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Airport Friendly

A shoe that contains no metal of any sort, allowing the wearer to pass through airport metal detectors

All Terrain Sandal

All Terrain Sandal

Often waterproof and with an all terrain sole, any sandal that is meant for outdoor activities such as hiking and rafting

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Almond Toe

Almond Toe

A toe shape with a tapered, rounded point that resembles the shape of an almond

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Ankle Wrap

Ankle Wrap

Straps that are meant to be wrapped and styled around the ankle

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Apron Toe

Apron Toe

A type of toe characterized by a large overlay that covers the front of the toe and has visible edges or stitching, to form a sort of "apron" on the front of the shoe

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Bicycle Toe

Bicycle Toe

A type of toe characterized by two stitched straight line accents, so named because of their similarity to professional bicycling shoe detailing

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Boat Shoe

Boat Shoe

A type of shoe originally meant to be worn aboard a boat, usually with a siped, non-slip outsole, often with side lacing details, almost always a casual shoe you can wear with or without socks

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Boot

Boot

Any footwear that rises to the ankle or higher, can be casual or dressy, practical or fashionable

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Bootie

Bootie

A shoe that has the styling of a boot without a shaft, also called a shoe-boot or shootie

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Brocade

Brocade

A type of fabric, often with embroidered or embroidered-style elaborate designs, popular with Asian influenced looks

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Cap toe

Cap Toe

A type of toe style with a full toe overlay and a straight stitching line across the top part of the toe, often seen in dress shoes

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Casual After Sport

Casual After Sport

A type of casual shoe that's ideal for use after athletic activity, with sporty styling and comfort, but lacking an athletic shoe's technical features

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Cheerleading Shoe

A type of athletic shoe meant for competitive, high-impact cheerleading activity, often with switchable color accents to match team colors and finger notches in the soles for use in acrobatics
Chelsea Boot

Chelsea Boot

type of boot, usually ankle height, in a pull on style with elastic side panels. Popularized in England

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Cleats

Cleats

Any traction-enhancing spikes or nubs attached to the sole of an athletic shoe, often used in grass-based sports such as baseball, soccer or golf to ensure traction

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Clima Cool

ClimaCool

A venting and cooling system used by adidas brand footwear with flexible screened vents to keep feet cool

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Clogs

Clog

A type of shoe, usually casual and comfortable, with an open or closed heel and a slip on style

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Column Heel

Column Heel

A type of women's high heel that's round and column-shaped

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Corporate Casual

Corporate Casual

A shoe that is clearly casual but suitable for most casual Friday dress codes or relaxed corporate styles

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Crepe Sole

Crepe Sole

A type of sole characterized by a nubbly texture like crepe paper

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Croc Embossed

Croc Embossed

Leather that has been embossed or stamped in a pattern simulating crocodile skin

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Cross Training

Cross Training

Athletic shoes suitable for cross training activities, from running to aerobics to weight training

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Cuban Heel

Cuban Heel

Usually found on women’s shoe styles, a heel with a rectangular or conical design, tapering from top to bottom

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Distressed Leather

Distressed Leather

Leather that has been rubbed, scratched or treated for a stylish effect

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Driving Moc

Driving Moc

A type of casual moccasin or slip on ideal for driving, with a flexible, pedal-gripping sole and a wraparound protected heel

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Dual Density Midsole

Seen in running shoes, a midsole that employs two different densities of cushioning foam, with denser foam where the foot would normally tend to roll
Elastic Gore

Elastic Gore

An elastic fabric panel inserted into shoes to provide stretch

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Energy Return

In running and athletic shoes, it is the response after the foot strikes the ground, a sort of propulsion that helps maintain an effective "gait" or stride
Engineer Boot

Engineer Boot

Originally worn by the Army Corps of Engineers, it is a work style pull on boot characterized by instep and top straps

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Espadrille

Espadrille

Any shoe that has woven rope or rope-look trim, usually in the sole area

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Faux Leather

Man-made, non-animal material, usually polyurethane, used to simulate real leather

Fisherman Sandal

Type of sandal with woven or stitched vertical and horizontal straps, often with a closed toe

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Fitness

Athletic shoes ideally suited for gym-style workouts

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Flat Heel

Flat Heel

Shoes with a very low or no heel height

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FLip Flop

Flip-Flop

A thong sandal with a lightweight foam outsole that makes a flip-flop sound as you walk

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Footbed

Footbed

The insole of the shoe, where the foot rests
Full Grain Leather

Full Grain Leather

Leather that shows a natural texture or "grain"

