The Running Shoe and its Parts:The Anatomy of a Shoe
Running Shoe Parts Terminology:The Toe Tip: Thin rubber strip from the outsole with a stitch grove to hold it on to the upper. Rubber Outsole: Compression molded in a flat mold Toe Burst Panel: Reinforces the vamp to prevent the big toe nail from tearing the vamp Vamp: The running shoe vamp should be soft, flexible and breathable. Tongue Attachment: A double row of stitching that anchors the base of the tongue to the vamp. Mudguard: The Muguard is the shoe pattern part along the forward part of the shoe alone the edge of the outsole. Eyestay: The part around the lace opening (throat of the shoe). Can feature webbing, eyelets, etc. Throat: The opening of a shoe. Eyelet: A hole through which you lace up a shoe. Should be reinforced with Super-tuff. Lace keeper: A small flap the holds the tongue in place Quarter Panel: The Quarter Panel is the main shoe pattern part on the side of the shoe pattern. The Nike Swoosh, New Balance N and the Vans V-Bar are all located on the quarter panel. Tongue: For a running shoe should be smooth and thin. PU Midsole: For a running shoe should be firm but flexible Heel Counter: The shoe pattern parts that surrounds the heel should have a stiff reinforcement. Heel Stabilizer: An injection molded piece of plastic that gives the heel of the running shoe a stiff supporting feel. Heel Notch: A relief cut that allows the runner to flex and bends without the shoe rubbing on the Achilles tendon.
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