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
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.
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.
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
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
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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