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A type of midsole found in Clarks shoes, Active Air features hundreds of air pockets in a honeycomb-like design which offer fantastic levels of comfort while sacrificing none of the shock-absorbing properties found in traditional whole-piece midsoles.
Found in men’s Clarks shoes, Active Air Vent technology is exactly what the name suggests. Hidden in the heel of all shoes in this range is a tiny-yet-powerful pump that sucks out the warm air from within the shoe and pulls in cool air from the outside, helping to keep the foot dry and the shoe smelling and feeling fresh for considerably longer.
The piece of plastic or metal found at the end of a lace that helps prevent the lace fraying and makes it easier to relace the shoe.
Dr Martens’ trademark outsole technology, AirWair was invented by the brand’s creator Dr Klaus Märtens who needed a cushy rubber sole to help a sprained ankle. The use of air pockets in the outsole for added comfort and impact absorption was recognised as one of the design’s key benefits when the shoe was first imported to the UK, and it remains an iconic part of the Docs brand to this day. You can read about Dr Martens’ history here.
The latest piece of midsole technology from FitFlop. Whereas the MICROWOBBLEBOARD™ and SUPERCOMFF™ boast triple- and dual-density technology, respectively, ANATOMICUSH uses single density, meaning it offers the wearer the same levels of comfort that the brand are famous for while also providing a more slimline silhouette.
Found most often on relatively formal sandals, an ankle wrap is a strap generally attached toward the back which loops round the wearers ankle, helping to secure the foot to the footbed as well as offering some extra aesthetic appeal.
Antiquing refers to a group of processes that result in the creation of such finishes as burnished leather, where a material (often leather) is deliberately worked in order to achieve a vintage, aged look.
Similarly to “heel”, the word arch refers to both a part of the shoe and a part of the foot. In human terms, the arch of the foot is the part of the instep between the ball of the foot and the heel. A fairly common foot-based condition is “collapsed arches”, which require a sturdy shoe arch in order to compensate. The arch in a shoe is typically formed by the midsole, and the severity and strength of the arch depends on a variety of factors, including the style. For example, many modern sandals feature an arch in order to better conform to the shape of the foot and offer a better fit.
A special insole found in Clarks shoes, the Atsu features strategically placed beads which provide a massaging effect on the foot, keeping them comfortable and promoting blood circulation.
More common in modern footwear than the taller Louis heel, as the name suggests the baby Louis is simply a shorter version.
Beatle boots are a hybrid style of Chelsea boots with Cuban heels. They are named for the band after Paul McCartney and John Lennon commissioned pairs before the explosion of Beatlemania took the style into mainstream consciousness.
Encompassing a wide remit, biker boots tend to be black leather boots of at least medium (thigh high) length. Their defining feature is the presence of heavy buckles and straps.
Predominantly found in FitFlop’s FF2 collection, the Biomimetix™ midsole is essentially a slimline version of the technology found in FitFlop sandals, the MICROWOBBLEBOARD™ midsole. The Biomimetix™ midsole makes use of vertically segmented, triple-density EVA to offer ergonomic pressure diffusion across the entire foot for incredible comfort.
The most common style of welting on leather or formal shoes, blake welting involves folding the material used on the upper round and sewing it onto the sole on the inside of the shoe. Blake welting is advantageous over goodyear welting in terms of production costs and by offering a slimmer profile shoe. However, shoes that have been blake welted are potentially less waterproof and harder to re-sole.
An ever-popular style first designed by Sperry, the boat shoe was originally designed to be used on decks, hence their tendency toward waterproof leather uppers and grippy rubber soles. Traditionally realised with a dark blue upper and contrasting white laces and outsole.
A general style of formal shoe, the brogue is a male wardrobe staple and has become increasingly popular with women in recent times. A brogue is traditionally defined by its use of multiple pieces of leather in its construction, but suede is now fairly common as well, the term has come to loosely encompass the following sub styles. You can read more about brogues and men’s formal shoes here.
