Achilles notch

noun

: a U-shaped or V-shaped indentation in the collar of a shoe that is designed to lessen the pressure that the shoe puts on the wearer's Achilles tendon
An Achilles notch in shoes or mid- and low-top boots will accommodate the Achilles tendon in plantar flexion.John Vonhof, Fixing Your Feet, 2006

Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Achilles notch was in 1987

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“Achilles notch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Achilles%20notch. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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