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July 9, 2015

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Proper Derby’s by Hiro Yanagimachi

When it came to derby shoes with apron stitching, I was always a fan of the Italian way of making them: sharp-nose, slick lines and dressy all around. Santoni used to make an immaculate one in their old ‘fatte a mano’ range that used to be blake-rapid construction and quality wise was on par with your best English made shoe. Gone are those days now and the new apron toe derby’s of the world that […]

September 21, 2012

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The Side View Of A Shoe – Is It Deceiving?

My whole (dress shoe) life I have been judging last shapes and never really knew it. Whenever I was going to get a new pair of shoes (when I was back in Seattle), I would grab the shoe, toe sticking out perpendicular to my body, and hold it at my side looking down at it’s toe shape. If the shoes’ shape did not pass the test of how I would like looking at it whilst […]

July 25, 2011

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Shoes — Part 2: Style Names & Terminology — Derby’s, Monk Straps & Others

With the second installment of ‘Style Names & Terminology,’ I will finish off laced shoes and monkstraps, before getting onto loafers and boots. As I mentioned the majority of oxford styles (or closed-lacing shoes) in Part 1, it is now time to introduce their counterparts and show the open-lacing models, as well as some of the other styles that I forgot. Enjoy! Derby (Darby in England) AKA Blucher AKA Gibson (far less known):† As you […]