The Anatomy Of A Shoe

The anatomy of a shoe
We think of ourselves as ‘comfortologists’, because every single element of every pair of Hotter shoes is designed to liberate your feet for all of life’s little adventures. Designer Kim Denton, has deconstructed our fabulous active style Solar to show you the hidden details that ensure our shoes have feel good style.
Anatomy Of A Shoe
1. Quarter  /  2. Threads  /  3. Memorise insole  /  4. Tongue foam  /  5. Tongue lining  /  6. Tongue  /  7. Stobal Sock  /  8. Laces  /  9. Backtab backer  /  10. Backtab  /  11. Quarter backer  /  12. Counter backer  /  13. Counter stiffener  /  14. Counter  /  15. Sole  /  16. Facing liner  /  17. Eyelet facing  /  18. Collar foam  /  19. Eyelet facing backer  /  20. Vamp panel  /  21. Vamp panel backer  /  22. Quarter lining  /  23. Vamp lining  /  24. Toe puff
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The colour in his photograph is from a previous season, please click here to discover Solar’s delightful new shades.
HOW OUR  COMFORTOLOGISTS* LIBERATE YOUR FEET
1. We pack millions of air bubbles in the sole which make our shoes unbelievably lightweight.
2. Our long laces and five eyelets mean you can adjust the shoe easily to find your perfect fit.
5. There’s wiggle room for your toes, we make sure it’s hidden inside.
6. A little padding goes a long way… and there’s a lot of padding in the tongue and around the heel.
3. The slow release foam in our Memorise insoles gives cushioned support.
4. It’s all about the detail, so every internal seam is smooth and flat.
As a comfortologist my Active collection designs are inspired by the activities I imagine our customers enjoying in them – it could be travelling to see beautiful cities, hectic fun days with friends and family or relaxing pilates or yoga classes. By creating shoes that look good, and feel amazing from the moment you put them on, I’m driven by the knowledge our shoes will be creating a feeling of liberation, there’ll be no reason to slow down.
Every pair has its own unique comfort features and for Solar it’s a blend of lightweight soles filled with air bubbles, smooth seams, padding and wiggle room – the perfect combination for action packed days.
KIM DENTON
“With all the elements laid out you can really begin to see how comfort, quality and support are such integral parts of our design,” explained Kim. “We begin construction by marking all the stitching lines before fusing eyelet lining, toe puff and other reinforcements to the upper.
“Attention to detail is important and seams are trimmed as close as possible to give a smooth finish. Linings are stitched together and any decorative trimmings added before quarters, eyelet and counter are all stitched together and the tongue is attached. All seams are then hammered flat. Next the stiffeners are put in place and moulded into shape, and the foam padding for the collar and the backers is put in place. Eyelets are punched and then reinforced by rivets and the upper and tongue are lock stitched.
“We pause to trim excess threads, give the upper a clean, thread the lace and then tie it up. Toe and heel areas are moulded into shape and we check the upper thickness so we know it will fit into our moulding machines. Finally the strobal stock, which helps keep the upper in place as the sole is moulded, is stitched to the upper.”
Discover the next stage of the process in our ‘How we make our shoes’ section.
HOW OUR  COMFORTOLOGISTS* LIBERATE YOUR FEET
1. We pack millions of air bubbles in the sole which make our shoes unbelievably lightweight.
2. Our long laces and five eyelets mean you can adjust the shoe easily to find your perfect fit.
3. The slow release foam in our Memorise insoles gives cushioned support.
4. It’s all about the detail, so every internal seam is smooth and flat.
5. There’s wiggle room for your toes, we make sure it’s hidden inside.
6. A little padding goes a long way… and there’s a lot of padding in the tongue and around the heel.
As a comfortologist my Active collection designs are inspired by the activities I imagine our customers enjoying in them – it could be travelling to see beautiful cities or hectic fun days with friends and family. By creating shoes that look good, and feel amazing from the moment you put them on, I’m driven by the knowledge our shoes will be creating a feeling of liberation, there’ll be no reason to slow down.
