Saddle Oxfords – historically an American style & surprisingly designed for indoor sports!

The American shoe factory A.G. Spalding created and introduced the saddle shoe in 1906. First designed for indoor sports, the separate waist piece was reinforced and intended to bring additional support for the instep. The interesting and comfortable pairs were quickly worn by the thousands, and gained tremendous support among the youth both on and off court as well as among the older, golf-playing set.

In 1957 Elvis Presley wore saddle shoes in Jailhouse Rock.
Woody Allen is known to wear these shoes. Interesting still, Bert from Sesame Street often wore saddle oxfords and can be seen in his song and dance called Doin’ the Pigeon. The Peanuts comic strip character Lucy Van Pelt also wears saddle shoes.


Shop men’s Saddle Oxfords in smart tan pebble leather with rich mahogany brown saddle piece at:

Description: The CIZMAR Saddle Oxford Shoes are tan-brown shaded beauties. The pebble leather shoe in tan shade decorated with the distinctive, saddle-shaped panel placed mid foot in rich mahogany brown color looks spectacular. The shaded toe also balances the plain vamp.

Wear: The shoes are ideal wear for parties & weddings and can be paired with brown formal trousers. They also look nice with Jeans giving a semi-formal party or event look.

Hope you enjoy wearing them as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you!



Style & Fit

Everybody’s feet are different in shape, size and detailing. This fact as well as the styling, construction or materials can affect the fit of different footwear.
For example, a shoe made in narrow form will fit tighter than the same size in regular form. Similarly one made from patent leather may feel tighter than the same style made from soft, suede leather. This could be due to the shape or the softness and flexibility of the material and how it moves with your foot. However, leather is a natural material and may stretch over time to adapt the shape of your foot.

Anatomy of a shoe:

  • The toe box is the front tip of the shoe that provides space for the toes. It may be rounded or pointed and will determine the amount of space provided for the toes.
  • The vamp is the upper middle part of the shoe holding the laces.
  • The sole consists of an insole and an outsole. The insole is inside the shoe, touching the foot; the outsole contacts the ground. The softer the sole, the greater the shoe’s ability to absorb shock.
  • The heel is the lower part of the rear of the shoe that provides elevation. The higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of the foot.
  • The last is the part of the shoe that curves in slightly near the arch of the foot to conform to the average foot shape. This curve enables you to tell the right shoe from the left.





There are various combinations in foot anatomy:

  • Regular feet: will need a regular width shoe in a regular size.
  • Lean/ regular and narrow feet: can fit well into a narrow shoe in the regular size.
  • Lean/regular and wide feet: will need a broad toe shoe or a bigger size.
  • Regular feet with broad fingers: will need either a broad toe shoe or a size bigger or in some cases both!
  • Plump and narrow feet: can fit into a narrow shoe but a bigger size.
  • Plump and regular feet: will need a regular width shoe in a bigger size.
  • Plump and wide feet: will need a broad toe shoe in a bigger size.

Shoe Styles for Foot Styles:

  • A high instep: Shoes that don’t cover the instep i.e. Loafers/ Moccasins/ Espadrilles etc. are recommended. In case of a closed shoe, a Derby or Blucher would be better.
  • A broad toe: A broad shoe with low heel would be comfortable. A broad toe Brogue, Derby or Blucher in formal wear and Boots & loafers in casual wear are recommended.
  • A high arch: A high cut shoe with a supportive last and sturdy heel is advisable. An Oxford or Brogue in formal wear and Boots in casual wear are recommended.

Most men’s shoes conform to the shape of the feet and have a roomy toe box with sufficient horizontal and vertical space and a low heel (usually about half an inch high). Soles made of hard materials such as leather or soft materials such as crepe can both be worn, but softer soles tend to be more comfortable. If you stand for extended periods of time, shoes with soft, pliable soles will protect your feet and help keep them comfortable.

Work shoes are also available with varying characteristics, depending on the wearer’s occupation. E.g. Broad toe Brogues or Boots made of thick leather.




  • You must always loosen the laces as you slip into and out of the shoes. This prevents unnecessary stress on the eyelets (small holes for the lace) and the backs of the shoes.
  • Always begin lacing shoes at the eyelets closest to your toes, and pull the laces of one set of eyelets at a time to tighten. This provides for a comfortable shoe fit.
  • When buying shoes, remember that shoes with a larger number of eyelets will make it easier to adjust laces for a custom fit.

