The Derby/Blucher Shoe

The main difference between the Oxford and the Derby is the open lacing, where the quarters with the lace eyelets that are sewn on top of the shoe vamp.  This reportedly the Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher thought to be more comfortable and commissioned it for his soldiers.   The term 'Blucher' is often heard in North America is exchange with Derby,  but some believe that the original Blucher had the eyelet tabs only are sewn onto a single-piece vamp and not the whole large quarters.


The Derby is less elegant and less formal than the Oxford.


For the difference between open laced and closed laced shoes clicK on the link to the Oxford/Balmoral:

A typical Derby shoe:

This is a Derby made by Ludwig Reiter
This is a Derby made by Ludwig Reiter