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Zappos.com - Glossary Terms

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18/10 Stainless Steel
Refers to stainless steel that consists of 18% chromium and 10% nickel content. Chromium helps increase hardness and nickel provides a bright, silvery finish that resists corrosion.
Aglet
The plastic sheath at the end of a shoelace which makes the lace easier to thread through the eyelet holes of the shoe.
Alligator Skin
A reptile hide featuring a wide, boxed print.
Analog Movement
Representation of time by position on a dial on a clock or watch.
Analog Watch
This type of watch possesses a dial and hands.
Angled Cuff
A cuff on a dress shirt with an angled outer top edge.
Aniline Leather
A type of leather in which high quality hides have been treated with aniline dye to create a delicate, soft, supple finish. Aniline dye colors the leather while keeping the natural variations blemishes on the surface visible.
Ankle Strap
A strap attached at the rear of the shoe that encircles the ankle.  Usually features an adjustable buckle or elastic.
Ankle Strap
Antiqued Leather
A type of leather which is dyed a darker color over an existing lighter color to create a contrasting, rubbed-off, and articifially-aged appearance.  This is also refered to to distressed leather.
Antiqued Leather
APMA
The APMA stands for the American Podiatric Medical Association.  It is comprised of America's Premier Foot & Ankle Physicians.  The seal was created to inform both physicians and consumers about products whose quality, safety and effectiveness allow for normal foot function and promote good health.
Approach Shoe
A grip-soled athletic shoe meant to aid rock climbers on the path to and from the climbing area.
Arch
The high, curved part of the sole of the foot, located between the ball of the foot and the heel.  This term can also refer to the raised area of the insole of the shoe, which is meant to pad and provide support for the arch of the foot.
Asymmetrical Hem
is a bottom hem that is longer on one side and shorter on the other.
Athleisure Shoe
Athletic-inspired, trendy footwear meant for casual, urban wear.
Athletic Bag
A cloth (typically canvas or nylon) duffel-style bag used for carrying athletic gear.
Athletic Bag
Athletic Shoe
Athletic footwear meant for performance of a specific sport.  Basketball, crosstraining, golf, hiking, running, tennis and walking are some examples.
ATM
(Atmosphere) Unit of pressure used in watch making to indicate water resistance.
A water-resistance of 3 ATM is equivalent to 30 meters or 100 feet, 5 ATM= 50 meters or 165 feet, and so on.
Atmosphere (ATM)
This is a measurement of pressure to determine water resistance of watches. Each ATM is equal to 10 meters of water pressure.
Automatic
also known as self-winding movement. A mechanically powered watch that is wound by motion of the wearer's arm rather than through turning the winding system. Most automatic watches have up to 36 hours of power reserve. If the automatic watch is not worn for a day or two, it will wind down and need to be wound by hand to get it started again.
Automatic Movement
Automatic watches do not require batteries or manual winding.  A weight withing these watches turns with the natural movement of the wearer's arm, thus keeping the watch wound.
Back Seam
The vertical seam at the center of the back of a shoe or boot.
Backpack
A cloth or leather bag held to the back with double shoulder straps. Originally designed for a functional purpose, the backpack has now become a fashion item as well.
Ball
The padded area of the foot between the big toe and the arch of the foot.
Ballerina Flat
A ballet-style flat meant for everyday wear.
Ballerina Flat
Balmoral Shoe
A shoe construction featuring a laced "V"-shaped panel across the foot.
Balmoral Shoe
Band Collar
A narrow band that stands up around the neckline.  This collar may have an opening or a button closure.
Bateau
Otherwise known as boat-neck, it's used to describe a wide slit neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone.
Bateau Neckline
is a straight, wide-cut neckline from shoulder to shoulder.  Also called a "boat neck."
Batwing Sleeve
is a sleeve with a large armhole and extends from the bodice to a narrow cuff.  Also called a "dolman sleeve."
Bell Sleeve
is a sleeve that flares out at the bottom and resembles a bell shape.
Bellows Tongue
A shoe tongue that is attached at both the top and the sides of the shoe.
Bermuda Shorts
Close-fitting shorts for men, women, or kids that land at or slightly above the knee.
Bermuda Shorts
Besom Pocket
A left-chest welt pocket on a suit jacket or a blazer commonly used for a pocket square.
Bezel
Generally, the upper part of the watch body. Specifically, it refers to the ring around the outside of the crystal of the watch face.
It may be covered in diamonds or crystals in fashion watches or calebrated markings on sportier watches.
 
Bike Shorts
Tight-fitting shorts for sport use (cycling) that have a chamois (padding) built into the crotch for comfort.
