A

Ankle Strap - A strip of cloth or leather that wraps around the leg where it meets the foot in order to secure the shoe to the foot.

B

Ballet Flats - A soft, slipper-like, closed-toe shoe with no heel height, modeled after the shoes worn by ballet dancers.
Booties - A shoe that resembles a boot in style but does not have a shaft.
Boots - Footwear which covers the entire foot and extends to the height of the anklebone or up to the thigh.
Buckle - A fastener that secures two straps to each other by allowing one strap to pass through a fitting, attached to the other strap.

C

Canvas - A closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp or linen.
Cap Toe - A decorative layer of leather adorning and reinforcing the toe of certain dress shoes, often highlighted by a line of decorative stitching.
Circumference -The measurement around the shaft of a boot/bootie taken at the widest part near the top of the boot/bootie shaft.
Clog - A closed toe, open back shoe with a platform sole. Traditionally with a wood heel.
Clutch - A narrow, handheld bag with no strap.
Colorblocking - Strategically placed, contrasting, yet complimentary, bold and bright colors.
Combat boots - Lace-up multipurpose boots originally designed for the military.
Cowboy boots - A boot with a chunky, moderately high slanted heel, usually pointed toe, and decorative stitching or tooling, extending to mid-calf.
Crepe - A natural rubber with crinkled texture, used in shoe soles.

D

Distressed Leather - Leather, the look of which has been artificially aged by means of light abrasion, or other treatment so that it no longer looks new and smooth.

E

Envelope Handbag - A thin purse, styled to resemble the shape of an envelope you might use to mail a letter or card. Styles range in size from small clutches to large shoulder bags.
Espadrille - A shoe or sandal that has a woven rope or similar material covering the wedge or sole.
EVA - Ethylene vinyl acetate.
Eyelet - A hole in leather or fabric--occasionally reinforced by metal, plastic, or stitching--through which one may thread a string or a lace.

F

Faux Leather - A leather-like fabric which, though man-made, resembles tanned animal hide.
Finish - The surface texture or patina of a material.
Flats - Shoes that do not have any heel height.
Flip Flops - A flat sandal which is held to the foot solely by a strap that runs over and between the toes.
Fabric - A type of material used on a shoe
Flats- Shoes that do not have any heel height.
Fringe- Suede fabric that is cut into strips to create movement.

G

Gladiator - Designed to resemble the shoes worn by ancient Roman fighters, gladiators are open-toed sandals, distinctive for a single strap that runs down the foot, and several others that run across it.
Grommets - The metal or plastic rings used to reinforce eyelets.

H

Heel height - Measurement taken on a vertical line that extends from the bottom surface of the sole to the floor.
Herringbone - A distinctive fabric pattern in which columns of parallel lines sloping in one direction, abut columns of parallel lines sloping in the opposite direction.
Hobo Handbag - An oversized, often crescent-shaped, shoulder bag made of soft, pliable material.
Houndstooth - A distinctive fabric pattern that consists of contrasting, notched squares to form a sort of zigzag checked appearance.

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Jellies - Man-made shoes with a soft, rubbery material.

K

Kitten Heel - A low-heeled stiletto shoe, often between 1 and 2 inches in heel height.

L

Lace up- A string threaded through the eyelets of a shoe used for fastening the shoe.
Leather- The hide of an animal that has been treated and tanned.
Leather Upper- The bulk of the exterior of the shoe, everything except the sole and interior, made of leather rather than man-made materials.
Lining- The material inside a shoe or handbag, often different from the material which comprises the outside of the item.
Loafer- A low, step-in shoe without shoelaces or buckles.

M

Manmade- Not made from an animal.
Man tailored- Similar to an oxford shoe (a low shoe with laces over the instep.)
Mary Jane- A shoe with a strap across the instep that is attached with elastic, Velcro, or buckle.
Moccasin- A slip-on shoe with visible stitching around the perimeter of the toe box, creating a gathered effect.
Motorcycle Boots- Associated with motorcyclists, motorcycle boots are heavy boots with a low heel and range from ankle to knee height.
Mules- A shoe or sandal characterized by a closed, or nearly closed, toe and a backless heel of any height.

N

Nubuck Upper- The exterior part of a shoe, excluding the sole, made of a durable high-quality cow hide which has been treated to give it a suede or velvet-like texture.

O

Oxfords- A low shoe with laces over the instep.

P

Patent- Various materials can be used to create a varnished hard and glossy finish.
Peep toe- A shoe with a narrow opening in the front that exposes the toes.
Platforms- A high heel shoe with a thick sole under the front part of the foot.
Pointed Toe Pumps- An enclosed shoe with a heel of any height, the front end of which tapers into a point.
Pumps- Women's dress shoes that are typically characterized by a medium or high heel. Styles are typically completely enclosed.

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Riding boots- Boots designed for the purpose of riding horses. Styles typically include a low heel and knee-high shaft. The term may also describe fashion boots that resemble riding boots in style.
Ruched- Fabric that has been gathered into tight ruffles or folds.

