There are a lot of different designs and styles when it comes to derby shoes. There are several factors involved for men who want to purchase two stylish looking shoes that have the traditional, classic feel. You want something sturdy, stylish and comfortable. Here's a look at some popular models, along with a buyer's guide at the end.

Quick Picks

Clarks Atticus LT Cap

The Clarks Atticus LT Cap derby shoe for men is a casual shoe that gives you the best of both worlds; it can be worn to work or during weekend outings. This derby features premium dark tan leather and lightweight EVA sole with upper stitching and toe cap detailing. The slim construction makes this derby easy to move around in while the leather sock and Cushion Plus™ technology provide luxurious comfort underfoot that will keep you going all day long.

Clarks Atticus LT Cap

 Can be worn to work or during weekend outings

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Clarks Atticus LTLace

The Clarks Atticus LTLace derby is intended for wear in office or social settings. It's made of perforated leather with fine detailing that looks dressy but casual. The outsole is slim and lightweight, designed to be breathable and comfortable even when worn without socks.  It is also made with eco-conscious materials such as recycled foam and rubber.

Clarks Atticus LTLace

Fine detailing that looks dressy but casual

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ECCO Citytray Avant Plain Toe

ECCO Citytray Avant Plain Toe derby shoes can be worn with many different outfits and are perfect for both casual and formal events. They feature a removable (leather) inlay sole, leather lining, organic materials used to make the shoe, and textured leather finish. The ECCO TRAYTECH technology they use offers stability and grip. The lightweight sole offers cushioning and flexibility using the innovative ECCO FLUIDFORM Direct Comfort Technology. Overall, these derby shoes for men can be worn in a variety of settings and provide utmost comfort along with style and character to any outfit.

ECCO Citytray Avant Plain Toe

Utmost comfort along with character

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Thomas & Vine Hartley Cap Toe Derby

The Hartley derby is a great addition to any man's shoe collection. The design has a classic look that will never go out of style, and it can be used in the office or on the weekend. This derby is made with genuine leather and features a lace up closure with embossed detailing for a sleek upscale appearance. The 8 mm Tru Comfort Foam™ insole will provide you with superior comfort, and the outsole is 1-inch.

Thomas & Vine Hartley Cap Toe Derby

A great addition to any man's shoe collection

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Bruno Magli Groover

The Bruno Magli Groover derby is part of their classic lineup. It's made with Italian calf suede uppers and has a genuine leather welt for superior comfort and durability. The derby is lightweight due to its solid rubber lug-outsole so it won't be too bulky. This derby would be a great addition to your everyday casual wear. The derby is versatile so it can go with a variety of looks whether you dress business casual or down-to-earth streetwear.

Bruno Magli Groover

Versatility for business casual or down-to-earth streetwear

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John Varvatos Star S Derby

The John Varvatos Star S Derby is a classic derby-style shoe. It has a suede upper and sits at the ankle on an outsole with low profile rubber sole that completes the look of this good-looking derby from JV.  The derby has been crafted in calf suede and has been handburnished for unique character.

John Varvatos Star S Derby

Handburnished for unique character

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Magnanni Bolsena II

The Bolsena II derby is a smart-casual derby crafted in soft calfskin. It has a traditional derby upper with an elegant mini-lug sole and natural welt to accentuate its classic silhouette. The outsole is rubber but it's been greyed out so as not to shine through the leather upper of the derby, giving it a sleek and sophisticated look. The derby has been fashioned in Bologna construction, which wraps the foot in leather for flexibility and comfort.

Magnanni Bolsena II

Smart-casual crafted in soft calfskin

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Men's Derby Shoes Buyer's Guide

If you're looking for a comprehensive guide be sure to read our guide to men's derby shoes.

What are Derby Shoes?

Derbies are a kind of shoe or boot with defined quarters and an open-lace design. On top of the vamp, exposed eyelets are visible, which indicates an open-lace design. Because they aren't stitched together, an open-lace style also implies that the bottom of the vamp may be pulled away from the shoe's quarters.

What's the Difference Between Derby Shoes and Oxford Shoes?

Many derby shoes share similarities with their English-styled counterparts – the oxford – but derby shoes typically have a medallion, an exposed fastening (such as a strap or buckle) and an open lacing design.

Some derby shoes also have wingtip designs, but derby shoes are always lace-up footwear.

How to Wear Derbies

Derbies look great with suits and sportcoats, especially if they're slightly more casual than the jacket.

With jeans and other trousers, derby shoes should typically be reserved for casual outfits.

Most derby shoe designs also do fine at more formal affairs like weddings or business functions.

What to Look For in Good Derby Shoes?

If derby shoes are the shoe of your choice, then there is plenty of variety out there for you to pick from. However, keep in mind that derby shoes' exposed fastening and open lacing means they may not be as versatile as dress oxfords.

Notice the exposed eyelets on derby shoes; this style creates an open-lace design.

What derby shoes lack in versatility, however, they make up for in style and flair. Derby shoes can help pull off a dandy or even a flamboyant style – if worn with the right outfit. Lace-up derby shoes generally dress down outfits more than slip-on derby styles .

If you're just getting into derby shoes, start with a basic model in black or brown . It will be versatile enough for most outfits.

If derby shoes are not your first choice for footwear, know that they have plenty of similarities to oxfords – but evolved. If you're looking to try derby shoes out, keep an open mind and go with what you like.

Conclusion

Derby shoes are a great option for those looking to add their own style and flair into their wardrobe. They're stylish, unique and highly versatile – just don't expect derby shoes to be as formal as oxfords or as casual as sneakers.