The Lovely One

Fashion Vocabulary: Shoes

Stevenson_Fashion“Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally,” said Christian Louboutin, French footwear designer. “High heels are pleasure with pain.”

As the most sought out shoe designer to the stars, the creator of the famous “Red Bottoms” knows what he’s talking about.

Here’s a quick vocabulary lesson on the styles of heels.

Pick your poison:

Peep toe: the tip is cut away to leave the large toe partially exposed

Open toe: the tip is cut away to leave the toes exposed

Stiletto: a tall, slim heel with a minimum height of 4 inches

Slingback: backless and with a strap that crosses behind the heel or ankle

Kitten: a short, slender heel, usually from 1 inch to 2 inches high with a slight curve

Platform: pump with thick soles at least 4 inches in height

Mary Jane: closed, low-cut shoe with one or more straps across the instep

T-Strap: shoes which have a strap running vertically up the foot, towards the ankle

D’orsay: the vamp and the sides of the shoe are cut away, revealing he arch of the foot and partially the toes

Wedge: occupies the entire space under the arch and heel portions of the foot

Scarpin: classic light shoe with a thin heel

Ankle Strap: has a strap that completely encircles the ankle

There’s a certain grey area. One pair of heels can encompass many different aspects from the list as many women knows; this was just to cover the basics. “The average woman falls in love seven times a year. Only six are with shoes,” said Kenneth Cole, American clothing designer.

So what’s in your closet?