• The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above
    The top of the arch forms a horse-shoe shape, with extensive decoration above
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shoe furnish with shoes "the children were well shoed"
    • n shoe a restraint provided when the brake linings are moved hydraulically against the brake drum to retard the wheel's rotation
    • n shoe U-shaped plate nailed to underside of horse's hoof
    • n shoe footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
    • n shoe (card games) a case from which playing cards are dealt one at a time
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Trying on the Shoe Trying on the Shoe
A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well
The shoe now placed on the jack The shoe now placed on the jack
Finished shoe Finished shoe
I'll give you my beautiful little Purple Shoes I'll give you my beautiful little Purple Shoes
shoes shoes
woman and shoe house woman and shoe house

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes."
    • Shoe A band of iron or steel, or a ship of wood, fastened to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh, or any vehicle which slides on the snow.
    • Shoe A covering for the human foot, usually made of leather, having a thick and somewhat stiff sole and a lighter top. It differs from a boot on not extending so far up the leg. "Your hose should be ungartered, . . . your shoe untied.""Spare none but such as go in clouted shoon ."
    • Shoe A drag, or sliding piece of wood or iron, placed under the wheel of a loaded vehicle, to retard its motion in going down a hill.
    • Shoe A plate or rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal to defend it from injury.
    • Shoe A plate, or notched piece, interposed between a moving part and the stationary part on which it bears, to take the wear and afford means of adjustment; -- called also slipper, and gib.
    • Shoe A trough-shaped or spout-shaped member, put at the bottom of the water leader coming from the eaves gutter, so as to throw the water off from the building.
    • Shoe An inclined trough in an ore-crushing mill.
    • Shoe An iron socket or plate to take the thrust of a strut or rafter.
    • Shoe An iron socket to protect the point of a wooden pile.
    • Shoe Anything resembling a shoe in form, position, or use.
    • Shoe The outer cover or tread of a pneumatic tire, esp. for an automobile.
    • Shoe The part of an automobile or railroad car brake which presses upon the wheel to retard its motion.
    • Shoe The trough or spout for conveying the grain from the hopper to the eye of the millstone.
    • Shoe To furnish with a shoe or shoes; to put a shoe or shoes on; as, to shoe a horse, a sled, an anchor.
    • Shoe To protect or ornament with something which serves the purpose of a shoe; to tip. "The sharp and small end of the billiard stick, which is shod with brass or silver."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "vamp" is used to describe the upper front top of a shoe
    • n shoe A covering for the human foot, especially an external covering not reaching higher than the ankle, as distinguished from boot, buskin, etc. Shoes in the middle ages were made of leather, and of cloth of various kinds, often the same as that used for other parts of the costume, and even of satin, cloth of gold, and other rich fabrics for persons of rank. They were sometimes embroidered, and even set with precious stones. The fastening was usually of very simple character, often a strap passing over the instep, and secured with a button or a hook. Buckled shoes were worn in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. At the present time shoes are commonly of leather of some kind, but often of cloth. For wooden shoes, see sabot; for water-proof shoes, see rubber and galosh. See also cuts under cracow, poulaine, sabbaton, sabot, and sandal.
    • n shoe A plate or rim of metal, usually iron, nailed to the hoof of an animal, as a horse, mule, ox, or other beast of burden, to defend it from injury.
    • n shoe Something resembling a shoe in form, use, or position. A plate of iron or slip of wood nailed to the bottom of the runner of a sleigh or any vehicle that slides on the snow in winter.
    • n shoe A drag into which one of the wheels of a vehicle can be set; a skid. It is usually chained to another part of the vehicle, and the wheel resting in it is prevented from turning, so that the speed of the vehicle is diminished: used especially in going downhill.
    • n shoe The part of a brake which bears against the wheel.
    • n shoe An inclined trough used in ore-crushing and other mills; specifically, a sloping chute or trough below the hopper of a grain-mill, kept in constant vibration by the damsel (whence also called shaking-shoe), for feeding the grain uniformly to the mill stone. See cuts under mill.
    • n shoe The iron ferrule, or like fitting, of a handspike, pole, pile, or the like.
    • n shoe Milit., the ferrule protecting the butt-end of a spear-shaft, handle of a halberd, or the like. It is often pointed or has a sharp edge for planting in the ground, or for a similar use.
    • n shoe In metallurgy, a piece of chilled iron or steel attached to the end of any part of a machine by which grinding or stamping is done, in order that, as this wears away by use, it may be renewed without the necessity of replacing the whole thing.
    • n shoe A flat piece of thick plank slightly hollowed out on the upper side to receive the end of a sheer-leg to serve in moving it.
    • n shoe The step of a mast resting on the keelson.
    • n shoe The outer piece of the forefoot of a ship.
    • n shoe In printing. a rude pocket attached to a composing-stand, for the reception of condemned type.
    • n shoe In ornithology, a formation of the claws of certain storks suggesting a shoe.
    • n shoe A broad triangular piece of thick plank fastened to an anchor-fluke to extend its area and consequent bearing-surface when sunk in soft ground.
    • shoe To fit with a shoe or shoes, in any sense: used especially in the preterit and past participle.
    • shoe To cover or arm at a point, as with a ferrule.
    • shoe A dialectal form of she.
    • n shoe A sliding-contact device for connecting the moving car on an electric railway with the third rail or with an underground insulated conductor.
    • n shoe In China, a silver or gold ingot said to be derived from the Dutch goudschuit, boat of gold, applied to the ingots imported from India into China in the seventeenth century.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The best time for a person to buy shoes is in the afternoon. This is because the foot tends to swell a bit around this time
    • n Shoe shōō a covering for the foot, not coming above the ankle: a rim of iron nailed to the hoof of an animal to keep it from injury: anything in form or use like a shoe
    • v.t Shoe to furnish with shoes: to cover at the bottom:—pr.p. shoe′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. shod
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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes -- until I met a man who had no feet.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you'll be a mile away and have his shoes.”
  • John Selden
    “Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes; they were easiest for his feet.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “He that waits for a dead man's shoes may long go barefoot.”
  • Henry Courtney
    Henry Courtney
    “The bigger a man's head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.”


