Ballerina flat – round toed flat thin soled slipper like shoe.
Clogs – thick wood shaped to the sole of a foot with a rounded toe and leather material covering the front of the shoe only. This is a slip on shoe.
Espadrille – This shoe is a wedge heel in a sandal style. The front of the shoe is half covered with a soft fabric, most of the time it is canvas. The back heel has a small covering while the middle of the foot is open and attached with a wide lace that wraps and ties around the ankle.
Gladiator sandal – are a flat sole shoe with open toes. Small thin strips of material in various patterns cross over the foot . The strips are connected to small thin straps that wrap around the ankle and/or lower leg two or more times.
Mary Jane – This shoe has a slipper look with a rounded toe and a strap across the top of the front at the lowest part of the ankle. This shoe can be flat or with a heel variation.
Mule – backless kitten heel slip on pump. Mules are usually low heels about 2″.
Loafer – slip on shoe with a u-shape stitch on the top front of the shoe where the top and sides of the shoe connect. A big flat heel under the entire heel adds a little lift. Usually not more than one inch high. Most loafers have wide buckle design on the top of the shoe.
Oxford – square or rounded lace up shoe with a very low heel. Usually all leather with the entire foot covered.
Pump – slipper type shoe made of many materials with a heel. A pump is a mid size heel usually around 3″ or less. Pumps have a pointed toe or angled front.
Stiletto – pump with a very thin spiked heel 3 – 5″ high.
Wedge – similar to a platform shoe the entire sole is an angled heel usually made from cork and sometimes covered with rope.
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