A strap that encircles the ankle and is anchored at the top or sides of the shoe.
The high, curved part of the sole of the foot, located between the ball of the foot and the heel. Also refers to the part of a shoe insole which is meant to provide support for the arch of the foot.
Footwear created for performance of a specific sport.
A flat, ballet-style shoe meant for everyday wear. Pair them with a skirt above the knee to extend the amount of leg that is shown or well team with Capri pants, leggings, shorts. Wearing ballerina flats with longer skirts and dresses appears in a girly and romantic look.
Footwear which covers the entire foot and extends to the height of the anklebone or up to the thigh. Tall or mid-calf boots keep your leg alive, whether you wear them with just leggings and an oversized cable-knit sweater, or with a denim skirt, knit top and coat. Best team with short or long skirts, skinny jeans, tunics or a-line dresses.
A shoe that resembles a boot in style but is not as high. Team a pair of booties with a pretty knee-length skirt, mini dress, tight pants, leggings or tights for different occasions.
The crease naturally created across the vamp of the shoe from everyday wear.
A heavy oxford-style shoe featuring perforated detailing.
A clasp at the end of fabric or leather that joins one end of the material to the other.
Soft, supple leather created from the skins of very young cows.
An additional piece of leather covering the toe of a shoe and comes in numerous shapes and patterns. Also known as a Tip.
The measurement around the shaft of a boot taken at the widest part.
A closed toe, open back slip on, often on a wooden bottom with a platform sole.
A narrow, handheld bag with no strap.
Strategically placed, contrasting, yet complimentary, bold and bright colors on a shoe.
Lace up multipurpose boots originally designed for the military.
An insole that easily molds to the shape of the foot.
A boot with a chunky, moderately high slanted heel, usually pointed toe, and decorative stitching or tooling, extending to mid-calf.
A natural rubber with a crinkled texture, used in shoe soles.
A heel covered in the same material as the upper construction.
Padding on the sole of a shoe for added comfort and stabilization
A boot style with a shaft that is no taller than the anklebone.
A style of pump with one or both sides cut away, exposing the arch of the foot.
A shoe finish with the application of polish or gloss.
A slip-on moccasin.
Footwear for the professionals in the healthcare or service industry.
A strong man-made fiber with extraordinary elasticity and stretchability. Also known as Spandex.
Leather imprinted with a design or exotic skin texture, such as snake, ostrich or croco.
A shoe or sandal with a sole or wedge covered by braided rope.
A small hole for lacing, usually rimmed with a metal ring or grommet.
A type of material used on a shoe.
Shoes that do not have any heel height.
Suede fabric that is cut into pieces to create movement.
The process of applying polish to create the final appearance of a shoe.
A type of sandal with woven vertical and horizontal straps, often with a closed toe.
The inside part of a shoe where the foot rests. Another term for insole.
Leather that has a naturally textured surface.
A laced shoe without a tongue.
A measurement taken around the circumference of a shoe last, most often taken at the ball of the foot.
The natural texture of the animal skin surface.
It is the measurement of a vertical line from the point where the sole meets the heel down to the floor. Heel height is measured in increments of 1/8 of an inch.
The skin of an animal that is processed for making clothing, handbags and footwear.
The hidden line of stitching in a welted shoe that attaches the welt, upper, lining and insole to each other.
The inside lining of the shoe that is underneath the bottom of the foot. Another term for footbed.
The arched section of the foot between the toes and the ankle, or the part of the shoe which covers that area.
A strap that extends straight across the instep of the foot.
Shoes made of PVC, a soft, rubbery material.
A flap of fringe used decoratively over the vamp or the instep of a shoe.
A type of shoe with a short, slender heel that is set forward.
A string threaded through the eyelets of a shoe used for fastening the shoe.
A string threaded through the eyelets of a shoe used for fastening the shoe.
A metal, wood or plastic form, shaped like a human foot, on which a shoe is constructed.
The procedure in which the upper of the shoe is pulled and shaped onto a last.
The hide of an animal that has been treated and tanned.
One of the layers of leather which composes the heel of a shoe.
The leather, fabric or synthetic material used on the inside of a shoe.