S

Sandals- An exposed shoe style that includes an open toe and open back. Slips on and is held in place with leather or fabric straps across the foot.
Satchel Handbag- A flat-bottomed purse characterized by rigid self-supporting material, two short handles, and a hardware closure.
Shaft height- Measurement from the arch of a boot to the top of the boot shaft.
Single Sole Pumps- An enclosed high-heel shoe with a very thin sole (no platform).
Sling back- A backless shoe that is held in place with a strap at the back of the foot. The strap is typically elastic or buckled for adjustment.
Slipper- A flat, casual shoe that slips on and is typically meant for use indoors. May be lined for added comfort.
Slip-On- A shoe which can go onto the foot without use of a lace or strap, and therefore theoretically possible to be put on without use of the hands.
Slouched- Not rigid, and thus dragged down by gravity. Slouched boots, for example, fold or wrinkle as they appear to slide down the leg.
Sneaker- A rubber-soled casual shoe made of soft, often man-made, materials, and used often for casual wear and sporting events.
Sole- The outsole, or bottom part of a shoe.
Stacked Heel- A heel comprised of many layers of leather, laid one on top of another, in order to resemble a wood-grain appearance.
Stiletto- A very thin, very high heeled shoe, the heel of which tapers nearly to a point where it comes into contact with the ground.
Strappy Sandal- An open shoe comprised of multiple straps that secure the foot to the sole.
Studs- Decorative metal (or plastic) knobs or points, that stick out from the surface of the decorated item.
Suede- Treated leather that comprises a soft, napped surface.
Synthetic Materials- Materials which are man-made and not naturally produced.

T

Tassel- A knotted rope ornamental piece typically found on a shoe vamp.
Thong Sandals- A sandal that passes between the big toe and second toe with a v-strap that connects to the sandal sole at both sides of the foot.
Tote Handbag- A large, flat, rectangular bag with two handles.
TPR- Thermoplastic Rubber.
Twill- Fabric constructed in a weave.

U

Upper- All parts of a shoe above the sole that are stitched together.
UV Absorptive- Lens that is able to black light with a relatively long wavelength, able to penetrate the deep layers of the skin.

V

Velvet- A fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread either cut at the outer end or left uncut.

W

Wallet- A flat, folding pocketbook, especially one large enough to hold paper money, credit cards, driver's license, etc., and sometimes having a compartment for coins.
Wedge Heels-A heel that extends from the back to the ball of the shoe, laying flat on the ground.

