Saturday, 6 July 2013

Shoe terminology illustrated

For a time I took it for granted that all of shoe blog readers we familiar with the terminology describing the shoe anatomy, then I realised that I was mistaken. Fortunate enough I did find a visual illustration naming the parts of a shoe. WIth the below depicted pictures we can now close the discrepancy.
Shoe anatomy illustrated (Full Brogue Oxford)
More shoe anatomy (Derby shoe)
More anatomy (Norwegian split toe)
Photos sourced from Meermin Tumblr


  1. Thanks again SA, I was pretty familiar with most of those but there was a few I didn't know, like the throat line. And for some reason I always called the tip of the shoe lace something completely different. Knowing darn well it's called an aglet. And another thing that infuriates me. If you have ever scanned through a store's website and the label the shoes wrong. For instantace that call something a derby instead of a balmoral. Or don't label something an Adelaide properly. If you scan through Barney's or saks or something along those lines. You will find it. If I'm paying 500$ or more for a shoe, shouldn't the place selling it to me at least know what it is they are selling me?

    Also for some fun I enjoy going into nordstroms (it's the only 'better' department shoe store near me) And listen to the sales men tell customers that a shoe is conpletely hand made or that 'this is the best shoe on the market' when the shoe is 180$.. Lol I get a kick out of that.

    Thanks SA

  2. Hi Brad,

    Thanks for your comment which clearly shows that we all do have a discrepancy in the shoe terminology therefore the blog. I am with you when it comes to the shoe sales person who will tell tales about hand made especially when looking at the price tag. Not many shoes are hand made even when you touch done the 1000 US Dollar price tag, but that is another story.

    I do prefer visiting real "men's shoe stores" when and if applicable to have a "shoe talk" listen to their biases and their professional approach to shoes. At times it can be very entertaining. I will be posting more on the shoe anatomy as know I have found the right source.

    Have a pleasant weekend and nice to have you back.

    Best regards
    The Shoe Aristo Cat