Dead men's shoes - If promotion or success requires replacing somebody, then it can only be reached by dead men's shoes' by getting rid of them.
Goody two-shoes - A goody two-shoes is a self-righteous person who makes a great deal of their virtue.
If the shoe fits, wear it - This is used to suggest that something that has been said might apply to a person.
In another's shoes - It is difficult to know what another person's life is really like, so we don't know what it is like to be in someone's shoes.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches - This means that it's hard to know how much someone else is suffering..
Put yourself in someone's shoes - If you put yourself in someone's shoes, you imagine what it is like to be in their position.
Shoe is on the other foot - If the shoe is on the other foot, someone is experiencing what they used to make others experience, normally negative things.
Walk a mile in my shoes - This idiom means that you should try to understand someone before criticising them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sho, scho, AS. scōh, sceóh,; akin to OFries. skō, OS. skōh, D. schoe, schoen, G. schuh, OHG. scuoh, Icel. skōr, Dan. & Sw. sko, Goth. skōhs,; of unknown origin


In literature:

Lying amidst the grass was a little shoe.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
Since he was a skilled shoe maker his job was to make shoes in the winter.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
We made a very high, cloth, buttoned shoe, called a snow shoe.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
A crestfallen yesterday lurks in old shoes.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Rubber boots or shoes of any kind are most uncomfortable things to travel in.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
We wored shoes wid wooden bottom in de winter an' no shoes in de summer.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The use of a high-heeled shoe is recommended by European veterinarians.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Careless about changing shoes.
"About Peggy Saville" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Cameron's Shoe Store advertises shoes at forty-nine cents.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Me come fer git dem shoe; me come fer pay you fer fix dem shoe.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris

