Derby shoes, also known as Bluchers, are a type of men’s dress shoe that is similar in style to the Oxford shoe. However, the key difference between the two is the lacing system. Derby shoes have an open lacing system, which means that the eyelets are stitched on top of the vamp (the front part of the shoe) and are not closed together like the Oxford shoe.
This construction allows the Derby shoe to have a more relaxed and comfortable fit compared to the Oxford shoe, making it a popular choice for men who have wider feet or prefer a more casual look. Derby shoes also typically have a slightly thicker sole than Oxford shoes, which adds to their durability and comfort. Like Oxford shoes, Derby shoes are often made from leather or suede and are available in a range of colors, from classic black and brown to more contemporary shades. They are typically worn with dress pants, chinos, or jeans for a more casual look. Derby shoes come in various styles, including plain-toe, cap-toe, and wingtip designs. They are a versatile and stylish option for men's formal and business wear, as well as for more casual occasions.