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Fashion Education 101: Shoes

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.

3. Booties


4. Boots

There are tons of types of boots!


5. Cowboy boots


6. Converse

There are high tops and low tops. Below is low top.


7. Crocs

I don’t like these shoes but they have made their dent in the world.


8. Clogs

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.


9. D’Orsay


10. Doc Martens

Doc Martens are in the flat boots family. : )


11. Flats


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.


19. Moccasins

Moccasins can be flat, as below, and in boot form.


20. Mules

I have read different meanings for Mules but a source I find reliable describes them as below. Still learning!


21. Oxfords

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


25. Sandals

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!


26. Slingbacks

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.


28. Toms

I love these shoes!


29. Uggs


30. Wedges

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About jade is small

I am a short girl who likes writing and clothes. I love theatre, fashion, writing and business. I like to think I am highly entertaining.

4 responses »

  1. I absolutely love the poster of the shoe archetypes. Do you know where I can get one?

    Also, I just wrote a blog post about “God Save My Shoes”, that I thought you might be interested in.

    • I don’t know where to get those posters. I found them both on Pinterest but you should check out the website
      It is very helpful!
      I will totally check out your blog. : )

  2. I think you could also make a case that Nike Shox should be included in this category representing the conspicuously missing athletic shoe category! Essential, practical, and expressive, Shox define and give life to the category. 😉 Hope you don’t mind my input! Enjoyed the first lesson!


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