Greetings from Hungary: what is a Budapester shoe?

Budapester shoe Melvin & Hamilton

Have you ever asked yourself how those pretty, classy shoes with the floral detailing at the toe-cap are called and how they’ve been made? Those hand-crafted models are called Budapester shoes. This style is an all-time favourite and very popular, especially when it comes to vintage and business shoes. Today we teach you a little bit about shoe knowledge. Get to know the Budapester shoe!

01 Budapester shoes – Characteristics and history

The Budapester shoe is often defined as a men’s shoe, which is only half of the truth. Most of the original Budapester models are made for men, but there are some models for women. It’s more the special character of the details which is the main characteristic of this shoe.

It is well-known to be an open-laced, double-stitched derby shoe decorated with broguing. This special decoration gives this model his unique character. It also comes with a heel cap and wing cap. It features a high toe cap and a large heel on a double sole.

The Budapester is a shoe for every occasion: it has a very elegant but also sporty touch. Combine them with jeans or with a business suit, depending on what your plans for the day are. As you can see: invest in a high quality, hand-crafted Budapester and you will wear this model through all seasons of the year.

But where has the Budapester shoe its origins? It is named after the city of Budapest in Hungary. The shoemakers there invented this unique model and have been developing it since the end of the 19th century. Also good to know: in its homeland this model is known as “Karlsbader”.

02 Budapester Style at Melvin & Hamilton

We at Melvin & Hamilton handcraft our shoes with love and care. We offer you a large variety of shoe models: from derbies to monks, from loafers to oxford shoes. All these variations combined with a wide range of colours and textures guarantee you the unique Melvin & Hamilton style. To offer you the Budapester style, you will find a lot of our derby shoes featuring the famous Budapester style! At Melvin & Hamilton not only men get to wear this distinctive model. You will find the floral brogue on many models for women as well. 

We want to present you a few pairs of Melvin & Hamilton shoes showing the famous Budapester style for her:

Women's oxford shoes Selina 30 Melvin & Hamilton
Women's ankle boots Selina 6 Melvin & Hamilton

...and for him, we're presenting you men's brogues: 

Men's derby shoes Clint 19 Melvin & Hamilton
Men's monk shoes Patrick 24 Melvin & Hamilton

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