Skate Shoe Anatomy and Terminology
It’s good to get familiar with some skate shoe terminology so you know what is being referred to in product descriptions and discussions. Here is a quick primer. A shoe’s silhouette is its underlying shape and design. Think of it as the outline of the shoe, regardless of colors, materials, internal technologies, or other surface variations. Sometimes newer shoes reference the silhouettes of previous popular designs. A shoe is made of two basic components: the upper, which is what covers your feet and toes, and the sole, which is what you are standing on. The upper, which can consist of parts stitched or welded together or can be a molded piece, has separate components that can vary in dimension, thickness, and material. These include the toe box (where your toes go), the tongue that goes over the top of your foot, the collar, which wraps the ankle and achilles areas, as well as a heel panel, eyelets, and laces. The sole consists of an outsole with a tread pattern (the bottom of the shoe), a midsole that connects the outsole to the upper, and an insole, the often removable footbed layer inside the shoe.