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As the modern office or events gets less formal when it comes to men’s clothing, does it really matter if you struggle to tell the difference between the two styles of men’s shoes, The Derby and Oxford? To the modern gentleman, it matters a great deal.

The seeming resemblance of an Oxford shoe and a Derby shoe can in a way create confusion, as in; what to wear to what. Although there is one very important distinction between the two. Here’s a quick explanation of the difference.


An Oxford shoe is created with what’s called closed lacing. All that this means is that the flaps of leather that contain the lacing eyelets are sewn under the vamp rather than on top of it.


A Derby shoe is defined by open lacing. More explicitly, this means that the quarters, or the panels of leather containing the lacing eyelets, are sewn on top of the vamp, rather than under it.


In turn, to keep it simple, Oxford shoes are a more formal, dressier option, while Derbies are more casual.