Blucher shoe

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Black blucher
Open lacing with vamp in one piece – the hallmark of a blucher shoe

A blucher (pronunciation: /ˈblər/ or /ˈblkər/) is a style of shoe similar to a derby. Its vamp is made of a single piece of leather ("one cut").[1]

It is named after the 18th century Prussian general Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. General von Blücher commissioned a boot with side pieces lapped over the front in an effort to provide his troops with improved footwear. This design was adopted by armies across Europe.[1]

Some English manufacturers seem to refer to this type of shoe as 'plain toe'.

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  1. ^ a b Sternke, Helge (2006). Alles über Herrenschuhe. Berlin: Nicolai Verlag. ISBN 9783894792527. Retrieved 25 August 2012.