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Ankle Strap - A strip of cloth or leather that wraps around the leg where it meets the foot in order to secure the shoe to the foot.
Ballet Flats - A soft, slipper-like, closed-toe shoe with no heel height, modeled after the shoes worn by ballet dancers.
Booties - A shoe that resembles a boot in style but does not have a shaft.
Boots - Footwear which covers the entire foot and extends to the height of the anklebone or up to the thigh.
Buckle - A fastener that secures two straps to each other by allowing one strap to pass through a fitting, attached to the other strap.
Canvas - A closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp or linen.
Cap Toe - A decorative layer of leather adorning and reinforcing the toe of certain dress shoes, often highlighted by a line of decorative stitching.
Circumference -The measurement around the shaft of a boot/bootie taken at the widest part near the top of the boot/bootie shaft.
Clog - A closed toe, open back shoe with a platform sole. Traditionally with a wood heel.
Clutch - A narrow, handheld bag with no strap.
Colorblocking - Strategically placed, contrasting, yet complimentary, bold and bright colors.
Combat boots - Lace-up multipurpose boots originally designed for the military.
Cowboy boots - A boot with a chunky, moderately high slanted heel, usually pointed toe, and decorative stitching or tooling, extending to mid-calf.
Crepe - A natural rubber with crinkled texture, used in shoe soles.
Distressed Leather - Leather, the look of which has been artificially aged by means of light abrasion, or other treatment so that it no longer looks new and smooth.
Envelope Handbag - A thin purse, styled to resemble the shape of an envelope you might use to mail a letter or card. Styles range in size from small clutches to large shoulder bags.
Espadrille - A shoe or sandal that has a woven rope or similar material covering the wedge or sole.
EVA - Ethylene vinyl acetate.
Eyelet - A hole in leather or fabric--occasionally reinforced by metal, plastic, or stitching--through which one may thread a string or a lace.
Faux Leather - A leather-like fabric which, though man-made, resembles tanned animal hide.
Finish - The surface texture or patina of a material.
Flats - Shoes that do not have any heel height.
Flip Flops - A flat sandal which is held to the foot solely by a strap that runs over and between the toes.
Fabric - A type of material used on a shoe
Flats- Shoes that do not have any heel height.
Fringe- Suede fabric that is cut into strips to create movement.
Gladiator - Designed to resemble the shoes worn by ancient Roman fighters, gladiators are open-toed sandals, distinctive for a single strap that runs down the foot, and several others that run across it.
Grommets - The metal or plastic rings used to reinforce eyelets.
Heel height - Measurement taken on a vertical line that extends from the bottom surface of the sole to the floor.
Herringbone - A distinctive fabric pattern in which columns of parallel lines sloping in one direction, abut columns of parallel lines sloping in the opposite direction.
Hobo Handbag - An oversized, often crescent-shaped, shoulder bag made of soft, pliable material.
Houndstooth - A distinctive fabric pattern that consists of contrasting, notched squares to form a sort of zigzag checked appearance.
Jellies - Man-made shoes with a soft, rubbery material.
Kitten Heel - A low-heeled stiletto shoe, often between 1 and 2 inches in heel height.
Lace up- A string threaded through the eyelets of a shoe used for fastening the shoe.
Leather- The hide of an animal that has been treated and tanned.
Leather Upper- The bulk of the exterior of the shoe, everything except the sole and interior, made of leather rather than man-made materials.
Lining- The material inside a shoe or handbag, often different from the material which comprises the outside of the item.
Loafer- A low, step-in shoe without shoelaces or buckles.
Manmade- Not made from an animal.
Man tailored- Similar to an oxford shoe (a low shoe with laces over the instep.)
Mary Jane- A shoe with a strap across the instep that is attached with elastic, Velcro, or buckle.
Moccasin- A slip-on shoe with visible stitching around the perimeter of the toe box, creating a gathered effect.
Motorcycle Boots- Associated with motorcyclists, motorcycle boots are heavy boots with a low heel and range from ankle to knee height.
Mules- A shoe or sandal characterized by a closed, or nearly closed, toe and a backless heel of any height.
Nubuck Upper- The exterior part of a shoe, excluding the sole, made of a durable high-quality cow hide which has been treated to give it a suede or velvet-like texture.
Oxfords- A low shoe with laces over the instep.
Patent- Various materials can be used to create a varnished hard and glossy finish.
Peep toe- A shoe with a narrow opening in the front that exposes the toes.
Platforms- A high heel shoe with a thick sole under the front part of the foot.
Pointed Toe Pumps- An enclosed shoe with a heel of any height, the front end of which tapers into a point.
Pumps- Women's dress shoes that are typically characterized by a medium or high heel. Styles are typically completely enclosed.
Riding boots- Boots designed for the purpose of riding horses. Styles typically include a low heel and knee-high shaft. The term may also describe fashion boots that resemble riding boots in style.
Ruched- Fabric that has been gathered into tight ruffles or folds.
Sandals- An exposed shoe style that includes an open toe and open back. Slips on and is held in place with leather or fabric straps across the foot.
Satchel Handbag- A flat-bottomed purse characterized by rigid self-supporting material, two short handles, and a hardware closure.
Shaft height- Measurement from the arch of a boot to the top of the boot shaft.
Single Sole Pumps- An enclosed high-heel shoe with a very thin sole (no platform).
Sling back- A backless shoe that is held in place with a strap at the back of the foot. The strap is typically elastic or buckled for adjustment.
Slipper- A flat, casual shoe that slips on and is typically meant for use indoors. May be lined for added comfort.
Slip-On- A shoe which can go onto the foot without use of a lace or strap, and therefore theoretically possible to be put on without use of the hands.
Slouched- Not rigid, and thus dragged down by gravity. Slouched boots, for example, fold or wrinkle as they appear to slide down the leg.
Sneaker- A rubber-soled casual shoe made of soft, often man-made, materials, and used often for casual wear and sporting events.
Sole- The outsole, or bottom part of a shoe.
Stacked Heel- A heel comprised of many layers of leather, laid one on top of another, in order to resemble a wood-grain appearance.
Stiletto- A very thin, very high heeled shoe, the heel of which tapers nearly to a point where it comes into contact with the ground.
Strappy Sandal- An open shoe comprised of multiple straps that secure the foot to the sole.
Studs- Decorative metal (or plastic) knobs or points, that stick out from the surface of the decorated item.
Suede- Treated leather that comprises a soft, napped surface.
Synthetic Materials- Materials which are man-made and not naturally produced.
Tassel- A knotted rope ornamental piece typically found on a shoe vamp.
Thong Sandals- A sandal that passes between the big toe and second toe with a v-strap that connects to the sandal sole at both sides of the foot.
Tote Handbag- A large, flat, rectangular bag with two handles.
TPR- Thermoplastic Rubber.
Twill- Fabric constructed in a weave.
Upper- All parts of a shoe above the sole that are stitched together.
UV Absorptive- Lens that is able to black light with a relatively long wavelength, able to penetrate the deep layers of the skin.
Velvet- A fabric of silk, nylon, acetate, rayon, etc., sometimes having a cotton backing, with a thick, soft pile formed of loops of the warp thread either cut at the outer end or left uncut.
Wallet- A flat, folding pocketbook, especially one large enough to hold paper money, credit cards, driver's license, etc., and sometimes having a compartment for coins.
Wedge Heels-A heel that extends from the back to the ball of the shoe, laying flat on the ground.