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Gait Control

In athletic running or walking shoes, a system to control the foot’s movement within the running or walking step to prevent injury or fatigue

Gardening Clog

Gardening Clog

A type of footwear ideal for gardening that is usually backless, rubber and waterproof

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Gladiator

Gladiator

Flat, usually strappy sandals inspired by the footwear worn by ancient Roman gladiators. Modern styles may feature buckles or zippers and may be high- or low-heeled

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Gore-Tex

An advanced, lightweight waterproof material, ideal as a lining
Haircalf

Haircalf

Natural calfskin material with a soft furry texture

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Harness Boot

Harness Boot

A type of boot characterized by straps across the instep and heel, usually joined by a ring detail

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Herringbone Tweed

Herringbone Tweed

A type of tweed fabric with a jagged line pattern
Houndstooth Check

Houndstooth Check

A type of pattern with a diagonal "tooth" checked design
Huarache

Huarache

A type of woven sandal-like casual shoe, originating in Mexico and Central America

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Insole

The part of the shoe that the foot rests upon, usually cushioned

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Instep

The area of the foot between the toes and the ankle, or the top front part of a shoe

Jelly

Jelly or Jelli

The part of the shoe that the foot rests upon, usually cushioned

Jodhpur Boot

Jodhpur Boot

Also called a Chelsea Boot, an ankle height slip on boot with elastic side panels

Kitten Heel

Kitten Heel

A type of tapered, low heel that is slightly set forward

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Last

A block or form shaped like a human foot and used in making or repairing shoes

Light Hiking

Light Hiking

Athletic shoes that are ideal for day hikes or "approach" hiking but are not ideal for long backpacking hikes or climbing

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Lining

The material inside a shoe

Lucite

Lucite

A type of clear, hard plastic that is often used in special occasion and evening dress shoes

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Lug Sole

Lug Sole

A sole with a heavy three dimensional traction pattern

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Lycra/Neoprene

Lycra/Neoprene

A blend of stretch fabric and neoprene rubber, ideal for a waterproof and sporty soft lining

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Mary Jane

Mary Jane

A type of women's shoe characterized by a strap across the instep

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Mersey Boot

Also known as "Beatle Boots," dress boots with a zippered side and a slightly raised heel

Microfiber

Microfiber

A type of closely knit, smooth fabric

Midsole

Midsole

The part of the shoe between the outsole and where the foot rests, usually cushioned

Moc Toe

Moc Toe

A type of toe design with a seam and stitching details, originally seen in moccasins

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Moccasin

Moccasin

Possibly the earliest type of shoe, a slip on style with visible stitching, often with a soft leather bottom

Mod Style

Mod Style

Style characteristic of the Mod era of the 1960s, with bold, high contrast geometric patterns and pop-art details

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Monk Strap

Monk Strap

A type of shoe designed like an oxford, but with a strap closure across the instep rather than a lace up front closure

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Motorcycle Boot

Motorcycle Boot

Boots ideal for riding a motorcycle, often with thick, durable soles

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Mule

Mule

A closed toe shoe with no back

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Nappa Leather

A type of leather characterized by its stretchy, soft, smooth texture

Negative Heel

Negative Heel

Popular in comfort footwear, a type of footbed with a lowered heel area designed for more natural foot placement

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Nubuck

Nubuck

A type of leather that has been "bucked" or sanded for a smooth texture with a slight nap

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Orthotic

Orthotic

A full or partial insole specifically designed for comfort and support

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Outsole

Outsole

The very bottom of the shoe that contacts the ground

Overlay

Overlay

Detailing on a shoe made by layering material on top of other material

Overpronation

Occurs when the foot rolls too far inward

Patent Leather

Patent Leather

A type of leather that has been varnished for a shiny finish

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Peep Toe

Peep Toe

A narrow opening at the front of a shoe that allows the toes to show

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Pinked

Pinked

Detailing characterized by a sawtooth edge

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Polyurethane

A type of man-made material that can have the look and feel of leather

Pronation

The inward roll of the foot that occurs as the heel strikes the ground

PU

The commonly-used abbreviation for polyurethane

Pumps

Pumps

Women's dress shoes, usually slip on, often with enclosed toe and sides

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Quarter Panel

Quarter Panel

The sides of the shoe from the heel to the toe

Retro

Retro

Referring to popular style of the past

Riding Boot

Riding Boot

A tall, low-heeled or flat boot without laces. Technical equestrian riding boot styles feature rigid toes and protect the rider from the saddle. Fashion-oriented riding boot styles may feature embellishment and varying boot shaft heights

