we carefully design our women's shoes and men's shoes with different types of
adjustment to help them to fit your feet perfectly. Adjustable fastenings
include zips, buckles, buttons and touch close fastening.
the soles of some of our comfortable shoes are made from a material called
polyurethane which contains millions of tiny air bubbles - these contract when
you walk on them to offer underfoot cushioning and are extremely lightweight
helping to create the feeling of 'walking on air'.
Air mesh lining
an open weave textile that allows air to circulate around your feet.
this part of the women's shoe or men's shoe fits snugly around your ankle,
sometimes this can be padded for extra support and comfort.
this is the piece of leather that covers the top of the foot when there is
seam which connects to the side of the upper, examples of this are women's shoe
Breeze or men's shoe Bank.
this is the curved, raised part under your foot.
some Hotter shoes have built-in arch support. This is a small raised part on
the inside of the shoe which gives additional support underneath the arch of
is a type of footwear which is usually worn in colder months to give added
protection to your feet and legs. Boots can come in different lengths, such as
ankle boots or knee length boots.
leather, nubuck and suede are all natural, breathable materials, which means
that when your feet perspire they allow the moisture to be taken away from your
foot to the outside of the shoe - this ensures your feet don't get too hot.
this is shoe fastening which helps with adjustability allowing you to adjust
the length of the shoe strap. Some buckles on Hotter women's shoes are fastened
by elastic adding extra adjustability.
in the normal skeleton, the big toe is lined up with a long bone in the main
part of the foot called the metatarsal. A bunion begins when this metatarsal
bone starts to drift away from the rest of the foot. This may be caused by poor
foot function, for example if the foot rolls in excessively (pronation). As the
tendons which control the movement of the big toe no long work correctly, this
causes the big toe to be pulled towards the second toe. If a bunion becomes
painful, its best to seek advice from a registered podiatrist who can provide
specialist insoles (orthoses) and protective devised to relieve pressure and
pain. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the
can be worn in the daytime, work or lunch with friends.
this type of leather will age over time and develop character adding to the
overall attractiveness of the material. Character leather is used in a small
selection of Hotter shoes to add to their 'hand crafted' appeal.
a foot health specialist who can diagnose and treat any problems with your
feet. See also podiatrist.
all of Hotter shoes are renown for the comfortable feeling you experience
whilst wearing thanks to the myriad of design features our designers cleverly
hide in them such as deep toe boxes, smooth internal seams and lightweight
a contoured footbed mirrors the shape of a foot with extra support under arches
- it is the shape a footprint would make if you walked in soft sand.
some of Hotter women's shoes and men's shoes feature stitching in a different
colour to the leather as an attractive design feature.
some of Hotter's women's shoes and men's shoes may include a trim of material
in a contrasting or complementary colour or substance to enhance the design of
this is when another colour appears underneath an upper on a women's shoe or a
men's shoe to give added detail, for example a style may have little holes
punched into the upper and have a contrasting colour showing through the punched
a natural soft touch material used in the lining of women's handbags.
Cork covered wedge
natural cork material is used to cover some of our wedge heels to add to the
attractiveness of the overall design, you can see this on styles such as Grace
some of our insoles are made from cotton. As cotton is a natural material the
insoles should be cool and soft underfoot. Cotton insoles feature in our some of
our women's canvas shoes.
an embellishment added to some of our women's sandals which sparkles like
this element of Hotter footwear adds to the overall comfort feature. Cushioning
can be made up of foam cushioned insoles, or foam linings. Cushioning can be
found in our women's shoes and men's shoes.
footbeds are cushioned with soft materials, such as foam, to make them extremely
comfortable under your feet.
these are usually casual and versatile women's shoes or men's shoes usually worn
only in the daytime.
this is important when choosing the right shoe for your feet as they need to be
deep enough for your toes to wiggle and your feet to feel comfortable.
how hard wearing or how long a product will last. Hotter shoes are designed with
high quality materials and the latest innovative technology to make them very
E - H
these allow your feet to flex as you walk and can help with adjustability when
putting on your Hotter shoes or sandals.
some of our women's shoes and women's heels will be more elegant and smarter in
appearance and can be recommended for evening wear - often described as party
shoes or occasion wear. Men's evening shoes are also available and can be found
in the men's shoes section of our website.
Extra wide fit
a lot of our styles are available in an extra wide fit, which is EE fitting.
Find our full range of women's extra wide shoes here. You can work out your
width fitting by referring to our fitting guide.
