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Laces
A strip of material strung through the eyelets of a shoe in order to pull the shoe closed and adjust its girth.
Lambskin
Leather created from the skin of young sheep.
Last
A metal, wood or plastic form used to create the shape of a shoe.
Lasting
The process of pulling and shaping a shoe on a last.
Leather
The skin of an animal, typically with the hair removed and tanned for use.
Leg Of Mutton Sleeve
is a sleeve that is puffed or full at the top and gradually tapers towards the cuff.
Lift
One of the several layers of leather or leather-board used make a heel.
Lining
The inside material of a shoe. May be composed of leather, fabric or synthetic material.
Lizard
Leather made from the skin of a lizard, typically with a specked, grainy appearance.
Loafer
A slip-on shoe, completely without fasteners.
Loafer
Lucite®
Trademark name of a type of acrylic resin/plastic consisting essentially of polymerized methyl methacrylate.
Lug Sole
A heavy-tread, rubber sole.
Lurex®
A type of yarn fabric that has a metallic appearance. Typically it's a synthetic fiber which an aluminum layer has been vaporized.
Lycra®
A premium stretch fiber found in garments made from natural and man-made fibers.
Lyocell®
Fibers produced from wood pulp cellulose. Tencel® is Lenzing's brand name for lyocell.
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