A variation on the Derby, bluchers also feature an open laced structure. The major difference between the two styles that on bluchers, the vamp and eye stays are instead constructed with two bits of additional material attached to the upper.
Typically situated between Derbys and Oxfords in terms of formality, monk straps are relatively rare and are defined by having a strap closure rather than laces. Monk straps usually have a single buckle, but it’s possible to get double or even triple Monks.
The most formal type of brogue, Oxfords boast a closed lace system created by the vamp overlapping the quarters. This means they tend to have a sleeker, more minimalist silhouette, and thus are favoured in black tie formal situations.
The Brannock Device® is a 1925 invention by Charles F. Brannock, designed to offer highly accurate foot size information. The Brannock Device® measures the foot’s length, width, and the from the heel to the widest point. Brannock measurements are in the format of a number followed by a letter, with the number denoting the foot’s length, and the letter its width, with E being the standard fit. The calculation used for Brannock’s length measurement is the foot’s length in inches multiplied by three, minus either 21 (for women’s sizes) or 22 (for men’s sizes), and takes into account ⅔ inch of wiggle room.
Cementing is one of the most common ways in which the upper is attached to the sole. Rather than using the traditional stitching methods, the two parts are connected with industrial strength glue. The advantage is that it reduces the production cost of the shoes, but the downside is cemented shoes rarely boast the same durability as those which have been welted.
An iconic style which has enjoyed various waves of popularity since the 1960s. Completely gender neutral, Chelsea boots tend to feature a slight heel, a upper and an elasticated gusset in lieu of any sort of laces or buckles to get them on and off. Chelsea boots without the gusset and with a strap are known as jodhpur boots.
A distinctive and easily recognisable style, chukka boots are ankle-high and tend to be worn by men. They usually feature a Derby-style open laced structure, a small number of eyelets, and are often made from brown leather.
The style that gave us our name! Clogs are traditional footwear most commonly associated with Sweden and the Netherlands, and are best known for their wooden construction.
Widely popularised by the Beatles (who had the heels added to Chelsea boots to create the style known as Beatle boots), a Cuban heel is a relatively short (usually around two inch) thick heel typically found on men’s footwear.
Crepe is a rudimentary style of rubber which tends to be less hard-wearing than traditional rubber or rubber-PU composites. It is most commonly found on shoes designed for dry conditions, such as desert boots and brothel creepers. It is identifiable by its “crinkly” appearance.
Used exclusively in reference to men’s formal shoes, commando soles are made from rubber and feature a lug pattern for extra grip. They are afforded the name as formal shoes traditionally featured leather soles which tend to perform less well in poor weather and need changing more frequently.
A very common heel style in modern women's footwear, the continental heel is characterised by its flat front and base and slightly contoured back.
A traditional material used in the creation of footbeds and outsoles, cork has in some cases been replaced by EVA or PU composites, but is still used, particularly on high end sandals such as Birkenstocks. It is buoyant and can be made wet without any significant long term damage, as well as offering some shock absorption.
Popularised as much by their use in big screen Westerns as they were by those that actually wore them, cowboy boots remain popular today, particularly in the US. They're characterised by their leather upper (which often feature ornate decorative patterns), tall shaft and Cuban heel.
A type of rubber outsole, cupsoles are comprised one one single piece of molded rubber, unlike traditional rubber soles which feature several pieces glued or cemented together. Because of this, they tend to be tougher to break in and slightly chunkier but offer greater durability and protection for the foot.
Found on a range of shoes, but particularly men's formal shoes, Dainite soles are smooth rubber soles that feature small circular dimples rather than a lug pattern. Dainite soles are intended to replicate the look of leather soles while adding durability and suitability in wet weather.
