Amazing Facts about Derby Shoes

Derby shoes are a type of shoes that are distinctly characterized by eyelet tabs which are stitched on the top of the shoe’s vamp.

Derby shoes also sport an open lacing style as opposed to the Oxford shoes that have the closed lacing style.

Here are some amazing facts about Derby shoes you never knew;

 

  • Derby Shoes were Originally Outdoor Shoes

 

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Derby shoes were originally used as sporting or hunting boots for the Victorian gentlemen. Derby boots were the sneakers for these gentlemen.

The shoe underwent a lot of evolution till it became an acceptable everyday shoe.

 

  • The Derby Design may have been Inspired by an Army Officer.

 

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The origin of the derby shoe isn’t so clear. The design of the derby shoe is said to be inspired by the Prussian officer, Gebhard Leberecht Von Blücher.

He created the open lacing style that led to the derby shoe. The open lacing style made the boots more manageable to wear during the war when compared to the heavy boots that existed then.

  • Derby shoes may have been named after an Earl.

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Another angle regarding the true beginnings of the derby shoe teacher back to an Earl- the 14th Earl of derby.

History has it that he was a man with very wide feet and found it so hard to find shoes due to his unique feet.

To solve his problem, his shoemaker designed an open laced boot to help him get on or off his shoes more easily.

This version, however, is one of the many stories about the true beginnings of the derby shoe.

 

  • Derby shoe has a number of confusing names

 

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Other popular names for this shoe are; the gibson or the blucher among many others. Note that these names just describe the style of derby shoes and not the true derby shoe.

A true derby has; an open lacing system, an exposed ankle, is made up of 2 quarters and had a vamp with a tongue.

 

  • Derby shoes are the most comfortable formal shoes

 

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The open lace system makes the derby shoes less limit than the other shoe types. Are your feet wide? Do your feet have high arches?

The best shoe choice to consider is the Derby Shoe.

 

Derby shoes are not as classic and formal as Oxford shoes. They are however the choice footwear if you intend to nail the relaxed formal look or casual look.

 

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Amazing Facts about Oxford Shoes

Elegance and style are what every gentleman intends to nail whenever they put on a pair of Oxford shoes.

Oxford shoes are considered to be the most formal of men’s shoe choices as the shoes have a design that is ever classic.

An oxford shoe is a shoe that has closed lacing system, is low heeled and also exposes the ankle.

Some amazing facts about Oxfords are;

  • The Name

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Oxford shoes trace their history back to the halls of the prestigious Oxford University. Legend has it that the shoes were developed in the 18th century by Oxford students who found them easier to wear than the high heeled boots that were in vogue then.

  • Oxford Shoes May Have Scottish or Irish Roots

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Some other version of the oxford tale has it that oxfords were indeed developed in Scotland as the Scotts named the shoe balmorals after the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Oxford shoes are called Bals in USA and Scotland till date. Irrespective of its murky history, oxfords will always represent a shift from the impractical and often ornate men’s shoes of the previous decade.

  • Oxfords come in Various Styles

There are various styles of oxfords. They all have one thing in common though; it is a closed laced shoe.

The various types are:

Whole cut Oxford

Cap-toe oxford

Plain-toe oxford

Wing-tip oxford

Austerity Brogue Oxford

  • One Acceptable Lace Style

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The proper lace style of the oxford shoes allows it sit well against the clean lines of oxford as well as help distinguish the shoe from it’s cousin- Derby shoe.

The only acceptable way to lace oxford shoes is to always ensure that they are straight-laced so that the lace lies in neat horizontal rows across the shoe.

The quality of the shoelace also helps achieve this clear cut lace style.

  • Oxonian Shoes Birthed Oxford Shoes

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The first shoe produced by the students of Oxford University was the Oxonian shoe. It was a “half boot” that had narrow slits on the side replacing the buttons that were prevalent then.

Over time, the side slits were replaced with laces (on the side) and the side laces eventually ended up on the instep of the boot.

Other significant changes made to the Oxonian boot were the lowering of the heel and the height of the boot in order to expose the ankle.

 

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