- Feb 10, 2020
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Not sure what kind of derbies you’re looking at. I’ve got an addiction for split toe derbies.here is the problem with this position:
For cotton khakis and whatever, sure, most oxfords are too dressy.
but for that more “biz caj +” look that other advocate (smart casual, sports coat, suit with no tie look), well...
1. Loafers are great. And some loafers dress up very nicely. But if all you wear are loafers, you become loafers guy. Which can be viewed as a bit too caj for it to be one’s every day thing.
2. Chukka boots are very location/geographic/season driven. Not going to wear chukka boots in the middle of the summer or warmer weather climates.
3. If you wear derbies all the time, people are going to think you have foot problems. Like you are one step away from orthopedic shoes. a general reaction will be:
“He dresses well, but too bad he has that foot problem so he has to wear those ugly shoes”
as an opinion, oxfords generally work well with suits. But as a rule, oxfords can also dress up those “Biz Caj Plus” looks and take them from a sort of uninspired/lazy look and dress the entire outfit up to a more professional/respectable look.
EG Dover on 606
JM Weston Half-Hunt (not that popular in the US)
EG Dover on 888, about as formal of a derby as you can get.
CJ Pembroke, a really rustic shoe imo
Alden longwings, I think it’s a classic look.
None of these seem orthopedic to
Another Dover for good measure (shoes are a bit sharp for the denim, but I just really wanted to wear them)
CJ and Alden pics aren’t mine