foot·​wear | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwer How to pronounce footwear (audio) \

Definition of footwear

: wearing apparel (such as shoes or boots) for the feet

Examples of footwear in a Sentence

sneakers, loafers, and other casual footwear
Recent Examples on the Web The iconic zebra pattern has also made guest appearances on paper products, footwear, face masks, and more. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 White House press secretary Jen Psaki resumed her daily press briefings Friday, nearly two weeks after she was diagnosed with COVID-19, joking that one downside to returning was having to wear professional footwear. Darlene Superville, ajc, 12 Nov. 2021 The museum notes that the conservation land trails are not stroller accessible and asks attendees to wear appropriate footwear and clothing., 5 Nov. 2021 Wear appropriate footwear; no flip flops, high heels or sandals. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 22 Oct. 2021 Grant Gustin will now sport some fancy footwear: the DC Comics speedster’s iconic golden boots. Selome Hailu, Variety, 16 Oct. 2021 The other designers also bring greatness to the mix, like Kahmune’s buttery nude heels, Chloe Kristyn’s blend of elegance and functionality and Marcus Alexander’s sophisticated footwear. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 15 Oct. 2021 These brands and many that are only now becoming household names are creating footwear and fashion made with sustainable, recycled and new technologies. Wayne Elsey, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Portions of the trail may be wet (but passable with proper footwear), considering that wetlands make up 94 percent of the conservation area. Patrick Connolly,, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of footwear

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Footwear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of footwear

: things (such as shoes and boots) that are worn on your feet

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