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Long live the 19th century! That distant era not only laid the foundations for the LLOYD 1888 shoe manufacturing business, but also saw the emergence of what is today the most popular shoe model of all: the lace-up. The development of lace-ups and their two variations – a distinction is made between open and closed lacing – is wreathed in legend. But what we know for sure is that both those variations, Oxford and Derby, have proved their worth for generations.
The methods used to produce top-quality lace-up shoes have remained largely unchanged to the present day. Goodyear Welted is the name given to the production technique, originating in 19th-century England and considered to be the pinnacle of the shoemaker’s craft. This method is naturally also used to manufacture the lace-ups in the LLOYD 1888 Collection.
While the closed lacing of an Oxford shoe style creates a sleek, slim foot line and is particularly acceptable at formal occasions when teamed with dinner-jackets or pinstripes, Derbies gladly accept invitations to country weekends, strolls in the city or anniversary parties without hesitation. As a general rule, the more formal the occasion, the smoother, darker and plainer the shoe needs to be. But it’s naturally true to say that 1888 Lace-Ups enhance any outfit.