Low shoe

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Used low shoes ( Doc Martens )

The low shoe is a form of solid footwear and is one of the shoes . In contrast to the sandal, it is characterized by a closed upper (shaft) and is distinguished from the boot by the shaft height, which extends at the front to the crook of the foot and at the side to below the ankle of the foot. It is worn in dry, cool to warm weather and is therefore the most popular type of shoe from spring to autumn.


  • Closure: Low shoes can be built as a slip-on shoe ( loafer ) or equipped with a closure (lacing, Velcro tape , straps). Most of the low shoes to be found belong to the group of lace-up shoes, i.e. they are closed with a shoelace that either runs through eyelets or loops / rings (Ghilly lacing). Hooks (agraffes) are not used on low shoes, as they offer no advantages.
  • Material: Mainly different ( synthetic ) fiber fabrics and leather are used as shaft material . Leather offers greater comfort, but at the same time costs more. For the bottom of the shoe (sole), rubber or leather is the most common.
  • Models: Low shoes come in the form of different shoe models : Derby , Oxford , Spectator, Norwegian , Monkstrap , Pennyloafer and so on.
  • Intended use: Depending on the intended use, low shoes can be made from elegant dance shoes made of patent leather with thin leather soles to garden shoes made from plasticized upper material with profiled rubber soles in different shaft cuts, price and quality classes.

For the winter months and on rainy days, high-cut low shoes (so-called bootees ) or boots are better suited because of their better protection against weather influences. However, these are heavier and only allow less ventilation of the foot.


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