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How to Wear Oxford Shoes

The key to looking effortlessly pulled together? Topping off your outfit with a pair of classic oxford shoes.

Shoes say a lot about a guy. A quality, polished pair is a good indication that you take pride in your appearance, while kicking around in old Converse is a clue that you're pretty darn laid-back. Well, we’re guessing whether you admit it or not, you’d rather fall in the former category. So we’ll let you in on a style secret. The key to looking effortlessly pulled together? Topping off your outfit with a pair of classic oxford shoes.

Whether you’re suiting up for work or simply hanging out in jeans and a sweater on the weekend, this shoe style will instantly upgrade any look. Not sure how to pull off oxfords? We’ve got you covered. Just follow these foolproof tips next time you’re shoe shopping.

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What to look for:

When hunting for the perfect oxford, keep shape in mind. For a clean look, you want something with a slightly rounder toe, not too pointy and not in the least bit square—like the Johnston & Murphy pair above. ($195, johnstonmurphy.com)

How to wear them:

To highlight a dapper new pair of oxfords, ensure your trousers (for work) or jeans (for the weekend) break just at the top of the shoe. That way, your pants won’t cover up any of the detailing on the footwear. To amp up your below-the-ankle look even more, try a bold, colorful sock in place of boring black crews.

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