Upper: This is the part of the shoe that you are initially attracted to, the part that you can see.
Outer Sole or outsole: This is the bottom of the shoe, which will show on the bottom part of the shoe but the main function is to protect your foot from the ground below.
Lining and Sock: This is the inside of the shoe, the part that provides you with the comfort and support that you desire.
Leather: This is the hide or skin from an animal that has been put through a process called tanning. There are many types of leather and that is an educational page all in itself.
Coated Leather: This is one of the processes of treating leather; basically the leather is coated with one of a variety of products for the desired look.
Textile: This means fabric, the list is endless. This is one of the symbols the vegans, vegetarians and eco-friendly consumers look for because it means all natural or man made materials are used for the construction.
Other Materials: This is still man-made materials just a little different because these materials usually refer to the sole of the shoe. The most common of these materials are Thermoplastic Rubber, PVC, Rubber Compounds, Crepe, and Composition. All of these materials are friendly for the Vegan, Vegetarian and Eco-Friendly consumer.