Details about 553
Our No. 553 guarantees any fashion-conscious gentleman a stylish appearance. Originally a more functional piece of footwear for Scottish and Irish herdsmen in the 18th century, a full-brogue Derby now belongs fully to the modern men’s wardrobe.
Full-Brogue Derby – fashionable punched footwear
The full-brogue Derby is identifiable by the highly ornamented vamp and eye-catching lyra perforations which trace the shoe’s seams. Typical for this much-loved classic shoe is the multi-panel vamp and the open five-hole lacing, allowing the wearer to easily slip the shoe on and off. Shoe lovers will also be familiar with the “rosette”, an elegant perforation in the middle of the toecap. Contrary to the classic rounded toecap, the sharply pointed shoe last of our No. 553 makes it the perfect smart-casual footwear choice.
Before shoes with brogueing became an indispensable part of the men’s wardrobe, they were actually created for a simple functional use. The brogue design allowed rural wearers to travel through the wet terrain of Scotland and Ireland and drain off the water from their shoes. Thanks to the beautiful wing and counter cap the full-brogue Derby is also known in the United States as “wing tip”. Viewed from the top, the decoration is “W”-shaped and looks like bird wings, hence the name “wing tip shoe”.
Today the full-brogue Derby is a sportive-smart men’s shoe. Goodyear-welted and crafted from vegetable-tanned calfskin, it offers great comfort through the whole day. Whether for the office, a dinner or your free time – our No. 553 is the right choice for less formal occasions. It also matches suits in black or grey, as well as jeans.
This special shoe style is characterised by multiple pieces of punched leather, serrated along the seams, combined with a pointed counter and wing cap, hence the name “wing cap”. Sportive chic and understated elegance define the versatile character of a black full-brogue men’s shoe.
Our French last features a two-centimetre toe vault, narrowly tapered front, and comfortably wide mid-foot area. Lively and modern in design, this kind of last is perfect for average-width and narrow feet.
This shoe’s upper boasts premium, medium-soft and fully-dyed calfskin. The technical term for this kind of leather is "French calf". This type of leather is known for its flexibility, fine texture, and soft grain.