of Shoe Terms
Everything you always
wanted to know about shoes but didn't know who to ask!
The process of converting raw hides or skins into
finished leather to be used in making footwear, accessories, and
- An additional, partial sole made
of leather or metal that is attached over the sole of a shoe.
- A knotted rope-like ornament
usually made of leather strips and found on the vamp of a
moccasin or loafer.
- A sandal featuring a V-strap
connected to the shoe between the big toe and second toe, and at
the sides of the footbed; also known as a flip-flop.
- The main opening of a shoe,
also known as the collar or topline.
- A strip of leather or other
material sewn into the vamp of a laced shoe to provide coverage
between the sides of the vamp.
- Refers to the pattern on the
outsole of a shoe; also refers to the wear pattern on the shoe.
- Unit Bottom
- A shoe bottom made from a
mold of plastic or rubber, including the sole and heel (wedge or
platform) in one piece.
- The top part of the shoe that
does not include the sole, fashioned of leather, fabrics, or
- Upper Leather
- Any leather used to make shoe
uppers; mainly calf, kid, goat, sheep, horse, and reptile.
These leathers are further refined by a variety of finishes,
such as suede, patent, pebble grain, and embossed.
- The front of a shoe upper
that covers the toes and part of the foot.
- Vegetarian Shoes
- Shoes made of non-leather
materials; includes natural fabrics such as silk and synthetic
materials, and must have a non-leather sole.
- Wedge Heel
- A heel that extends from the
back of the shoe to the tip of the toe, and may include a
- A strip of leather sewn
between the insole and outsole for greater durability.
- Typically measured in letters
(AA, B, C, D, EE or N, M, W, XW) and refers to the width of the
shoe last as measured at the ball of the foot. Widths
increase by one-sixth of an inch.
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