Combining sneaker-like comfort with high-end stitching, orthotic insoles, slip resistant soles and full-grain leather (inside and out) you will feel great about wearing these all day with any outfit.
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Our Classic Derby design is an incredibly versatile and soft leather shoe, masterfully handcrafted using premium full-grain leather, light and slip resistant soles and other hand-selected materials.
Each pair of John Candors has orthotic insoles and leather lined interiors for ultra comfort and breathability. The leather will mold to your foot over a few days and you'll often forget you're even wearing shoes. That's how light and comfortable they are!
Wear these shoes on any occasion with or without socks. Each pair of John Candors is designed to be supportive, breathable, light weight, and ultra-comfortable for all day walking, standing, sitting and the occasional run.
the benefits of our shoes
You Can Certainly Walk the Walk
High-end Leather & Stitching
Nothing but the best Colombian full grain and top grain leathers that have been carefully selected by us. Each hide painstakingly sculpted and hand cut to produce full leather uppers, internal linings, and lined insoles which enhances breathability.
24/7 Comfort & Support (Orthotic Insole)
Created by a podiatrist with professional athletes in mind in order to prevent foot and back fatigue on their days off. Specifically designed to provide shock absorption in both the heel and forefoot pads when recovering between competitions. Made out of breathable, ultra-soft, flexible Polyurethane Foam for unprecedented all-day comfort. Plus, each insole is enhanced with antimicrobial properties to keep your feet feeling and smelling fresh.
Eco-Conscious Leather & Soles
Our certified leather tanners incorporate on-site water treatment plants that recycle, purify, and reuse the water needed for the curing and tanning process. We also use recyclable plastics in our soles, water-based adhesives, and recycled materials in our packaging. Learn more about our green initiatives under Who We Are.
Two Sets of Laces (Different Colors)
Standard with each pair and giving you the option to change it up at your leisure (additional colored laces are available for purchase as add-ons).
Lightweight anti-slip tread combines with a really freakin' cool outsole (making these shoes perfect for daily commutes, traveling plans, & almost any terrain, weather, & occasion).
Light on your feet and light in your bag, each pair of John Candors weigh less than 2 pounds (907 grams) making them extremely versatile from work to social outings, and everything in between.
Your feet are made to move, to bend, & to flex in its natural movement. Your shoe shouldn't impede that. Don't torture your feet with rigid footwear.
We have been designing and testing our collection since 2018. Whether you are walking to your next meeting, running to catch your flight, commuting around town, or simply chasing your daughter at the playground, rest assured that your shoe won't fail you.
Dress Up, Dress Down
"As an Engineer I travel constantly and always pack my John Candor shoes because it fits every occasion from work to social outings. They are extremely versatile and super comfortable." -- Luis
It takes an entire team of artisans almost 200 steps to handcraft each pair of made-to-order John Candors. It’s not the easiest or cheapest method, but we’re committed to classic construction techniques that stand the test of time and highlight the artistry of the craftsman.
At John Candor we take great pride and personal ownership of not just every product we make, but in HOW every product is made. Over 50 families, many of whom are single mothers and heads of households, contribute to bring our products to market and they are equally entitled to happy, balanced, and satisfying lives. We are not successful unless they partake in that success. We will never compromise their well-being for a profit margin and ensure each one receives fair pay with benefits, training opportunities, and safe working conditions.
No Middleman Markup
Our transparent, direct to consumer approach cuts out the middleman and the additional markups found at normal retailers. This means better prices for you and better earnings for our artisans in Colombia.
quality over quantity
We pay higher prices to get better quality materials to use when we design and create each shoe. The life cycle of our shoes will last you for years to come, eliminating the need to repurchase as often. We are passionate about creating and providing our customers with exceptional products that are excellent in quality, responsibly produced, & sustainable for future generations.Learn More About Our Process
Dress to Impress
our design, our discretion
We're not Private Labelers
We don’t pick our product out of a catalog, add our brand to it and resell it to you. We’ve taken the time to design, learn, research and personally look into all of the people and companies we partner with to source raw materials and make our products. We strive to go above and beyond, make thoughtful choices, and double-check details to produce the highest quality product for our customers.
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Available Sizes: US 8-15.
Fits true to size (Based on the brannock device).
If you're normally a range with other brands, we recommend selecting the larger size with ours.
Our dress sneaker design has a narrow toe box and we do not have wide sizes. If you usually buy wide we recommend trying 1/2 size up. Unfortunately if you're always an EE or larger ours won't fit.
Our shoes come with orthotic insoles which are thicker than regular flat insoles. If you wear thick socks we recommend going 1/2 size up.
If you don't see your size available please message us if you'd like us to hold one for you from our next order.