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Not just another classic

The iconic mens leather shoe reaches just below the ankle, boasting a simple style, and robust versatility. These shoes are a classic and can easily be dressed up or down, although most common in the workplace. Being one of the most versatile footwear pieces, the leather shoe is an essential for the modern man’s wardrobe.


This is a Derby-style inspired shoe and is based on a classic design. The open lacing system is what most obviously defines the leather shoe as a Derby. Essentially an open lacing system is one that allows for a much more flexible fit and space for expansion of the foot. Therefore, this brown leather shoe style is ideal for men with broader feet, looking for a wider fit. An open lacing system means that the shoe has a three panelled construction. There are two quarters, which wrap around the heel and side of the shoe. These are stitched on top of the vamp – the toe section of the shoe – and together form the upper. The two quarters do not get stitch closed above the vamp, thus they allow for open lacing. Subsequently, the shoe has a far larger instep and is far more flexible and comfortable.

Humble beginnings

It was in 1850 when this style of shoe reached it’s prime popularity amongst men. Yet, this wasn’t in a working class context, but rather in the sporting arena. The leather shoe was favoured as hunting footwear and sportswear, because it offered optimal comfort and less rigidity than Oxfords. It was only in the 20th century that it became an appropriate piece of fashion to wear in town.

The Derby then became favoured as an office shoe, with its slight heel and rounded toe, it was an ideal fit between casual and relaxed formal wear.

This Derby styled shoe stands in contrast to the much sleeker, more sophisticated nature of the Oxford. As a dynamic piece of footwear, the brown leather shoe can be worn with denims, chinos, casual trousers and even shorts. However, this doesn’t negate the potential formality of the shoe, which can also be dressed up for a smarter feel.


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vellie shoe illustration


Thanks to our premium leathers, advanced insole and shock absorbent polyurethane outsole


Legion shoes are made from tough and durable materials. Our stitched down designs make for long lasting shoes.

legion Leather Shoe

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Our leather shoe is a classic, wear it with Jeans or Chinos for a smart casual look. They are available only in brown. Tough and long lasting, these shoes also get more and more comfortable with time and wear.