Bike Shorts
Bishop Sleeve
is a set-in sleeve with gradual width added throughout the length.   The fullness at the end of the sleeve is set into a cuff.
Blucher
A shoe construction featuring two side flaps of material that are joined across the foot with lacing.
Blucher
Boat Neck
is a straight, wide-cut neckline from shoulder to shoulder.  Also called a "bateau neckline."
Bolero
A short jacket that is open in front and ends above the waist.
Boot
A style of footwear extending to the height of the anklebone and above.  May extend as high as the thigh.
Boot
Bow Collar
is a collar that features a bow.
Box Handbag
A box-shaped handbag, typically of a hard material such as plastic or wood.  Features a handle at the top and latching hardware.
Box Leather
A type of leather that is dyed on the top layer of the leather only and coated with polyurethane to create a finish that is resilient to spills from liquids.
BPA
BPA (bisphenol A) is a chemical used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resin for items such as water bottles, baby bottles, food containers, and many more household items commonly used. Recent studies have found that exposure to BPA is linked to a number of diseases and health problems as BPA interferes with the body’s hormonal system.
Brannock Device®
A device used to measure the length and width of the foot in order to ensure proper shoe fit.
Break
The natural crease created across the vamp of the shoe from everyday wear.
Brogue
A heavy oxford-style shoe featuring pinked and perforated detailing.
Brogue
Bubble Hem
A skirt that bubbles out and tapers in closely at the hem, resembling a bubble.
Bucket Handbag
A large, bucket-shaped bag of cloth or leather.  Typically features a single shoulder strap.
Buckle
A clasp at the end of a length of fabric or leather that joins one end of the material to the other.
Buffed Leather
A type of leather where the top surface has been removed using abrasion. This type of leather is often refered to as suede or nubuck.
Bunions
A painful swelling at the base of the big toe, frequently leading to permanent enlargement of the toe joint.
Burnished Leather
The process of buffing the surface to acheive an antiquing effect on the leather.
Button-Down Collar
A collar with points that are fastened to the shirt by buttons.
Cabochon
Used to indicate a smooth, round or oval convex shaped polished stone.
Calfskin
Leather created from the skins of very young cows. Calfskin is typically very supple and soft.
Calluses
A firm, rough patch of skin that develops from overuse or irritation.
Cambrelle®
A durable, breathable, synthetic material that helps wick away moisture and gives added warmth.
Camera Bag
A structured rectangular or square bag with many zippered compartments for storing camera bodies, lenses, cords, etc.
Canteen Bag
A round, padded canvas or nylon bag meant for carrying a canteen. Features a single, adjustable shoulder strap.
Cap Sleeve
A short sleeve just covering the shoulder but not the underarm.
Cap Sleeve
is a short sleeve cut with a cap at the shoulder.
Cap Toe
An additional piece of leather covering the toe of a shoe. May be in several different shapes or patterns. Also known as a Tip.
Cap Toe
Cargo Short
Loose fitting shorts typically made from cotton. Always features large pockets along the sides of the leg.
Cargo Short
Carnaby Fit
Slightly fitted loosely around the body, allowing plenty room for movement and maximum comfort.
Carpet Bag
A roomy bag featuring a single large compartment and double handles. Originally made from carpet.
Case (watches)
Also known as the watch case, this is the metal housing that contains the internal parts of a watch. Stainless steel is the most typical metal used.
Cemented Construction
A shoe construction in which the upper of a shoe is cemented, rather than stitched, to the sole of the shoe. Cement construction results in a lighter, more flexible shoe.
Chronograph
A multifunction watch with a stopwatch (Tachymeter) function. Most have two or thrree sub-dials for measuring minutes and hours.
Chukka Boot
A boot style with laces, usually with a plain toe, and is the height of the ankle.
Circumference
The measurement around the shaft of a boot taken at the widest part near the top of the boot shaft.
Climatrac®
A durable lining that is quick-drying and extremely breathable.
Clog
A footwear style featuring a closed toe, open back and a platform sole traditionally fashioned from wood.
Clog
Cloverleaf Lapel
The collar and lapel have rounded edges where they meet, resembling clover leaves.
Club Collar
A men's shirt collar with rounded ends.
Clutch Handbag
A narrow, handheld bag with no strap.
Collar
A strip of material stitched to the opening of a shoe or the topline. The collar can be padded for extra comfort.
Collar with Revers
is a collar that turns back from the neckline and resembles a lapel.
Combination Last
A footwear last in which the heel is two sizes smaller in width than the widest part of the shoe, producing a shoe with a narrow heel and a wide toebox.
Compression Shorts
Form-fitting shorts that are worn by athletes to promote blood flow and prevent muscle strain and fatigue during activity. Often made from a spandex material.
