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Oxford - Black
To know your size for this model, we advise you to take a look at our « Sizing guide » below.
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- Classic Ebony Oxford in smooth cowhide leather
- Fully lined with cowhide leather
- Genuine cowhide leather sole with an added rubber mid-layer
- Cowhide leather from Northern Italy
- Waxed coton laces
- Blake sewn and welt
- Made in Portugal
- Delivered in a paper box. The paper is made from FSC certified forest trees.
This pair comes with temporary sole protecting pads, so you can enjoy them as soon as you receive them!
- Sizing guide
This model runs small, we advise you to order one size larger.
The team's advice : Olivier's size is a 41, he ordered his Oxford in 42.
Between two sizes? Choose the larger one!
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- Shoes care
For this model in smooth leather: it requires a bit of patience but the task is not completely unpleasant.
Here are the 4 golden steps to follow: first, apply a care cream to nourish the leather (the most important), then a brush stroke to shine it. Next, apply the same colour wax to the leather to revive its colour. And if you still have 30 seconds: waterproof to avoid rain and mud stains. We have everything we need in our shoemaker's shop at more than fair prices, don't hesitate.
And for your leather soles: we give you a temporary skate, so you don't slip everywhere the first few times. But we recommend you to drop them off at your shoemaker's when you receive your pair so that you can have real skates put on them. Your shoes will only last longer.
And don't forget to put on a shoe tree when you're not wearing them, which is essential to keep your shoes in place.
The little doe (Biche) is beautifully embossed, hot stamped in the leather, at the back of this model. Discreet, the doe will accompany you everywhere!
Beveled top piece, studded heel
The 2.5 centimeter heel is made out of leather. The heel block top piece is beveled with at the back a natural rubber pad and at the front a leather layer, nailed to the heel by 8 small brass nails.
The leathers used for the shoe upper are smooth cowhide leathers. We prefer very natural leathers with a vegetable or semi-vegetable tanning.
Our artisans are extremely careful and cautious during the cutting phase, in order to select the most beautiful parts of the skin to ensure you enjoy the most beautiful, soft and comfortable shoes.
Fully lined in cowhide leather
All Pied de Biche shoes are fully lined with cowhide leather! These leathers are soft and durable.
This small luxury is a guarantee of softness and longevity, and therefore of comfort.
The top insole is also made of cowhide leather. It is doubled with a comfort insole that is 2mm thick as well as an additional 2mm thick cushion in the heel area.
Leather sole, Blake stitch
The leather sole is attached to the upper by a Blake stitch. This technique guarantees both flexibility and finesse. Blake stitching also guarantees great longevity, since your cobbler is able to re-sole your Chelsea boots.
The soles of these Derbies shoes have an extra layer made out of natural rubber to give the shoe a better thermal insulation, increased cushioning, as well as a lot of style!
Leather is also a naturally breathable material ,this is the reason why we chose it for our soles!
Handcrafted for your feet
Our shoes are the keepers of a precious craftsmanship that we found right within the European capital of the shoe in Portugal: Porto. It is there, that our artisans invest their whole selves to insure the high quality of the shoes throughout the year.
At Pied de Biche, we make a point of highlighting the hard work provided by those incredibly talented hands, without which we would be nothing, or at least, not much.
Derbies and Oxford, our essentials for men's wardrobe
Our permanent collection is growing
This season, we have worked hard to revisit two iconic models of men's shoes: the Derbies, and for the first time at Pied de Biche the Oxfords. A must in the male wardrobe, we couldn't help but do it! In smooth or suede leather, black or tan color, with laces or buckles, you now have a wide choice to dress each of your costumes. Classic timeless, these two iconic models will now be part of our perms, which means that you can find them every season.
What is the difference?
Oxford, Derbies, Monk... But what is the difference?
Very close to each other, we often tended to confuse the Richelieu and the Derby. However, an essential characteristic distinguishes these two models: their lacing system. To never go wrong again, here is a small lexicon of low shoes. The Richelieu, otherwise known as Oxford in England, or even Balmoral in Scotland, is characterized by a closed lacing, which gives a V-shaped opening to the shoe. The Derby, on the other hand, has an open lacing, which makes it easier to put on and will be better suited to strong kicks. Finally, the Doubles-Boucles, also nicknamed Monk, is a form of Derby without laces.
Today great classics, the Richelieux and Oxford were first considered as truly revolutionary models for the time and were shaped against a current flagship model: the boot. In opposition to these dress codes, students at the University of Oxford began to wear in the 19th century a half-boot with laces, considered less restrictive, and above all more comfortable, which quickly became fashionable. The Oxford was born! More flexible than the Richelieu, the Derby would then have derived from this model by widening, to allow the Earl of Derby (hence its name!), Endowed with atypical feet, to be able to wear shoes.
Like their 200-year-old history, we wanted to make our Derbies and Oxfords as durable as they are timeless, so you can keep them for life. To do this, we have selected each of the materials that compose them with the greatest care. The uppers of each of our Derbies and Oxfords are made entirely of cowhide leather chosen from the Trentino region in the North East of Italy and then hand-skated, which makes each pair truly unique. The heel is made of a piece of leather and a natural rubber pad, and the sole, like each of our models, is also made entirely of leather.
No quality shoe without know-how! And it must be said that the Derbies and Oxford are complex models whose manufacture cannot be improvised. To reach our level of requirement in terms of quality and finish, we therefore went in search of a new workshop, with specific expertise. It was south of Porto, the shoe capital, that we found the rare pearl: Ruben mastered all the stages of manufacture with a master's hand and was ready to respond to each of our requests. Many hours of work and a hundred prototypes later, our Derbies and Oxford corresponded in all respects to our expectations.
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