What are blucher shoes? History, types, and characteristics

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When people are starting out in the style world, they often wonder what exactly defines blucher shoes, what their characteristics are, and how they differ from other types of footwear. And the question is not only common – it is perfectly understandable, as bluchers are one of the most revered styles of footwear today. Their elegance and versatility are some of the reasons these shoes continue to be one of the top footwear choices. In this article we explain everything you need to know about them.

The characteristics of bluchers

The aesthetic and formal properties of blucher shoes are:

  • Open lacing
  • More open lasts than other shoe types
  • Tongue integrated into the shoe’s structure
  • Robust and durable
  • Versatile: they go well with a variety of garments and looks.

The best way to identify them – without a doubt – is to look at the formal properties, particularly their unmistakable open lacing. If you see this, you are looking at a pair of bluchers!

Types of blucher shoes

By looking at the different decorative elements, you can identify the following variations:

  • Plain bluchers: These do not have any decorative elements.
  • Semi brogue bluchers: These feature broguing, that is, small decorative perforations. Semi brogues only include broguing at the toe and sides of the shoes.
  • Wingtip bluchers: Also called full brogues or budapesters. As the name suggests they feature broguing on all parts of the shoe, namely the front, sides, and heel. The name wingtip refers to the wing-shaped stitching of the piece across the vamp of the shoe.

As a general rule, the less ornate the shoe, the more suitable it is for formal occasions. For more casual and relaxed looks, the level of embellishment dictates whether they will be suitable for the setting you want to wear them in, whether informal or very informal.

The origin and history of bluchers

Bluchers are associated with British style, leading many to believe that they originate from the British Isles. The elegant, versatile, and restrained aesthetic favoured historically in England has of course added to this confusion. But nothing could be further from the truth

In fact, the origins of this type of shoe can be found somewhere that has little to do with the United Kingdom. Namely, Prussia, the powerful and militarised country whose former territory is divided today between Germany, Poland and the Baltic countries (although Russia, which still has the sovereignty of Kaliningrad, the former and very Prussian Königsberg, should also be added to the list). 

Today we think of this former country as the quintessence of a militarised and disciplined state. And, like many clichés, it is both true and false to some extent – but at least with regard to the shoes, the highly militaristic nature of Prussia was very much a factorin the origin and evolution of bluchers.

Indeed, the name of this shoe comes from the surname of its creator, the Prussian marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher. A military man who lived between the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, a time in the history of Europe when there were a great many wars. These shoes were first created, therefore, to ensure that soldiers had robust footwear to last the long marches and almost uninterrupted wear. This explains why bluchers are designed to last, and to be worn every day and continuously.

As a result, the shoe steadily made its way into non-military contexts, though men’s bluchers were the first to rise to popularity. Over time, the blucher shoe took on its own personality, gracing wardrobes with an unmistakable touch of class. It even managed to break away from its fiercely masculine origins, as demonstrated by the wide variety of women’s bluchers on the market. Today, bluchers are a common feature of all kinds of looks, from the elegant to the casual.

Lottusse bluchers

Lottusse bluchers take on the classic characteristics of this type of footwear such as resistance, durability, and the various decorative elements mentioned above.

However, in addition to the traditional cowhide, young bull and calfskin leathers, we have also included kangaroo leather

This leather is particularly suitable for summer and good weather, thanks to its high breathability.

You can also find bluchers made with different types of soles and crafted using the Goodyear technique, a type of construction that is the hallmark of good work and good quality. If you want to know more, in this article we explain in detail what Goodyear construction is.

In short, there is a type of blucher shoe for every person, character and particular taste. If you want to tread firmly, all you have to do is choose the one you like best!