Shoe Glossary. Part I. A-L.

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Do you remember the bag dictionary? If you don’t please refer to it; don’t let me catch you calling a minaudiere a clutch!

Women’s shoes are a little harder to classify but there are two main groups, flats and heels. Some types of shoes fall into both categories, like sandals, for example, or boots. Just read on to learn more! All photos courtesy of from the Fall 2012 collections, unless otherwise specified.

Athletic shoe. Shoes you wear when you work
out. I’m bored, let’s move on!

adidas adiZero F50. Available at Lady Foot Locker

Ballerinas. A.K.A. flats. These have become a staple of women’s casual footwear; comfy and cute. There are many kinds available in all different colors and shapes. Finding out which suits your needs shouldn’t be too hard.  DKNY.

Booties. A.K.A. ankle booties. A short boot, going up to the ankle. These are perfect for that in-between season: in-between fall-winter, and winter- spring. Rock them with anything from skinny jeans to a flowy dress to toughen up the look.  3.1. Phillip Lim.

Boots. There are many kinds, like cowboy boots, but essentially they are what they are: boots. Aquazzura.

Clogs. Warning. These are, for the most part, ugly. Clogs are a type of shoe you can slip on without having to bend down. You’ll recognize them by their wooden sole.  Chanel Spring 2010.

D’Orsay. A very classic, timeless and elegant style. The sides of the shoe are cut so as to show off the arch of the foot. Oscar de la Renta.

Espadrilles. This type of shoe is not called TOMS! TOMS is a brand that makes espadrilles, which have been around for ages. They’re really casual and comfy. They can be flats or wedges. You’ll know them by their straw soles. Missoni, available at

Flatforms. I’m predicting this to be the sandal of the summer of 2013. They’re like flats, but with a platform! Sure, they make you walk a little funny, but I think they look ah-maaaazing! Pour la Victoire. Available at

Flip Flops. A.K.A. Thongs. My least favorite type of shoe in the whole world. Flip flops are another type of shoe you can wear without bending down to tie or adjust anything. They are called flip flops because of the flopping sound they make as one walks. Flip flops are not only plastic, they can be nice and expensive leather, but honey, don’t kid yourself; if your toes are showing and there’s nothing holding the back of your foot you’re wearing flip flops. I don’t care if they’re Chanel and you paid $5000 for it. Do as I do, pay $5 and wear them in hotel showers. Fine, *rolls eyes* you can wear them to the pool/beach too.  Alexander McQueen, available at

Heels. You should own at least one pair. You should wear it regularly. It will lift up your spirits—pun totally intended. Burak Uyan.

Kitten heel. The baby daughter of the heel. In spite the insistence of designers to bring back the trend, I say kitten heels are dead, for now. The only person who can pull off a kitten heel is Suri Cruise,” said Lauren Conrad. Nicholas Kirkwood.

Loafers.Another slip-on shoe; much more elegant than the clog or dreaded flip flop. Similar to the ballerinas but with a different shape. Can be dressed up on down depending on the occasion. Usually associated with a preppy style. Charles Philip Shanghai.

Don’t forget to check out Part II!


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  2. Aimara

    July 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    your posts are always so explicative, and i like it because i have a problem in understanding such things.

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