Tips&TricksBehind the loop: Uncovering the hidden practicality of shoe design

Behind the loop: Uncovering the hidden practicality of shoe design

What is the purpose of the loop on shoes?
What is the purpose of the loop on shoes?
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7:22 AM EST, December 16, 2023

Often, details that initially seem insignificant are in reality quite important. This can be challenging to understand, particularly if we're unaware of their true purpose. This principle is especially applicable in the world of fashion, where details are key, not only aesthetically, but also functionally.

Did you know that the quaint little bow on the front of women's underwear was once utilized to identify which side was the front? This dates back to times when there was no electricity, and women had to get dressed in total darkness. Today, these bows make for charming adornments on underwear. But what about shoes? Why do some models sport a loop just above the heel? The answer might surprise you.

The loop on the back of shoes isn't merely decorative

So, what about the small loops on shoes, specifically on athletic footwear, also found on ankle boots and trappers, near the heels? Have you ever pondered their purpose? They weren't positioned there by happenstance. As it turns out, these loops have a specific function, potentially even more than one.

These loops are intentionally placed. They simplify the process of putting your shoes on. How? Just tug on the loop, and your foot will glide into the shoe much more easily. Moreover, if a specific shoe model feels too spacious, or you feel unstable in it, you can lace your shoes using these loops. As a result, your feet will be more secure, ensuring that they do not slip out of your shoes.

Hang your shoes using the loop to retain their shape

This seemingly insignificant detail also aids in the transportation of shoes from one place to another, especially when they're dirty. Additionally, after washing your shoes, you can simply clip them to the loop and hang them up to dry. Drying them in this manner helps preserve their original shape.

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