Some shoes by Nico Nerini are made by using the traditional Goodyear Welted construction synonymous with quality handmade shoes. This technique, invented by the American Charles Goodyear Jr, has been mastered for over 100 years by the craftsmen and women at the factory in Northampton, England.
Oxfords first appeared in Scotland and Ireland, where they are occasionally called Balmorals after Balmoral Castle. However, the shoes were later named Oxfords after Oxford University. This shoe style did not appear in North America until the 1800s. In the United States, Oxfords are called “Bal-type” as opposed to “Blucher-type”. In France, Oxfords are known as Richelieu.