Shoes, shoes, shoes!

Fashion glossary: Shoes, shoes, shoes!

It's time to sit down and pull your socks up. Get the Look has prepared a new Fashion Glossary for you, focusing on our favorite accessory...the shoe!

Ok, so you might have a whole closet full of shoes, but do you really know your loafer from your moccasin? A pump from a wedge? If these are foreign words to you... read on!

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Moccasins

Made from deerskin, or any soft leather, moccasins were originally worn by Native Americans. They have laces, a soft sole, and the upper part is often lined with embroidery. They most certainly are not the same thing as...

Loafers

Loafers are flat shoes, but have a slight heel. The sole is not flexible (but they're nice really!) and neither do they have laces. Originally from Norway, the loafer is now a popular casual shoe worldwide. And it is definitely not a moccasin!

Ballet

You probably have an idea about what the ballet flat is, but we'd understand if you thought it might be a high pointed heel (demi-pointes! On your toes!). It's actually far simpler, and more comfortable, than that. The contemporary ballet flat is simply an interpretation of the traditional shoes worn by ballerinas.

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Wedges

Want inches and balance? Wedges are the popular choice of heel for the beach and pool. You get all the advantages of a heel (posture, toned legs, height etc.) but with a flat base to the shoe - so less chance of embarrassing falls. Yes, it's also a type of French fry, and a golf club...but the shoe is obviously the most important definition.

Pumps

Every woman needs at least one pair of pumps ! They are the equivalent of the LBD ; taking you from the office to the afterparty. Known as court shoes in British English, pumps have a low front, either a peep-toe or closed toe, and the heel usually doesn't go higher than 2.5 cm, whereas...

Stilettos

...(the name of a heel, not a shoe) are over one inch tall - sometimes up to 10! - in a long, thin, pointed shape. A nightmare for walking in, the stiletto has nevertheless become an iconic heel. When the stiletto is shorter than 5 cm, it is called a kitten heel.

Class is over for the day, you can take your shoes off and relax!

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