Derby Lace Tan
Our Brighton lace up plain Derby shoe has a sleek silhouette and slightly chiselled toe. Sleek, Italian made style in beautiful rich tan pairs well with grey/blue and adds a pop of colour and style to any outfit.
- 'Derby' - ideal for men with a standard or high instep
- Plain toe shape for a formal, classic look
- Hand dyed deep tan brown patina
- Blake stitched leather/rubber sole for longevity
- Full calf leather lining absorbs moisture
- Made in Italy by artisan shoe makers
"Fits ever so slightly generous by around a quarter size. With leather insoles, they fit true to size. If you are inbetween sizes, then we normally recommend dropping down to the nearest whole size."
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Thomas Bird fits fairly true to size. Not sure? Please tell us what size and brands you normally wear and we'll be happy to help. Contact us.
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The stitched leather sole includes a rubber insert to add grip and makes them last much longer before needing resoling.
Like tan? Have a look at our other tan shoes.
Tan hand finished patina
These are Italian made tan Derbys, using full grain calf leather. It’s an elegant, dressy, formal shoe, ideal for work and special occasions. Tan is a very versatile and classic colour. Tan adds pop and interest to a neutral suit, and pairs very well with blue and navy. The shoes would work well both at the office and special occasions such as weddings.
Craftsmanship/attention to detail
Looking inside, we see the Thomas Bird branding, embossed into a piece of calf leather, foam backed for added comfort. The top line is neat, with no raw edges, as we taper or ‘skyve’ the edge, then fold and stitch it. We use a genuine full leather insole. Inside the heel, the reverse counter, we use suede to stop your heel slipping. We use round, waxed laces with are anti slip to keep your bows tied up.
What you can’t see are the two stiffeners, between the calf upper and lining. There is one in the toe and another at the back around the heel. These are important to keep the shoe looking good as it ages, and we use longer, high quality stiffeners to achieve this.
Stitched leather sole
The sole is stitched onto the leather upper with a traditional Italian method called blake stitching Th is an in-channel, lock stitching technique, so even if one stitch is worn or breaks, the other stitches will be still securely locked in place. And being stitched, the sole can be easily replaced when it eventually wears. We prefer blake stitching to goodyear welting as we think it produces a lighter, more elegant and flexible shoe, with a neater, less visible edge. To prolong the sole's life, we use a middle rubber insert for added wear and better grip.
Stacked leather heel
There is a 25mm genuine leather stacked and pinned heel, held together with 4 brass pins. There is a rubber half piece, again for better wear and grip, that can be easily replaced when worn. There is a ‘gentleman’s corner’, a small bevel on the heel that reduces snagging of the heel on your trousers.
High quality materials, superb craftsmanship, many years experience and attention to detail - our tan wholecut, is a beautifully made high quality shoe, that with care should give you many years of enjoyment.
We also have a range of tan accessories, including a belt, wallet, cardholder and shoe cream.
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