Glossary of Terms

Everything you have ever wanted to know about shoes … and some!

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analog watch a watch that has a dial plus hour and minute hands to tell the time
ankle strap a strap that is attached at the back of the shoe and that wraps around the ankle. Some people fear that an ankle strap cuts off their legs. It is not true for all people, and it does definitely depend on where that ankle strap sits. Best solution? Try the shoe on!!
anti-shoe shoes that are totally opposite to a conventional shoe. Anti-shoes (such as MBTs are non-supportive and unstable – and that is the whole point. By being unstable, such shoes are designed to make your muscles support you, improving posture and gait, activating neglected muscles, and reducing stress on joints and backs. Oh, and they do wonders for working your butt!
antiquing This is also known as "giving it a vintage" look. It is the art of finishing off the leather so that it looks like it has been worn before, or rubbed off in certain sections
arch on a foot, this is the high, curved part of the sole of the foot, located between the ball and the heel. On a shoe, this is the support in the shoe for that part of the foot. It is usually padded and raised to provide comfort
ATM this is a measurement of pressure used for watches to indicate how water resistant they are. 1 ATM = 10 metres of water pressure. ATM literally stands for atmosphere. GUESS watches do a great job of explaining how ATM on a watch relates to water resistancy.  Go to the Warranty page to learn more.
automatic movement a watch where the movement is activated from motion.  Some of our Fossil watches for men are like this.  They need to be on a wrist to keep moving, but of course require no battery.  How very green!!

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B
back seam this is the vertical seam at the back of a shoe
ball (of the foot) the padded area on the sole of the forefoot between the toes and the arch
ballerina flat an homage to the slipper of the ballerina, the ballerina flat (or ballet flats) are flat shoes, epitomised by their normally rounded toes and soft flexible uppers. Our dearest Audrey Hepburn brought the ballet flat to the masses as she teemed them with three quarter length capri pants – a look that we still copy today
belgian loafer originally modelled after a Belgian felt peasant slipper, this shoe is completely hand made by Belgian artisans who work at home. Its upper is calf skin with fine piping, adorned with a tiny bow, and it is distinctly built on a calfskin mini wedge heel
bezel the ring which surrounds the face of the watch, and sometimes rotates to function as part of the timing mechanism
blucher a shoe design that features two side flaps of material that are joined over the arch by laces
boot ranging from ankle to thigh high varieties, boots are shoes that cover the whole of the foot upper and ankle. Females were considered "too delicate" to wear the all conquering boot right up until the 18th century. Can you believe it ???
brannock device this is an American device used to measure the length and width of a foot. It is important to bear in mind that the brannock device provides sizing in American sizes which may be a half size smaller than Australian sizing
brogue traditionally a man's shoe, the brogue is a flat, heavy oxford style shoe featuring perforated detail on a rounder toe, and a curved piece of leather over the toe
brogueing perforated and curved detailing seen on shoes, not limited to brogues
bunions commonly seen at the base of the big toe, these calcified swellings stick out, putting pressure on the foot in a shoe, and causing great pain. Usually formed from a long history of ill-fitting shoes, and pronation (rolling in of the feet) bunions are genetic. I have a couple of words for those of you with bunions: Naot, Dansko, El Naturalista ... oh, and see your podiatrist !!!
burnish (to) buffing up a shoe to give a vintaged or antiqued look to the leather

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C
calfskin leather from the skins of young cows
chappals functional and colourful shoes that have pom poms at the front, and narrow open backs that enable the wearer to get rid of sand easily. Worn in the hot and sandy Indus valley, mostly in modern day Pakistan
chopines (show-PEEN) used in 16th century Venice, these platformed shoes rose to unprecedented heights of 30 inches or more. They were used as a status symbol (the higher the platform the higher the status) and required servants to put them on as well as to steady the wearer. It is reputed that Venetian husbands introduced the heavy wooden chopines to their wives to prevent them straying. PUH-LEASE!!!
chronograph a watch that includes a variety of dials and a stop watch function
clog a European tradition, the clog is a closed toe open back platformed shoe, with a sole and heel normally made of wood. They are often referred to as mules, however mules have got a variety of heels (stiletto, kitten etc), where the clog stays true to itself – solid, sturdy and platformed. The word clog comes from the Middle English word clogge which means a lump of wood. Nice. (see also sabot)
clutch a handbag that is “clutched” or held in the hand
cuban heel a broad heel of moderate height with a slightly tapered back and straight front, used in both shoes and boots
collar usually seen on boots, this refers to normally a folded leather trim around the neck or rim of the boot
counter also called the heel counter, this is the stiffener for the heel’s back placed between the outer and the lining
cowboy boot a specific style of riding boot worn by cowboys with a high heel, rounded to pointed toe, high shaft and traditionally no lacing or zips. These are pull on boots that are usually highly embellished with fancy stitching, different colours and different types of leather used. Visible stitching where the upper is attached to the sole is another feature
crepe (cray-pp) is a crinkly lace rubber used on the soles of shoes. It is obtained when the rubber/latex is passed several times through heavy rollers called crepers, then air dried
crown also called the stem or the pin, this is the button on the outside of the watch that is used to set the time and the date. In mechanical watches it also serves to wind up the watch
crystal when referring to a watch, this is the transparent cover on a watch made of glass crystal, synthetic sapphire, plastic, or la crème de la crème, sapphire crystal
cushioning padding in a shoe that adds comfort

