These look very sleek for a derby. Does the heel shape have any value beyond the aesthetic?
Originally Posted by fritzl
it's for orthopedic reasons. very common in the austro-hungarian bespoke tradition...
Originally Posted by DWFII
That's what's known as a Thomas heel. It is supposed to prevent pronation--walking the shoe to the inside (medial side). It doesn't always have that severe a "corner" on the lateral side. That seems a bit unstable to me but I could be wrong.
Yup, Thomas heel or FlÃ¼gelabsatz is what they are called. Not really necessary when one has relatively healthy feet but nice to have and very elegant IMHO. I feel they provide a slight stabilising effect but this could be mere hallucination.