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Ruched

Ruched

A type of detailing characterized by gathered or pleated material with stitching accents

Running - Cushioning

Running - Cushioning

Running shoes characterized by a high degree of cushioning in the insole and midsole, designed for runners in need of maximum shock absorption

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Running - Stability

Running - Stability

Running shoes characterized by a high degree of stabilizing elements, designed for runners in need of gait control

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Running - Supportive Cushioning

Running - Supportive Cushioning

Running shoes with a combination of cushioning and stabilized support, designed for runners needing both

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Running - Trail

Running - Trail

Running shoes designed for running both on and off road, with increased stability and traction for irregular terrain

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Saddle Shoes

Saddle Shoes

Shoes with a contrast colored instep overlay or "saddle," usually found on golf shoes or retro styles

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Scalloped

Scalloped

A type of detailing characterized by round, wavy edges

Sculpted Heel

Sculpted Heel

A type of high heel molded in one piece, usually out of high-impact plastic

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Siped

Siped

A type of outsole with narrow grooves or channels, often found in boat shoes

Slingback

Slingback

Shoes that are backless with a rear strap that goes around the upper heel, usually with a buckle or elastic panel

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Slouched

Slouched

Shoes with a baggy, gathered design that "slouches" down, usually found in boots

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Snip Toe

Snip Toe

A type of toe that is tapered, with a squared front as if "snipped"

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Sole

Sole

Another word for outsole, the bottom part of the shoe

Spandex/Neoprene

A combination of stretchy Spandex fabric and soft neoprene rubber, a soft and waterproof material usually used as a lining

Spectator

Spectator

A type of shoe characterized by contrasting heel and toe overlays, usually a mid-heeled tailored style

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Stacked Heel

Stacked Heel

A heel that has horizontal lines, indicating that it is made up of stacked layers of leather, or a heel with that appearance

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Stiletto

Stiletto

A high, tapered, narrow heel, also called a "spike" heel, named for a type of slim knife

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Strap Drop

In handbags, the length measured between the top of the bag and the center point of the handle

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Strappy Sandal

A sandal characterized by a multiple strap design

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Suede

Suede

Leather that has been sanded or roughed to produce a surface with a soft texture or "nap"

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Sueded Fabric

Sueded Fabric

Fabric that has been given a soft nap to simulate the feel of suede leather

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Supination

The rolling of the foot outward to the side while running or walking, can lead to serious injury

Tailored

Tailored

Characterized by a fitted, precise design that follows the contours of the foot

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Thong

Thong Sandal

Any sandal that has material that fits between the toes, especially the big and second toes

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Toe Ridge

Toe Ridge

A horizontal ridge added into the footbed of some sandals to anchor and provide support and cushioning for the toes

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Toe Thong Post

Toe Thong Post

The part of a thong sandal that actually fits between the toes

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Trubuck

A fabric with a durable but soft texture that simulates nubuck leather

T-Strap

T-Strap

A type of shoe with a single vertical strap linking the toe and ankle/heel areas

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Turf Cleats

Turf Cleats

Permanent or removable plastic or rubber cleats on athletic shoes

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Twill Fabric

Twill Fabric

A woven fabric material characterized by a smooth surface and durable wear

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Underpronation

Occurs when the foot does not roll inward enough

Upper

Upper

The part of the shoe that covers the top part of the foot, from heel to toe

Vachetta Leather

A type of soft cow leather

Vamp

Vamp

The front center part of a shoe's upper

Vegetable Tanned

Leather that has been tanned using a vegetable process, ideal for those with allergies to chromium or other tanning chemicals

Water Sports

Water Sports

Any sport such as rafting, kayaking or surfing that requires waterproof, quick-drying footwear with all terrain traction

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Western - Roper

Western - Roper

A type of Western boot characterized by a lower shaft, flared top and medium round toe

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Wing Tip

Wing Tip

A type of shoe with overlays and stitched, perforated trim, usually a dress style

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Work - Non-Safety

Work - Non-Safety

Work boots that do not have a steel safety toe

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Work-Safety

Work - Safety

Work boots that have a steel safety toe and conform to ANSI safety standards specified

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Wrestling Shoe

Wrestling Shoe

Athletic shoes ideal for Greco-Roman wrestling, usually with a flexible split outsole and covered laces to conform to rules

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