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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Definition of Beauty: Shoe styles

"I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. I appreciate a good, hard-working gal. And she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end, and I'm a big shoe girl."
~Amy Adams

When you are looking for a certain type of shoes sometimes just calling it a high-heel will not cut it. However there are so many different names for shoes that it can be pretty confusing. SO I did my research and here are some of those confusing terms defined!

A mule is a shoe that has no fastenings around the back, basically backless, and is usually closed-toe

Refers to a heel that is very thin and high. 

Pump (Court Shoes)
Typically a high-heeled slip on shoe.

Sling back
A shoes that is backless and has a strap that fastens at the back of the foot around the heel or ankle

Ankle strap
Similar to a sling back except the strap must cross around the front of the foot as well as the back.

Casual shoes usually made of canvas on top and typically with a sole that is flexible and looks to be made of rows of rope or think twine.

Refers to a heel that does not have a separated heel but has a platform under all parts of the shoe

Refers to the wedge of material found under the toe or heel regions. Modern shoes use platforms under the toe to make the appearance of super high heels without creating too steep of an angle for your foot. 

These are historically made of wood but modern clogs can be made of anything. They are similar to a mule except that back has a slight lip and is not totally backless. There is a high-heel version without the lip but still maintains the basic shape. 

Kitten heel
Kitten heels are shoes with very short heels, typically about 1.5 inches high.

 Ballet flat
A ballet flat has little to no heel and exposes much of the instep and has a short vamp, which is the part where the toe is

 Mary Jane
 A closed toe shows that has a strap across the instep. It originally had low to no heel but more modern versions can have large heels.

A shoes that has a two straps across the foot in a t shape. One starting at the toe region and coming up and the other going across the foot.


Whew there are lots of different types of shoes!!! I hope this can clear up some confusion!

Love, Laughter and God's Blessings,

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