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Zappos.com - Glossary Terms

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The process of converting raw hides or skins into finished leather.
The attachment of a leather or metal partial sole over the existing sole of a shoe.
A rope and knot ornament typically found on the vamp of a loafer or moccasin.
A cellulose fiber made from wood pulp that is environmentally friendly to produce.  This fiber offers comfortable, soft wear and has ideal moisture wicking properties.
Thermoplastic Rubber (T.P.R)
A plastic material used by many manufacturers in the injection molding process.
Thermoplastic Urethane (T.P.U.)
A plastic material that gives support through the midfoot or medial side of a running shoe.
A sandal featuring a v-strap that connects to the sole of the shoe between the big toe and second toe and at the sides of the foot.
Thread Count
Thread count is the number of threads, both vertically and horizontally, that are found in one square inch of fabric. If a one square inch piece of fabric used for sheets has 100 threads going lengthwise and 100 going widthwise, then the thread count for those sheets would be 200.
The main opening of a shoe extending from the vamp to the ankle.
Ticket Pocket
A small pocket above the right flap pocket on a suit jacket, blazer or coat.  This pocket was originally used for carrying tickets.
Tie Neckline
A neckline that has an attached tie at the front.
Tiered Bottom Hem
Contrasting cut lengths of fabric creating a layered tiered look at the bottom hem
An additional piece of leather covering the toe of a shoe.  May be in several different shapes or patterns.  Also known as a Cap.
A strip of leather or other material sewn into the vamp of a laced shoe and extending to the throat of the shoe.
May refer to the design of a shoe's sole or the way in which a shoe's sole is worn.
A shoe in which the bottom is a single piece of leather stitched around a last.  The vamp is usually attatched by whip stitching to the bottom of the shoe so it encloses the foot.  Also known as moccasin.
Turnedback Cuff
A cuff on a dress shirt that folds back towards the sleeve.
is a high turned-down funnel collar that comes up to the top of the neckline.  Turtlenecks are commonly seen on knitwear.
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