The Derby Boots
- Spanish full-grain leather and Italian suede
- Itshide Commando sole and Goodyear Storm Welt
- Handmade in Portugal
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Every day is Derby day
Hard-wearing boots, built to withstand the elements
What You Didn’t Want
The leather doesn’t hold up
The outsole comes off
The laces aren’t strong enough
They’re not as comfortable as you’d hoped.
Give ‘em the boot
Our leather Derby Boots aren’t made from any old cowhide. Nope, we opted for some seriously hard-wearing full-grain Spanish leather, aniline-dyed for a rich patina. For those wondering, full-grain leather comes from the strongest, most hard-wearing part of the hide. Put simply, it’s tough stuff.
Those tasty Chestnut versions are made from Italian calf-suede. This stuff has a really nice, buttery texture that mere words can barely do justice to. Like our leather, this suede is made to last, and when we seriously put it to the test in an independent SMT lab-test, the boots didn’t have any marks to show for it.
Boots that you can only wear when the sun is blazing aren’t much good, so we treated our Suede Derbys with a natural water-resistant finish. We’d still recommend waterproofing the suede ones from time to time, but you won’t need to be checking the forecast every time you want to wear ‘em. Delete that weather app and get out there.
Serious boots need strong, shock-absorbing sole. That’s why we chose a 100% rubber Commando sole from Itshide. Not only are these super-grippy, and reassuringly hard-wearing, but if they do eventually wear down, your local cobbler will be able to replace them quick-sharp.
IT WAS A VERY GOODYEAR
The Goodyear Storm Welt... yep, it sounds impressive, and we’re pleased to report it is pretty impressive. It’s a tried and tested shoe-making method that involves attaching the uppers to the sole using a water-resistant leather rim. Not only does it keep the rain out, but it makes things seriously sturdy. This is skilled craftsmanship here.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
As the wise sage Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast.” With that in mind, we used ‘speed hooks’ on our boots so you can lace them up in record time. Less time faffing around, more time crashing parades and posing as the Sausage King of Chicago? Yes please.
KNOT A PROBLEM
To make sure your laces don’t give up the ghost, we gave them a waxed finish, and used low-friction metal eyelets. This gives them less chance to wear through, meaning you won’t be left clutching half a shoe-lace in despair, wondering where it all went wrong.
THE COMFORTABLE CHOICE
Big ol’ leather boots aren’t often the most comfortable things to stride around in, but ours buck the trend. They’ve got a hidden layer of sponge in the insole to keep things cosy and put a spring in your step. Sponge ain't just for cakes.
MADE IN PORTUGAL
Our boots are constructed in Portugal by our regular shoe-smiths Penha. We work with this bunch a lot, and it’s no overstatement to say that they’re true masters of their craft. They’ve been making Goodyear welted footwear since the 60s, and are still at the top of the class.
Feel at home : it's a Derby
What goes into making your Derby Boots. The materials have travelled a total of 5,788 km (3,596.5 miles) from field to doormat.
Farming cooperatives Spain for the smooth and grained leather, Italy for the suede version.
Environmental certification: Certification that guarantees organically farmed materials, a safe working environment and the respect of human rights.
Tanning and finish
Picusa and Zabri Spain and Italy
Spain for the smooth and grained leather, Italy for the suede version.
Environmental certifications: They've been specialising in the Goodyear welt construction for 2 generations now. That's more than 50 years' worth of know-how, enough to make sure you can walk on confidently.
More details on the production
And here we are backstage at Penha in Portugal.
Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each pair of Derby Boots we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it:
of CO2 emitted
The equivalent of 342 kms (212.5 miles) by car.
of phosphor released in the water
The equivalent of growing 151 kg of potatoes.
The equivalent of 42h of heating (in average flat).
THE FAMOUS FIVE
Dark Brown Grain Leather
The benchmark. That grain leather is set to grow old gracefully.
Deliveries & exchanges
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries in the rest of Europe and outside of the EU, the cost is 15€.
EASY TO CHANGE SIZES
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe these are free, and for countries, in the rest of the world we ask you to pay the return and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
Satisfied or your money back
IT’S A RISK-FREE INVESTMENT
Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.
Asphalte began life back in 2016, just four people with a bit of experience in fashion and a simple enough aim: making good quality clothes in a low-impact way. Things started off smoothly enough, and we were picking up a bit of momentum, but something was missing. The idea for Asphalte didn’t really come together until we got our pals on the blower and asked them, ‘Hey, what do you want us to make?’ We didn’t realise it at the time, but this was the turning point. If Asphalte were a scientific discovery, this would be called the ‘eureka!’ moment. If it were a comic book, this was the part where we get bitten by a radioactive spider.
It might not seem like a revolutionary idea. That’s because it isn’t, really. But fast forward 5 years and asking our friends what they wanted has turned into sending you lot our biannual questionnaires, and using your feedback to determine what we release. And that’s our secret weapon. It’s how we make what you want for a good price, and keep waste to a minimum.
Today our team is a bit bigger than four people. In fact, there are 64 of us now. We used to be based in Paris, but now we’ve moved out to greener pastures down in Bordeaux. Besides that, we’re still working in much the same way as when we first started, with the same ideas about quality, sustainability and our customers leading the way.