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.
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.
Your invitation says black tie, but is there really any need to be quite so conformist? If you’re the sort of chap who takes sartorial elegance seriously, you’ll be interested to know that black is not your only evening wear option. In fact gents, colour is what makes your black tie outfit stand out from the crowd.