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D
deauville (doh-VILL) the "Deauville", created by Andrea Pfister, is an open weave plastic sandal
dial the watch face
digital watch (opposite to analog) a watch that uses digits instead of hands to tell the time
d'orsay pump (door-SAY) a style of pump that is open at both "waists" of the shoe, keeping the toes and the heels covered, yet exposing both the inner and outer arch. It takes its name from its inventor, Alfred Gabriel – the Count d’Orsay – who daringly took the closed court shoe (pump), skimmed the cleavage of the toes and cutaway both sides
driving shoes typically European, these flat moccasin based shoes are based on soft leather uppers featuring a rubber "pebbled" sole to grip car pedals. This pebbled effect continued up from the sole an inch or so on the heel which allows the foot to sit on the accelerator without damaging the soft leather. This shoe is embodied by J.P. Tod’s 1979 invention designed by Italian Diego Della Valle (dee-AY-go DELL-a VALL-eh)

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E
embossed leather leather that has had a design imprinted on it. Leather that looks like faux (false) crocodile or snake skin is embossed leather
espadrille Spanish style of shoe where the soles were made from esparto grass. Today a traditional espadrille has a roped wedged sole made from jute, where jute is a long shiny vegetable fibre
eyelet a hole through which a lace goes, usually reinforced with metal

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F
floating wedge engineered by Dutch designer Jan Jansen, the floating wedge sits far forward on the arch, creating an illusion of a heel-less high heel
flyback hand a seconds hand on a chronograph that can be used to time laps or determine finish times
footbed a term for an insole

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G
galoshes the ancient Romans wore a bad-weather boot, adapted from the Gauls. This Gaulish boot over time became known as the galosh, which are still used today for inclement weather
geta traditional Japanese footwear, mostly made of wood. They feature a thong upper and wooden sole with "teeth" that make a distinctive clacking sound whilst walking
ghillie a soft shoe made of supple leather, which has laces that criss cross over the front opening of the shoe, ending tied up around the ankles. They are used by both men and women in Irish and Scottish traditional dancing
go-go boot low-heeled, calf high boots of white plastic designed by André Courrèges in the 1960's. This shoe became the best selling footwear of the decade, capturing the imagination of the space-age obsessed generation. To be worn with a mini-skirt, another 1960's invention
gold plated a layer of gold electroplated to a base metal
golden lotus a foot no longer than three inches, striven for by Chinese ladies whose feet were bound from the tender age of 3 years of age to prevent growth.  Ouch.
greased leather/nubuck leathers dressed on the grainy side, provided with a high concentration of greases and waxes
gusset elasticised material that is stitched into stress points of a shoe or boot to allow for extra give and girth. Also called goring. Most often they are inserted vertically from the upper collar of a boot to allow for curvier calves, as well as on either side of the arch for extra give on a long vamped shoe. This elastic webbing was made possible by Charles Goodyear’s discovery of a method for vulcanising rubber. Go figure

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H
heel the projection at the back of the shoe which rests below the heel bone and raises the height of the shoe
heel breast the inside vertical "face" of the heel that faces the shank or arch support of the sole
heel height measured on a vertical line at the breast of the heel, from the bottom of the sole to where it meets the heel, to the floor
hobo a bag with a single shoulder strap, slouchy unstructured line, typically with a top zip
huarache (hoor-ATCH-ee) a Mexican sandal with a woven leather upper. They have been around for hundreds of years and were popular amongst Mexican villagers

