Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Tyrolean Shoes might not be a style you are familiar with, at least not by name, and once you see them your thought might be “oh yeah, that ugly style of shoes.” But there is some innate beauty to them and many of us, myself included, find them more and more attractive with each passing glance. If you want more on their history checkout Tylorean Shoes – Thick and Stitched, but if you’re looking for some of the best options currently on the market we’ve got you covered in this weeks Five Plus One.
1) Billys & Co x Anglan: Tyrolean Derby Shoes
Billys & Co x Anglan’s take on Tyrolean Derby Shoes is, at least in this writer’s mind, one of the most attractive pairs around. Not only is it more formal than almost any other pair of Tyroleans, but the natural leather, tonal stitching, and matching laces make this pair incredibly cohesive. Finished with a Dainite sole, these derbies are perfect both for occasional wear or as your next pair of daily drivers.
Available for $230 from Anglan.
2) Astorflex: Beenflex
Astorflex’s Beenflex shoes have been a staple of the Tylorean footwear world for years, and they remain a solid option. Available in a ton of colorways with various finishes, these shoes look particular sharp in the blacked out colorway that features a rugged, lugged sole for extra traction. Their in Italy made using moccasin construction techniques, ensuring they’ll be with you for years to come.
Available for $135+ from End.
3) Clarks: Wallabee
Clarks‘ Desert Boots might be their most popular style, but their Wallabees are no slouch either. This pair is made from their iconic beeswax leather, and featured a stacked crepe sole that helps create both the overall aesthetic of the shoe as well as a comfortable walking experience. Finished with tonal stitching, these are the kind of shoes it’s easy to work into any wardrobe.
Available for $150 from Clarks.
4) Heschung: Thuya Moccasin
One of the key design elements for Tyroleans is their chunky welt and stitching, and that’s something Heschung has really nailed in their Thuya Moccasin. Featuring a reverse welt for both looks and the added water resistance, the Thuya’s clean lines, tonal stitching, and calfskin leather results in one of the best looking pairs in this style. Made in France and finishes on a rubber sole, this is a pair that will be hard to not put on each and every morning.
Available for $535 from Heschung.
5) Paraboot: Michael
Paraboot’s Michael shoe is another classic of this design category. Available in a ton of different colorways, they all share the same great construction, Norwegian welt, and two eyelets closure. The pair pictured features a vegetable tanned leather outer with tan stitching, a honey brown rubber outsole, and contrasting laces. While the piped seam isn’t for everyone, if it’s a style you like then this is a great option.
Available for €355+ from Paraboot.
Plus One – ERKN: Article 2 Cobra Slate
ERKN makes some great, unique shoes but their Article 2 Cobra is a true standout. These made in Italy shoes are made a traditional Tyrolean style in regards to the toe shape and stitching, but the EVA wedge and elasticated monk strap with Cobra buckle closure really sets them apart from the competition. While these shoes are far from standard fair, they’re a beautiful pair that would look great in any collection.
Available for $347 from Namu.