Open shank derby shoes

Image from 'Shoe Design: A Handbook for Footwear Designers'

When you book your 5-day Shoe workshop we'll ask you to tell us which style you'd like to make. Your ideas can be very simple - to begin with at least! We spend the first day of your workshop editing and refining your design, (this basically means making a wonderful mess with all our lovely leathers). 

Open shank shoes are similar to Derby shoes, but they have a cut away on the side panels which allows you to see into the shoe! 

Derby shoes are characterised by the side panels (quarters) which sit over the forepart (vamp). 

If you google search 'Open shank shoe' you'll be rewarded with lots of inspirational examples! Our INSTAGRAM is also a great place to look for examples.