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I
inseam the hidden seam that holds various elements of the shoe together – namely the welt, upper, lining and insole. It increases the strength and durability of the shoe, whilst providing a more snug fit for the wearer. It is therefore of great importance in how the shoe is fastened
insole the inner part of the base of the shoe that the foot comes in contact with. It provides comfort and cushioning, and, depending on the material, may also keep the foot fresh and dry. On some shoes, it is removable, most notably to be replaced with an orthotic. Such shoes are called orthotic-taking shoes
instep in a shoe this is the part of the shoe or sock that covers the arch of the foot. In a foot, this is the arch of the foot which is the “arched” or curved part of the lower foot between the ball and the heel

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J
jellie/jelly shoe a shoe made out of PVC or other soft, rubbery material that is traditionally translucent, made into a sandal. Best brand on the market and also the original is from Melissa
jodphur a riding boot that comes up halfway to the shin, normally used in equestrian activities
juliet's elegant, quilted, often fur-lined boots that were worn for travelling in carriages. Upon arrival they were of course replaced with the appropriate fashion of the time

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K
kid leather goat skin (sometimes lamb skin can be called kid leather) that is soft and resilient
kiltie a women's shoe that has a fringe-like tongue over the vamp of the shoe
kitten heel a short slender heel with a slight curve, set back from the heel of the shoe. Another favourite heel height of our darling Audrey Hepburn

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L
lap timer a chronograph watch function that lets the wearer time segments of a race
lapped seam a very strong seam to hold together two separate overlapping materials, involving two rows of stitches
last this is the most important part of the shoe. It is also the first thing that is made when designing a shoe. Lasts are often hand-carved wood, or sometimes a molded plastic replic of the human foot. The last and the last alone determines the contour of the arch, plus where the weight of the foot will be distributed. Both of these factors are critical when establishing fit and comfort. It is only a true artisan who can make lasts, and that is someone who has the ability to understand motion, symmetries, calibrations and contours. And all of this without compromising the desirous beauty of the shoe
lcd liquid-crystal display on a digital watch that shoes the time in digits by means of a liquid held in a thin layer between two transparent plates
leather Leather is the skin of animals whose fibrous structure is preserved by tanning. It is one of the oldest materials for making clothing and footwear.  Leather is breathable, water vapour permeable, it retains humidity, and is strong, elastic and resistant. Leather shoes adjust to the changing shape of a foot. They can be stretched using a chemical stretcher or a stretching machine, but may over time shrink back in size.  To keep leather at its optimum for long periods, it is recommended to use quality leather products, such as Collonil
lining this covers the inside surface of the shoe
loafer the term generally used for a slip-on shoe, based on a moccasin style, originating in Norway
louis heel originally created by Nicholas Lestage (NICK-oh-lah less-TARGE) in 1660 for King Louis XIV of France, this high heel became subsequently fashionable for women. Today the resulting “Louis heel" refers to a heel that has a concave curve and outward bottom taper

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M
mary jane named for a comic strip character called "Buster Brown" in 1902, this child-like style is traditionally flat, blunt toed, and has a strap around the ankle or over the arch. Today it comes with toes of all shapes, heels of all heights, but the strap remains intact. With or without a T-Bar!
mechanical movement a watch movement powered by a mainspring, that needs to be wound up using the crown regularly to keep it going
mersey boot an ankle boot known as the "Beatle Boot" with elastic gussets, normally a Cuban heel and a closed toe cap
microfibre a blend of man-made, fine synthetic fibres that are closely woven to give the appearance of suede. Used as both an outer and a lining. As a lining microfibre has excellent sweat-absorption abilities, making it perfect as a lining for boots. This is a really easy to clean material
midsole the part of the shoe that is located between the innersole and the outersole. It adds cushioning and stability to the shoe
minaudière (men-ohr-dee-AIR) small ornamental case or bag a lady
moc toe a toe that looks like the toe of a moccasin – ie designed with seams or stitches running along the upper or the toe cap's edge of the shoe
moccasins traditional North American foot wear that are soft, flexible and made from one piece of deerskin. They really are the forerunners of the loafers
mother of pearl often used on watch faces, this is the inner shell layer of some molluscs, simulating a pearl like patina
movement the inner mechanism of a watch that keeps time, moves the hands, changes the date etc
mule basically a clog with a more refined heel, the mule has an enclosed toe, long vamp, and exposed heel. Traditionally they have pointed toes, and kitten or high heels

