A less hightailed and more comfortable version of Oxfords, the Derby shoes differ from Oxfords in the fact that they are open laced – the eyelets of the shoe are stitched above the vamp. This allows for a wider space for toes and feet. The Derby is one of the chameleons of the footwear industry – it can be worn with the most elegant pantsuits or the most casual t-shirts and denim. Originally meant for hunting purposes, the derby has seen a rise in its popularity. It is now considered to be one of the most elite dress shoes in the men’s footwear industry.