Derby shoe

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A derby (UK: /ˈdɑːrbi/ (About this sound listen) DAR-bee, US: /ˈdɜːrbi/ DUR-bee; also called gibson) is a style of boot or shoe characterized by quarters with shoelace eyelets that are sewn on top of the vamp.[1] This construction method, also known as "open lacing", contrasts with that of the oxford.

In American English the derby shoe may be referred to as a blucher, although technically the blucher is a different design of shoe where only eyelet tabs (not larger quarters) are sewn onto a single piece vamp.[2]

In modern colloquial English, the derby shoe may be referred to as "bucks," when the upper is made of buckskin.[3]

The derby became a popular sporting and hunting boot in the 1850s. By the turn of the 20th century, the derby had become appropriate for wear in town.[4]

Detail of a man's derby-style dress shoe showing lacing eyelet tabs sewn on top of the vamp

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  1. ^ Definition of Derby
  2. ^ Definition of Blucher,
  3. ^ The White Buck Dress Shoe,
  4. ^ Flusser, Alan. Dressing the Man Harper Collins, 2002, pg 195.