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N
nappa leather very soft, smooth leather that is derived from calves and sheep. Nappa is processed on the grainy (outer) side of the skin. It is then brushed to obtain a high-gloss surface look. Look after nappa leather ! It will then look after you ...
neoprene a synthetic rubber invented in 1930, that is resilient, long lasting and resistant to most corrosions
nubuck Nubuck and suede are abraded leathers or rough leather, colloquially called ‘wild leather’. Many people confuse the two, but it is pretty easy really. Nubuck is the grainy (outer side) of the leather which has fine, velvety and short fibres. Suede on the other hand is the inner side of the leather. Nubuck is a higher grade than suede

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O
ombre shoes ombre (OMBrr) means shadow in French, and ombre shoes feature uppers that gradually shift from light to dark in a shadowed effect
orthotic an insert for a shoe that is specially designed to solve a number of biomechanically related problems – in particular foot, ankle, knee and hip problems
orthotic taking shoes shoes designed to take an orthotic. These types of shoes normally feature a removable footbed, a deep heel counter, generous and non-tapered toe box, sensible soles/heels, plus an adjustable foot strap.  Naots are perfect!
outsole the outermost part of the shoe that comes in direct contact with the ground, providing protection and support. The two most common types of outsoles are rubber and leather
overlay the process of overlapping one material over the over is called overlaying. An overlay is such an overlapped material, which normally occurs on a shoe when there are multiple colours
over-the-knee boots yup, boots that are long and go up over the knee to the bottom or the middle of the thigh
oxfords originating in Scotland (where they are still called Balmorals), oxfords are flat leather shoes with enclosed lacing

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P
patent leather specially varnished leather to give a high gloss. Such leather can be smooth, embossed, crinkled, and is specially treated to maintain elasticity

peau de soi

(poh der SWAH)

French for "skin of silk" this is a fabric that combines both silk and satin. This is a matt fabric with a grainy outer appearance
pebbled grain an embossed-leather grain finish that has a pebbled surface. A scotch grain pattern
peeptoes immensely popular shoe style where the toe box is cutaway to show a "peep" of the toes. One Australian company has peeptoe as its name … Peeptoe Shoes Australia
penny-loafers also known as "weejuns", these are soft moccasins made of leather, without laces
perforation small holes or punctures in a shoes upper, to provide additional decoration. Used a lot in brogueing
pinking a saw-tooth pattern seen on uppers of shoes such as brogues and kilties
piping a narrow decorative trim on the upper or edges of a shoe. Quite often the piping is in a contrasting colour to the upper for a most stylish effect
pitch also referred to as heel pitch, this is the degree of angle from the back of the heel where it meets the sole, to the front of the sole where it meets the ground. A higher heeled shoe has a higher pitch or angle than a lower one. It is a pretty important thing to get right, as the alignment of the body’s weight over the heel of the shoe depends on the pitch. Getting it wrong = discomfort. Big time...
plantar fasciitis a painful inflammatory condition of the foot. An be alleviated by orthotic taking footwear with soft and highly designed footbeds such as Naot
platform a modern take on the chopine, the platform is a thick sole that sits under the ball of the foot, ranging in various heights
podiatry a branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of foot defects and anomalies. Orthotic taking shoes are podiatrists' friends!
pompadour heels this is the Louis heel favoured by Madame de Pompadour, who was King Louis XV's mistress
PU (pee-you) polyurethane, the material quite often used for making midsoles in shoes. A lot of "cow friendly" or vegan shoes contain PU
pull-on boots boots that do not have zippers, laces or other means of closure. They may have a gusset to help in getting them on the foot. Cowboy boots are traditionally pull-ons
pump stemming from an early 16th century footman’s uniform, this "little black dress" of the shoe world is an absolute staple. Originally flat soled, it evolved into a shoe of many heel heights. At its most popular, this closed in shoe is moderately heeled and is a hallmark of respectability and good taste
pvd (pee-vee-dee) physical vapour deposition - this is a process in which atoms of metal are vaporized in a vacuum which then condense on an object.  This method is used to plate watches with gold
pvc (pee-vee-see)

polyvinylchloride – a no-cow-harmed synthetic material that mimics natural or patent leather

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Q
quarter the rear portion of the shoe, often joined at the back seam
quarter lining the lining of the quarter
quarter panel the sides of the shoe extending from the toe to the heel
quartz movement movement in a watch powered by a quartz crystal, which is very accurate

