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Everything you always wanted to know about shoes but didn't know who to ask! 

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  • Kidskin
  • A soft porous leather crafted from the hides of young goats.
  • Kipskin
  • Mid-grade leather made from the hides of young cattle.
  • Kiltie
  • A fringed, decorative tongue over the vamp of a shoe.
  • Laces
  • Securing material strung through the eyelets of a shoe to provide closure and adjust the width.
  • Last
  • A metal, wood, or plastic form that is used to create the shape of a shoe.
  • Lambskin
  • Leather crafted from the skin of young sheep.

  • Lasting
  • Shoe production process of pulling and shaping a shoe on a last.

  • Leather
  • The skin of an animal with the hair removed and tanned for use in shoes, accessories, and clothing.

  • Lift
  • One of the several layers of leather or leather-board used to make a heel.

  • Lining
  • The leather, fabric, or synthetic material used for the inside of a shoe.
  • Lizard
  • Specked, grainy leather made from the skin of a lizard.
  • Loafer
  • A slip-on shoe with no laces or fasteners of any kind.
  • Lug Sole
  • A heavy-tread, rubber sole usually found on work boots and motorcycle boots.
  • Mary Jane
  • A closed shoe with a strap across the instep.
  • Metatarsal Bones
  • Five long bones in the foot that help move the body forward when running or walking, forming the top slope of the foot from instep to toes,
  • Mid-sole
  • The material layer between the outsole and innersole, used for cushioning or reinforcement.
  • Minaudiere
  • A small, heavily ornamented evening handbag.
  • Moccasin
  • A shoe in which the bottom is a single piece of leather, stitched around a last, and attached to the vamp by whip stitcihng.
  • Monk Strap
  • A closed shoe with a wide strap across the instep closed by buckles or velcro at the side.
  • Mule
  • An open-toe, closed-back style of footwear.  Example
  • Napa Leather
  • A soft, supple version of sheepskin, generally crafted from sheep under two years old.
  • Nubuck
  • Soft, lightweight leather that has been buffed to a suede-like finish, used on the upper of the shoe.
  • Outsole
  • The bottom of the shoe that is completely exposed to wear.
  • Oxford
  • A classic low shoe laced or tied over the instep.

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