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The when and where of two timeless styles of men's footwear.

What's the Difference:
Oxford And Derby Shoes

What's an Oxford Shoe?

While its history is up for debate, we know for certain that Oxford shoes gained their name from the city's university students with whom they were all the rage in the 1800s. Since then this traditional men's style shoe has become synonymous with formal and business wear but is equally an ideal way to smarten up more casual attire such as chinos

The main difference between an Oxford and a Derby lies in the laces. The former features a closed lacing system in which the quarters, the side tabs where the shoelace eyelets are punctured, are sewn under the front part of the shoe, known as the vamp. For those who are still not sure, what we are essentially referring to is the seam that runs directly below laces.

Closed lacing

 Closed lacing

Elongated toe

Elongated toe

Three-part panelled construction

Three-part panelled construction

Stitched leather sole

Stitched leather sole
What's an Oxford Shoe?
Gleninagh Brown

Gleninagh Brown

£259 £207.20

Aldeburgh Tan

Aldeburgh Tan

£199 £159.20

Portobello Burgundy

Portobello Burgundy

£169 £135.20

Aldeburgh Black

Aldeburgh Black

£199 £159.20

Yarford Black

Yarford Black

£259 £207.20

Cecina Dark Tan

Cecina Dark Tan

£349 £279.20

What's a Derby Shoe?

Better suited to gentleman who has a high instep, the Derby is commonly thought to be an evolution, at least in terms of comfort, of the Oxford. Setting aside which came first, what we can all agree on is that Derby shoes have a more relaxed look giving the shoe added diversity both in terms of how they are worn - smart or casual - and how they are made, suede being as popular a choice as leather.

Unlike an Oxford, Derby shoe has open lacing meaning that quarters are stitched on top of the vamp - notice how there is no seam between the tongue and front of the shoe. Less-bound in both appearance and fit, the looser tightened laces allow for more freedom of movement.

Open lacing

Open lacing

Elongated or round toe

Elongated or round toe

Three-part panelled construction

Three-part panelled construction

Stitched leather sole

Stitched leather sole
What's a Derby Shoe?
Harworth Black

Harworth Black

£169 £135.20

Napoli Dark Brown

Napoli Dark Brown

£329 £263.20

Hasketon Burgundy

Hasketon Burgundy

£259 £207.20

Ellera Burgundy

Ellera Burgundy

£349 £279.20

Ellera Navy

Ellera Navy

£349 £279.20

Campobello Brown

Campobello Brown

£349 £279.20

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