The Ultimate Guide To Shoe Anatomy

If you wonder how many different parts make up a shoe, well – there are a lot. Over 40, actually!

These include parts from the top to bottom of a shoe, with a detailed account of the uppers such as the vamp.

The outsole, commonly known as the ‘sole’, is the external part of a sole that touches the ground.



Also called the inner sole, this is the interior part of the sole where the foot bottoms touch.



The heel is the back part of the shoe that elevates the foot's heel. It is used for balance or aesthetics, but often for both.



A soft material used to pad the tongue of the shoe, to add cushioning and comfort to the wearer.

Tongue Padding


Padding is added around the shoe’s counter to increase comfort and support in the area.

Counter Pads


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