Whether you’re going bespoke or just want to impress your shoe guy, these terms will help you speak fluent footwear.
Stiff panel behind the heel that adds shape and stability to back of shoe.
Rear portion of the shoe.
Metal or rigid leather perforations through which laces are fed.
Elastic or mesh panel that ensures a snug fit for slip-on styles.
Made of stacked leather or rubber, pads the heel and adds height to back of shoe.
Part of sole that cradles and pads the foot, often removable.
Perforated decorations found on toe cap, such as broguing.
8. Monk Strap
Strap and buckle used in place of laces.
Part of sole that touches the ground.
Vamp made of a single piece of material, as opposed to a toe cap.
Panel covering the instep, often seen on a pair of classic derbys.
Middle portion of the shoe, often begins at the “throat line” at the base of laces.
13. Toe Cap
Portion covering the toe.
14. Top Lift
Also, top piece. Part of the heel that comes in contact with the ground material often adds traction.
Also, collar. Stitching or rigid material around rim of the shoe that gives opening structure.
Front part of the shoe.
Portion connecting the sole and the upper.