Compression Shorts
Contoured Footbed
An insole that molds to the shape of the foot.
Convertible Handbag
Features a wrist or shoulder strap that may be removed or hidden.
Cordovan
Leather from a horse's posterior. When tanned it becomes a rich black cherry color; so it has evolved into common usage as a color name.
Corn
A small, hard formation usually found on the toe. A corn is usually the result of continuous friction or pressure in one place.
Corrected Grain Leather
A type of leather that has been buffed to remove any blemishes, then covered with an artificial grain using finishes such as pigments, embossing, antiquing, buffing, waxing, waterproofing, etc.
Corrected Grain Leather
Counter
A stiff piece of material placed at the heel of a shoe between the lining and upper in order to retain the shape of the shoe.
Country Club
Relax and enjoy yourself in elegant style. Like a cool summer breeze, our collection of Country Club brands will help you unwind. At the beach or on a cruise, you will find what you are looking for in resort and casual wear here. View the Country Club Collection
Cowl Neck
Soft, bias-cut neckline, draped in the front or back. Similar to a loosely draped turtleneck.
Cowl Neckline
is a loosely draped circular neckline that resembles a draped hood.
Crepe Rubber
A crude natural rubber with a crinkled texture, used in shoe soles.
Crescent Handbag
A half-moon shaped bag, often with a top zipper and single shoulder strap.
Crew Neck
Round, banded neckline that fits close to the base of the neck. Commonly seen on sweaters and T-shirts.
Crown
Also known as the winding crown or winder. The knob of an analog watch used to set the time.
Crystal
This is the transparent cover that protects the face of the watch. The three most popular crystal types are acrylic, mineral and sapphire.
Curing
The application of chemicals to animal hides in preparation for the tanning process.
Cushioning
Padding on the insole or outsole of a shoe for added comfort and stabilization.
D'Orsay
A style of pump featuring one or both sides cut-out.
D'Orsay
Décolleté Neckline
is a plunging lowcut neckline.
Demi Boot
A style of boot whose shaft is generally no taller than the anklebone.
Demi Boot
Dial
The surface of the watch located under the hands usually containing the numbers and markers.
Distressed Leather
This is another term used for antiqued leather.
Distressed Leather
Dolman Sleeve
is a sleeve with a large armhole and extends from the bodice to a narrow cuff.  Also called a "batwing sleeve."
Drawstring Handbag
Any handbag with a string or cord (rather than a zipper or latch) closure.
Drawstring Neckline
is a neckline that is accented with drawstrings.
Dressing
The application of polish or gloss to a shoe to maintain its finish and appearance.
Dri-lex®
A dual layered configuration composed of a moisture-absorbing hydrophilic nylon fiber and a moisture-resisting hydrophobic polyester layer knitted together.
Duffel Bag
An unstructured, spacious bag featuring a top zipper and two handles.  Originally designed for military use.
Durabrush
Durabrush is made of synthetic suede and micro-fiber materials to create a smooth, soft upper.
Duty Shoe
A health care professional or service industry shoe.
E.V.A. (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate)
A synthetic compound used for outsoles. E.V.A. provides cushioning to the foot and is easily shaped by heat and pressure.
Eau de Parfum
Also known as EDP, Eau de Parfum consists of 10-20% aromatic compounds (typically less than 15%) in a solvent ,typically an ethanol/water solvent.
As the percentage of aromatic compounds increases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent created.
Perfume oil is necessarily diluted with a solvent because undiluted oils (natural or synthetic) contain high concentrations of chemical components (natural or otherwise) that will likely result in allergic reactions and possibly injury when applied directly to skin or clothing.
Eau de Toilette
Also known as EDT, Eau de Toilette consists of 5-15% aromatic compounds (typically less than 10%) in a solvent ,typically an ethanol/water solvent.
As the percentage of aromatic compounds increases, so does the intensity and longevity of the scent created.
Perfume oil is necessarily diluted with a solvent because undiluted oils (natural or synthetic) contain high concentrations of chemical components (natural or otherwise) that will likely result in allergic reactions and possibly injury when applied directly to skin or clothing.
Elastane
An elastic fabric made from segmented polyurethane that adds stretch.  It's stronger and more durable than rubber.  Similar to spandex.
Embossed Leather
A design that is imprinted onto leather and often simulated exotic skin - i.e., croco or snake.  May also be a random pattern.
Envelope Handbag
A slim, envelop shaped handbag.  May be a clutch or have a handle or strap.
Envelope Neckline
is a straight or slightly curved neckline that has fabric crossing from the back and over the shoulder making the neckline look like an envelope.
Epaulet
A buttoned tab that sits on the shoulder of a garment.
