The Oxford shoe has one principal defining characteristic: the lacing system. The uppers of an Oxford usually consist of the quarters and the vamp. The vamp is that part of the shoe uppers the covers the toes and instep, i.e. the front of the shoe. The quarters are that part of the shoe uppers that wrap around the heel and meet the vamp in the middle of the foot i.e. the back of the shoe. Besides the closed lacing system, Oxford’s also has a low-heel and exposed ankle.

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