Fashion Vocab – Shoes

We admit that fashion jargon can sometimes be mind-boggling. So each week we will bring you new definitions to add to your fashion vocabulary and what better way to start than with different styles of shoes!

1. Pumps

Contrary to popular belief, a pump is any elegant female shoe with a heel.

2. Ballerina Pumps

A closed flat shoe, normally with a rounded toe, resembling the type worn by ballet dancers.

3. Platforms

A pump with thick soles that raises the ball of the foot.

4. Flatforms

A shoe with a flat, thick, equally leveled sole

5. Block Heel

A type of heeled shoe that has a thick, square heel instead of a thin, tapered heel.

6. Block Heel

When the tip of the toe is cut away, leaving the large toe partially exposed

7. Mary Janes

A closed shoe with one or more straps across the instep of the foot. Traditionally a flat shoe, but can be heeled as well.

8. Wedges

Wedges have a heel that occupies the entire space under the arch and heel portions of the foot. This type of heel is used for boots, sandals or espadrilles.

9. Espadrilles

Casual, normally flat, but sometimes high heeled shoes. The main characteristics of this shoe are the soles made from rope that is twisted or braided together as well as the canvas or cotton fabric used for the rest of the shoe.

10. Kitten Heels

A short and slender heel with a slight curve that sets the heel inward from the back edge of the shoe. Normally the heel is a maximum of 4.75cm high.