Footwear glossary

Last updated August 31, 2017

Ferebres footwear dictionary explains different parts of shoes and shoe terms in an easy to understand way.

AgletThe end of the shoe lace that protects the strings from fraying.
Almond toeThis is the most popular toe for shoes. It's not too pointed or too squared. It has a softly rounded, tapered shape.
Bella Marie Helena-13 Women's Almond Toe Low Heel Mary Jane Glitter Suede Pumps Black 7
Ankle wrapShoe style with extra material that wraps around the ankle or leg.
Wild Diva Women Faux Suede Pointy Toe Ankle Wrap Stiletto Pump GI19 - Natural Faux Suede (Size: 8.0)
ArchThe area of the shoe between the ball and the heel. It has different shapes and can be high of flat.
Dr. Frederick's Original Arch Support Shoe Insert Gel Set - 2 Pieces - Soft Gel Sleeves for Plantar Fasciitis Support & Flat Foot Support - Pain Relief - Men & Women - Large - W8-14 | M6-13
BallThe area of a shoe sole between the toes and the curve.
Metatarsal Pads | Metatarsal Pads for Women | Ball of Foot Cushions (2 Pairs Foot Pads) All Day Pain Relief and Comfort One Size Fits Shoe Inserts for Women
Ballet flatsA delicate, flat arch, closed toe shoe without any heel.
Nine West Women's Speakup Leather Ballet Flat, Black, 8 M US
Block heelA thick heel on a shoe. Shoes with block heel are often very sturdy.
BAMBOO Women's Block Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap, Black Nubuck PU, 7.0 B US
Boat shoeSoft shoes made of leather or canvas with rubber soles. They were originally made to use on a boat. Soles are made with a siping pattern to provide good grip on wet surfaces. The top of the shoe is ususally water repellant and very durable.
Sperry Men's A/O 2 Eye Boat Shoe,Sahara,9 W US
BootsA specific type of shoe that covers the entire foot and the ankle.
kingshow Men's 1366 Water Resistant Premium Work Boots (11 D(M) US Men's, Wheat 1366)
BootiesA specific type of shoe that is low and covers the entire foot and the ankle.
Western Ankle Boot- Cowgirl Low Heel Closed Toe Casual Bootie - Comfortable Walking Slip on Boot
CanvasA sturdy, thick cloth material.
Shop Pretty Girl Women's Casual Canvas Shoes Solid Colors Low Top Lace up Flat Fashion Sneakers (8, Navy Blue)
Cap toeDecorative leather toe
Florsheim Men's Medfield Cap Toe Oxford Dress Shoe, Black, 10.5 Medium
Chelsea Boot Ankle-high boot with elastic sides
Sam Edelman Women's Tinsley Rain Boot, Black Matte, 7 M US
Chukka Leather ankle-high boot with laces and a round toe.
Steve Madden Men's Harken Chukka Boot, Cognac, 15 M US
Chunky Heel A heel that is thick and rectangular.
Clog Closed toe shoe with a platform, small heel and an open back.
Column HeelA high heel that looks like a column
Lolli Couture Blush Suede Open Toe Cross Ankle Strap Column HIGH Heels 9 pinkblushvvsuede
Combat Boots Sturdy, heavy boots. They were originally designed for the military to withstand all kinds of wheater.
TOP Moda Women Pack-72 Boots,Black,8.5
Cowboy Boots Chunky mid-calf boot with a pointed toe and decorative elements.
Ariat Men's Rambler Wide Square Toe Western Cowboy Boot, Earth/Brown Bomber, 12 M US
Crepe Sole Light natural rubber sole
CLARKS Men's Desert Mali Chukka Boot, Bronze, 10 M US
Crocodile Print Leather Leather that is printed to look like a crocodile skin.
Liberty Exotic Men's Crocodile/Lizard Print Oxford Hand-Picked Non Leather Lace up Dress Shoes Exclusive Collection Black
Cross Training Sports shoe designed for all types of movement.
RYKA Women's Influence Cross Training Shoe, Black/Sharp Green/Forge Grey/Metallic, 9 M US
Cusion, CushioningShoe cushioning are extra layers added to the shoe sole part for better stability and comfort. Extra cusioning controls the shape, moisture and the smell of the shoes. The more cushiong the less flexibility the shoes have.
Spenco Polysorb Cross Trainer Athletic Cushioning Arch Support Shoe Insoles, Women's 11-12.5/Men's 10-11.5
D'Orsay A type of shoes with open sides
Tommy Hilfiger Women's Naree3 Ballet Flat, Black, 7.5 Medium US
Driving Moc A moccasin type of shoes with rubber tabs on the sole
JIONS Men's Driving Penny Loafers Suede Driver Moccasins Slip On Flats Casual Dress Shoes A- Khaki 12 D(M) US/EU 48