Joe Works Apron Front Derby Boots – Horween Brown Hatch Grain

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Joe Works Apron Front Derby Boots – Horween Brown Hatch Grain


The Apron Front Derby Boots from Joe Works Shoemaker look and feel like a very refined and well executed dressier country boot. They can be dressed up, down and sidewards, are extremely comfortable out of the box and are so very easy to look after.

The Last: Is Joe Works own #6 last which is their widest/ fullest last. It is very comfortable for a wide range of feet. Slim to average in the heel, shapely and average width in the mid foot and waist, good width at the ball for your average foot which then tapers towards the toe. The taper really does not feel constrictive or tight in the right size as there is good volume over the toes and although structured the leather is pliable so there is movement there.

The Leather:  Is hatch grain cowhide from Horween. It’s tough stuff! Pliable but has a slight stiff feel to begin with. It will give and shape well, is easy to look after with a wipe over and will age fantastically with very little care.

Construction: Is stunning! They are so very very neat. They are Goodyear Welted to a very high standard. Flat welted, have meticulous stitching throughout and the finish is some of the best we have seen. They are all hand made (except for the outsole Goodyear/ outsole stitching), have a padded leather insole and are glove leather lined. Rugged Luxury!

Made in Japan, see the details and sizing info for more information.


  • Horween Scotch Grain leather – Brown
  • Last: 6
  • Goodyear welt construction
  • Oak bark tanned heavy midsole
  • Leather stacked heel
  • Vibram half sole & heel
  • Padded leather insole
  • Glove leather lined
  • Antique hooks & eyes
  • D Width
  • Made in Japan
  • US sized but see sizing info

The Joe Works Apron front boots are on their widest no 6 last. It is shapely and an average D width in the heel and mid foot width good ball width which tapers towards the toe. In the right size the toes do not feel cramped and overall it is a very accommodating last for a wide range of foot shapes.

An 8 US in the no 6 last feels very similar in length to the below but with slightly more of a tapered toe box:

Viberg 1035 & 2030: 8

Viberg 2040: 8

White’s Semi Dress: 8 D (wider in the toe)

White’s Smoke Jumper 4811 last: 7.5 D

John Lofgren Engineers: 8 US

JL M43: 8 US

JL Donkey Puncher: 7.5 US

JL  Combats: 8 US

Red Wing Iron Ranger: 8.5 US (7 – 7.5 UK)

Truman Boots (updated last): 8.5 US

Rolling Dub Trio Coupen/ Stan last: 7.5 US

Trickers (and majority of British brands): 7.5-8 G/F

Please get in touch with any sizing questions you may have. We will do our best to assist you in as much depth as we can to get your sizing right. We have experience with a number of UK, European, Japanese and USA made branded shoes/ boots to help with comparisons and can take any measurements you may need.