The derby shoe is an evolution of the Oxford shoe and the difference between them is the lacing system. On derbys we find an open-lacing system, leaving more space for the foot, which is ideal for people with very arched foot bridges. We can find references from this silhouette in books that date back from 1862.
This shoe has been a protagonist in many scenes and subcultures, as it is the case of the rockabilly movement, the mods or the punks. In skate culture it has also had its role, with brands like Supreme and Stüssy making their own versions of them.
In the last ten years, many designers have implemented some new ingredients like sport soles, air chambers or metal reinforcements to achieve a more futuristic aesthetic and a better comfort. The brands that have been following this type of designs are Raf Simons, Dior, Prada and Alyx among others.
Written by Adrián Lorca