Mark of a good fitting in a shoe:

  • Good fit; comfortably loose when worn with soft, absorbent socks.
  • Shaped like the foot; broad and spacious in the toe area.
  • Shock-absorbent sole; a low wedge type.
  • Breathable material; canvas or leather, not plastic.
  • Comfortable the moment you put them on.

Its a “fit” issue!

It is the day & age of the internet. Wherever you go, its raining online products, each page tempting you with myriad hues and designs! This melange of products beckon us to order. We place our order and on receiving, eagerly open, and, finally ‘try’! At that moment of revelation we are either pleased to have ordered just perfect or disappointed at usually – a fit issue! Oh that is upsetting! Now comes the process of Return – Refund – Reorder…Phew!

So how do we order the perfect fit in footwear online when for years we have totally relied upon trying out the size at a shop? For that we need to be clear about our size.

We have created this below given Size Chart for finding your perfect size. All you need to have is a measuring tape and a piece of paper. Once marked, you can check the measurement in cms in the chart for your correct size.

CIZMAR size chart
Know your shoe size – The CIZMAR Size Chart.

Once the length is clear, you must also understand your foot width. Goes without saying that it plays a big role in the fit of our shoe.

Euro Shoe Size Narrow (B) (inches) Medium (D) (inches) Wide (EE) (inches)
40 3 5/16 3 1/2 3 11/16
41 3 7/16 3 5/8 3 13/16
42 3 9/16 3 3/4 3 15/16
43 3 11/16 3 7/8 4 1/16
44 3 13/16 4 4 3/16
45 3 15/16 4 1/8 4 5/16

Here we need to understand that a narrow style would be a narrow width shoe in the same size. Hence people with broader feet should look at a size bigger.


Driving Shoes – not only for people behind the wheel!

It is a fact that Driving Shoe Moccasins are the most comfortable shoes to wear while driving and interestingly also while walking/ trekking/ in rough terrain etc. etc. This latter fact I discovered and understood well when my husband decided to wear these shoes (only) for an adventure trip. Aghast at this seemingly uninformed decision, I thought that he needed my good counsel and wasted no time in giving it! But he was adamant and so off we went to the beautiful north-east with its wet locales. While I was busy (secretly) pitying him, he was actually thoroughly comfortable in his shoes!

By the end of the trip I could understand why! Despite getting all wet, their looks and wear stayed the same. While the children and myself struggled in our sneakers while climbing up and down the beautiful rocky treks for seeing some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, my husband could easily do so due to the strong grip provided by the treaded sole. The shoes also sustained the incessant rainfall, whilst drying out quickly when there was some sun.

After observing this successful outing I really consider them as all wear and all weather friends!

The Treaded Sole of the Driving Shoe gives both driving and anti-slip comfort
Driving Shoe In Antique Leather
The CIZMAR Driving Shoe in Antique finish strong textured faux leather and special anti-slip & comfortable treaded sole.


“Driving Shoes are Moccasins with Rubber-pad soles. These shoes are light and comfortable to wear and derive strength and versatility from the rubber pad sole. The shoes hence give both comfort and support while driving.”



Beautiful Brogues – Conventional, Classic & Comfortable.

The CIZMAR Brogue Shoes
The Classic Brogues By CIZMAR

The Irish word brog means ‘a rough or stout shoe’.

The Merriam–Webster dictionary describes broguing (brogue: ing – noun) as an ornamentation of shoes employing heavy perforations. Therefore, any shoe, with perforations is a brogue – whether it is a Derby or Oxford shoe.

The Brogue was originally designed in Scotland and Ireland for wearing outdoors in the wet countryside. They were made with untanned animal hide and their distinctive feature was a series of perforations and serrations (broguing) on each piece of leather that was used in their construction. The purpose of these perforations was to allow water to drain from the shoes.

Slowly over time they were used by country gentlemen as a walking shoe and hence not considered appropriate for social or business occasions. However, things changed in the twentieth century when the brogue became a template for fashionable women’s footwear and the perforations or broguing were now used for decorative purposes. Famous celebrity women such as the actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn incorporated it into their signature style of daring masculine fashion choices. Perceptions began to change and slowly the brogue began to be considered appropriate wear, even for men for both social and business occasions.

In Full brogues or Wingtips, the cap is shaped like a ‘W’ when seen from above. It features broguing along its edges as well as decorative broguing in the center of the toe cap, which is called Medallion.

In Longwing Brogues, the wingtips (wings) extend along the full length of the shoe and meet at a center seam at the heel.

Semi or Half brogues have a toe cap and a medallion without wings with broguing both along the cap’s edge and sides.

Quarter brogues have toe caps without medallion and wings. They have broguing only along the caps edge.

