Men’s Black Derby
A black derby shoe which has a longer toe and has a subtle micro pattern to the side. This formal lace up shoe is simple yet elegant and would look great with a suit for work. You could easily wear these with jeans for a more formal take on wearing denim. An open shirt with a pullover would complete that look. The derby shoe is a little less formal than the king of formality: the oxford. The difference between these is basically how the laces fasten. In the former, there are flaps and the laces attach to those. In the latter the shoe is closed. The reason the derby shoe came about is all about ease of wear (obviously easier to get a wider foot into a derby than a slimline silhouette of an oxford). In fact, it was the Earl of Derby whose bootmaker created an open boot system which really is the derby cut to enable the larger feet of the portly early to get into his boots. See this guide from Gentleman’s Gazette
Taking Care of Shoes
It is wise to spray these black derby shoes with protector before they are worn. Please make sure the spray is for leather. Of course, it is wise to polish them regularly. See our post here for a quick guide. Essentially, polish and also get some shoe trees. They are great for maintaining shape and freshness. Enjoy your back derby shoes and keep them looking stoosh!