Here are some key terms to remember if you really want to know how to talk shoes. The Oxford (aka Balmoral) and the Blucher (aka derby). There are two key differences between the two:
- The Oxford/Balmoral has eyelets which are stitched under the vamp, while the Blucher/Derby has them under the vamp.
- Notice also that the vamp in the Blucher/Derby is one piece of leather that includes the shoe’s tongue, while the Oxford/Balmoral’s tongue is a separate piece of leather.
Generally speaking the Oxford/Balmoral is dressier, but it’s only relevant when going to the dressiest of occasions.
Now go forth and say these words in front of your friends who will have no idea what you’re talking about and just assume you’re super-knowledgeable.