Espadrille
A shoe or sandal style that has a woven rope or similar material covering the wedge or sole.
Espadrille
Eyelet
A hole through which a lace is threaded; may be reinforced with a metal ring or grommet.
Feed Bag
A roomy bag with a single shoulder strap and drawstring closure. Derived from the style of bag typically used to feed horses and cattle.
Fiberboard
A material made primarily of wood pulp which is used for counters, insoles and heel lifts.
Finish
The process by which the final appearance of a shoe is created. The finish can include the application of polish to create a high-gloss finish, or a contrasting polish to create a rub-off finish like "antiquing".
Finishing Room
The area of a shoe factory where the shoe is finished, including the removal of the last, insertion of the insole, completion of the outsole and final application of polish.
Fishmouth Lapel
A lapel on a blazer that resembles a fish mouth.  A fishmouth lapel has a rounded collar edge with a pointed lapel.
Fishtail Hem
An asymmetrical hem that looks reminicent of a fish's tail.  There are a few variations, but usually the skirt tapers past the knee and then flares out at the bottom leaving more material at the back. 
Flap Pocket
A pocket with an outer flap overlay.
Flat Foot
A condition in which the arch of the foot is collapsed and the entire foot rests on the ground.
Fold Over Clasp
This type of watch clasp utilizes a hinge to fold over itself and is locked into place using a pressure tab.
Fold Over Clasp with Push Button
This type of watch clasp utilizes a hinge to fold over itself and is locked into place using a pressure tab. For added security the clasp can only be released by depressing a push button.
Fold Over Clasp with Safety
This type of watch clasp utilizes a hinge to fold over itself and is locked into place using a pressure tab. For additional security a safety flap is closed over the end of the clasp.
Footbed
Another term for insole.
Forefoot
The area of foot between the ball and the toes.
Foxing
A strip of rubber joining the upper and sole of a shoe. Typically found on canvas sneakers.
French Cuff
A turned back cuff on a dress shirt with holes to allow cufflinks to be worn.
Frill Collar
is a neckline that is edged with ruffles.
Frill Sleeve
is a ruffled short sleeve.
Full Grain Leather
The most genuine type of leather which has not been altered beyond removing hair. This type of leather retains all of the leather's natural texture and markings.
Funnel Neckline
is a neckline that surrounds the neck and extends to the top of the neckline.
Gait
An individual's style of walking.
Galoshes
Waterproof (typically rubber) overshoes or boots meant to protect the foot and footwear from inclement weather.
Galoshes
Ghillie
Pronounced "gil-ee", this is a style of footwear in which the laces pass through fabric or leather rings or loops attached to the front opening of the shoe, rather than eyelets.
Girth
The circumference of a shoe last measured around the ball of the foot.
Glazed Leather
Using Aniline-dyed leather, this type of leather is polished to a high luster by passing through greatly-pressured glass or steel rollers to create a smooth and shiny finish.
Glazed Leather
Glove Leather
A very soft leather such as lambskin which is typically used for gloves.
Goatskin
Leather made from the hide of a goat.
Gold Filled
A layer of gold pressure-bonded to another metal. Not to be confused with "gold plated" , Gold filled jewelry is more valuable and tarnish resistant than the latter. It will not rub off, tarnish or turn colors like some gold plated jewelry might over time. Gold filled jewelry is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as rhodium (a member of the platinum family), brass, and sterling silver.
Gold Vermeil
Sterling silver coated with 14 carat (58%) gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must also be at least 10 carat (42%). Sterling silver covered with another metal cannot be called vermeil.
Gold-Plated
A base metal (usually copper) with a thin layer of gold on the surface.
Goodyear Welt
A shoe construction in which the upper and sole of the shoe are stitched together, resulting in greater durability. The resulting seam is visible and runs around the outside of the shoe, where the upper and outsole meet.
Goodyear Welt
Gore
An elastic panel stitched into either side of a shoe's vamp in order to make it more comfortable and easier to put on and take off.
Gore
GORE-TEX®
A waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane designed to protect against the elements to keep you dry and comfortable at all times.
Grain
The inherent surface pattern of leather, differentiated by the animal from which it came.
Green-Lam™
Fleurville brand fabric made of environmentally friendly PVC-free polyurethane laminate which provides moisture-repellency, UV resistance and durability.
GSM
GSM stands for Grams Per Square Meter. GSM is typically used to determine the thread count on plush/thicker items such as towels, bath robes, and jersey-style sheets.  To determine the GSM for such fabrics, you first multiply the length by the width (in meters) to get the square meter. Then take the weight of the item (in grams) and divide it by your square meter. The number you are left with would be the item’s GSM. Like standard thread count, the higher your GSM number is, the softer and more plush the item is.
