By definition: A brogue is a low-heeled shoe or boot defined by its perforated decorations (called brogueing) along the wing tip and the toe cap. An Oxford describes the style of a laced shoe characterized by closed lacing, or rather, lacing that is stitched underneath the tab. Moreover, the term was derived from the Oxonian, a half-boot with side slits that was popular at Oxford University in the 1800s. A loafer looks similar to an Oxford sans lacing, features a more moccasin-like construction, and is also widely referred to as a slip-on shoe.
Why it matters: As part of a recent resurgence of menswear-inspired dressing, women have been gravitating toward these borrowed-from-the-boys shoe styles. In honor of the trend, we thought it'd be good to know the difference between said styles.