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STYLE ADVICE

Three ways: the Derby shoe

By Luke Raymond, 3 December 2014

There's an old saying along the lines of ‘the shoe maketh the man’ and let us tell you, that ain’t no lie. Sometimes relegated to a supporting role, a bit player in the grand scheme of a slick outfit, think of your footwear instead as the proverbial cherry on top – a make-or-breaker.

three ways: the derby shoe

Picture: ASOS

 

Lucky you, then, that we’ve got you covered for Christmas with the second in our ‘Three ways to wear’ series, focused on the classic Derby shoe. Smart enough to impress your nan as you unwrap your multipack of pants but with enough fashion clout to incite envy from your mates, here’s how to wear your new favourite shoe for Christmas and into the New Year.

 

Smart/casual

A longline gingham shirt and carefully cuffed indigo-wash jeans strike a perfect Xmas day balance between style and effortless comfort. Black socks and a polished pair of our key Derbies add the smart element that will see you safely to the pub. If you ever leave the sofa.

 

Sports luxe

First night back from uni? Your mates will be dead impressed when you flex this smart, sporty look. Anchor it with a formal bomber jacket and white roll neck combination – a simple crew neck T-shirt would do the job too. Add in some straight-leg formal trousers (ankle length is where you want to go) and finish with the Derbies for that 'I know what I’m doing' style.

 

Formal

When Xmas party season comes knocking you can’t go far wrong with a two-piece suit. Black is a classic for a reason and tuxedo lapels prove that you know your stuff. Add in a polka-dot shirt for a party appropes alternative to the standard shirt and tie and exploit the Derbies for all their formalwear worth.

 

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