Today I have picked Riccardo Bestetti's bespoke black oxford stitched cap toe as the ultimate formal shoe, for weddings or evenings, if one does not want to wear pumps. The shoe is elegantly made, instead of a punched cap toe it is stitched and then paired with silk ribbon laces, better it can not be. Well, ....will come to that later.
If the laces are substituted for normal laces, then the shoe is a normal business oxford.
I said better it can not be, well, yes, if the same shoe was a whole cut and no stitching or brogueing, then it would be the Über formal oxford shoe and then no need for patent leather shoes.
Bestetti's stitched cap toe oxford with silk ribbon laces.
Picture sourced from Riccardo Bestetti