Derby shoes for men are an absolute must-have for any stylish man: Image source

A Derby shoe is a style of boot or shoe, which is unique in its construction. It is characterized by quarters of leather, with shoelace eyelets, which are sewn on top of the vamp or body of the shoe. This method of construction is also known as “open lacing” and is different from Oxford shoes.

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The derby shoe can be worn for a variety of formal occasions: Image Source

The Derby shoe is a lot less formal than an Oxford and is considered a cross over shoe that can be styled both for formal and informal ensembles, appropriately. It is a very versatile shoe and is a must have for any stylish man. Available in many different colours and textures, the plain black and brown derby shoes are the most formal among the lot and can be worn with day suits or even part of a Friday dressing look.

Different styles of the derby shoe can be styled with the same trouser: Image Source

For smart casual dressing, derbies are perfect because they work well with a blazer or sports coat with chinos or flat front trouser combinations. The cap toe derby is a more casual option and should traditionally only be worn with mix and match separates or relaxed formals, rather than suits. For a relaxed workwear dress code, a well-made derby shoe can be worn in a variety of ways. They also go well with denim, adding a touch of formality to an outfit that requires a collared shirt, instead of a Polo T-shirt or knit top.


The derby shoe can be worn with a jeans and blazer look: Image Source (Left image & Right Image)

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