Man cannot live on just boat shoes alone. While we love our boat shoes, there are certain situations where something a little more formal is necessary. F.E. Castleberry from the blog Unabashedly Prep tweeted today that “97% of men do not know how to buy a real shoe. Give a man $500 and he’s likely to return with 3 mediocre pair instead of one great pair.” If you’re the kind of guy that is looking for that one great pair (which I assume you are if you’re reading this), then look no further than the Derby Classics ($225) by Walk-Over.
While the brand name dates only to 1899, Walk-Over has a shoemaking heritage that dates all the way back to 1758 when Levi Keith made his first pair of shoes in a small ell attached to his house. Inspired by a story about a sailing race where the winning boat won in a walk over, George Eldon, the great-great grandson of Levi Keith, coined the first brand name in the American footwear industry in 1899.
A great pair of bucks are an essential in any summer wardrobe. While originally made from deerskin (hence the name bucks), the Derby Classics feature a suede upper with a calfskin lining. Available in 7 different colors, each has a traditional brick red sole. Given that aforementioned $500, at a price of $225 per pair, you’ll also be able to walk away with two great pairs of shoes and still have money left over. Your Derby Classics will pair nicely with seersucker pants and are a great option for summer weddings. Just remember, like your boat shoes, you should not be wearing socks with your bucks.