Every pair has its own unique comfort features and for Solar it’s a blend of lightweight soles filled with air bubbles, smooth seams, padding and wiggle room – the perfect combination for action packed days.
KIM DENTON
“With all the elements laid out you can really begin to see how comfort, quality and support are such integral parts of our design,” explained Kim. “We begin construction by marking all the stitching lines before fusing eyelet lining, toe puff and other reinforcements to the upper.
“Attention to detail is important and seams are trimmed as close as possible to give a smooth finish. Linings are stitched together and any decorative trimmings added before quarters, eyelet and counter are all stitched together and the tongue is attached. All seams are then hammered flat. Next the stiffeners are put in place and moulded into shape, and the foam padding for the collar and the backers is put in place. Eyelets are punched and then reinforced by rivets and the upper and tongue are lock stitched.
“We pause to trim excess threads, give the upper a clean, thread the lace and then tie it up. Toe and heel areas are moulded into shape and we check the upper thickness so we know it will fit into our moulding machines. Finally the strobal stock, which helps keep the upper in place as the sole is moulded, is stitched to the upper.”
Discover the next stage of the process in our ‘How we make our shoes’ section.
HOW OUR  COMFORTOLOGISTS* LIBERATE YOUR FEET
1. We pack millions of air bubbles in the sole which make our shoes unbelievably lightweight.
2. Our long laces and five eyelets mean you can adjust the shoe easily to find your perfect fit.
3. The slow release foam in our Memorise insoles gives cushioned support.
4. It’s all about the detail, so every internal seam is smooth and flat.
5. There’s wiggle room for your toes, we make sure it’s hidden inside.
6. A little padding goes a long way… and there’s a lot of padding in the tongue and around the heel.
As a comfortologist my Active collection designs are inspired by the activities I imagine our customers enjoying in them – it could be travelling to see beautiful cities or hectic fun days with friends and family. By creating shoes that look good, and feel amazing from the moment you put them on, I’m driven by the knowledge our shoes will be creating a feeling of liberation, there’ll be no reason to slow down.
Every pair has its own unique comfort features and for Solar it’s a blend of lightweight soles filled with air bubbles, smooth seams, padding and wiggle room – the perfect combination for action packed days.
KIM DENTON
“With all the elements laid out you can really begin to see how comfort, quality and support are such integral parts of our design,” explained Kim. “We begin construction by marking all the stitching lines before fusing eyelet lining, toe puff and other reinforcements to the upper.
“Attention to detail is important and seams are trimmed as close as possible to give a smooth finish. Linings are stitched together and any decorative trimmings added before quarters, eyelet and counter are all stitched together and the tongue is attached. All seams are then hammered flat. Next the stiffeners are put in place and moulded into shape, and the foam padding for the collar and the backers is put in place. Eyelets are punched and then reinforced by rivets and the upper and tongue are lock stitched.
“We pause to trim excess threads, give the upper a clean, thread the lace and then tie it up. Toe and heel areas are moulded into shape and we check the upper thickness so we know it will fit into our moulding machines. Finally the strobal stock, which helps keep the upper in place as the sole is moulded, is stitched to the upper.”
Discover the next stage of the process in our ‘How we make our shoes’ section.
GLOSSARY
1. Quarter: The sides of the upper which cover up to the heel and sit behind the vamp.
2. Threads: The threads are used to stitch the upper together and to stitch decorative patterns on the upper.
3. Memorise insole: Our clever team of designers and technical experts have invented memorise insoles, which mould to the shape of your foot, creating a customised fit.
4. Tongue foam: The tongue foam gives extra comfort on the top of the foot underneath the lacing area.
5. Tongue lining: The tongue lining covers the foam that is added to the tongue and gives extra padding.
6. Tongue: This is the panel that sits underneath the lacing section of the shoe. It offers comfort underneath the laces as it prevents the laces from rubbing against the top of the foot.
7. Strobal sock: The entire upper is sewn directly to a sock made from a non stretch material which keeps the upper in place when the sole is put onto the upper.
8. Laces: The lace is used to fasten the shoe together and makes the shoes easily adjustable for a variety of foot shapes.