Extra wide fitting shoes
these are shoes that will be available in an extra wide fit, EE fitting. You can
work out your width fitting by referring to our fitting guide.
this is a metal ring though which laces are threaded.
this will enable soles to flex as you walk, adding to the overall underfoot
Foam cushioned insole
insoles are padded with foam to add to the overall feeling of comfort for your
some styles have foam in between the lining and the upper of the shoe which
gives a luxurious cushioning feel for your feet.
this is the part of the shoe where the foot will be resting on
when the upper of the sandal comes around the back of the ankle and there are no
gaps. An example of a fullback style is Florence. Some people prefer a fullback
sandal if they need extra support or to fit orthoses.
designers at Hotter have used GORE-TEX® membrane in our Weatherproof Comfort
Collection. The porous structure of the GORE-TEX® membrane holds the secret
to its success. Each pore in the membrane is about 20,000 times smaller than a
drop of water - so water can't get in. But that's not the end of the story
because these same pores just happen to be 700 times bigger than a water vapour
molecule so sweat and moisture from your feet can easily escape - keeping your
feet dry and at a comfortable temperature.
some women's shoes and our men' shoes feature hand stitched detailing which adds
to their design and uniqueness.
at Hotter we like to keep your feet happy, to learn how download our free
Healthy Happy Feet guide.
the part of the shoe which adds height..
this is the height in which your feet will be elevated off the floor once you
are wearing the shoes.
High heeled shoes
some styles are designed with a higher heel creating a more feminine look. Ideal
for smarter occasions or work wear
we have been designing and making comfortable women's shoes and men's shoes for
50 years. Striving to deliver the promise of world-class products we have
invested millions of pounds to create one of the most advanced shoe making
facilities in the world - here in Lancashire. Having full command of production
in our factory, making more shoes per year than any other shoe maker in the UK,
gives us great flexibility, 100% control over quality and a built-in desire to
deliver the best we can. Find out more about Hotter on our About Us page.
I - L
this is the part of the shoe which your foot rests on whilst in the shoe, it can
sometimes be removable and orthotics can be put in their place. Insoles can be
made from several different materials such as leather, suede effect and cotton.
this is the top part of your foot, most of our shoes are designed to adjust
around this area.
an adjustable fastening. Most of Hotter's laces are colour coordinated to match
the colour of the leather. Laces can be fastened through eyelets in a number of
different ways depending if you need to accommodate a foot problem such as a
this is a representation of a person's foot. The uppers are made on the last and
the sole is moulded onto the shoe whilst still on the last. The last is designed
to give the overall appearance of the shoe, for example a last can produce a
shoe with a pointed or rounded toe and can also be produced to decide the heel
height of the shoes. The shape and fit of the last is critical to the finished
look of the shoe.
the upper material that most of our Hotter footwear is made with. Leather is
durable and flexible and breathable. Leather is generally a by product from the
meat industry and is tanned to provide a wide variety of colours and finishes.
Different textures of leather are available which helps add character to a shoe.
the insole in a shoe can be removable and is often made from several materials,
a leather insole has a top made from leather with different materials creating
both women's shoes and men's shoes can be lined in several materials, one of
which we use is leather. Leather linings are smooth, breathable, feels luxurious
and will mould to the foot whilst wearing, making the shoes very comfortable
whilst wear all day long.
designers at Hotter understand the importance of creating shoes that feel light
and airy to walk in so all Hotter Shoes are incredibly lightweight - you will
soon forgot you have got them on.
high fronted slip on shoe which usually doesn't have any fastenings or laces.
M - P
this is a fastening found on handbags which uses a magnet to secure the handbag
flap or pocket.
all of Hotter's comfortable men's shoes can be found in their own section on the
website. They are individually designed by our men's shoe designer to offer
durability, flexibility and rugged comfort.
Microfibre heel grip
this is a soft touch textile material used to help prevent the heel from
soft touch textile material used to line some of our Hotter shoes.
a type of textured, soft grained leather.
this is buffed leather and has the same breathable properties as leather. It is
used in certain Hotter shoes to give a more casual, soft or sporty appearance.
Nubuck is resistant to wear which makes our shoes more hardwearing.
are designed to alter the way your feet and legs work, restoring more normal
function and relieving stress on the painful areas. They can be manufactured
from a number of different materials, ranging from soft foams to rigid plastics,
and are normally designed to fit slightly behind the balls of your feet -
although some an be manufactured to the full length of the foot. The insoles on
many of Hotter shoes and sandals are removable to allow the insertion of
Padded leather collar
certain women's shoes and men's shoes are designed with extra comfort in the top
area of the shoe or heel.
the tongue of a women's shoe or men's shoe can often be padded to add comfort to
the forepart of your foot.
a type of finish on leather which makes the leather appear shiny and smooth.
some of our shoes have perforation (small punched holes in the leather) to help
with breathability, some of our insoles are also perforated.
a foot health specialist who can diagnose and treat any problems with your feet.
