Origins of... The Derby
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Produced in May 2001. Last 337 is a Hand Grade Collection last with a soft square toe. Deemed a forward thinking last of its time, 337 was one of the longer lasts on offer from Crockett & Jones at the turn of the century. With the likes of last 358 and 373, Crockett & Jones would now classify last 337 as one of the more classic toe shapes on offer that still proves popular today. The 337 collection has been steadily reduced with the introduction of more up-to-date lasts, although we do continue to make a core collection of English classics.
Derby shoes are possibly the most versatile of all shoe styles, bridging the gap between smart and smart casual wear with ease. A Brogue Derby is easily the most recognisable variation, made popular with the introduction of the full country Brogue which was developed for practical uses in the fields. The sequence of operations for constructing a Derby, differs to an Oxford. Inside and outside Quarters are stitched to a tab point either side of the vamp and the tongue is cut as part of the vamp and is not a separate component. Often referred to as ‘Open Lacing’.