The Oxford vs the Derby Shoe

If you're new to men's artisanal shoes, it's important to know the difference between two of the most common style men's shoes.

Here at Norman Vilalta, we put together a short little guide for you to better understand the differences between an oxford and derby shoe:

The Oxford vs Derby Shoe by Norman Vilalta men's shoes in Barcelona, Spain
Above is an example of an oxford shoe, our Mario Cap Toe Oxford.

An oxford and a derby shoe are both types of formal footwear that are commonly worn with suits and formal attire. However, there are some key differences between the two styles of shoes that you should understand:

  1. Lacing: One of the main differences between oxfords and derbys is the way the laces are closed. Oxfords have a closed lacing system, which means the laces are sewn under the vamp (the front part of the shoe that covers the top of the foot). This creates a sleek, streamlined appearance. In contrast, derbys have an open lacing system, which means the laces are sewn on top of the vamp. This gives the shoes a more relaxed, less formal look.

  2. Toe shape: Another difference between oxfords and derbys is the shape of the toe. Oxfords often have a pointed toe, which gives them a more formal, sophisticated appearance. Derbys on the other hand often have a more rounded toe, which gives them a more casual, laid-back appearance.

  1. Formality: Overall, oxfords are considered more formal than derbys. They are typically worn with formal attire, such as suits, tuxedos, and formal dresses. Derbys, on the other hand, are considered less formal and are typically worn with more casual attire, such as khakis and sports jackets.

  2. Occasions: Oxfords are typically worn to formal events, such as weddings, black-tie affairs, and formal business meetings. Derbys are more versatile and can be worn to a wider range of occasions, including casual business meetings and more relaxed social events.

In summary, oxfords and derbys are both formal shoes, but they differ in their lacing systems, toe shapes, and overall formality. Oxfords are sleeker and more formal, while derbys are more relaxed and casual.

Shop Norman Vilalta's collection of oxfords and derby shoes today.