See also chiropodist.
Q - T
this is a style of footwear usually worn in warmer months and usually only
covers part of the foot. The sandal can be open or closed at the heel. We have a
range of women's sandals and men's sandals.
the soles of some of our shoes are made from polyurethane which is a substance
which is filled with millions of air bubbles. When you walk on a shoe with a
sole which is made from polyurethane the bubbles contract as you walk -
effectively cushioning your feet.
our shoe designers take the utmost care and attention to find the perfect
leathers and nubucks to help create our wonderful Hotter Comfort Concept shoes,
so it's only right that we help you keep them in perfect tip-top condition. Our
shoe care collection offers you products to protect and clean your women's shoes
and men's shoes as well as speciality products for metallic, patent and coloured
a type of back to a sandal which goes around the ankle and helps to keep the
sandal on your feet. The strap can often be elasticated or have a buckle for
these are a style of footwear that is often worn around the home, Hotter have
their own range of men's slippers and women's slippers. Our slippers have the
same comfort and feature benefits as our shoes such as lightweight soles, smooth
seams and padded insoles.
a slip-on shoe has no fastenings which enable easy access into the shoe. Some
Hotter slip on women's shoes and men's shoes will have some hidden elastication
to help with fitting.
Soft grained leather
a type of leather, with a distinctive pattern. Soft grained leather is used on
several of our Hotter shoes to create a more casual look.
this is the bottom of the shoe. The upper is moulded into the soles to add hidden
Special occasion shoes
we have a range of shoes that we recommend for special occasions and these can
be found in their own section on the website.
a removable insole that is shaped to cushion the sole of the foot.
a strong, light and breathable synthetic textile.
decorative effect used on some of our heeled shoes. This type of heel is easy to
keep clean as it is a smooth finish.
this is a kind of pattern that is used on a sole to help with grip.
some of our insoles have a soft suede effect on their top which maximises the
feeling of comfort underfoot.
a style of women's shoe that has a single strap going up the forepart of the
foot and will usually meet an ankle strap.
this is a type of lining which is made from natural or manmade fibres.
the toebox is the space at the front of your shoes where your toes will sit,
Hotter women's shoes and men's shoes have generous toe boxes with enough room
for you to wiggle your toes.
this is a separate piece of leather that runs up the centre of your foot. This
helps to add support and comfort to the top of the foot.
this is the top edge around the shoe
one side of the touch close fastening is a loop and the other side is a hook -
when the two come together they create a secure fastening for your shoes. This
type of fastening can be found on both women's shoes and men's shoes.
U - Z
with our factory in Lancashire, Hotter shoes is the UK's leading footwear
manufacturer, and we make 1.3 million pairs of shoes in the UK using the latest
innovative technology in our Lancashire factory.
some styles are unlined in the inside which can help with breathability.
this is the part of the shoe which is moulded into the sole. An upper can be made
of several materials including leather, nubuck, suede or canvas.
this is the part of the shoe that covers the forepart of your foot.
this is a style which can be worn with several different outfits or to different
we have women's walking boots and men's walking boots. Both have shock-absorbing
soles, adjustability, cushioned footbeds and durability which make them ideal
for light walking use.
we have women's walking shoes and men's walking shoes. Both have shock-absorbing
soles, adjustability, cushioned footbeds and durability which make them ideal
for light walking use.
our GORE-TEX® products are all waterproof and carry the promise GUARANTEED
TO KEEP YOUR FEET DRY®. The porous structure of the GORE-TEX® membrane
holds the secret to its success. Each pore in the membrane is about 20,000 times
smaller than a drop of water - so water can't get in. But that's not the end of
the story because these same pores just happen to be 700 times bigger than a
water vapour molecule so sweat and moisture from your feet can easily escape -
keeping your feet dry and at a comfortable temperature.
Hotter's weatherproof collection will protect your feet from all the outside
this is a type of heel that is moulded as part of the shoe.
Wicking Drytex lining
drytex is an especially designed lining textile which wicks perspiration away
from the foot.
Wide fitting women's shoes
some of our women's shoes are available in an extra wide fitting. To find out
what fitting you are, simply download our free fitting guide.
Wide fitting shoes
many of our styles are available in an extra wide fit, which is EE fitting. Find
our full range in the extra wide section of our website which includes extra
wide women's shoes, extra wide women's sandals and extra wide women's boots. To
find out what fitting you are, simply download our free fitting guide.
this element can be very important to ensure your footwear fits correctly, our
standard width size is D-E fitting and some styles are available in an extra
width fitting which is EE. Have a look at our fitting guide to find the correct
width fitting for your feet.