Gun Flap
A hanging flap on the right-front shoulder of a trench coat. 
Hacking Pockets
Angled flap pockets on the sides of a suit jacket or blazer.  These were angled to make it easire to reach for items while riding on horseback.
Halter Neck
is a garment that wraps around the neck, leaving the shoulders and back bare.
Hammertoe
A condition in which the toe is bent in a claw-like position, occurring most frequently in the second through fifth toes. Hammertoes are usually caused by an imbalance of muscle tissue, but can also be aggravated by arthritis and poorly-fitting shoes.
Handkerchief Hem
A bottom hem on a dress or a skirt that has draped points resembling a handkerchief.
Heel
"Heel" can refer to both the rear, padded area of the underside of the foot, as well as the solid part of a shoe that supports the heel cup. The standard measure for heel heights is as follows: an 8/8 (low heel) is 1" high; a 16/8 (medium heel) is 2" high; and a 24/8 (high heel) is 3" high.
Types of shoe heels include: 
  • Baby Louis - The same shape as a Louis heel but a 12/8 or shorter.
  • Built Heel - Created from layers of leather or fiber with contrasting tones.
  • Continental - A higher heel with a slightly curved back and flat front.
  • Cuban - A thick, stacked heel with little or no curvature and tapered at the bottom; usually medium in height.
  • Louis or French - Features a curved back and ranges in height from 16/8 to 24/8.
  • Stacked - Similar to the built heel but typically can be created from synthetic and leather materials. Often found on spectator shoes.
  • Wedge - A heel of any height that is as wide as the shoe itself and follows the shoes contour from toe to heel.
Heel Breast
The forward-facing side of the heel.
Heel Height
Heel height is measured on a vertical line at the breast of the heel, and goes from the bottom surface of the sole (where it meets the heel) to the floor.  Heel height is traditionally measured in increments of 1/8th inches, so for example an 8/8 heel is 1" high.
Heel Seat
The part of the shoe directly below where the heel of the foot rests, and where the sole and the heel are joined together.
Heel Spurs
Soft deposits of calcium that grow on the "plantar fascia", a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, and are typically very painful.
Henley Neckline
A scoop neckline with a button-front placket.
Hidden Gore
An elastic panel at the front of a shoe that is covered by the shoe's tongue and provides added comfort.
Hide
The skin of a large animal that is treated, tanned or finished for use in boots, shoes, handbags, and clothing.
High-Low Hem
A bottom hem on a garment that is cut short in the from and longer in the back.
Hobo Handbag
A roomy, unstructured, rounded bag, typically with a single top zipper and shoulder strap.
Hook & Loop
A method of keeping something closed, using 2 pieces of fabric. One piece has small hooks, to attach to the other piece which has 2 loops.
Horseshoe Neckline
is a neckline that is cut in the shape of a horseshoe.  Also referred to as a "U-Neck."
Huarache
A flat sandal or shoe with a woven leather upper.
Imitation Leather
Any synthetic material made to look like leather.
Induction Cooktop
Unlike other forms of cooking, heat is generated directly in the pot or pan (cooking vessel), as opposed to being generated in the stovetop by electrical coils or burning gas. To be used on an induction cooker, a cooking vessel must be made of a ferromagnetic metal, such as cast iron or stainless steel.
Industry Footwear
Work/industrial footwear with OSHA and A.N.S.I. ratings. If you need industrial footwear, you will find it here. View the Industry Collection
Ingrown Nail
A nail edge or side that digs painfully into the skin. They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming, but also by shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure.
Injection Molded Construction
A type of sole unit construction created by injecting melted PVC or a similar material into the sole mold. Injection molded construction is an efficient way to mass-produce footwear.
Inseam
The hidden seam of a welted shoe holding together the welt, upper, lining, and insole.  Also, in clothing it is the seam that binds the length of the inner pant leg.
Inset
is a fabric panel or garment piece that is sewed into a garment.
Insole
A lining that runs the full length of the inside of the shoe.
Instep
The upper, center section of the foot, between the toes and ankle.
Jabot
is a neckline that features a cascading ruffle in the front.
Jelly Shoes
Shoes made entirely of PVC.
Jewelry Clasp Closure
Typically seen on women's watches, a jewelry clasp is a latch that snaps closed around a bar. It is released by gently lifting the clasp and unsnapping it from the latch bar.
Jodhpur Boots
A low-cut boot used primarily for equestrian activities. May be laced or a twin gore pull-on style.
Jodhpur Boots
Kangaroo Pocket
An A-shaped pocket stitched to the lower-front of a garment (commonly seen on hoodies) with two holes for hands.
Keyhole
A decorative cut hole on a garment usually placed close to the neckline.
