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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6 Shoe Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Every profession has myths that their customers believe in, thus affecting them unbeknownst to them.

This week, our blog post tackles 6 shoe myths you may have heard or follow and the truths you need to start living. To the truth we go!

 

  • Quality Shoes Last Forever

 

 

A popular mantra says “nothing lasts forever”, so what makes shoes so special that they were “removed” from the list?

A good shoe generally lasts only 500 miles before they begin to undergo wear and tear. How quick the shoes reach this stage is all dependent on you. Your shoes will must definitely wear and tear with age.

Shoes need constant replacing to offer you the best foot and arch support.

If you can’t afford to change your shoes constantly, you can add new insoles as they help restore the lost cushioning and support a shoe needs.

 

  • Your Work Out Shoes and Your Regular Shoes Must be of the Same Size

 

Your workout shoes cannot be of the same size as your regular shoes. When walking or working out for more than half an hour, the feet tend to swell up to a full shoe size.

Your workout shoes have to be able to accommodate this increase. If this increase is not taken into consideration, one can suffer from black toenails, blisters and foot pain.

 

  • New Shoes Will Always Stretch

 

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This is the lie we tell ourselves as we force our feet into very tight shoes that catch our eyes during shopping.

New shoes barely stretch to offer you the comfort that comes with wearing the right size of shoes.

Never buy shoes that hurt or feel too tight because they most likely will not stretch.

 

  • Flip Flops are Comfortable

 

The comfort flip flops offer can be likened to robbing Peter to pay Paul. Flip flops are recommended to be worn for very short periods of time because they lack cushioning and lack arch support for the foot.

Constant wear of flip flops causes the feet to be stressed as the feet is the foot is constantly flexing to grab onto things. This can cause; muscle cramps, torn ligaments, cracked heels, corns and calluses. All these are definitely not comfortable.

 

  • Socks Don’t Matter

 

Socks over matter!

If you find yourself developing blisters or hot spots on your feet, you need to get the right pair of socks to prevent these from further happening.

If your daily activity will cause you to sweat in your feet, do not opt for cotton socks as they retain sweat.

Wear synthetic socks of acrylic or other fabrics that absorb moisture from the feet.

 

  • Flats are better than Heels

 

Flat shoes lack good cushioning or arch support. This lack causes the foot to curl inwards, creating a strain on the leg muscles. This is bad for the foot.

Shoes with small 1-inch heels offer better support to the feet than flats. It is time to ditch those flats for some comfortable heels.

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