A low, step-in shoe without shoelaces or buckles.
Not made from an animal.
A shoe style with a low heel and strap across the instep.
A slip-on shoe with visible stitching around the perimeter of the toe box, creating a gathered effect.
A closed-toe shoe with a buckled strap over the instep.
A design used in athletic shoes to reduce excessive inward rolling of the foot and provide stability.
A closed-toe, heeled shoe with open back.
The materials that cover the bottom of the shoe, except the heel.
A low shoe with laces over the instep.
Leather made from cattle hide that has been varnished to give a hard and glossy finish.
A leather finish created by embossing leather to create a pebble-like surface.
A shoe that has an opened toe in the front.
A low, slip-on shoe with a band over the vamp that has a slit. Pennies are sometimes placed in the slit for good luck.
Small holes punched into the upper of a shoe, often in decorative pattern or for air circulation.
A shoe with thick sole under the front part of the foot, and high heel. This style comes with a variety of different heel types, including wedge heels, stiletto heels, chunky heels, etc. Pair platform shoes with shorter skirts, shorts, cropped pants, flared pants, long skinny jeans.
A flexible and durable man-made material frequently used as a leather alternative or, in its rigid version, as a midsole cushioning material.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
A semi-rigid plastic material that is used as support in outsoles and heel counters. It is also referred to as vinyl.
A high, medium, or low heeled, totally enclosed shoe. Variations include an open toe or ornament. Classic high heel pumps are best matching with shirts and pants, or knit tops and dresses for a feminine work outfit. Well team with shorts, mini-skirts, tight jeans to create a sexy look.
The rear part of a shoe upper which covers the sides and the heel, and meets at the back seam.
One strip of material anchored at the sides of the quarter, with one strip extending across the front and one strip extending across the back.
A boot designed specifically for riding horses. Usually knee-high and with a low heel. The term can also refer to fashion boots that are designed to resemble riding boots.
An oxford-style shoe with contrast colored leather section across the instep.
An open toe and open back shoe with leather or fabric straps across the foot. An array of on-trend sandals for women to choose from – flat, platform, wedge, heeled. A pair of casual flat slingback thong sandals can team with jeans, shorts and tight pants. Dressy sandals complete your outfits together with a-line or wrapped dresses, skirts and chiffon dresses for an easy business look.
A structured handbag with a flat, wide bottom, double handles, and zipper or clasp closure.
Measurement of the shaft of the boot, which is from the top of the boot to the inside seam where the instep and the sole meet.
A metal strip extending from the heel to the ball of the foot to strengthen shoe and add support.
Sheepskin or lambskin with the wool still in place, often used as a lining material for shoes and boots.
A curved metal or synthetic tool used to help slide the foot into a shoe.
The difference between half sizes and full sizes is one-sixth of an inch, while the difference between full sizes is one-third of an inch.
Leather made from the side of cattle hide.
A slippery material used to waterproof shoes.
A step-in shoe, totally backless with an open or closed toe.
An open back shoe with an elasticized or buckled strap going around the upper heel.
A style of footwear which is easily slipped on or off without further adjustment.
A flat, casual slip-on, usually worn indoor.
Any leather with a smooth surface.
An athletic shoe that has a soft, rubber sole.
Inside material of a shoe.
The lining that comes in contact with the sole of the foot.
The outsole, or bottom part of a shoe.
Leather made from the lower layers of a hide that have been split away from the upper.
A heel made of leather or leawood covering that gives the appearance of wood.
A very high, slim and tapered heel.
Leather that has been sanded or buffed to create a soft, napped surface.
Man-made materials designed to look or function like leather.
A process by which the raw animal hides are converted into finished leather.
A leather or metal partial sole attached to the existing sole of a shoe.
A decorative rope and knot element typically found on the vamp of a shoe.
A sandal with an asymmetrical "y" strap that passes between the first two toes.
A stiff piece of material placed inside the vamp to retain the dome-like shape over the toes. It can take many shapes - flat, high, wide, etc.
The design of the sole of a shoe, or how a shoe's sole is worn.
A shoe with a strap from the center of the vamp throat to the instep and fastened across it to form a “T”.
