the French Revolution, large, fancy shoe buckles were considered the mark of
the Aristocrats. Shortly,
wearing any shoe buckles at all could cause your head to leave your body. Shoe
buckles quickly went out of style in France.
In the United States, Thomas Jefferson was a strong supporter of the French Revolution so, at his inauguration in 1801 he wore laced-up shoes.. This set a fashion. All laced shoes soon were called "Jefferson Shoes." The term "Jefferson" continued to mean laced shoes until the early twentieth century. "Bootee" is a diminutive of "Boot" and signifies a short boot. "Brogan" is derived from "Brogue", an English term for a rugged shoe that almost covered the ankle as opposed to a shoe which was lower and a boot which was higher.