Kidskin
A soft, porous leather created from the hide of young goats
Kiltie
A decorative, fringed tongue over the vamp of a shoe.
Kiltie
Kimono Sleeve
is a wide sleeve cut in one piece from the front and back of the garment.  It is seamed down the outer and underarm like a traditional Japanese kimono.
Kipskin
Middle-grade leather created from the skins of young cattle that are larger than calves, yet not fully grown.
Laces
A strip of material strung through the eyelets of a shoe in order to pull the shoe closed and adjust its girth.
Lambskin
Leather created from the skin of young sheep.
Last
A metal, wood or plastic form used to create the shape of a shoe.
Lasting
The process of pulling and shaping a shoe on a last.
Leather
The skin of an animal, typically with the hair removed and tanned for use.
Leg Of Mutton Sleeve
is a sleeve that is puffed or full at the top and gradually tapers towards the cuff.
Lift
One of the several layers of leather or leather-board used make a heel.
Lining
The inside material of a shoe. May be composed of leather, fabric or synthetic material.
Lizard
Leather made from the skin of a lizard, typically with a specked, grainy appearance.
Loafer
A slip-on shoe, completely without fasteners.
Loafer
Lucite®
Trademark name of a type of acrylic resin/plastic consisting essentially of polymerized methyl methacrylate.
Lug Sole
A heavy-tread, rubber sole.
Lurex®
A type of yarn fabric that has a metallic appearance. Typically it's a synthetic fiber which an aluminum layer has been vaporized.
Lycra®
A premium stretch fiber found in garments made from natural and man-made fibers.
Lyocell®
Fibers produced from wood pulp cellulose. Tencel® is Lenzing's brand name for lyocell.
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
Napa
A supple version of sheepskin leather.
Nappa
A supple version of sheepskin leather.
Natural Grain Leather
A type of leather which displays the leather's original grain.
Neuroma (Or Morton's Neuroma)
A benign, soft tissue mass which forms on the nerve which runs between the metatarsals, in the ball of the foot. When two metatarsal bones are squeezed together, they pinch the nerve that runs between them. This squeezing together of the metatarsal bones is usually a result of narrow shoes, high-heeled shoes, injury, or a biomechanical defect of the foot (such as loose ligaments, pronation, or arches which are too flator high).
Neutral Cushioning Shoes
A Neutral Cushioning shoe is best for runners with a high arch who do not pronate effectively. These shoes do not have medial supports but are more concerned with midsole cushioning. The midsole will provide the extra shock absorption that the lack of pronation is missing. Along with a runner who does not overpronate, Neutral Cushioned shoes also work well for midfoot and forefoot strikers.
Notched Lapel
A lapel that has a cut "V" in the lapel creating a notch.
Nubuck
Lightweight, supple leather used on the upper of the shoe. Buffed to a suede-like appearance.
Office
In business you never have a second chance to make a first impression. And you never know when you'll make your next impression. If a professional appearance is your goal this line will help you achieve one. View The Office Collection
Oil Tanned Leather
A type of leather that is tanned using oils creating a soft and pliable finish.
Orthotic
An orthopedic insole designed to cushion and stabilize the foot.
Outsole
The bottom outer sole of a shoe.
Oxford
A traditional term describing a low shoe laced or tied over the instep.
Oxford
Paperbag Waistline
is an extended waistline that stands up or folds down and is scrunched around the waist resembling a paper bag.
Park
In a single lifetime you only get one pair of feet, so make sure to take care of them. Comfort, support, quality, our Park collection includes the top names in comfort footwear. Whether you are walking, working, or just on your feet, make sure you are giving them the support they deserve. View The Park Collection
Patch Pocket
A pocket that is basically a sewn outer patch with a top opening.  Commonly used as a chest pocket on dress shirts.
Patent Leather
A glossy leather that has a shiny appearance. Patent leather is typically created from cattle hide.
Patina
A  luster that develops on quality materials due to natural aging.
Peaked Lapel
A lapel where the line is broken by upward protruding points.
Peau de soie
A soft satin weave of silk or rayon, with a grainy and dull luster.
Pebbled Grain
An embossed-leather grain finish that resembles a pebble surface.
Penny Loafer
A slip-on style shoe with a slit over the instep where a penny traditionally was placed for good luck.
Peplum
is a draped extension from the waistline and drapes around the hips.  It is commonly seen as an extension from the waist of the bodice or as an extension from the waistband of a skirt.
Perforation
A pattern of small holes punched or bored into the trim of a shoe, for the purpose of decoration or ventilation.
Peter Pan Collar
A woman's or children's collar that has rounded ends at the front.
