Style Glossary: Kiltie Fringe

KILTIE AS CHARGED — The Hours in the Library Heel.

The kiltie fringe has been a prominent element of footwear since the mid-19th century, yet most people don’t even know it by name! The distinct, spear-shaped fringe, which typically adorns the toe boxes on boots, heels and flats, is commonly associated with traditional leather loafers. However, today you can find the terrifically retro detail within fierce towering platforms and office-ready pumps alike.

Have you added any entries to your personal Style Glossary lately? We’re always on the search for obscure or commonly overlooked style terms, so we’d love to read your suggestions in the comments below!

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2 Responses to Style Glossary: Kiltie Fringe

  1. Cabled 11/05/2010 at 10:10 am #

    Very, very cute! I like fancy bobby pins and feathers for my hair and lots of hats! I also wear a lot of fingerless gloves/mitts and wristwarmers.

  2. Leiah 11/09/2010 at 11:13 am #

    Just stumbled across another shoe term i never knew before: Vamp, “the part of a shoe or boot that covers the front of the foot” (

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