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R
rand a piece of leather that is used to even-out and level the sole of a shoe. An unlevelled shoe can cause great discomfort and even hazardous to the wearer
removeable footbed a footbed that can be removed from a shoe to allow for the insertion of an orthotic. In many brands (such as Naot and Klouds ) these footbeds are anatomically designed for great comfort
riding boot designed to protect the calf, ankle and foot whilst riding a horse, riding boots are now equally a fashion statement. Conventionally designed with a rounded toe and a buckle, they also feature elastic gussets near the top for a snug fit on a variety of calfs
rim the opening or neck of the shoe/foot where the foot enters. Also known as the throat
rotating bezel a bezel (the ring surrounding the watch face) that can be turned
ruched detailing on a shoe where the material is gathered into pleats of ruffles

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S
sabot (sah-BOW) a French wooden shoe or /page/glossary.html#c">clog. The word sabotage was allegedly derived from the sabot, as disgruntled workers damaged workplace machinery in France by throwing their clogs into the machines
saddle a piece of leather that is stretched across the instep of the shoe
saddle shoe this is an American designed shoe made of white buckskin with a black or brown leather instep "saddle". Together with bobby socks this was the look of teenagers in the 1950’s. Think American Bandstand
sandal the term given to footwear that is minimal and open. A very strappy shoe this can be flat or high heeled
scalloped a row of curved projection details on shoes, most often seen on the edges. Takes its name from the appearance of a scallop shell
screw lock crown a crown that can be screwed into the case of a watch to make it watertight
shock resistance a watch's ability to withstand an impact equal to that of being dropped onto a wood floor from a height of 3 feet
sculpted heel a non-uniform heel that fires the imagination of shoe designers. Think André Perugia and his wizardry with the corkscrew heel of 1952, the snow-dome effect of Patrick Cox's Eiffel Tower heel of 1996, and Steven Arpad's rams horn prototype heel that was a nod to classical Greek architecture in the 1930's
shaft height the distance from the middle of the inside arch of the hoot, to the top of the boot
shank the part of the shoe that runs between the heel and the outsole, and sits under the arch of the foot. It suppers the foot and helps give the shoe its structure. Depending on the length of the shank, the shoe and therefore the fit and walk of the shoe, is very different
sipes thin slits or channels made by a razor, found in deck or boat shoes to allow water to disperse and prevent slippage
slide a type of sandal that is backless
slingback instead of an enclosed heel counter, the slingback has a strap that connects the sides of the shoe to the vamp, wrapping around the back of the foot near the ankle
slipper a thin soled shoe that is mean to be slipped on and off with ease. Traditionally associated with wealth and prestige – such delicate and delectable treats for the feet were most often worn in the boudoir – Roman women never appeared outdoors in their socci (SOTCH-ee) as they took on erotic connotations
slouched boots boots with a baggy, gathered and rouched design that is intended to slouch downwards, giving a relaxed and unique look. Such boots do not have any stiffening in the shaft
smooth leather grained leather treated so that there are no visible marks, pebbling or grain marks left on the surface
snakeskin the skin of a snake, embodying a scaly texture. This is a very expensive material, that is often imitated by embossing leather
sock the insole or footbed in the interior of the shoe is also referred to as the sock
sole the part of the shoe that hits the ground
spectator a ladies shoe with a heel, normally in two tones with broguing and lace-up details. Very common to see this type of shoe in black and white or black and cream (à la Chanel)
stacked heel usually brown or beige, these are meant to look like layers of stacked thin wood – like plywood. Mostly the stacked heels are wood veneer, or plastic
stiletto a short knife or dagger that has translated into the thin, high heel on ladies’ shoes. Stilettos are known to change the wearer’s posture, toning calf muscles, and accentuating both the bust and the buttocks. The word comes from the Latin word stilus meaning a stake, or pointed instrument. Indeed.
stretch boots boots made from stretchy or elasticised materials. Very popular with very slim or very curvy calfs, as they are most adaptable and flattering
sub dial a small dial on a watch that is used for special purposes such as keeping track of elapsed minutes or indicating the date
suede an abraded or rough leather (like nubuck), colloquially called ‘wild leather’. Suede is the inner side of the leather
swiss made before a watch can be classified as Swiss made, the movement must be of Swiss origin, and it must contain at least 50% Swiss parts. The watch must be cased in Switzerland and pass its final inspection in that country
synthetics man made materials, used in handbags and shoes