Phthalate
Phthalate is an organic compound commonly used as plasticizer for plastics to increase the softness and flexibility. It is used and found in common household items such as children’s toys, shower curtains, liquid soap, food containers and wrappers. Research has been conducted to study the effects phthalate has on carcinogenicity, environmental effects and estrogen mimicking.
Pigskin Leather
Leather made from the skin of pigs.
Pinking
Saw-tooth shaped edging applied to the trim of shoes for decoration.
Piping
A decorative, narrow strip of leather that typically follows the seam of a shoe.
Pitch
The angle of the back part of the heel where it meets the sole, compared to the front part of the heel where it meets the sole. On a high-heeled shoe the pitch should be at a larger angle, in order to stabilize the heel.
Platform Shoe
A style of shoe featuring a thicker sole at the front; the heel is typically high to accommodate the higher height of the sole.
Platform Shoe
Podiatry
A branch of the medical profession dealing with the prevention and remedy of foot diseases.
Point Collar
A collar that has pointed ends and leaves a narrow opening between the collar points.
Polo Collar
A ribbed collar commonly seen on a polo shirt that has a partial placket.
Polyurethane (PU)
A synthetic material frequently used as an alternative to leather in the manufacturing of footwear. PU is light, flexible and durable.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
A semi-rigid plastic material, often used in heel counters and outsoles for added support.
Pouch Handbag
A general term referring to a handbag with a framed closure. May come in a variety of sizes with a variety of straps.
Primer
also known as foundation primer. A cream or liquid that creates an invisible barrier between your makeup and skin, helping the foundation to go on more smoothly and last longer. There are different formulations for different skin tones available.
Pronation
The inward rotation of the foot as it strikes the ground, causing shoes to wear on the inner line of the outsole.
Puff Sleeve
is a short sleeve that looks rounded and puffed because it is gathered at the scye and the cuff.
Pull-Up Leather
A type of high-quality, stretched leather that has been treated with oils, waxes, and dyes to create a finish that is lighter in the stretched areas.
Pump
A low-cut women's shoe, typically moderate in heel height.
Pump
Quarter
The rear portion of a shoe, covering the heel and sides and often joined at the back seam.
Quarter Lining
The lining of the rear part of a shoe, typically made from leather or fabric.
quartz movement
When a movement of a clock or watch is regulated by a quartz crystal battery, it is a "quartz movement" watch.
It differs from a mechanical movement watch (also known as "automatic movement"), because the watch does not stop functioning when it is taken off by the wearer.
The battery in a quartz watch generally needs to be replaced every 1 1/2 years- 2 years.
 
RadianTex®
An insole that provides thermal reflection to keep your feet warm and cozy.
Raglan
A style of sleeve that has a diagonal seam on front and back, extending from the neckline to the underarm.
Re-Run®
Fleurville brand fabric made by processing recycled plastic water bottles combined with nylon and polyester, to make a lightweight, environmentally friendly fabric.
Retro
Pick any time in footwear history, and chances are Zappos has something from that era. Find your favorite authentic and classically inspired styles in this "Retro" section. View the Retro Collection
Rhodium
a hard silvery-white and durable metal that has a high reflectance. It looks similar to sterling silver and is a member of the platinum group.
Riding Boot
A boot designed specifically for equestrian activities. Ususally knee-high with goring and a low heel. This term can also describe boots that are designed to look like riding boots.
Riding Boot
Rim
The part of the shoe where the foot enters. Another term for collar or top line.
Round Bertha Collar
is a bib style collar made of a large round cut piece of fabric that is overlayed and draped around the neckline creating a half-moon shape.
Round Cuff
A cuff on a dress shirt with a round outer top edge.
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.
Sandal
A form of footwear, with an open toe and open back, that is held to the foot by strips of leather or fabric.
Sandal
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. 
Shearling
Sheepskin or lambskin with the wool still attached. Used often as a lining for shoes and boots.
Sheepskin
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.
Silicone
A slippery polymer material used to waterproof shoes. Silicones are also used as sealants, lubricants and insulation.
Sipes
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.
Sleeveless
is a term used for a garment with no sleeves.
Slide
A shoe featuring an open toe and open back with a band across the toe. Can be flat, mid-heel or high-heeled.
Slide
Sling-back
A shoe held on the foot with a strap at the back of heel. The strap is typically elasticized or buckled for adjustment.
Sling-back
Slip Last
A simple way to make shoes in which the last is forced into the upper and  then stitched to the sole.
Slip-On
A style of footwear which is simply slipped on to the foot with no further adjustment.
Slip-On
Slipper
A flat shoe that is easily slipped on, usually meant for indoor wear and lined for comfort and warmth.
Slipper
Slit Sleeve
is a sleeve with a decorative slit.
