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Zappos.com - Glossary Terms

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Mandarian Collar
A slender banded collar that has round edges at the front.  This collar is reminiscent of collars on Mandarian Chinese robes.
Markers
Symbols or decorations used in place of numbers on the dial of the watch.
Mary Jane
The style of low heeled shoe with a strap across the instep. The strap can be attached with elastic or a buckle, making it easy to slip on and off.
Mary Jane
Metatarsal Bones
Five long bones in the foot that help to move the body forward when walking or running. They form the top slope of the foot, from the instep to the toes.
Microfiber
An extremely fine synthetic fiber that can be woven into textiles with the texture and drape of natural fiber cloth.
Mid-sole
The layer of material between outsole and innersole used for reinforcement or cushioning.
Minaudiere
A small, heavily ornamented evening bag.
Minimalist Shoes
Running Barefoot is the oldest form of exercise. Minimalist shoes allow for a barefoot-like experience, with some protection from the elements. Natural running does just that − allows your feet to work naturally, while strengthening your muscles.
Minktex®
A lightweight, synthetic lining. It is backed to an open cell foam rubber to provide a trimmer fitting lining that still provides warmth to the wearer.
Moccasin
A shoe in which the bottom is a single piece of leather, stitched around a last. The vamp is usually attached by whip stitching to the bottom of the shoe so it encloses the foot. Also known as Tru-Moc construction.
Moccasin
Mock Turtleneck
is a high funnel style collar that is lower than the turtleneck and does not turn down.
Modal
A bio-based fiber made from the cellulose of beech trees. It's dyeable, resistant to shrinking and fading.
Monk Strap
A closed shoe, usually a blucher pattern, with a wide strap across the instep that buckles at the side. Also known as a monk strap.
Monk Strap
Mother-of-Pearl
Often used on the dial of watches, this is the material taken from the inside of a mollusk shell which simulates true pearl in appearance.
Motion Control Shoes
Motion Control shoes are for runners who generally have a low or flat arch and are moderate to severe overpronators. These shoes employ extra support devices on the medial side to slow excessive pronation and tend to have wider and flatter outsoles. Heavier runners who need extra support and durability may also want Motion Control shoes.
Motion-Control
Designs or devices found in athletic shoes that control the inward rolling (pronation) of the foot.
MU size chart (Missy)
Size (Waist):
2 (24"-26"), 4 (25"-28"), 6 (27"-30"), 8 (28"-31"), 10 (30"-33"), 12 (32"-35"), 14 (34"-37"), 16 (36"-39")
Inseam:
Regular (33"), Tall (36"), Petite (28").
Muff Handbag
A fur-lined handbag meant to be worn over the hands in order to keep them warm.
Mule
Backless, closed-toe slippers or shoes.
Mule
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