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Shoe Anatomy


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  1. Ankle Height: The distance between the midsole and the topline collar where your ankle bones sit.

  2. Back Height: The distance on the back of the heel between the midsole and the topline collar.

  3. Back Tabs: The rear portion of the shoe where the top of the heel makes contact with the back of the ankle.

  4. Eyerow: The part of the shoe where the laces connect to the upper. The eyerows should be parallel along the top of the foot.

  5. Forefoot Flex: The area across the forefoot where the shoe flexes. The shoe flexes along the sole unit and the upper.

  6. Forefoot: The front section of the shoe extending from the forefoot flex to the tip of the shoe.

  7. Midfoot/Waist: The middle section of the shoe under the laces. This section extends from the back of the arch to the forefoot.

  8. Midsole: The thick layer between the outsole and the insert. A shoe’s stability and cushioning properties are based on the construction of the midsole.

  9. Outsole: The treaded layer of the shoe that makes direct contact with the ground.

  10. Toebox: The volume of the forefoot that contains the toes. The height and width of the toebox can differ between shoe models.

  11. Tongue: The padding under the laces that protects the top of the foot.

  12. Topline Collar: The top portion of the shoe’s opening that makes contact with the ankle.


Other Terms

Insert: The bottom inside layer of the shoe that makes direct contact with the foot. It lays on top of the midsole and can be removed.

Sole: The portion of the shoe that includes the insert, midsole and outsole.

Upper: The portion of the shoe that encloses the foot and excludes the sole unit. It is the most aesthetic part of the shoe.



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