Smooth Leather
Any leather that is smooth on the surface, without pebbling, or noticeable grain.
Snakeskin
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.
Sneaker
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.
Sneaker
Sock Liner
A sock liner is the insole in the interior of the shoe that the foot rests on.
Soho
Fashion for the 30 something. Not the shoes your parents used to wear but not so wild you look a teenager again. From dress to casual, the shoes you will find in this collection will keep you up-to-date with the current trends in a most tasteful way. Remember, you're too old to look cheap!
Sole
The bottom part of the shoe, not including the heel.
Sole Leather
Any heavy leather (usually cattle-hide), used for the soles of shoes.
Southside
Check out the latest looks from the country's foremost leaders in urban apparel. Keep your feet looking hotter than hot and remember, most of these are only here for a short time, so don't get left behind!
Spectator
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.
Suede
Leather with a soft napped surface.
Supima
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.
Supination
The outward rolling of the foot while walking.  The opposite of overpronation.
Swarovski®
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.
Tannage
The process of converting raw hides or skins into finished leather.
Tap
The attachment of a leather or metal partial sole over the existing sole of a shoe.
Tassel
A rope and knot ornament typically found on the vamp of a loafer or moccasin.
Tencel®
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.
Thong
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.
Thong
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.
Throat
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
Tip
An additional piece of leather covering the toe of a shoe.  May be in several different shapes or patterns.  Also known as a Cap.
Tongue
A strip of leather or other material sewn into the vamp of a laced shoe and extending to the throat of the shoe.
Tread
May refer to the design of a shoe's sole or the way in which a shoe's sole is worn.
Tru-Moc
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.
Turtleneck
is a high turned-down funnel collar that comes up to the top of the neckline.  Turtlenecks are commonly seen on knitwear.
U-Neck
is a neckline that is shaped like an "U".  Also referred to as a "horseshoe neckline."
Unit Bottom
A single shoe bottom made from a mold of rubber or plastic.  It includes the sole, platform heel or wedge.
Upper
The upper part of the shoe, not including the sole.  May be made from leather, fabric or synthetics.
Upper Leather
Any leather used for making shoe uppers.  The principal leathers used for shoe uppers are calf, kid, horsehide, goat, sheep and leathers made from the skin of reptiles.  All of these may be made in a wide variety of finishes, such as smooth, suede, patent, embossed and glossy.
V-Neck
is a neckline that is cut in the shape of a "V".
Vamp
The front part of a shoe upper that covers the toes and part of the foot.
Vegetable Tanned Leather
A type of leather which has been tanned using natural materials such as bark or other plant-based components rather than chemicals.
Vegetarian Shoes
Shoes made from non-leather or synthetic materials.
Velcro®
Registered trademark of Velcro Industries BV.  Brand hook-and-loop fasteners are often used as straps to provide adjustable fits for shoes.
Vent
is a slit on a skirt or a jacket.
Vibram®
A type of durable, non-slip outsole typically found on hiking boots.  Vibram is a registered trademark of Vibram S.P.A.
Vinyl
Short for polyvinyl chloride (P.V.C.), vinyl is a shiny plastic often used for coating shoes.
Viscose
A man-made fiber (specifically, a type of rayon) that's derived from wood pulp cellulose.
Waterproof Leather
Shoes that have been specifically treated to prevent the entry of water.
Wedge Heel
A heel which extends from the back of the shoe to the ball of the shoe, following its contour.
Wedge Heel
Wellington
A style of pull-on boots with no trim, often made of rubber for inclement weather.
Wellington
Welt
A strip of leather sewn between the insole and the outsole to create greater durability.
Welt Pocket
An inset pocket with a single or double outer edge.
Wide Leg (Pants)
A style usually associated with jeans where the entire leg portion is extra wide.
Wing Tip
A wing-shaped toe cap.
Wing Tip
Wing Tip Collar
A formal collar that stands up a the neck and features small folded-down points.
X-ACT Women's Adjustable Suspension
  • Shoulder straps ergonomically shaped
  • Hip belt engineered for a woman's body
  • Micro-Adjust™ Syste, customizes torso length
  • Removable X-Frame. Constructed with HDPE frame sheet and pre-curved aircraft grade T-6061 aluminum stays
  • Ventalite™ Mesh and 3D foam construction keeps air flowing on back
  • Ergonimically contoured shoulder straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap
  • Pulley-assist hip belt adjusts easily, customizes fir, and trasfers load
  • Narrow grippy lumbar designated to fit a wide range of body types
Yoke
A yoke is the top portion (both front and back) of a garment.  It is placed below the collar or waistband and the bottom sections of the garment are attached to the yoke.
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