The Derby offers pure comfort to shoe-lovers who have a wide foot or an unusually high instep.
It is recognized by its open lacing, which means that it is easier to slip into this shoe than an Oxford,
and the distance between the two quarters is easier to adjust.
Also known as “Bluchers” after the Prussian field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Duke of Wahlstady, joined forces with Wellington to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. He ordered laced shoes of this type to be made for his soldiers.
How do you make Your Shoes?
All of our shoes are meticulously handcrafted by seasoned craftsmen. Each shoe goes through more than 200 different steps from clicking, sewing, hand skiving, hand drafting, toe lasting and many more.
What is the difference between Oxford and Debry
The Oxford: The Oxford, also known as Balmorals, is to be recognized by its closed lacing. The laces are threaded through five pairs of eyelets and fasten up the shoe so perfectly that only the upper edge of the tongue can be seen. This lends itself to a sleeker, more elegant appearance that takes the look of your shoe up by a few notches and is the perfect finishing touch to a sharp tailored suit. This type of shoe looks particularly good on narrow feet with a low instep.
The Derby: The Derby is characterized by open lacing. It also known as “Bluchers” after the Prussian field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Duke of Wahlstady (1742 – 1819), who joined forces with Wellington to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and ordered laced shoes of this type to be made for his soldiers. The Derby offers pure comfort to shoe-lovers who have a wide foot or an unusually high instep. The open lacing mean that it is easier to slip into this shoe than an Oxford, and the distance between the two quarters is easier to adjust.
What is a shoe last?
A shoe last is a wooden mold that gives the shoe its shape.
Where are your shoes made?
All our shoes are handcrafted at our own shop in China. We have a small team of artisans that hand-make one pair a time.
What kind of leather do you use?
We use full grain leather for all our uppers; it maintains its shine longer and is naturally porous allowing your pair to breathe and providing a well-balanced temperature within.
Brand and Production Policies
Since the shoes are handmade it takes 4-6 weeks for your customized Awl & Sundry pair to arrive. Please ensure you or someone else is physically present to sign and notify that you have received your shoes or they will be shipped back.
We offer free domestic shipping within the contiguous United States
Internationally, we ship to the UK, Canada and Australia.
You can exchange your Awl & Sundry shoes within 30 days of receipt if they don’t fit right or if they are faulty. Your shoes are considered faulty if they are different from the design you initially ordered. This does not apply to colors and leather texture since your actual pair of shoes may look slightly different from the colors you see on the screen.
When exchanging, you will be responsible for one way return postage to our NYC office. Please ensure the shoes are in an unworn condition. We recommend trying them on carpeted surface.