A blucher ( /ˈbluːtʃər/ or /ˈbluːkər/, German pronunciation:, Blücher) is a style of shoe similar to a derby. Its vamp is made of a single piece of leather ("one cut"). It is named after the 18th century Prussian field marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.
Even today, a full brogue would formally not be considered the proper shoe to wear with a three-piece pin-stripe suit, whereas a quarter brogue in black or oxblood is a perfect business shoe. As a rule of thumb, always bear in mind that a shoe is less formal the more broguing it has and vice versa.
A court shoe (British English), or pump (American English), is a shoe with a low-cut front, the vamp, and without a fastening. They are usually worn by women, but are still traditional menswear in some formal situations, where the style is sometimes called an opera slipper or patent pump.
The wingtip derby / brogue is a casual shoe and can be worn in a similar manner as the oxford equivalent. For more information please refer to our Oxford Shoe Guide. The white buck should be worn only in warmer seasons and it goes well with seersucker, tropical or fresco fabrics, but it will be the subject of a separate article in the future.