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Strong leather half-boots or high shoes.
- ‘A repository of the empire, the town bears a suitably idiotic, unwieldy name, and even in 1950s Armidale it was possible to hear such terms as bluchers, port and goolies (balls).’
- ‘Bals generally should have a small gap at the top of the lacing, while bluchers often have a larger one through the length of the lacing.’
- ‘In a pinch, i.e., when travelling I might wear a pair of my dressier bluchers with a suit, but I'd feel a little guilty about the slightly subpar pairing.’
- ‘Shiny black five-eyelet lace-ups, bal wingtips and straight tip blucher shoes - with or without perforated detailing on toes - are also sure bets.’
- ‘He was, altogether, as roystering and swaggering a young gentleman as ever stood four feet six, or something less, in his bluchers.’
Mid 19th century: named after G. L. von Blücher (1742–1819), Prussian general.
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