High Heel Shoe Anatomy

In a previous post of ours, we created A Guide To Women’s High Heels teaching all about the different types of high heels there are. This time we are going to explore in depth the High Heel Shoe Anatomy. Some of these terms you may have heard before, but others may not be so familiar to you. However, it is always better to know a little more than you need, and perhaps next time you go shopping for a pair of high heels, you can analyze its construction better.

  • Toebox – The part of the shoe that covers and protects the toes.
  • Platform – A thick sole  under the toe box that provides extra height. It may or may not be concealed.
  • Outersole – It  is the bottom part of the shoe that hits the ground.
  • Sole – The entire bottom part of the shoe including the part that is raised.
  • Shank – The part of the shoe that is between the heel and the outsole. It provides the foundation for the arch of the foot.
  • Topline – The top edge of the shoe.
  • Vamp – The front part of the shoe that covers the front of the foot.
  • Top Piece – The part of the heel that meets the ground.
  • Heel Breast – The side of the heel that faces forward
  • Pitch – The angular part of the back of the shoe before the hell.
  • Counter – The piece of material that forms the back of the shoe around the heel.
  • Insole – The sole that lines the inside of the shoe.
  • Upper – The part of the shoe that covers to top of the foot.
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