Indicative of an oxford, this brown dress shoe has a closed lacing system. This means the eyelets facings are stitched underneath the vamp (the front of the shoe). This creates a streamline look which is sleeker than the derby shoe. This is a simple brogue in that there is a medallion (the punch out detail) to the toe. This adds detail without creating a fussy shoe.
Some say the origins of this shoe are from Scotland and call it a Balmoral, others say it is Oxford university. A plain oxford is considered a dress shoe and a patent version is considered suitable for black/white tie events. This particular brown oxford is pretty versatile which is where the men’s oxford shoe is really at in todays more relaxed fashion conscious society.
Check out Gentlemens Gazette for more info.