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Shoe Design - Footwear glossary
Category: General technical and industrial > Shoes
Date & country: 04/06/2011, UK
Words: 43

a Spanish or South American sandal like shoe, usually with rope sole, attached to the foot by thongs.

a shoe for a child or woman that has a strap around the ankle.

a sturdy laced walking shoe.

blucher, bluchers
a high shoe with laces over the tongue.

a shoe that covers the whole foot and the lower part of the leg.

brogan, brogue, clodhopper
a thick and heavy shoe.

a shoe covering the ankle; worn by ancient Romans.

chopine, chopines
a woman

a pair of shoes with cleats on the soles;

a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe.

a sandal with a sole made of rope or rubber and a cloth upper part.

fins, flipper, flippers, fin
a shoe for swimming; the paddle like front is an aid in swimming (especially underwater).

footgear, footwear
covering for a person

a shoe covering the ankle with elastic gores in the sides (see: congress shoe).

ghillie, gillie
a shoe without a tongue and with decorative lacing up the instep.

gym shoe, sneaker, tennis shoe
a canvas shoe with a pliable rubber sole (also see: running shoe).

a sandal with flat heels and an upper of woven leather straps.

insole, innersole
piece of material shaped to match the bottom of the last, which will be layered between the outsole and the sole of the foot. The shoe is constructed around it, with the upper, welting, and lining attached.

casual shoe with fringed tongue that overlaps fastening at the instep.

kitten heel
low heel that tapers sharply to narrow base.

made of plastic, metal, or wood, it is the form used to determine the shape and size of the shoe. The derivation of the word is "laest", the Old English word for footprint.

a low leather step

Louis heel
high heel with graceful curves on the sides and back. Originally designed for King Louis XIV, of France.

moccasin, moccasin
a slip

a closed shoe, most often men's, with a wide strap over the instep fastened with a buckle.

a shoe or slipper, with any size heel, covering only the front of the foot, leaving back open.

the outer sole of a shoe or boot oxford a low shoe laced over the instep.

A sturdy, low shoe that encloses the foot, and laces over the instep.

platform shoe
a shoe with a high thick sole.

the central piece of the upper of a moccasin.


running shoe, sneaker
comfortable, lightweight shoe made of canvas or leather upper, with a pliable rubber sole, often used for athletics.

sabot, wooden shoe
a shoe carved from a single block of wood.

a piece of leather across the instep of a shoe.

a shoe consisting of a sole fastened by straps to the foot.

slingback, sling
a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel.

stiletto, or spike
very high heel, with long, slender shaft.

the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot.

the front lower part of the shoe's upper part. May be shaped in various ways.

walker, walking shoe
a comfortable, low

wedge heel
heel that extends down and forward to meet the sole, filling the entire shank portion of the shoe with a flat tread surface. May be of any height.

strip of leather or synthetic attached to the outsole and upper, situated in the crevice between upper part of shoe and sole. For decorative purposes, it may also be only attached to the sole.

wing tip
a shoe having a wing