Oxford vs Derby Shoe

What’s the difference between the two most common shoe for men? I was wondering that. And so, I did some research about these shoes and here’s what I found.

The Oxford

An Oxford is a lace up shoe that has the bottom of the lacing section sewn closed and one that also has the eyelet facings stitched underneath the vamp (front section of the shoe). This style of shoe is also sometimes referred to as a closed front shoe due to the fact the lacing section is is sewn closed.

In a nutshell, these are the features of a present day Oxford Shoe

  1. Closed lacing system.
  2. Low-heeled
  3. Exposed ankle.

All Oxford shoes share these essential features, and although most have the eyelets on the quarter, a whole-cut or seamless Oxford are the exceptions.

Types of Oxfords



Cap Toe


The Derby

A Derby shoe is also a lace-up shoe but one which has an open lacing section (is not sewn closed at the bottom). The eyelet facings are also sewn on the top of the vamp. Derby shoes are also often referred to as a Gibson shoe.

The Oxford boot(or Balmorals)

Types of Derbys


Chunky derbys

Derby Brogues

The Derby boot(or Chelseas)

Which ones do you have in your closet? Are you an Oxford or a Derby guy?Let us know!

Bisous, Jackie xo

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