Bontemps Derbies – Black
(First batch – very limited quantities and sizes)
This timeless, five-eyelet derby from Manufacture Bontemps is made entirely in their workshop in Nantes using only French materials and genuine, hands-on craftsmanship.
The full-grain calfskin, rubber sole and contrast stitching are complemented with a toe cap and round laces, giving these derbies a hybrid work/dress character. Wear them with your favorite jeans and overshirt – or pair them nonchalantly with a wool suit.
The derbies are sewn with a double sandalette welt – no glue or welding. The sandalette welt is a somewhat forgotten alternative to a Goodyear or Norwegian welt and is just as robust and impermeable, but lighter and more flexible. This also makes the shoes easy to repair and maintain at any skilled shoemaker.
Oiled full-grain calfskin from Alsace. Flexible, impermeable, and durable.
Spun in France by shoe thread maker in business since 1848.
Produced in the Allier and molded from a specific blend of natural rubber. Tested in use by the French army.
Round laces in organic cotton and weaved on 19th century wooden looms.
Fit the derbies with shoe trees when not in use to retain shape and avoid creases. Wipe off when worn. Nourish regularly with a good quality cream and brush gently to revive the leather.