How to ‘criss-cross’ lace a Derby shoe

A Derby shoe is defined by the open vamp (lacing section) that allows for wide opening
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A Derby is a versatile shoe with an ‘open-lace’ vamp section that makes it easy to get on and off. Particularly favoured by men with wide feet, the Derby can be loosened and adjusted easily as required. For this reason, ‘criss-cross’ lacing with a good quality shoelace is the best choice.

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How to straight lace an Oxford shoe

An Oxford shoe is defined by the vamp (lacing section) which is sewn closed at the bottom
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An Oxford is an elegant shoe that requires a plain lacing pattern to complement its effortless simplicity. For this reason, ‘straight’ lacing with a good quality waxed shoelace is the best choice.

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