There are two non-complicated rules for owning a collection of small shoe that is versatile enough to cover all bases. The first: renounce fashion and make it classic styles. The second: spend as much as possible. According to Kacamata Rayban, think about quality, not quantity, because the old saying is true. Your shoes are often the first thing people notice about you, especially when they look like they’re around too many blocks.
Since the goal is to have as few pairs as possible, there is another rule: be brutal. Some of our favorite styles are not listed below as they are not essential if you are on a budget or want to save space. Chelsea Boots? Hiking boots? Nice to have, not to have. The same applies to monk belts, pool sliders and even high tops.
But whatever you look like, whatever your budget is and whatever is in the diary for the next 12 months, if you own a pair of well-made shoes in any of the following styles, you have almost every social situation – from the office from the gym to the bar – stylishly shod. You never have to put your foot wrong again.
For The 9-5 And Beyond : Derby Shoes
The derby shoe is Oxford’s chunkier cousin. It is an intermediate shoe and the ultimate footwear for casual shoes and sneakers. They can both sharpen raw denim and loosen a suit and are practically standard for flat, white-wearing creatives.
The technical difference to an Oxford lies in the construction; The tongue is part of the vampire (not sewn separately) and the quarters are sewn to a tab on both sides of the vampire – this is called “open lacing”.
The sole is another key component of the derby: it can be made of leather or rubber to ensure additional grip and durability. In any case, these are often welted. The American Charles Goodyear patented his piping technique in 1871, with the upper material being sewn on the leather strips known as piping, which is then sewn to the insole of the shoe. This groundbreaking method made shoes waterproof and today Grenson is a popular brand for its triple welted derby.
For these reasons, derbies are practical shoes that look good on just about anything. The simpler the model (without brogue details, individual piping), the more versatile the shoe becomes. In practical terms, the shape of the derby is more compliant even for wider feet with a higher step.