Details about 101
No. 101 is a plain, dark brown women’s derby—a classic shoe that falls somewhere between traditional and modern. Distinguishing features include the smooth, supple leather upper and open four-eyelet lacing. Sporty and elegant in appearance, this full-leather shoe is extremely sturdy, breathable and reparable. When properly cared for, this women’s lace-up shoe rewards its owner with years of wearing comfort.
Plain dark brown derby—rebirth of a classic
At the turn of the 20th century classic lace-up shoes started to spread from men’s to women’s fashion, showing up on more and more women’s feet across the late 1910s. Women’s lace-up shoes enjoyed their heyday between 1930 and 1940; in the following decades they were temporarily ousted by their high-heeled counterparts. Nowadays flat lace-up shoes such as the women’s derby are popular again, worn in the office and during leisure activities. They express style and self-confidence.
Open four-eyelet lacing adds to No. 101’s traditional look and lets the wearer adjust fit as desired. The shoe upper is made of the finest French calf, while the lining and insole are made of vegetable-tanned cowhide. No. 101 is also Goodyear-welted; this centuries-old production method entails stitching the shoe upper to the sole with a five to eight millimetre wide strip of leather. This woman’s derby shoe is made almost entirely of leather (it also features a vegetable-tanned Rendenbach outsole and heel); this, in combination with its Goodyear-welted construction ensures a perfect fit, high breathability and outstanding durability.
Sleek and understated, women’s lace-up shoes have become an everyday staple. They’re especially well-suited for the transitional season. Whether worn in the office, on a walk around town, or to an evening event, the plain women’s derby in dark brown is the perfect choice for those who favour a modern, comfortable look.
A beloved style that dates back to the 19th century. Sleek and unadorned, this comfortable plain derby is a true classic. This slip-on shoe with open four-eyelet lacing is perfect for nearly any occasion.
Gently rounded towards the toe, with a toe box that rises slightly from the ground. This last lies close to the foot at the instep, and is of an average width at the middle. Significantly narrower than the classic last, the elegant last is recommended for average and low insteps.
This shoe’s upper boasts premium, medium-soft and fully-dyed calfskin. The technical term for this kind of leather is "French calf". This type of leather is known for its flexibility, fine texture, and soft grain.
The upper has been fully-dyed dark brown, while an intricate finish at the toe lends a final decorative touch. This special refinement at the tip of the shoe imbues the leather with a darkly gleaming shimmer.
For the past 140 years, Rendenbach has used oak bark tanning to produce leather soles—the process can take up to nine months. These soles are renowned for their extreme durability and natural water repellency. Women’s shoes with Rendenbach soles are a real novelty.