Guide to Top Shoe Styles
Mule – A shoe or sandal characterized by a closed, or nearly closed, toe and a backless heel of any height
Peep Toe– A shoe with a narrow opening in the front that exposes the toes
Sling Back– A backless shoe that is held in place with a strap at the back of the foot. The strap is typically elastic or buckled for adjustment
Mary Jane– A shoe with a strap across the instep that is attached with elastic, Velcro, or buckle
D’Orsay – A style of shoe featuring sides which have been cut close to the sole
Ankle Strap– A single or multiple strap attached to a shoe to hold it on the foot or having a purely ornamental function and passing either above the instep near the arch or around the ankle
T Strap– A strap on the upper of a shoe that extends backwards from the vamp and joins with a strap that crosses the upper part of the instep, forming a T
Clog– A platform-heeled shoe featuring a closed toe and open back.
Moccasin – A slip-on shoe with visible stitching around the perimeter of the toe box, creating a gathered effect.
Oxfords– A low shoe with laces over the instep.
Booties – A shoe that resembles a boot in style but does not have a shaft.
Espadrille – A shoe or sandal that has a woven rope or similar material covering the wedge or sole.
Thong Sandals – A sandal that passes between the big toe and second toe with a v-strap that connects to the sandal sole at both sides of the foot.
Loafers – A flat shoe with no laces, often has tassels or buckles or coin holders