Word of the Week: Blücher

I know, I know … Word of the Week posts have been sparse lately, but we’ve been so busy! Haven’t you seen all the updates to the Solestruck site and the great summer styles on our New Arrivals page?

Seychelles Under ConstructionAnyway, I’ve finally got a few minutes to spare and a new word to share, so here it is: blücher (pronounced “bloo-cher”). It’s used to describe a type of shoe, often a boot, whose vamp and tongue are constructed from one piece of leather or fabric, and shoelaces bring the side flaps together in the front over the tongue (shown at left, the Seychelles Under Construction).

The blücher-style front is a fairly common sight on army or work boots. In fact, many believe its origin can be found in Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, a leading Prussian general in the Napoleonic Wars. Although the history of the design is hard to follow, it obviously has remained strong in men’s dress footwear and is now appearing in the women’s fashion arena, too.

Pastry Glam BoaterThe recently arrived Pastry Glam Boater is a perfect example (at right, shown in plum). Like virtually all Pastry shoes, this lounge loafer is vibrantly colored–an effect that serves to offset a few more traditional details like the blücher vamp and moccasin-inspired stitching. And of course, this shoe wouldn’t be fit to bear the Pastry brand name if it didn’t include the fabulously comfortable sneaker-like sole.


UPDATE AUGUST 2008: Solevoice’s “Word of the Week” feature has morphed into a special section called “Shoestruction“.  All previous and future posts can be found in this category.

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