Footwear is classified according to uses. Invariably the styling and design of footwear vary according to users too like for gents, ladies, and children. Climatic requirements in different seasons of the year, price, comfort, locally available materials all these affect the styles and designs. Broadly we may classify footwear as follows.
- Casual wear
- Dress wear
- Sports footwear
- Children’s wear
- Industrial wear
Seven basic shoe styles
1.Derby: Most commonly used formal and casual shoe of unisex. shoe characterized by quarters with shoelace eyelets that are sewn on top of the vamp. This construction method, also known as “open lacing”.
2 . Oxford: An Oxford shoe is characterized by shoelace eyelets that are attached under the vamp, a feature termed Closed lacing. This contrasts with Derbys, which has shoelace eyelets attached to the top of the vamp. Originally, Oxfords were plain, formal shoes, made of leather but they evolved into a range of styles suitable for both formal, uniform, and casual wear.
3.Boot: Boot is a type of footwear where the top of shoe crosses ankle. Originally a two-piece unit shoe below, legging above- “boot” made its mark when these two pieces were joined together. When the Normans crossed the channel to England in 1066, the English adopted this style and called “Boot”. Different types of boots are Ankle boots, High boot, Knee boot & thigh boots.
4. Court: A court shoe (British English) is a UK classic shoe with a low-cut front, the vamp, and without a fastening. They are usually worn by women, but are still traditional menswear in some formal situations, where the style is sometimes called an opera slipper or patent pump.
Pump shoe (American English), generally a low heel, thin soled slip-on shoe was wor
n by the carriage footmen, who pumped the carriage pedals. When adopted as a fashion by the gentry, they retained the name “pumps”. Pump, this style is used in Americans have Sexy high-heel, usually pointed.
5.Slip-on: Slip-ons are typically low, lace-less shoes. Also called loafer & Pantafola. Shoe upper made in two parts, the top sewn onto the sides as a design detail. As the name says ‘Slip-on’ , the foot can be slipped in easily.
6. Sandal: Most universal of all shoe styles “sandal” had its beginning from a slab of leather sole held on to foot with raw hide thongs. This we called as Shoe with open toe and (usually) straps around the ankle / across the foot.
7. Moccasin: The oldest known shoe construction, dated back around 14,000 years earlier. “Moccasins” (meaning
foot covering) is American Indian origin. Bottom will covered with upper leather at the forepart. This is the most comfortable shoe to wear. This is expensive because more leather is consumed.
Resources : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shoe_styles
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