9. Backtab backer: The backtab backer offers extra strength to the material of the backtab.
10. Backtab: The panel above the counter that sits at the back of the shoe. This cups the heel for support.
11. Quarter backer: The quarter backer sits underneath the quarter upper material and offers extra strength in this area.
12. Counter backer: The counter backer offers extra strength to the upper material around the heel.
13. Counter stiffener: The heel/counter is often strengthened with a stiffener, this helps support the back of the foot and keeps the shape of the shoe.
14. Counter: This is the panel at the heel of the shoe.
15. Sole: The part of the shoe that sits below the wearers foot. The upper and sole make up the full shoe. As with the upper, outsoles can be made from a variety of materials – this sole is made from polyurethane making it lightweight, supportive and very durable.
16. Facing liner: The facing lining covers the backer on the facing panel.
17. Eyelet facing: The eyelet facing is the panel that the holes for the shoelaces pass through.
18. Collar foam: The padding that surrounds the sides and rear of the shoe, and helps hold the foot in place.
19. Eyelet facing backer- gives strength to the facing panel and eyelets that the laces go through.
20. Vamp panel: The section of upper that covers the front of the foot and joins the quarter.
21. Vamp panel backer: The vamp backer offers extra strength to the upper in the toe area.
22. Quarter lining: The lining on the quarter gives enhanced comfort.
23. Vamp lining: The lining improves the comfort of the shoe at the toe area.
24. Toe puff: A reinforcement in the toe area underneath the upper which gives the toe its shape and support.
1. Quarter: The sides of the upper which cover up to the heel and sit behind the vamp.
2. Threads: The threads are used to stitch the upper together and to stitch decorative patterns on the upper.
3. Memorise insole: Our clever team of designers and technical experts have invented memorise insoles, which mould to the shape of your foot, creating a customised fit.
4. Tongue foam: The tongue foam gives extra comfort on the top of the foot underneath the lacing area.
5. Tongue lining: The tongue lining covers the foam that is added to the tongue and gives extra padding.
6. Tongue: This is the panel that sits underneath the lacing section of the shoe. It offers comfort underneath the laces as it prevents the laces from rubbing against the top of the foot.
7. Strobal sock: The entire upper is sewn directly to a sock made from a non stretch material which keeps the upper in place when the sole is put onto the upper.
8. Laces: The lace is used to fasten the shoe together and makes the shoes easily adjustable for a variety of foot shapes.
9. Backtab backer: The backtab backer offers extra strength to the material of the backtab.
10. Backtab: The panel above the counter that sits at the back of the shoe. This cups the heel for support.
11. Quarter backer: The quarter backer sits underneath the quarter upper material and offers extra strength in this area.
12. Counter backer: The counter backer offers extra strength to the upper material around the heel.
13. Counter stiffener: The heel/counter is often strengthened with a stiffener, this helps support the back of the foot and keeps the shape of the shoe.
14. Counter: This is the panel at the heel of the shoe.
15. Sole: The part of the shoe that sits below the wearers foot. The upper and sole make up the full shoe. As with the upper, outsoles can be made from a variety of materials – this sole is made from polyurethane making it lightweight, supportive and very durable.
16. Facing liner: The facing lining covers the backer on the facing panel.
17. Eyelet facing: The eyelet facing is the panel that the holes for the shoelaces pass through.
18. Collar foam: The padding that surrounds the sides and rear of the shoe, and helps hold the foot in place.
19. Eyelet facing backer- gives strength to the facing panel and eyelets that the laces go through.
20. Vamp panel: The section of upper that covers the front of the foot and joins the quarter.
21. Vamp panel backer: The vamp backer offers extra strength to the upper in the toe area.
22. Quarter lining: The lining on the quarter gives enhanced comfort.
23. Vamp lining: The lining improves the comfort of the shoe at the toe area.
24. Toe puff: A reinforcement in the toe area underneath the upper which gives the toe its shape and support.

*We think of ourselves as ‘comfortologists’, because every single element of every pair of Hotter shoes is designed to liberate your feet for all of life’s little adventures.
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