the Halbschuh is a form of the firm footwear and ranks among the shoes. It is characterized contrary to the Sandale by a closed shoe upper section (shank) and defines themselves against the boot by the shank height, which is enough in front to maximum into the foot bend and laterally to under the Knöchel of the foot. It is carried with dry, cool as far as warm weather and is thus the type of shoe usually-carried from the spring to the autumn.


  • catch
of Halbschuhe can be equipped as Schlupschuh (Loafer) built or with a catch ( Schnürung, Klettband, belt). Most Halbschuhe which can be found rank among the group of the tying shoes, are thus locked with a tying lacing, which runs either by eyes or by loops/rings (Ghillyschnürung). Hooks (Agraffen) are not common with Halbschuen, since they do not offer advantages.
  • Material
as Schaftmaterial mainly different (art) fiber fabrics and leathers are used . Leather offers a larger comfort, more costs however at the same time. For the shoe soil (sole) rubber or leather is most common.
  • Models
of Halbschuhe come in form of different shoe models on the market: Derby, Oxford, Spectator, Norwegian, Monkstrap, Pennyloafer etc.
  • Intended purpose
of Halbschuhe can be manufactured depending upon targeted application by the elegant dance shoe from lacquer leather with thin leather sole up to the garden shoe from plastifizierten surface material with section rubber sole in different Schaftschnitten, price and quality classes.

For the winter months and on rain days high-cut Halbschuhe (Bootees so mentioned ) or boots are suitable because of the better protective effect against influences of the weather better. These are however heavier and permit only a smaller ventilation of the foot.


  • Helge Sternke: Everything over gentleman shoes. Nicolai publishing house, Berlin, 2006, ISBN 3-89479-252-3.
  • Colin McDowell: Shoes - beauty, mode, fantasy. To William Heyne publishing house, Munich, 1989, ISBN 3-453-03606-9

see also

shoe, shoe model, Loafer


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