The formal shoe is the shared embodiment of quality and craftsmanship. These types of shoes are literally pieces of art, taking several hours to produce wherein several stages are made by hand. With proper shoe care, a pair of oxfords shoes can last a lifetime.
Oxfords can best be described as a formal shoe with a close lacing. What close lacing means is basically that the upper parts of the shoe, which are drawn together by the laces, are sewn under the front part of the shoe. You can say that shoes with closed lacing are a bit more formal than shoes with open lacing.