I started graduate school this semester and was inspired to have a mini class of my own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Fashion 101. Our first lesson, shoes.
Fashion Education 101: Shoes
Each year shoe sales in the fashion industry make $25 billion per year! So I decided there was just no better way to start our class.
“It’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes — that’s why you sometimes need really special shoes!” – (Carrie) Sex and The City
“I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes. I had one thousand and sixty.” – Imelda Marcos
“Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life”
It is easy for some to scoff at couture shoes. Some people believe it’s just feet. Who cares? As long as they are covered. Shoes started out as protection; some are still i.e. construction workers. But now, shoes are another way to express oneself. They can tell us about a person’s income status, sub-culture, career and style. A great example of this is the shoe scene in Breakfast Club where all the students are dancing. Instantly each person can be recognized.
Shoes are to an outfit what cherries are to sundaes; presentation and completion.
I feel powerful and feminine when I wear my heels. I enjoy the feeling of completing my outfit once my shoes are on. I like the clicks my heels make when I walk on hard surfaces. It’s the little things in life!
So here is a compilation of shoes I think are noteworthy! Some are brands while others are types but I think the brands, I’ve included, have made an impact.
1. Ankle straps
Heels with straps on the ankle. : p
2. Ankle Boots
There is a difference between ankle boots and booties. Ankle boots end 1 to 4 inches above your ankle, where as booties (below) end right at the ankle.
There are tons of types of boots!
5. Cowboy boots
There are high tops and low tops. Below is low top.
I don’t like these shoes but they have made their dent in the world.
I have noticed there are 3 shoes that keep popping up for Clogs. I am still learning the nitty gritty between them all but there are the flat one, heeled ones and the backless flat ones.
10. Doc Martens
Doc Martens are in the flat boots family. : )
12. Flip flops
Use to be called thongs!
13. Gladiator sandals
14. High heels
Shoes that have heels on it! I know no one knew until I told them. I feel accomplished!
15. Heel less
16. Kitten heels
17. Lobster claws
I know they aren’t popular but they are unique enough to remember their name.
18. Mary Janes
Mary Janes have one strap that go across the foot.
Moccasins can be flat, as below, and in boot form.
I have read different meanings for Mules but a source I find reliable describes them as below. Still learning!
These started out as a man’s shoe but we now have incorporated into our feminine wear. Oxfords can be flat and as heels.
These are Saddle Oxfords.
22. Peep toe
Shoes when toes show!
23. Rain boots aka Wellington boots
24. Riding boots
I feel this is the most broad of all shoes. Flip flops, gladiators, heels, etc. can be classified as a sandal. TOO many of them!
Slingbacks are shoes with the back that you slip on.
27. T Straps
This one is hard, I know! But these are shoes that the strap is shaped as a T.
I love these shoes!
Wedges are heels that connect from the toe to the heel.
Shoes can start getting REALLY descriptive such as a T-Strap Peep Toe Kitten Heel. Here are some more helping charts.
Hope you enjoyed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!