Before we go any further we need to review shoe anatomy.
Toebox: You guessed it; this would be the roofed area in the front of the shoe, where your toes reside. Most will remember this part of the shoe where a sometimes forgetful salesperson leaves the tissue paper. Remember: blissful toe cohabitation is most likely achieved when the toes are individually insulated.
(**If you are wearing velcro, loafers or sans-laceing shoes skip this and continue reading at “sole”)
Vamp: This is the area of the shoe where the laces are located. Remember, lacing pattern can affect the shoe’s fit. But, if you pull too tight, you are likely to upset your extensor digitorum longus tendons. Yes, the underlying tongue is also part of the vamp.
Eyelets: This is the only place on the shoe where holes are not only appreciated and desired, they are warmly welcomed for simple shoelace threading.
Sole: The term sole derives from ‘solea’ a Latin word meaning “soil” or “ground”
Insole: (Inner Sole) The bottom inside of the shoe that is in direct contact with the foot.
Outsole: (Outer Sole) This is the part of the shoe which makes contact with the Earth. Right again, this is where the shoe’s traction is located.
Midsole: The midsole is between insole and outsole. This is the most important part of a shoe, because it is where the shoe’s mystery-mix of cushioning and stability are located. Similar to a tube in a tire, when this runs flat, it’s time for a change.
Heel Counter: This part of the shoe stabilizes the heel. The heel counter is happiest and at its best when you use a shoe horn.
Topline: The part of the shoe that is closest to and touches your ankle. In athletic shoes, the topline is often padded and referred to as a collar — make sure you check for any rings.
Quarter: This has nothing to do with the US treasury. This is the complete upper part of the shoe behind the vamp line covering the sides and back part of the shoe.
Upper: This is the top of the shoe and prominently displays the shoe’s colors and the company’s brand for all to see. According to a recent survey, 85% said that the upper aesthetic is the sole reason (pun intended) influencing their shoe purchase. Our survey confirmed that 43.6 percent of statistics are made up on the spot.
The shoes of the day: Adidas Men’s Cup 68 LD for the artful display of color highlighting the anatomy of the shoe.
More than anything, I appreciate the aggressive forward outsole display of consummate v’s! Ahem…yes, these Adidas cups are better suited for your feet.