Style Glossary: Shoe Styles

We are shoe gals here at PMHQ and are always eager to try a different shoe style. Take a peek at this list of shoe styles from our Style Glossary and be sure to snag one of each for your own shoe collection!


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D’orsay: Refers to any shoe that has a closed heel and toe but which is cut down to the sole at the sides. It can be made with a heel of any type and any style of vamp (front).


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Espadrille: Shoe with a canvas upper and rope sole.


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Flatform: A type of shoe that has a very thick, but fairly flat sole. This type of shoes is typically associated with 90’s fashion.


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Loafer: Moccasin-style classic slip on shoe that has a slotted strap at the front. The strap is stitched to the front (vamp) of the shoe. If the strap has a coin inserted in the slot, the shoe is called a penny loafer. If it has a tassel at the front, it is a tassel-top loafer. Sometimes a metal chain is fasten to the strap, and the shoe is called a chain loafer. As a modern twist on a loafer, sometimes you’ll see them without the slotted strap.


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Mule: Shoe or slipper, usually made with high heel, that has a vamp (fitted front) but nothing at the back. The front part of the shoe can be made in any one of many different styles. The heel can vary in height.


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Oxford: A basic shoe style that either laces shut or is closed with some other fastening. Details of styling and cut will vary.




Slides: A typically flat shoe or sandal that has a strap across the foot without a back.

Eager to increase your fashion vocabulary? See more women’s clothing terms in our fashion glossary.

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