How To Wear Derby Shoes In 2019

Nice enough to wear with a suit and versatile enough to dress down, the Derby is the perfect crossover from formal to informal attire. Your shoes can make or break your outfit so it is essential to pick the right pair, thankfully the Derby is here to accommodate your needs.
An evolution from the Oxford, the open lacing system of the Derby lends itself to a more casual attire, a loose and relaxed feel. It certainly is a classic and comfortable style of shoe.
Although a modern shoe today, the Derby wasn’t always accepted as such. In the mid-1800's it was the shoe style choice for leisure activities such as hunting and sportsmanship. It wasn’t until the mid-1900's that the Derby shoe became acceptable modern footwear.
Originating from an adaption of the “Oxford” The Derby was developed as a casual version to be worn as more of an informal shoe, however, the variations in both styles today have shown to be adaptable for any occasion.
So how do you differentiate between the Oxford and the Derby when they are almost identical? This can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for, both are similar in style but there are subtle differences that speak volumes. The key is to look at the laces, the Oxford features a system that is closed-stitched across the bottom, this means that their eyelet tabs are stitched underneath the vamp of the shoe and are, therefore, not visible.
When it comes to styling your Derby think day suits, wool trousers or even a pair of jeans. Its versatility allows them to adapt to any occasion.  
Black Leather Derby Shoes
A pair of sleek black leather Derbies style well with office attire. It’s masculine silhouette and classic style compliments tailoring perfectly. The Manning Black Leather Derby is easy to wear and care for with its slimmer style and minimal stitch detailing. Keep your Derbies gleaming and polished to complement the shine of your cufflinks and a smart crisp shirt.
Brown Leather Derby Lace Up Shoes
For something a little less formal, opt for a cap toe or wingtip Derby, which has more detailing and can carry a more casual outfit. Pair your Devin Dark Brown Leather Derby with denim or a chino pant for a relaxed look. To smarten them up, pair with black jeans and a wool blazer.
Fletcher Suede Navy Derby
Opt for The Fletcher Navy Suede Derby with a chunkier sole crafted with premium next-generation St. Moritz rubber blend for day-long comfort. This casual derby style shoe features an almond-shaped toe, lace-up fastening, and tonal sole. The comfort of The Fletcher makes it ideal for everyday footwear. Style them with a pair of slightly rolled up jeans for a modern and refined look.
Gordon Rush has an extensive range of Derby shoes available in a variety of colors and details, choose from brown, tan or black Derby shoes. Discover the collection today.