oxfords could very well become your go-to comfortable shoe. They’re a great way to add a little flair to a work outfit and you’ll be okay if you have to be on your feet all day. I tried this Sam Edelman pair first and even though they looked amazing I had to return them as they chafed my ankles way too much. Then again, I have sensitive skin and am not used to wearing flats – so maybe you’ll have better luck with a synthetic pair than I did. Even the pair I bought needed some serious breaking in: I wore them at home with thick socks under them, but what really worked for me was spreading a little Vaseline along the edge that hit my heel.
Another pro tip? Don’t be afraid to wear these in unexpected ways. I think a really feminine outfit – like a full skirt and tucked-in top – could look really fun and a little bit edgy with a pair of these added. And while I’m a huge advocate of wearing heels for a night out, I think these would actually look really amazing. Use your imagination!
Here are some other sparkly oxfords I love.