Open lacing, refers as Derby nowadays more popular term than Blucher.
Although, technically the Blucher is a different design of the shoe where only eyelet tabs are sewn onto a single piece vamp.
A blucher is a style of shoe similar to a derby. Its vamp is made of a single piece of leather.
It is named after the 18th century Prussian general Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. General von Blücher commissioned a boot with side pieces lapped over the front in an effort to provide his troops with improved footwear. This design was adopted by armies across Europe.
A Derby is a style of Men's shoe with shoelace eyelet tabs are sewn onto the vamp.
Some people are mixed up these 2 designs, though both known as Open lacing, is good for people that are active, walking a lot, people with wider feet and higher instep.
This design might give you a slightly more casual look especially with full rib construction.
Close lacing, often refers as Oxford, is characterized by shoelace eyelet tabs that are attached under the vamp.
Originally, Oxfords were plain, formal shoes, made of leather, but they evolved into a range of styles suitable for both formal and casual wear, for people with narrow feet.
Close lacing shoes have less tolerance than Open lacing shoes in terms of fitting. This is the reason why we use close lacing trying-on shoes to measure your feet precisely at KAZUNA.
In anything, there are pro’s and con’s.
You might want to consider these factors to choose your design.
Here in KAZUNA, we have about 40 designs (shoes and boots), both chisel and round last, various leathers and colors, 4 different welts, different edge types available.
Shoes from $412.50
Boots from $440
French Annonay Calf $110 extra
Japanese Shinki-Hikaku Cordovan $198 extra
Japanese ostrich $770 extra