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T
t-bar a strip of material that leads up from the toe box/vamp to the ankle strap. It looks like the letter "T" hence its name
tassel decorative knotted-style material that has shredded strands
thong in Australia this refers to a backless, open-toed shoe with a v-strap across the arch, and a toe post attaching the v-strap to the sole, which sits between the big toe and second toe for grip. These are traditionally rubber, colourful and an Aussie way of life! (life is one big beach Down Under after all). In America, the thong is a whole different thing ... let’s not go there
throat the opening of the shoe near the vamp, at the instep. So called, as it resembles a human throat. It is where you put your foot into the shoe
tip the end of the shoe
toe box in a closed toe shoe, this is the area that "houses" the toes. A deep toe box is sought after for people with problem feet, as it allows the toes to move freely
tongue a flap of leather (or material) that is located under the laces of a shoe or a boot. It rests on the top part of the foot, preventing the laces from rubbing over the foot
top-sider a boating shoe with a leather upper and traction rubber sole for gripping the deck of a sailing craft
tread the design and construction of a shoe's sole. Used to indicate how slippery a shoe's sole may be, a good tread generally means the sole has great anti-slip properties
trubuck synthetic (ie man-made) material meant to imitate nubuck

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U
unit bottom when the sole and heel of a shoe are made from a single mold of plastic or rubber this is called a unit bottom. Unit bottoms are a feature of shoes from El Naturalista 
upper the entire top section of the shoe that covers the toes, upper part of the foot and surround of the heel. In context it covers the vamp, last, and every other component of the shoe except the sole

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V
vachetta             (va-KETT-a) leather used mostly in the trimmings of luggage and handbags, this untreated leather is susceptible to water and stains. Sunlight also causes this leather to darken in shade, and this is all part of the character of the finish. It is supposed to change with age. Every notice that the light coloured handles on your Louis Vuitton handbag have darkened with age? Vachetta leather ...
vamp the centre front part of the shoe's upper that covers the toes and perhaps some part of the top of the foot, depending on the style of the shoe. Most of the shoe’s design is indeed the vamp. We love this word ...
vara pump designed by Salvatore Ferragamo's heir, Fiamma Ferragamo, in the late 1970's, this still popular shoe has sold over 1 million shoes. It is instantly recognizable by its sporty low heel, comfortable fit, and signature gold toned plaque
vegan shoes 100% animal free/cruelty free shoes, made of non-animal materials in sample rooms and factories that are checked for ethical practices and environmental impact.  The following brands have lots of vegan shoe and vegan bag options:  Clarice, Top End, Guess, Hunter, Marco Santini, Lipstik, Therapy, Olga Berg, Arcopedico, Melissa
vegetable tanned when the tanning of leather involves elements from vegetable matter, tree-bark (tannin) and its extracts, it is called vegetable-tanned leather
velcro a fastening solution that does not involve buckles or buttons. Two pieces of material – one tiny tiny hooks and the other tiny tiny loops - that attract each other and fasten closed make up Velcro. This is a very popular fastening on orthotic taking shoes as it allows the wearer to adjust straps as the foot swells

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W
waterproofer when normal leather gets wet, the oil in the leather gets depleted and over time the leather may become cracked and dry. Applying a water proofer to leather goods will extend the life of shoes/bags
waterproof material material used in shoes and handbags that has been treated to avoid absorption of water
water resistance in a watch this is its ability to withstand splashes of water
wedge a style of heel that covers the entire sole of the shoe from the rear to the middle, rendering a totally flat surface for the wearer to walk on. Wedges are quite offered teamed with a platform for height without a high pitch
weejun similar to a moccasin, this is a slip on low, lace-less shoe. Made popular in the United States, they were nicknamed "penny loafers" derived from the 1950’s fad of putting a penny into the vamp. As the original loafers came from Norway, weejuns is a clever little "hats off" to their ancestory. Nor WEGIANs ... weejuns ... gettit????
wellingtons rubber boots nick-named "Wellies" that were typically used for running around the English countryside
welt a strip of material that is attached to the upper and insole of a shoe, forming a connection between the shoe and the sole
western boot also known as a cowboy boot
wide leg boot boots specifically designed for ultra curvy boots. Look for brands such as Hogl, Rieker, Dorndorf and Hispanitas, plus boots with deep gussets
width the broadest part of the shoe
winkle-pickers low boots with pointed toes that were popular with young English mods in the 1950’s. So named, as they looked as if they could be used to dig up sea snails, or "winkles"

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Z
zori Japanese braided sandal

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