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Shoemaking Vocabulary

VocabularyMeaningSentence example
ankle boot (noun)footwear that covers the whole foot and ankleShe prefers to wear an ankle boot than a high boot.
binding (noun)strip sewn over or along an edge for reinforcement or decorationUsually binding is made of the same material as the material of the upper.
buckle (noun)fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prongThe buckle of that shoe is the most beautiful of the whole collection.
clog (noun)footwear usually with wooden solesShe was trying to find a new pair of fashion clogs.
colour swatch (noun)sample pieces of several materials and colours used to make the shoesHe's using the colour swatch to choose different materials and colours to make all the shoes of his order.
cotton (noun)fabric woven from cotton fibresA new cotton material was used to produce that special part of the shoe.
cuff (noun)the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of a materialThe cuff alignment allows the boot cuff to follow the line of the leg in the boot.
eyelet (noun)fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or linesThe most popular shoe-tying is a simple crisscross, each end of the shoelace pulled through the next eyelet on the opposite flap.
fashioned (adjective)planned and made or designed artisticallyThose clients bought fashioned shoes.
fitting (noun)making or becoming suitable; adjustingThe fitting of the shoe is approved.
foam (noun)a lightweight material in cellular form; made by introducing gas bubbles during manufactureThe foam's properties allow the shoe to change with the wearer's foot as it shrinks and swells throughout the day.
heel (noun)the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the groundShe prefers to buy shoes with high heels.
heel cap (noun)material covering the heel of a boot or shoe and reinforcing or decorating itShe prefers to have a heel cap on the heel of her shoes. She doesn't like a painted heel.
insole (noun)the inner sole of a shoe or bootInsoles can add extra cushioning and shock absorption to your walking shoes.
instep girth (noun)the arch of the foot; circumferenceIn order to obtain a good impermeability, the sealing element extends continuously from the toe of the liner sole up to the area of the instep girth.
kidskin (noun)soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goatThey only produce shoes using kidskin leather.
last (noun)holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to fashion or repair shoesIt's necessary to have a perfect last to produce those expensive shoes.
lift (noun)a device worn in a shoe or boot to make the wearer look taller or to correct a shortened legMost parts of lifts are black or dark brown.
lining (noun)a protective covering that protects the inside surface of the upperThey usually choose the same colour of upper to produce the fabric lining of their shoes.
ornament (noun)something used to beautify; decorationThe shoe buckle has also been important as an ornament.
pin (noun)small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locationsNew shoe pins are now available to be used by designers.
print (noun)a visible indication made on an insoleThe client can put its own print on the insole.
reverse side (noun)a reverse piece of material that composes the back to protect the heelThey used a new reverside side piece to produce the back part of the shoe.
rivet (noun)ornament having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened togetherThere are a lot of coloured rivets on that upper.
rubber (noun)made of rubber and therefore water-repellentHe was developing a new rubber sole for the ankle boot.
sandal (noun)a shoe consisting of a sole fastened by straps to the footShe loves those thin straps on her sandals.
seam (noun)joint consisting of a line formed by joining two piecesThe medial and lateral sections join in a seam at the back end of the shoe.
sewing needle (noun)a needle used in sewing to pull thread through clothThey used a special sewing needle to produce that shoe.
shoe factory (noun)a factory where shoes are madeThat shoe factory produces a very large quantity of casual shoes.
shoe lace (noun)a lace used for fastening shoesThe shoelace can be untied and loosened, permitting the shoe to open wide to admit the wearer's foot.
shoebox (noun)an oblong rectangular (usually cardboard) box designed to hold a pair of shoesThey used a white plain shoebox to put the shoe inside.
skin (noun)the layer of tissue that forms the natural outer covering of an animalThey use a specific cow's skin to produce their shoes.
sole (noun)the underside of footwearThis line of shoes has several options for the sole.
tannery (noun)workplace where skins and hides are processedA tannery transforms raw hides and skins into leather for manufacturing articles like shoes.
tight (adjective)closely constrained or constricted/constrictingI hate wearing these old shoes. They're too tight for me.
tissue paper (noun)thin, translucent paper used for packing, wrapping or protecting shoesThe shoes are wrapped in tissue paper and packed in cardboard boxes.
toecap (noun)material covering the toe of a boot or shoe and reinforcing or decorating itThe toecap of his shoe has a big whole on it. It needs to be fixed.
tongue (noun)the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot The double tongue allows the tongue to be up but at the same time folded forward to create a unique style to the shoe.
upper (noun)piece of material that forms the part of a shoe or boot above the soleThat upper gives a nice design to the shoe.
vamp (noun)piece of leather forming the front part of the upper of a shoeHe developed a new combination of leathers to create the vamp of that fashion shoe.
Based on a list provided by Felipe Daniel Haag

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