Technically a sub-style of the chukka boot, desert boots have gained such a following since their introduction by Clarks that they’ve essentially become a style in their own right. The chief difference between desert and chukka boots is that the upper of the former is made from suede, while the outsole is crepe rather than leather. As the name suggests, these boots were created for desert-based infantrymen in the Second World War, who needed a shoe that was both lightweight and grippy. You can read about the history of the style here.
Also known as waders, duck boots take their name from the duck hunters who they were originally adapted for. They are known for their striking appearance as well as their practicality; the lower portion of the upper is made from vulcanised rubber, while the upper part is made with leather, to offer both comfort and complete water tightness when walking in shallow waters.
The special leather used on Dubarry’s range of high quality boots, DryFast-DrySoft™ does what it says on the tin. In the knowledge that their boots frequently get wet through everyday use in the countryside, Dubarry have created a leather which dries quickly and retains its natural softness and luster for longer than regular leather.
Also known as Lycra and Spandex, elastane is a man-made composite of polyester and polyurethane that is known for its incredible elasticity. While it is rare to find a shoe that features wholesale elastane (it is occasionally used in flexible openings and sports trainers), it is frequently combined with other materials - such as wool - in luxury socks to offer the wearer some added elasticity.
Also known as an alpargata, the espadrille originates in the mountainous Pyrenees region between Spain and France. The shoes became popular thanks to their lightweight, breathable construction, with a canvas upper and a jute rope sole.
A commonly used acronym for ethylene-vinyl acetate. EVA is a compound material which combines durability with flexibility and the ability to easily absorb impacts, making it perfect for the soles of shoes and, in particular, sandals. When a outsole is softer than rubber and “foamy”, there’s a good chance that it’s made using EVA.
An outsole compound that is up to three times later than comparable constructions, Extralight is found on certain styles of men’s shoes by Clarks. The reduced weight it offers the wearer has a huge bearing on the comfort of the shoes.
The two pieces of material on which the eyelets sit. On Oxfords, the eye stays are made from the vamp as part of a closed lace design; on Derbys, they are made from the quarters, forming an open lace design.
Part of any shoe that features laces, the eyelet is the part of the upper through which the laces are threaded to form the closing mechanism. They are often reinforced with metal or plastic in order to avoid fraying or tearing, but some eyelets - known as blind eylets - aim to be as discrete as possible, and thus don't feature the reinforcing material.
A type of sandal characterised by its ribbed strap structure designed to keep the shoe secured to the wearer's foot in wet, slippery conditions.
Another word for ballerina or ballet flat, the flat is a simple women’s shoe which combines a narrow outsole with virtually no heel and a simple upper, which is sometimes livened up with detailing on the toe box.
A flatform shoe features a platform sole, rather than just a heel, creating a level platform on which the wearer walks.
The name used for any men’s and kids’ Clarks shoes that weigh in at under 400 grams, FlexLight shoes are known for their incredibly flexible soles and their footbed, which stays fresh thanks to a built in biocide that kills germs and helps to prevent odour.
Probably the best-loved sandal style in the world, the flip-flop combines a foam or rubber footbed with a thong strap that usually begins with a toe post by the big toe and stretches either side of the foot.
GOga Mat® technology is used on the insoles of certain styles of Skechers, offering comfort and shock absorption.
Used on the outsole of Skechers’ trainers and bearing a slight resemblance to Dainite soles, the GOimpulse pillars are designed to offer the wearer vital sensory feedback as they run in order to achieve the optimum running style.
The goodyear welt construction method is a machine based process named after Charles Goodyear Jr., the inventor of the process, typically found on formal dress shoes. The welt (a strip of leather or rubber that runs along the outsole) is sewn to the upper and is then cemented to the welt. Because of the complicated, multi-part design, the shoe can be re-soled many times extending their life exponentially. The increased difficulty of producing goodyear welted shoes does mean they often cost more than regularly welted or cemented equivalents.
