Tricker’s collaborates with Norse Store to create an exclusive crepe sole derby entitled, the Norse Projects Blucher.
We would like to clear up some of the confusion about the terminology. You may have seen this one dubbed the Bluncher on certain sites while other sites may call it something else entirely. Blucher is just another name for a derby, but it’s more popular in the UK and other parts of Europe. Most American’s like to use the term derby.
The same goes for a balmoral shoe and an oxford. These are just terms used to verify the type of shoe. The oxford/balmoral offers a closed lace up construction, while the blucher/derby offers an open one. Now that the confusion is over, let’s look at the shoe.
The Norse Projects Blucher offers very smooth and minimalistic oil leather uppers with a contrasting heel pull tab. The shoe sits on a Goodyear welt and a wedge crepe sole. The brown looks very nice and perfectly balanced. The black however is a disappointment in our eyes. The heel pull tab offers too much contrast – the welt and crepe sole is entirely black – while the bulky silhouette give the impression of a cheap looking shoe.
A full black shoe is always tricky to work with. We’ve seen some very elegant and expensive looking footwear that is a fraction of the cost of this one. We love Tricker’s but the black colorway of this derby was a disappointment.
Norse Projects Blucher ($585 USD) from Tricker’s – available here