Also known as ballet flats. A flat, soft women shoe with little or no heel, sometimes with a decorative bow on the front.
Also known as deck shoes or topsiders. Initially designed as shoes for use on a boat as their rubber soles have a siping pattern for better grip on a wet deck. Typical materials are canvas or leather treated with oil to repel water.
A certain type of footwear that mainly covers foot and ankle and part of the leg. Some boots go as far as the knee. Most boots have a distinguishable heel; women boots tend to have higher heels than boots for men.
Low-heeled shoes that have characteristic multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (or “broguing”) and serration along the pieces’ visible edges. Brogue shoes are considered mens’ footwear, however, there are more and more brogue-style shoes for women as well.
A shoe made of canvas. Also a type of casual footwear with white rubber sole and a white rubber cap toe combined with colored canvas upper and white shoelaces. Initially developed in the early 1900s as basketball shoe, canvas shoes prove to be one of the most popular footwear styles to date.
Also known as Chukka boots or turf boots. Ankle-length boots with two or three pairs of eyelets that were worn as casual shoes in the 40s and 50s. Materials include leather and suede but also crocodile.
Also known as alpargatas. Flat shoes from the Pyrenees usually made from canvas or cotton fabric with a flexible sole made of rope or rubber. The jute rope sole is the characteristic trait of this shoe.
Flat shoes made of colorful semi-transparent PVC plastic, hence the name jelly flat or jelly shoe. This style was widely popular in the 1980.
Shoes made of deerskin or other soft leather. Their trademark look is that the flexible sole and the sides are made from one piece each and stitched together at the top. The name moccasins is derived from Native American language Powhatan word for “shoe”.
A shoe style that has visible straps and buckles instead of laces. Monk straps are mostly used on semi-formal shoes.
The main characteristic of this style is that the shoelace eyelets are attached under the vamp, a so-called “closed lacing”. Depending on the quality of the materials used, Oxford shoes are suitable for casual and formal occasions.
Any type of formal women’s shoe that is suitable for a prom or a semi-formal to formal evening event. While many prom shoes are high-heeled there are also flat alternatives like ballet flats, pointy toe flats or shoes with kitten heels.
A type of two-toned low-heeled casual Oxford shoe with a plain toe and a characteristic, mostly black saddle-shaped pattern around the eyelets. The saddle shoe received a comeback in recent years among young men.
Also known as loafers. Slip-on shoes are low, lace-less shoes with short heels. The most popular shape is the penny loafer. Most slip-on shoes are worn as casual shoe but there are shapes that are suitable as dress shoes as well.
Light shoes that are worn indoors as house shoes.
Also known as athletic shoes. Term for shoes that are primarily designed for sports or physical activity. Today, many people wear sneakers as casual everyday footwear. In Britain, these kinds of shoes are called “trainers”.
In British English known as Co-repondent shoe. A low-heeled, Oxford, semi-brogue or full brogue with two contrasting colors. The toe and heel cap and occasionally the lace panels are in a darker color than the main body of the shoe. This style was developed in the 19th century, but was most popular in the 1920s and 1930s.