Even though some anthropologists claim to trace its distant ancestors back to the late Naughties in the Prada region, black laceless derbies seem to have first appeared at Dsquared2 around the summer of 2014.
The earlier specimens’ hides were made of matte leather and still feature a relatively modest heel and sole. The rugged terrain of Milan nightclubs may have prompted the species to develop a thicker sole. Here the common ancestor may have split into two branches, one still in existence in the new collection, with heavy sole and made of regular calf-skin, and its cousin, the patent leather version, which may go extinct once the ice-age (this winter ) is over. Let’s hope its DNA is being preserved for a later revival….