George Split Toe Derby Dark Brown Utah Calf - LEATHER SOLE
The iconic George has been a customer's favorite from the very beginning, and our no.1 best selling model. The split toe derby design, with its beautiful, fine stitched edge along the vamp and at the toe, will make you feel perfectly at ease both in a casual and business setting.
Made from supple Dark Brown Utah calf with a chestnut bark tanned leather sole, these shoes will quickly become one of your favourite pair of shoes. Made on the Contemporary Almond last, specifically designed for this model.
Our Utah calf leather is sourced from Tannerie Haas in France, a tannery that has been making leather since the mid 1800's. The hides are characterised by the tightness of their grain. The leather is vegetable tanned, which means that the leather will have the chance to age over time. A mixture of different fats are added to the leather, which gives Utah calf its famous suppleness.
Due to high demand, the George is often sold out. We receive new inventory from the factory every 8-10 weeks. When a size is sold out, feel free to place the order and we will be in touch with the next delivery date.
Split Toe Derby
The split toe derby model presumably originates from Norway, where it was worn by fishermen. Fishermen needed a sturdy, water resistant shoe, which required a pattern with as few seams as possible. The original split toe derby would have had no heel counter and a skin stitched toe, leaving only a single stitch line at the back where water could potentially pass.
Our version, the George, takes a slightly different approach. There is the presence of a heel, and the vamp and upper pieces are stitched together in a raised manner. Together with the inside-out stitching of the toe, this balances the pattern and makes for a very striking shoe, especially in grained leather or suede.
Utah calf is truly unique. Only the finest hides are used, and a mixture of 9 different fats and oils are added to the leather, which gives Utah calf its famous suppleness.
Authentic Chestnut Bark Tanned leather soles.
Our Contemporary Almond last, with its slightly finer toe and more symmetric shape, is the ideal last for our Split Toe derby model.
The last features a narrow waist, medium instep height and medium width across the ball. The heel to ball dimension, critical for a good fit, is the same for all Sons of Henrey lasts.
In terms of fitting, we recommend that you take your standard UK size. Feel free to contact us for more fitting advise.