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Aglet
The plastic sheath at the end of a shoelace which makes the lace easier to thread through the eyelet holes of the shoe.
Alligator Skin
A reptile hide featuring a wide, boxed print.
Analog Movement
Representation of time by position on a dial on a clock or watch.
Analog Watch
This type of watch possesses a dial and hands.
Angled Cuff
A cuff on a dress shirt with an angled outer top edge.
Aniline Leather
A type of leather in which high quality hides have been treated with aniline dye to create a delicate, soft, supple finish. Aniline dye colors the leather while keeping the natural variations blemishes on the surface visible.
Ankle Strap
A strap attached at the rear of the shoe that encircles the ankle.  Usually features an adjustable buckle or elastic.
Ankle Strap
Antiqued Leather
A type of leather which is dyed a darker color over an existing lighter color to create a contrasting, rubbed-off, and articifially-aged appearance.  This is also refered to to distressed leather.
Antiqued Leather
APMA
The APMA stands for the American Podiatric Medical Association.  It is comprised of America's Premier Foot & Ankle Physicians.  The seal was created to inform both physicians and consumers about products whose quality, safety and effectiveness allow for normal foot function and promote good health.
Approach Shoe
A grip-soled athletic shoe meant to aid rock climbers on the path to and from the climbing area.
Arch
The high, curved part of the sole of the foot, located between the ball of the foot and the heel.  This term can also refer to the raised area of the insole of the shoe, which is meant to pad and provide support for the arch of the foot.
Asymmetrical Hem
is a bottom hem that is longer on one side and shorter on the other.
Athleisure Shoe
Athletic-inspired, trendy footwear meant for casual, urban wear.
Athletic Bag
A cloth (typically canvas or nylon) duffel-style bag used for carrying athletic gear.
Athletic Bag
Athletic Shoe
Athletic footwear meant for performance of a specific sport.  Basketball, crosstraining, golf, hiking, running, tennis and walking are some examples.
ATM
(Atmosphere) Unit of pressure used in watch making to indicate water resistance.
A water-resistance of 3 ATM is equivalent to 30 meters or 100 feet, 5 ATM= 50 meters or 165 feet, and so on.
Atmosphere (ATM)
This is a measurement of pressure to determine water resistance of watches. Each ATM is equal to 10 meters of water pressure.
Automatic
also known as self-winding movement. A mechanically powered watch that is wound by motion of the wearer's arm rather than through turning the winding system. Most automatic watches have up to 36 hours of power reserve. If the automatic watch is not worn for a day or two, it will wind down and need to be wound by hand to get it started again.
Automatic Movement
Automatic watches do not require batteries or manual winding.  A weight withing these watches turns with the natural movement of the wearer's arm, thus keeping the watch wound.
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