GORE-TEX is a marvel of modern textile innovation. It is a waterproof fabric that still has the properties of a breathable membrane. Therefore it has the ability to repel liquid water, while allowing water vapor to pass through, making it a lightweight, waterproof fabric suitable for all-weather use. It was actually invented by a Mr W.L. Gore in 1969. It is a registered trademark and if you see the familiar GORE-TEX symbol appear on your product you know it's ready to see you through some of toughest conditions the weather can throw at you.
Used in the soles of certain styles in the Timberland Earthkeeper range, Green Rubber™ is an environmentally friendly rubber compound material created with recycled scrap rubber. Green Rubber™ soles boast all of the rugged durability typically associated with Timberland’s wares, but thanks to being made with 42% recycled material, they are much kinder to the planet.
The area of the shoe that sits directly under the heel of the foot as part of the sole. It is frequently slightly raised to aid the natural walking motion. "Heel" can also be used to refer to the back of a shoe.
Most commonly listed as a feature of hiking boots, a heel break is where a sole has a distinct area formed under the heel to offer added traction on slippery surface. Sometimes features a different lug pattern to the rest of the sole.
Most commonly found on trainers, the heel counter is a piece of plastic which sits at the back of the rim to offer the wearer additional support. Heel counters range in how flexible they are; stiffer ones are better for wearers who need support, while more pliable ones are ideal for those who like to have a full range of movement.
A common feature of certain styles such as Chelsea boots as well as particularly brands, most notably Dr Martens, heel tabs are designed to help get boots on and off by offering an extra area on which to gain purchase.
A classic style also sometimes referred to simply as “heel”, high heels are characterised by - you guessed it - the height of their heel.
Also known as walking boots or hikers, hiking boots are known for their sturdy construction, deep lug patterns and use of hard-wearing materials. You can learn more about hiking boots by clicking here.
A type of sandal, huaraches are similar to fisherman sandals in that they generally feature an elaborate strap ribbing system in order to keep the foot secured. They typically have a buckled strap which loops over the foot and ends somewhere toward the heel of the shoe. Huaraches are favoured over regular sandals as they are often sturdier and more protective, while still being breathable.
Pioneered by Timberland in the 1960s and now an industry standard, injection molding - the process of creating shoes using high powered molds - enabled the company to produce one of the first guaranteed waterproof boot, due to the perfection of the seals created by the technique. It also helped to ensure durability and extremely consistent production standards, which remain cornerstones of the company’s success.
Also known as the footbed, the insole is the part of the shoe on which the foot rests. Insoles are sometimes orthopaedically contoured to provide added support for the wearer.
Popular for children's shoes but becoming more widely used in adult styles as well, jelly shoes or sandals are constructed from a flexible, waterproof rubber that is also see-through and usually found in bright, fluorescent colours, hence the name.
A variation on the Chelsea boot, jodhpur boots feature a buckled strap rather than the elasticated gusset.
A common feature of traditional espadrilles, jute rope is a hardwearing twine which was typically wound around a last and then used for the outsole. It can still be found on espadrilles from certain brands such as TOMS, and is occasionally used on boat shoes due to the nautical sensibilities that the two styles share.
Laces are used on shoes and boots as a closing mechanism. They're typically made from cotton, and sometimes feature a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers, which offer more durability. Laces tend to feature aglets on their ends to stop them from fraying.
Last refers both to a shoe’s general shape and silhouette, and an anatomical model around which shoes are made in order to ensure that they adhere to the contours of the foot.
An animal hide which has been treated and dried to form a durable material. Most commonly cow hide, leather is perhaps the most commonly used material in the construction of shoes, and is standard across men’s and women’s shoes. Different production processes result in different grains and styles of leather, which are explained below.
Offering a deliberately worn look, burnished leather has been buffed in order to replicate the aging process. Due to this process, the leather tends to be smoothed, and sometimes offers slightly varying shades, as is common in aged leather.
