While the wedge, the classic pump and the ballet flat maintain their places in the fashion firmament for 2013, sometimes a flat is just the way to go. Whether it’s for a casual Friday, a day of errand-running or you’re just not that into heels, flat shoes have a place in every wardrobe. For the new season, the flat oxford maintains a starring role in the menswear-as-womens-wear trend.
With slim-fit pants, shorts or a sweet skirt, the oxford provides the perfect accompaniment. Completing a gamine look to perfection, it has the added benefit of making a too-sexy mini translate for every day wear. We all know the worth of getting more wear out of our favorite pieces.
Consider this collection of colorful shoes that add the perfect lift to a transitional wardrobe. Off-duty dressing was never so easy as with a pair of these sweet, borrowed-from-the boys kicks.
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Trend to try: Show-stopping oxfords
Not for the faint of heart, these bold, neon orange oxfords steal the show. Paired with a dark blue skinny and your favorite Breton stripe T and topped with a blazer, it’s just the right touch of crazy-meets-classic.
The price tag takes them into investment dressing territory.
$450.00 MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Lace Up Oxfords shopbop.com.
Why not go bold with a florals? A high-powered print wakes up this menswear silhouette and guarantees to be a conversation-starter even when paired with the simplest combinations. A white tee and cut off shorts would get instant ensemble credit when paired with theses pretties.
$148.00 Daltrey Oxford in Floral, nastygal.com.
Bass ‘Ely 3’ Lace-Up Oxford
Wear it now. Get in on spring 2013’s metallic trend and wear this pretty pair with navy pants and a knit sweater over a button up for just the right touch of daytime glamour. The sheen of metallic tones takes the place of sequins as we roll into spring.
$89.00 Bass ‘Ely 3’ Lace-Up Oxford nordstrom.com.
Bass by Rachel Antonoff Women’s Maebird Oxford
Red leather paired with clear plastic cut outs sounds anything but sweet. In fact, the phrase brings to mind the kind of purchase one might wear dark glasses and a wig to make, or a slutty Halloween costume at best.
Wonderfully, these oxfords pair the two materials in a a delightfully surprising way. Wouldn’t these be a perfect match for a swinging, floral sundress?
$120.00 Bass by Rachel Antonoff Women’s Maebird Oxford amazon.com.
Delancy Oxford Aqua Suede Sperry Top-Sider
Pastels and lengthening days go hand in hand. This mouthwatering sorbet hue is just the thing for spring 2013. Try a monochromatic all-white ensemble and finish with these pretty kicks for a shot of color that stops short of being a jolt.
$98.00 Delancy Oxford Aqua Suede Sperry Top-Sider, jildorshoes.com.
“Well you can do anything, but lay off of my blue suede shoes.” If you say you wouldn’t sing that song in your head the whole time you wore these, you are a liar. How could you not? If blue is not your bag, they come in a luscious shade of lavender, too.
$228.00 Suede Oxford, jcrew.com.
Halogen® ‘Lindy’ Oxford
Pretty in pink is a lovely juxtaposition for this boyish shoe. Wear with your favorite faded slim-fit denim or with a pretty pastel printed combination for a bold effect. A little bit chunkier than some styles this one is bolder in its tomboy interpretation and all the more fun the the playful hue.
$99.95 Halogen® ‘Lindy’ Oxford, nordstrom.com
Cole Haan Alisa Two-Tone Oxford
A bold fuchsia sole and laces set off the deep blue in this oxford and make it sing. The darker hue gives it an interesting spin. Wear them when you channel spring 2013’s love affair with denim blues and go big in head-to-toe, mid-blue chambray and jeans or a denim dress.
$178.00 Cole Haan Alisa Two-Tone Oxford, neimanmarcus.com.
Manx Canvas Oxford
Think pink in this candy-striped canvas oxford. Light weight fabric and espadrille-style detailing makes this a sweet summer shoe that you can wear almost every day. Mix prints with florals in the same color family or wake up the most basic combinations with this happy stripe.
$78.00 Manx Canvas Oxford, nastygal.com.
Mossimo® Osanna Flat
Since a girl can never have too much leopard, these are a pretty great deal. Coming in at a super low price and available just around the corner. This pair of kittenish kicks works with your favorite skinnies and stands ready to dress up even your buttoned-up looks with the tiniest touch of va-va-voom playfulness.
$19.99 Mossimo® Osanna Flat, target.com.