The upper includes all the parts of a shoe above the sole that are stitched or cemented together.
Leather used to make the upper of a shoe.
The front center part of a shoe upper covering the toes and part of the foot.
Leather that has been applied a surface coat to prevent water penetration.
A heel that lies flat to the ground and extends from the shank to the back of the shoe. Wearing wedges with flowing skirts, short skirts, wrap dresses, tight jeans or pants for a casually feminine style.
A rubber, pull-on boot worn for wet weather.
Width is measured at the ball of the foot, in 1/6-inch increments and is often expressed in letters (AA=narrow, B=medium, D=wide)
Light weight, washable non-allergenic fabric. Quick drying and aids in absorbing moisture from the body.
A common dress or skirt style in which the silhouette is fitted at the shoulder or waist, and gradually flares out to create a wider hemline.
A woman's strapless top formed from a band of fabric fitted around the bust.
The diagonal direction of a woven fabric. Unless woven from stretch yarns, fabrics stretch more in the bias direction than in the length or width.
A type of structured outerwear, often resembling a more casual form of suit coat.
A short jacket that does not extend beyond the waistline. Usually worn with front open over a bodice or blouse. Also known as a Shrug.
A class of richly decorative woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads.
A woman’s garment that is a combination of waist cinch and brassiere. Formerly worn as an undergarment.
A close-fitting, sleeveless top for women in often very thin or sheer fabric. Generally worn as an undergarment, camisoles cut in a similar style but of opaque material can also be worn as a top of blouse.
A type of sleeve in which the cut and seam is fitted to the shoulder. Cap sleeves are shorter than a standard short-sleeved T-shirt. Often found on women’s blouses and dresses.
Pants in which the trouser leg ends at any point from below-knee to mid-calf.
A delicate and sheer woven fabric commonly made from cotton, silk or a synthetic fiber. It is a popular fabric used in blouses, ribbons, scarves and lingerie. Chiffon must be handwashed gently and ironed while slightly damp to reduce wrinkles.
The property of a dyed or printed textile to resist color loss or fading resulting from various conditions of use such as laundering, bleach, perspiration, or sunlight.
A neckline in which material falls loosely from shoulder to shoulder to form multiple soft folds.
A rounded, collarless neckline. The most common type of neckline for shirts or sweaters.
A garment containing a double row of buttons down the breast and generally a portion of the front lapped over the other.
A garment of which the bodice is slightly longer, with the waist seam at anywhere from a few inches below the natural waistline to actual hip level.
A garment of which the waistline is just below the bust.
A permanent finish used on wool fabrics in which the result is a smoother, more compact texture. Fulling is a process commonly used for woolen clothes in coats, such as melton.
A medium-weight, woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn.
The base edge of a garment that is finished off with sewing or stitching to cover the raw edge.
A checked pattern with notched corners, resembling a canine’s tooth. Typically used in jackets and suits.
A plain-knit fabric of wool, silk, nylon, or rayon. Soft and elastic in texture.
A small, rounded opening below the neckline of a garment, resembling a key hole.
A delicate net-like ornamental fabric made of threads by hand or machine.
The most common method for washing textile products, using water combined with a range of cleansers. Bleaches might also be used for additional stain removal. Only washable products can be laundered (as opposed to dry cleaning).
A narrow cord or bias fabric stitched between a seam, typically for decorative purposes. Usually made of matching or contrasting fabric color.
The opening or slit at the top of a blouse or jacket that facilitates in its wearing.
A padded and lined fabric typically consisting of three layers to produce a soft, puffy texture.
The portion of a garment with large areas of fullness gathered in to form a rippled effect.
A natural protein fiber producing a shiny, soft fabric popular in a variety of day and evening wear. Silk is wrinkle-resistant, durable, and can absorb up to 30% moisture of its own weight.
Formerly a name referring specifically to athletic wear, common day use refers to a wide category of casual wear versatile for use at any time of day for various activities.
Decorative stitching, done by machine, sewn so as to be visible on the upright side of a garment.
A common type of textile weave with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs. Examples of twill fabrics are chino, denim, and tweed.
The ability for a fabric to draw moisture away from the body.