Full-grain leather is largely untreated and still displays any imperfections present on the hide, which means it tends to be the highest quality leather available.
A defining feature of famous work boots from the likes of Timberland and Caterpillar, nubuck leather is been sanded down to offer a short nap finish and is both extremely tough and very smooth. Nubuck is created through a similar production method to suede, although performed on the exterior of the hide, not the inside.
Patent leather is produced with an extremely glossy finish, and is often coated in plastic to both increase the glossiness and imbue the leather with added resistance to water. Typically used in very formal shoes for men, but across a range of shoes for women.
Pebble-grain leather features a distinctive “bumpy” pattern, achieved by being pressed. It is generally high quality leather, due to the need for the leather to be largely free of blemishes.
Suede is created using the inside of the hide, which is sanded down to a short nap. Suede sacrifices some of the ruggedness and waterproofing of normal leather for an extremely soft and luxurious finish.
Top-grain leather has generally been treated to help remove imperfections, and is often encased in a thin layer of plastic for added protection and waterproofing. Possibly the most common type of leather used on formal shoes.
Waxed leather has been treated with a wax-based product, and tends to feature a slightly glossier finish than other leathers (although less so than patent leather). Often found on shoes and clothing designed for wet outdoor wear, as it offers an extra layer of water-resistance.
Traditionally used on men’s formal shoes, leather soles are made from particularly hard-wearing leather, although it rarely offers the same durability as modern rubber composite soles. Leather soles also lack grip, making them impractical for outdoor wear.
Another type of formal shoe, loafers stand apart from brogues as they don’t feature laces. Instead, they’re designed to be slipped on to the foot. Popular with both men and women, loafers are typically made from leather and sometimes feature tassel detailing.
Also known as a French heel, the Louis heel is rarely seen nowadays and was originally intended to be worn by men. Typically a similar height to a kitten heel, the Louis heel features a distinctive curved shape, somewhat similar to the part of a wine glass where the cup meets the stem.
The lug pattern is the series of divots cut into a rubber outsole to offer the wearer enhanced grip. The deeper the pattern, the more long- lasting it tends to be.
The midsole in many Merrell shoes, M-Select™ Move incorporates Return Foam™ that both cushions the foot and gives it a firm base from which to push off from and is ergonomically designed to match the natural contours of the foot.
Merrell’s membrane technology, which both wicks away external moisture and allows moisture from within to escape, ensuring the foot stays dry and the shoes remain fresh.
Found on certain Merrell boots and designed for those who expect to be outdoors in wet conditions frequently, M-Select™ X Dry is similar to M-Select™ Dry but with an extra bit of external waterproofing.
Merrell’s own brand insulation system is specifically catered to the needs of their users. Lightweight and easily compressible while still offering loft, it is the perfect for ensuring that the wearer’s foot remains a comfortable temperature irrespective of the conditions.
Working in conjunction with M-Select™ Dry and X Dry, M-Select™ Fresh helps to keep Merrell footwear smelling great and hygienic for longer by lining the insole with microbes that break down bacteria.
Merrell’s own outsole lug pattern is specifically designed to be able to tackle a range of rugged terrain types, with angled lugs at the center of the sole to ensure purchase no matter what the terrain and consistent flat lugs around the outside to enable easy lateral movement.
As the name suggests, M-Select™ Ice Grip is used for the lug patterns on the outsoles of Merrell’s range of footwear designed specifically to tackle slippery, icy conditions. The angled inner lugs are made from a tough rubber compound capable of biting into ice in order to generate traction.
Mary Janes are a simple women’s style. They feature a closed design, meaning most of the foot is covered, and a strap which extends across the instep for added security. Although originally referring only to flat shoes, Mary Jane is now used for heeled designs as well.
Particularly found in Merrell’s range of trail runners, MBound™ is a layer of cushioning found in the midsole of the shoe which is designed to offer the wearer instantaneous sensory feedback as they move across terrain, enabling them to improve both their agility and their stability.