A Ghillie brogue is a Full brogue or wingtip but does not have a tongue and has long laces that wrap around the legs above the ankle and are tied below the calf.

Half brogues or quarter brogues can be worn as a dress shoe with a suit as they are not too elaborate and maintain the formality of the outfit. On other semi–formal occasions where a blazer or a sports coat will suffice, the wingtip  makes for an ideal choice maintaining just the right amount of formality and casualness. In a casual setting , the brogue can be paired with jeans, chinos, and most other casual trousers.






Loafers – in select exotic suede leather. CIZMAR Smart Casuals

It is understood that “the shoes maketh the man” or you can “tell a man by his shoes“!

Shoes can change not only the way you walk but your entire body posturing as well as state of mind.

“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally. “

Christian Louboutin


Shoes make an outfit. You can throw on a crazy shirt and crazy pants but you add those shoes – done.”

Russell Westbrook

These smart Loafers are ideal as (slip-on) casual wear for the evening out or on holidays!


The subtle variations in the blue shade in the shoe upper finished with the fine stitching details give the shoes an uberstylish look and feel.

The CIZMAR Brogues

The Brogue shoe originated in Ireland, traditionally as outdoor or country walking footwear. It was made of untanned hide with perforations, allowing water to drain when walking on wet ground.

With their perforated and serrated designs, Brogues are now appropriate stylish business and evening wear too. Brogues are commonly found in one of four toe cap styles full or “wingtip”, semi-, quarter and long wing and four closure styles Oxford, Derby, Ghillie, and Monk.

  • The CIZMAR Classic Wingtip Brogues are made in top quality sturdy leather with the characteristic design of decorative holes (or “broguing”) and serration along the pieces’ edges.
Classic Wingtip Brogue Dress Shoes In Top Quality Brown Leather
Classic Wingtip Brogue Shoes
Classic Wingtip Brogue Shoes In Top Quality Black Leather









  • The CIZMAR Black Army Brogues are in the typical form of sturdy leather shoes with classic Brogue piercings and serrations. The broad toe is the discerning feature here. It adds the military rugged feel to the formal wear. The heavy TPR sole adds to the look.
Black Army Brogues In Black Leather
  • The CIZMAR Dress Shoe Brogues are in Wingtip style in a trendy tan shade in high quality leatherite.  The narrow toe makes this shoe a smart corporate and business wear favourite. The sole is anti-slip TPR and the low heel gives comfort.
Wingtip Brogue Dress Shoes In Tan Brown Leather.

In formal wear our Brogue shoes can be teamed with formal suits and jackets and with Chinos and formal trousers in dark washes. In casual wear they can also be smartly worn with slim fit jeans.

CIZMAR Formal Lace-ups

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“We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.”

(Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein)

Shoe Musings

Saw some beautiful jazzy gold-ish sneakers today! Was amazed! So much variety on offer in the markets today – any & every style for any & every pocket! Buying a shoe is no longer a ‘getting your dad to agree’event! No more waiting for a birthday or a family function or a wedding. Its now an obsessive check of designs available online & all around, timing the sale, happy to get the stalked shoe at an easy price and taking the plunge! This is for us – the middle class earners and for our employees – the new earners.

Driving Shoes In Antique Finish Leather


But still lagging behind, are our menial workers – our maids/ servants and their families – those that we call – ‘the under privilaged’ and those who are still struggling to buy basic needs. They are the ones who need to come up the ladder – to be able to afford new shoes for their children every 6 months and invest in comfortable sneakers for their own selves for all the walking they have to do! So after making all the latest fashions and all the fancies, I wonder, can we make some shoes for them? Can we not dedicate a place in our online & offline shops for their benefit? Lets try…

slipper with saddle and jodox copy


Dear Peoples,

Now that we have entered into the fray, with our manufacturing & selling company in place, our next step is – marketing i.e. to make our footwear reach you. We have of course set up our online store for the purpose and have also enlisted on other marketplaces and are definitely happy with the response, but, really wish to get our shoes into as many hands (feet!) as possible. So we decided to create offers wherein our customers get more than they pay for – literally.  Hence we are excited to announce our new initiative, the CIZMAR Outreach Programme. This will give you amazing offers on select merchandise on our website

We hope you will enjoy availing these new offers, and we thank you for your continued patronage.

Team CIZMAR Shoes

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The Cizmar Outreach Programme
Buy 1 … Get 1 Free!


Buy any 1 slipper get any 1 oxford shoe free
The CIZMAR Outreach Programme