2-Eyelet Derby

2-Eyelet-DerbyThe black 2-eyelet derby (blucher to the Americans) is worn by Bond with his suits throughout Dr. No and From Russia With Love and also in some parts of Goldfinger. Daniel Craig wore this style (specifically the now discontinued John Lobb Luffield, pictured below) in Casino Royale with his dinner suit, in ordinary calfskin nonetheless. Derby shoes with 2 eyelets—or the similar 3 eyelets—extend the vamp to give shoe long, sleek lines. This style can be found from most English shoemakers yet it is difficult to find in America. Bond’s shoes either have a cap toe or plain toe. In Diamonds Are Forever Bond wore a full brogue, wingtip 3-eyelet derby with his black suit and blue pinstripe. Especially in a plain-toe style, it’s an elegant and minimal design well-suited to the James Bond character.

JLLuffield

9 thoughts on “2-Eyelet Derby

  1. "[The plain-toe, two-eyelet blucher] can be found from most English shoemakers yet it is difficult to find in America."

    For what it's worth…

    The "Andrea" from Ferragamo is remarkably similar to the one under discussion. Available at Bloomingdales for sure, possibly at Nordstrom too.

  2. It retails for $530, but if you catch a sale at Bloomies (like the one that just ended), you can get it for $371.

    So: not that bad.

  3. But for that price a lot of the English shoes are still better quality and Goodyear welted. I also prefer the English lasts, but that's a personal preference.

  4. the biggest problem I have always had with two eyelet derby has been that the laces seem to come undone faster than with regular oxfords (balmorals)!!! not something Bond would have appreciated in real life!!!

  5. The literary Bond abhorred laces. The style Bond wore in Goldfinger’s laser scene would be to literary Bond’s tastes.

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