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Zappos.com - Glossary Terms

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Saddle Oxford
An oxford-style shoe featuring a saddle across the vamp, often in a contrasting color.
Safety Shoe
A shoe or boot designed specifically for wear in an industrial setting. This style of shoe often includes protective features such as steel-toe reinforcement and waterproof and oil-resistant materials.
A form of footwear, with an open toe and open back, that is held to the foot by strips of leather or fabric.
Satchel Handbag
A structured handbag with double handles, locking hardware and a wide, flat bottom. May be large or small.
Scoop Neck
is a lower curved neckline.
Scotch Grain
The embossing of leather to create a heavy, pebbled look.
Shaft Height
Shaft height of boots are measured from middle of the arch up the inside of the boot to the top of the boot shaft.
Shawl Collar
is a turnback collar that follows the opening of the garment. 
Sheepskin or lambskin with the wool still attached. Used often as a lining for shoes and boots.
Skin from shep, either with or without the wool attached.
Shift Dress
A loose-fitting dress with no waistline seam or darts, also known as a chemise.
Shoe Anatomy
A diagram depicting the parts of a shoe.
Shoe Horn
A curved metal or synthetic device used to aid in slipping the foot into a shoe.
Shoe Sizes
A variation between full sizes is one-third of an inch, while the difference between half sizes is one-sixth of an inch.
Shoe Width
The width of a shoe is typically measured in letters (AAA, AA, A, B, C, D, E, EE, EEE, EEEE) and refers to the width of the shoe last as measured at the ball of the foot. Widths are defined in increments of an eighth (1/8) of an inch.
Side Leather
Leather from the sides of cattle, divided by the backbone.
A slippery polymer material used to waterproof shoes. Silicones are also used as sealants, lubricants and insulation.
A specific, razor-cut pattern in the outsoles of the deck shoes that help to disperse water and prevent slipping.
Skate Park
Zappos is commited to being an online destination for premium skate shoes. "Skate Park" features  footwear, clothing, equipment and bags from the leading skate brands in the industry.
Sky Effect System™
The Sky Effect System is a special insole that possesses all of the characteristics of a normal Primigi insole as well as some unique features such as: flexible, lightweight, shock-absorbing, breathable, and anti-bacterial.
Slash Neckline
is a straight-cut neckline that is cut from shoulder to shoulder.
is a term used for a garment with no sleeves.
A shoe featuring an open toe and open back with a band across the toe. Can be flat, mid-heel or high-heeled.
A shoe held on the foot with a strap at the back of heel. The strap is typically elasticized or buckled for adjustment.
Slip Last
A simple way to make shoes in which the last is forced into the upper and  then stitched to the sole.
A style of footwear which is simply slipped on to the foot with no further adjustment.
A flat shoe that is easily slipped on, usually meant for indoor wear and lined for comfort and warmth.
Slit Sleeve
is a sleeve with a decorative slit.
Smooth Leather
Any leather that is smooth on the surface, without pebbling, or noticeable grain.
Leather made from the skin of snakes, with a rough, scaly texture.
Snap-Tab Collar
A men's shirt collar with two tabs that fasten at the spread, to hold the collar in place when wearing a tie.
An athletic shoe, typically made of canvas with a rubber sole. Ther term "sneaker" comes from the wearer's ability to walk in the shoe without making noise.
Sock Liner
A sock liner is the insole in the interior of the shoe that the foot rests on.
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The bottom part of the shoe, not including the heel.
Sole Leather
Any heavy leather (usually cattle-hide), used for the soles of shoes.
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A shoe design that is characterized by 2 materials, often of different colors or materials, with an edge of the dominant color having a pinking edge exposed, and a perforated design on the toe.
Split Leather
A type of leather used in shoes that is made from the lower layers of a hide that have been split away from the upper or grain.
Split Leather
Typically used in the form of suede, split leather is made from the lower layers of the hide which have been split away from the upper grain layers.
Spread Collar
A men's shirt collar that leaves a wider opening between the collar points.
Square Bertha Collar
is a bib-style collar made of a square or rectangular cut piece of fabric that is overlayed and draped around the neckline.
Square Neck
is a neckline that is cut in the shape of a square.
Stability Shoes
Stability shoes are for runners who have normal or medium arches who are mild to moderate overpronators. These shoes have some medial support and good midsole cushioning. Because normal or medium arches are the most common foot type, most runners will need Stability shoes.
Static Dissipating
Boots and shoes are rated SD Type 1 to protect against the hazards of static buildup in the workplace.  Static dissipating shoes regulate the buildup of electrical charge in a peron's body.  Static dissipative shoes are commonly used in manufacturing of computer components, solvent based paints, explosives and plastics.  Static dissipating products reduce the risk of static shock to people and to the manufactured product.
Steel Toes
Steel toes are most frequently found in industrial-style footwear that is meant to prevent injury in the workplace.  Steel toes are tested by the A.N.S.I. (American National Standard Institute) for their ability to maintain a minimum clearance when compressed by different weigths.
Step Hem
is a bottom hem commonly used on a men's polo shirt where the front hem is short and the back hem is slightly longer, resembling steps.
Sterling silver
an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals. Typically, a branding of the numbers "925" is stamped somewhere on the metal to indicate that it is sterling silver.
Straight Lasted
A type of last used to create a very straight shoe that helps to prevent severe pronation.
Leather with a soft napped surface.
Supima® is an organization whose primary objective is to promote the increased consumption of American Pima cotton around the world. Supima is a major sponsor of research programs to improve the quality of American Pima. Supima® also works closely with cotton industry organizations and government agencies to ensure a fair and viable marketing environment for American Pima cotton growers.
Over 300-fine count textile mills, manufacturers and retailers from around the world are licensed to use the Supima® brand; licenses are given only to select, high-quality textile mills, apparel and textile manufacturers, and retailers whose products are made of 100% American Pima cotton.
The outward rolling of the foot while walking.  The opposite of overpronation.
A luxury brand name of precision-cut lead crystal glass and similar products. Daniel Swarovski was born to a glass cutting family in Austria.
Sweetheart Neckline
is a neckline that creates a rounded "V" at the bust. The front silhouette resembles a heart shape.
Synthetic Materials
Materials other than genuine leather, but which are designed to look or function like leather.  Also known as man-made materials.
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