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Fashion vocabulary can be tricky! Especially when it comes to items like men's shoes, where words like "brogue," "wingtip," and "blucher" are thrown around. One particularly important phrase is "factory seconds." Often retailers of high-end items will massively discount stock with slight imperfections, meaning you can pick up designer pieces at amazing prices.
Until January 17, Allen Edmonds is cutting up to $200 off its factory second shoes. All orders receive free shipping, making this the best sale we've seen on seconds at Allen Edmonds in a year.
As such, we've used 10 pairs from the sale to illustrate some common men's shoe terms and help you learn the differences.
Allen Edmonds Men's Liverpool Chelsea Dress Boots for $249 ($100 off)
Also known as Beatle boots, these boots are the epitome of mod. They feature elastic or zip side panels so you can slip them on without worrying about laces.
Allen Edmonds Men's Norwich Cordovan Monk Straps for $399 ($130 off)
That buckle-fastened piece across the tongue is the monk strap. They're most commonly found in singles (as pictured) or doubles (like this).
Allen Edmonds Men's Shelton 2.0 Saddle Dress Shoes for $199 ($100 off)
A contrasting decorative panel on the instep (the part of a foot between the ball and the ankle) is what makes a saddle shoe.
Allen Edmonds Men's Saukville Suede Wingtip Lace-up Boots for $157 ($132 off)
Wingtips feature perforated patterns (also called broguing) along the edges, and the toe cap is extended and curves at the finish to resemble a wing.
Allen Edmonds Men's Union Plain Toe Bluchers for $189 ($80 off)
The defining characteristic of a blucher is that the vamp — the front and center part of the shoe's upper — and the tongue are all one piece. The lace tabs are sewn on top, a feature known as "open lacing."
Allen Edmonds Men's Neumok Wingtip Oxfords for $157 ($62 off)
The opposite of bluchers, oxfords are made with a closed lacing system, meaning the tabs are sewn underneath the vamp rather than floating separately.
Allen Edmonds Men's Brisbane Sneakers for $149 ($40 off)
Time for an easy one! Sneakers are just casual shoes — usually with rubber soles — ostensibly for athletic purposes.
Allen Edmonds Men's Voyager Walking Shoes for $157 ($82 off)
Walking shoes are typically made with comfort in mind, featuring extra cushioning and soles with treads meant for traveling on foot.
Allen Edmonds Men's Boulder Venetian Loafers for $119 ($30 off)
Loafers are slip-on shoes and almost always feature a moccasin toe (a seam running around the top on the front). They range from casual to dressy in design and purpose.
Allen Edmonds Men's Jack Nicklaus Anaconda Golf Shoes for $87 ($112 off)
Golf shoes are oxfords crafted from waterproof leather, and generally they have spikes to improve grip on the grass. This spikeless pair instead uses the sole pattern to provide traction.
Readers, what's your favorite style of shoe? Did we miss any terms you've never understood? Let us know in the comments!