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A Derby shoe (also called Gibson) is a style of Men's shoe characterized by shoelace eyelet tabs that are sewn on top of a single-piece vamp. This construction method, also known as "open lacing", contrasts with that of the Oxfords.
In American English the Derby shoe may be referred to as a Blucher.
In modern colloquial English, the Derby shoe may be referred to as "bucks," when the upper is made of buckskin.
The Derby became a popular sporting and hunting boot in the 1850s. By the turn of the 20th century, the Derby had become appropriate for wear in town.
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