Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Blucher

A modern-day blucher. (Image Credit: porhomme.com)

A blucher is a shoe having the tongue and vamp cut in one piece and the quarters lapped over the vamp and laced together for closing.

History of The Blucher

The blucher was invented by Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, an energetic and creative field marshal who commissioned a boot with side pieces lapped over the front. His goal was to provide his troops with better footwear during the Napoleonic Wars. The shoes were designed to make it easier for soldiers to slip them on and off. The design was adopted by armies across Europe.

Modern Bluchers

Blucher shoes became the blueprint for modern men’s dress shoes, and today many still have the classic leather flaps wrapping the ankle or lying over top of the foot. Modern versions often feature the addition of a leather shoe tongue, and are available in both boot and dress shoe varieties.

Check out previous Words of the Week, and read the Shoe Smitten shoe glossary to learn more footwear lingo!

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