Derbies have been classic shoes since the 19th century. What sets the style apart from oxfords is their open-lacing system. Oxfords are considered the kings of formal and classic footwear. They’re icons of the well-dressed man who understands the rules of formal style.
Goodyear welted is a category of high quality shoe construction that allows a pair to be resoled multiple times without damaging the upper leather. The machinery used in the process was invented in 1869 by Charles Goodyear Jr., the son of the American manufacturing engineer Charles Goodyear.