Glossary Terms -

Glossary Terms

The APMA stands for the American Podiatric Medical Association.  It is comprised of America's Premier Foot & Ankle Physicians.  The seal was created to inform both physicians and consumers about products whose quality safety and effectiveness allow for normal foot function and promote good health.

The high, curved part of the sole of the foot, located between the ball of the foot and the heel.  This term can also refer to the raised area of the insole of the shoe, which is meant to pad and provide support for the arch of the foot.

Ballerina Flat
A ballet-style flat meant for everyday wear.

Flat Foot
A condition in which the arch of the foot is collapsed and the entire foot rests on the ground. Children with flat foot condition are recommended to wear shoes with high arch support.

A waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane designed to protect against the elements to keep you dry and comfortable at all times.

A slip-on shoe, completely without fasteners.

Mary Jane
The style of low heeled shoe with a strap across the instep. The strap can be attached with elastic or a buckle, making it easy to slip on and off.

Backless, closed-toe slippers or shoes.

Lightweight, supple leather used on the upper of the shoe. Buffed to a suede-like appearance.

Patent Leather
A glossy leather that has a shiny appearance. Patent leather is typically created from cattle hide.

A form of footwear, with an open toe and open back, that is held to the foot by strips of leather or fabric.

Shoe Sizes
A variation between full sizes is one-third of an inch, while the difference between half sizes is one-sixth of an inch.

Synthetic Materials
Materials other than genuine leather, but which are designed to look or function like leather.  Also known as man-made materials.