By Bonny Osterhage
If the last time you wore oxfords was with your school uniform, then you are missing out on a seriously haute fashion trend. As versatile as your go-to ballet slipper, this schoolgirl staple has grown up quite a bit, thanks to different heel heights, textures and finishes.
Wear them when you want to add a modern edge to an ultra-feminine eco fashion look, or create a casually chic weekend look with cuffed jeans and your favorite boyfriend blazer. The truly mod will love the appeal of pairing their oxfords with knee-highs and a short, flirty skirt. We found some fabulous vegan oxfords that will keep you right in step with the style without leaving a carbon footprint.
Neuaura Eden in Sand
Who knew an oxford could be so sophisticated? This two-tone lace up with its platform heel is, in our humble opinion, very Chanel-esque. Perfect with pencil skirts, well suited for slacks and divine with dresses, it’s a must-have this season! Also available in royal blue and solid black. $130 at www.neuaura.com.
Oxia Burgundy Red Brogue Oxford Platform Creepers
Put on your red shoes and dance the blues in this fun, funky footwear. Your feet won’t get tired, thanks to the 1.23” black foam flatform and the lightly cushioned insole. In addition to the bold color, we love the attention to detail that includes a sporty side zipper at the instep. An economical $37 at www.lulus.com.
Osborn Corte Oxford
Cute and colorful, these oxfords will step up your basic jeans and tees. The fabric is a hand loomed ikat that was originally used by Mayan women as skirts, and no two patterns are alike. We think they are a shoe-in for casual weekend wear! $160 at www.osborndesign.com.
Novacas Charlie in Black
A fabulous menswear-inspired shoe, the Charlie combines a tailored tweed with faux leather and mini-platform heel for a style that is at once cool and classic. We think it’s one of the most versatile styles we’ve seen, playing well with everything in your eco friendly wardrobe. $129.95 at www.compassioncoutureshop.com.
Big Buddha Rebel
Metallic makes a great neutral and we love the way the distressed finish of these shoes capture that look. A wonderfully unexpected color combo, they appeal to the rebel heart in all of us! ON SALE FOR $44.99 (normally $49.95) at www.zappos.com.