A special kind of polyurethane, memory foam is viscoelastic, meaning that when met with body heat, it molds to the shape impressed upon it, and over time it gradually “remembers” the imprint and takes the form permanently, hence the name. Recently, it has become a popular material to use for insoles due to the enhanced fit that it offers, and is often found in Skechers and Butterfly Twist products.
Since back in the Middle Ages, the wool from Merino sheep has been highly valued due to the breed having the finest, softest wool of any sheep in the world. Footwear lined with Merino wool is the height of luxury.
Found in FitFlop sandals, the MICROWOBBLEBOARD™ midsole is made from triple-density EVA which is designed to help distribute the weight of your body when walking across the whole of your foot rather than focusing it on the ball and the heel, as well as helping to absorb shock.
The layer between the insole and sole, the midsole is typically made from a tough but flexible material and aims to absorb impacts as well as helping force the insole into an ergonomic design to adhere to the contours of the foot.
A traditional Native American design, moccasins are most commonly found in brown suede and in more recent times have been produced with rubber sole for added durabilities. They frequently feature prominent stitch or tassel detailing, and have given rise to the moc toe-style toe box, which has a seam running along the top of the toe.
A mule is a type of shoe that features a closed toe but open back. In modern footwear it is commonly used for slippers.
An open lace structure is created by the quarters of a shoe overlapping the vamp, creating two rows of eyelets which can be pulled apart. Open laced shoes are classified as Derbys, and are typically considered less formal than Oxfords.
Found in Skechers’ Go Walk range, as well as some Lacoste, Clarks and Timberland shoes, Ortholite™ is used in the insole and lining to offer a memory foam-like effect as well as being anti-microbial, keeping the shoes fresher for longer.
Along with the midsole and the upper, the outsole is one of the three major parts of a shoe. Also known simply as the sole, it is the part of the shoe which comes into contact with the ground, and therefore must provide grip as well as being durable. Most often made from rubber or a rubber-PU combination.
Also known as a peep toe, a peekaboo toe features a slight cut out in the toe box that means one or two toes are visible for a visually striking effect.
A sub-style of loafers, penny loafers are a classic formal style with a strap that runs across the upper. This strap features a perforation which enables the wearer to store a coin on the shoe. The reason behind this design is a matter of debate, with some claiming the coin was intended for emergency phone calls, and others saying it was simply for luck.
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Platform can refer to both a type of outsole and a type of heel. In the former case, the entire shoe is elevated, with an added elevation at the heel. In the latter case, the back of the shoe is pushed up by a thick, chunky heel. In both cases, they are differentiated from flatform shoes by the fact that the heel is always raised above the toe.
A feature of various women’s Clarks shoes, Plus Technology is a biomechanically-engineered system that promotes comfort through the shoe’s midsole. The midsole features a dual density construction, which both cushions the foot and is conducive to the natural motion of walking, meaning the wearer has a sturdy-yet-soft platform on which to step.
Polyamide is the overarching phrase that applies to natural and man-made fabrics that are characterised by their strength and durability, including silk, wool and nylon. Found in a variety of high quality products, particularly items from Barbour.
A quintessential ‘90s style enjoying a resurgence in the 2010s, pool slides - like flip-flops - feature a foam or rubber sole. The foot is secured to the footbed via a thick strap that runs across the instep.
Typically used in Timberland footwear and accessories, PrimaLoft® is an environmentally-friendly collection of extremely fine fibers that together form insulation that is both fantastically warm and compression resistant.
The commonly used acronym for polyurethane, PU is used in some soles that need to be extremely hard-wearing and durable. PU soles are often combined with rubber in order to still provide the wearer with some added bounce and shock-absorption when walking.
After finding women were more liable to injury when wearing shoes intended for men, Merrell set about developing a midsole that specifically catered for the contours of a woman’s foot. The end result was the Q-Form® Comfort midsole, found in many of their women’s trail runners and hiking boots.
