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).
- Shiny black five-eyelet lace-ups, bal wingtips and straight tip blucher shoes - with or without perforated detailing on toes - are also sure bets.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: named after G. L. von Blücher (1742–1819), Prussian general.
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