If it comes to a choice between wearing oxford flats or suffering for fashion, by all means, suffer. Oxfords are built for comfort, but they're painful on the eyes. First of all, there's nothing springlike about them. They're clunky, mannish, dark and dull. Worst of all, they're so serious. They'll make your spring wardrobe cry.
These are shoes you'll hate to pull out of your closet, so let them get dusty on the shoe shop's shelves. There are plenty of fun flats out there -- think ballet flats and sexy, strappy sandals. If you need sturdy, casual comfort, look for sneaker sandals or some adorable hiking boots instead.