All About the Shoe

Updated: Oct 21, 2018




All About the Shoe: A primer on SHOE TERMINOLOGY.

Last: The shape of the shoe.

Toe box: the part of the shoe where your toes can wiggle or are scrunched.

Drop: The difference the heel height and the ball of the foot height.

Heel cup: the shape of the shoe around your heel.

Rand: The shoe rand is defined as a strip under the back of a shoe to make it level.

Arch: As part of the midsole/insole that is intended to support the arch of the foot.

Insole: The padding between foot and sole.

Midsole: This cushioning layer over the shank but under the tread.

Shank: A piece of plastic inside the sole that determines rigidity and flexibility of the sole.

(Out)Sole: The underside of the shoe that makes contact with the ground.

Tread: The sticky out bits on the sole.

Now you know. :-)

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