Today we thank our friend Bob Lobbito who you can follow on Instagram here for our shoe inspiration of the day. He is sporting a pair of beautiful dark brown derbys with a burnished toe and leather wrapped laces.
Brown is a very versatile colour that you can match with practically anything. A great colour palette that brown works well with is along blue and white. For example you could sport brown derbys like Mr. Lobbito, a navy suit and a white dress shirt underneath. You could also dress them down a bit and throw on your favourite khakis and sweater over top.
It’s pretty common to get derbys and oxfords mixed up as well. As you can see in the above picture, derbys have an open lacing system while oxfords are closed. This is achieved by sewing the quarter section of the shoe over the vamp instead of under like the oxford. Both are wonderful shoes to have in your wardrobe though and serve very similar purposes.
Back in the 1850’s, the derby boot was more traditionally used for sporting activities but by the turn of the 20th century, its shoe variation became more popular for everyday use. Oxfords on the other hand come from Scotland and Ireland, where they were also coined Balmorals, named after the famous Balmoral Castle. It wasn’t until the 1800’s when Oxford University students commonly wore an ankle boot called the Oxonian and rebelled against its design. A shoe with a smaller cut and instep lacing was made to coincide this, thus the oxford dress shoe was born.
What do you think of derbys? Do you have a pair yourself or prefer another style? Let us know in the comment section.