Open Lacing and Closed Lacing in Men Shoes

Maybe you have already heard of open lacing and closed lacing when the subject is men shoes, the term refers to the footwear and anchorage for many is one detail too small to be noticed, for others, however, makes all the difference!

The closed lacing is what separates the classic oxford all the other shoes and the best way to differentiate it from a derby. Even sellers of shoe stores for men get in the way and exchange the balls, but the ability to discerní them is not an expert, just watch this crucial detail.

Open Lacing And Closed Lacing, What’s The Difference?

The closed lacing (left), the mooring system found in the oxford shoe is done directly in holes in the leather (body) of the shoes, without any additional piece tailored to help. If you look at an oxford wholecut(below), made from a single piece of leather, you’ll notice that your adjustment on the instep is made possible by a single cut made in leather that allows the adaptation and the lace lace.

Oxford wholecut

In the open lacing, present mainly in derby shoe (or blutcher, below), two leather tabs are stitched to the leather allowing it to be laceado or tight according to the size of your foot. Note that the language is part of a piece of leather that covers the spout and the instep.

Derby shoe

The closed lacing gives a more classy to oxford, but also requires that the shoe is in a size well suited, if is too large there won’t be much room for adjustments, since the derby has a larger margin for adaptation to your size.

Where Are Used

These characteristics turn the oxford (preferably black) in the shoe ideal for events where the elegance and classic look are above everything, so we see dominating weddings, graduations, until the awards ceremony and black-tie balls, but this does not restrict, more casual version can be used even with jeans if you want.

Meanwhile the derby has preference on your desktop (right), it’s a little more comfortable and visually not so Dour. Here too it is necessary to emphasize the casual versions made with suede or nubuck that complement each other beautifully informal combinations.

In Brazil

In Brazil this distinction, in part because of ignorance, is left out by many people that use both anywhere, often replacing the two for loafers, which are much more casual models, even in his more serious and discrete versions.

Another Brazilian craze is that the more flashy footwear, better, opting for versions that most often end up with all the charm of the shoes that feature this type of bollard, culling of all cutouts and creases in leather that much do little for style, but make the product for sure.