Roberto Ugolini - Oxford
There's no men's shoe model as classic (and as classy) as the Oxford, especially when it comes to black tie events and big nights out. In traditional black, it completes the elegant line from bow-tie to foot without missing a beat. The Oxford shoe owes its name to Oxford University, which designed the first model of the Oxford shoe in the mid-1800's. At the time, boots were the norm, and so the Oxford shoe was seen as slightly racy and unconventional! No such air of rebelliousness still lingers over the Oxford today, of course, having slowly attained classic status over the last century. Now, indeed, it is the symbol of a timeless, masculine elegance that seems impossible to improve upon.
Like a reflection of light on black polished leather, a burst of sour grapefruit, pink pepper, and orange plays against an oily black pepper note that feels like incense and hot stones. A slightly fruity rose note arises deep from within a cluster of minty, bitter geranium leaf, with its hint of shoe polish. The base stands for everything that is classically handsome and masculine, namely a robust, aromatic cedar and sandalwood combination given an earthy touch with patchouli, benzoin, and vetiver root. "Oxford" by Roberto Ugolini stands for restraint, class, and the sort of understated elegance that is not as common as it once was (or should be again).