Derby shoes differ from oxfords in that they feature a more relaxed look with open lacing and paneling on the uppers that aren’t sewn down completely. From brands like Clarks and Bruno Marc, we selected a few styles that every man should invest in. These derby shoes are made with both genuine suede and leather uppers and can be worn with a suit and tie to the office or with jeans and a polo for a night out. They include moisture-wicking insoles and a breathable leather lining, with options available for anyone with a wide or narrow foot.
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1. Clarks Tilden Cap Shoes
Made with 100% leather uppers, Clarks’ derby shoes come in a variety of shades with a square-toe silhouette.
Pros: These shoes feature a cap-toe design as well as the brand’s Ortholite insoles, which wick away moisture and add cushioning for a comfortable feel.
Cons: These run long.
2. Bruno Marc Suede Lace Up Shoes
Bruno Marc’s lace-up shoes incorporate suede uppers with a plain-toe design and a lace-up silhouette.
Pros: This pair includes a breathable leather lining in addition to a cushioned footbed for comfort and non-skid outsole for traction.
Cons: The brand advises ordering one size smaller than your normal size as these tend to run big.
3. Rockport Sharp and Ready Colben Shoes
Rockport creates the uppers for these derby shoes with genuine leathers and blind eyelets for the thinner laces.
Pros: The rugged outsole on these shoes creates a sturdy base with an added short stacked heel; they also come in narrow, wide and extra-wide widths so there is the right fit for everyone.
Cons: These shoes may fit differently than other pairs from the brand.