The derby shoe can also be known as the Gibson, but they shouldn’t be confused with the Oxford. The slight differences can be distinguished through the facing placement. Derby shoes have facing stitched on opposed to the oxford who’s stitching is hidden. This simple detail results in a wider fit with a Derby than an Oxford. Critical point if a wider fit is what you need. The Derby is a formal shoe type and as such is ideal for an office suit or maybe a special occasion like a wedding. Often they are finished with a high leather shine giving a timeless and sophisticated look. Derby shoes are a modern man’s wardrobe essential.