A feature of formal shoes (most often leather), quarters are the two pieces of leather which connect at the heel and extend around toward the toe, where they meet the vamp. The shoe is a Derby if the quarters overlap the vamp and form an open lace structure; if the vamp overlaps the quarters, it creates a closed lace structure and makes the shoe an Oxford.
The rim is the part of the shoe or boot through which the foot enters.
Also known as a co-respondent shoe, saddle shoes tend to be brogues that feature two distinct colour tones on the upper. Typically, the middle of the shoe is coloured differently to the heel and toe - this look is said to be similar to that of a saddle on a horse's back, hence the name of the style.
An extremely broad term, sandals are characterised by their open design and their use of straps to secure the wearer’s foot to the footbed. Most modern sandals feature a foam or rubber sole for durability and comfort purposes.
Slippers are light shoes in a variety of different designs that are used exclusively for indoor comfort use.
Found in Timberland’s range of winter footwear, Smartwool® is a specially adapted type of Merino wool perfect for winter wear. Smartwool® takes the natural thermoregulatory properties of the wool and enhances it, imbuing it with additional moisture wicking abilities to help keep the feet perfectly dry as well as the perfect temperature.
Found in women’s Clarks shoes, Softwear is the name for their combined outsole - midsole - insole technology designed to offer incredible comfort to the wearer by focusing on the traditional pressure spots on the foot. Foam, leather and bubble cushion beads are combined to provide soft-yet-sturdy platforms for the ball and heel of the foot.
Typically found on work boots, steel toe caps offer the wearer added protection from potential injury by boasting a layer of material that surrounds the toes. This material is often steel, but the phrase “steel toe boot” has come to be used in reference to footwear with a range of protective materials in the toe, such as plastic composites.
While technically a style of high heel, stilettos have become so popular that they’ve qualified as a style in their own right. Their key feature is their high, extremely thin heel, named for a type of dagger.
Many Merrell trail runners and walking boots boast partially mesh uppers in order to help the foot breathe. Stratafuse™ is the name for their patent-pending process of injecting the more rigid foot cage into the mesh, lending it added stability and durability.
The SUPERCOMFF™ midsole is used in FitFlop’s FF2 collection, and is similar to the Biomimetix™ midsole, the slimline version of the MICROWOBBLEBOARD™ midsole used in most FitFlops. The major difference between SUPERCOMFF™ and Biomimetix™ is the former utilises double- density EVA, while the latter uses triple-density EVA.
Usually found on loafers, tassels are small decorative features that serve to make shoes less formal than they would be otherwise.
Boasting hollow-core fibres inspired by the quick-drying, incredibly warm fur of the polar bear, Thermolite® insulation is particularly useful on items which are liable to get wet, such as gloves, and features prominently in Timberland products. The unusual design of the fibers not only promotes thermoregulatory insulation but also means that they dry considerably quicker than natural materials such as cotton, making them ideal for winter wear.
Found in the footwear and accessories of several brands, including Timberland, Thinsulate® is a brand of insulation known for its effective and inventive use of space, ensuring the parts of the body that are most prone to losing heat are well insulated, while allocating less insulation to the areas that lose less. Thinsulate® is typically found in the linings of shoes or boots, as well as gloves and hats.
Refers to any type of sandal which has some sort of strap or material which divides the toes in order to secure the sandal to the foot.
Although a range of shoes feature different styles of toe caps, the phrase is most commonly associated with men’s formal shoes, due to the sway they hold over a shoe’s formality. The following toe caps styles are the main ones:
Similar to a plain toe but with a seam that runs across the top (somewhat similarly to a moc toe). Relatively rare among formal shoes.
Named as it resembles the tool, chisel toe shoes are relatively long and then taper into a relatively sharp square finish.
Found on men’s formal shoes, the longwing toe cap features “wings
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