In poetry:

A fresh young man
With shoes of tan,
Looks spick and span--
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
When the shoe strings break
On both your shoes
And you're in a hurry-
That's the blues.
"The Blues" by Langston Hughes
To-day? God knows where he may lie—
His Cross of weathered beads above him:
But one not worthy to untie
His shoe-string, prays you read—and love him!
"The Cure" by Rudyard Kipling
They were equally wealthy and equally old,
They were equally timid and equally bold;
They were equally tall as they stood in their shoes -
Between them, in fact, there was nothing to choose.
"Old Paul and Old Tim" by William Schwenck Gilbert
My Black Slender Boy, as you step on your way
To the dewy-wet fields at the dawning of day;
My heart in my dreams hears the ring of your shoe,
And roams in the dawn through the clover with you.
"Mo Bhuachaill Cael-Dubh" by Anna Johnston MacManus
So then he bought some new shoes which
Allowed his feet more ease—
They may have been large twelves. Perhaps
Eighteens, or twenty-threes.
(That’s rather large for shoes, I think—
Eighteens or twenty-threes!)
"The Romance Of Patrolman Casey" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

Bakers Shoes and Seventeen's Fall Shoes Giveaway.
Chinese workers manufacture sports shoes at a shoe factory in Jinjiang in southeast China's Fujian province Friday Nov 9, 2012.
Kai Forbath's kicking shoe is three sizes smaller than his regular shoe.
Pampa Hi Leather Camo , $120, at The Shoe Market, Top 10 Shoes and The Shoe Gallery.
A lot of famous shoe designers are men and one of the criticisms aimed their way is they don't have to wear the shoes, so comfort never seems to be factor in their design process.
So not everybody can be an Avenger, but your feet can at least feel like they've slipped into a shoe version of Mjölnir with Reebok's exclusive shoe line.
Fred's Shoes+ offers a variety of services — including fashioning shoes from scratch .
Recently, as my daughter and I were gazing into the window of the fourth shoe store in a five minute span, hubby asked, "How can there be so many different pairs of shoes.".
Police say three men busted into the Jimmy Choo designer shoe store on Oak Street and stole designer shoes and handbags, Thursday, Dec 6, 2012.
For months now, we've been waiting for Democratic Governor Jerry Brown to drop the other shoe--the outraged shoe.
Keyshia Cole-Gibson has teamed up with famed shoe brand Steve Madden for a three-pair shoe collection, one of which she debuted on 106 & Park earlier this week.
Andrew Bellavia Mullinax general manager left, Patrick George finance director, and Dino Costi sort shoes donated at to a charity started by Costi to collect shoes for the poor.
Go home with a shoe full of surprises after you explore shoes from around the world at our the Museum's new exhibit: Global Shoes.
The Nike Foamposites are pretty much the unofficial shoe of Washington DC These amazing custom Foams, made by Sole Swap, might be the most DMV shoe to date.
Products & Services: Men's Shoes, Men's Suits, Menswear, Ties, Women's Shoes, Womenswear.

In science:

Sometime Soc G is not big enough and then we use the shoe of G, that is, the subgroup of G generated by the intersection of the normalizers in G of the minimal normal subgroups of Soc G.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
By 5.7.1, (Shoe H )e = dp : Al ee has exactly l imprimitivity systems of order m, the codirections of p.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
These must be the l imprimitivity systems of order m of Shoe G = dq : (Sm )l e, which are indeed the codirections of q , as claimed.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
B b ee 6 Shoe G: But Shoe G = dq : (Sma )b e \ U has exactly b imprimitivity systems of order ma which are the codirections of q .
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups
It follows that Soc H is conjugate in Shoe N(G) to dr : =V=b e.
Second maximal subgroups of the finite alternating and symmetric groups