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 According to the New York Times, the sales of Crocs are up 48% at a time when, the publication notes, sales of other footwear are down 20% compared to 2019. Irina Grechko,, "It’s Official: We Are In The Golden Age Of Clogs," 19 Oct. 2020 While the famous kicks typically come with a lofty price tag, UGG lovers will be excited to know that Macy’s is currently offering some incredible deals on some of the brand's most popular footwear. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Macy's just slashed the prices on a ton of UGG boots for Labor Day," 31 Aug. 2020 Right now, save up to 29% on men's, women's, and children's Adidas clothing and footwear. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Amazon Prime Day Clothing Sales Will Be Epic This Year," 30 Sep. 2020 At a time when U.S. retail sales of footwear are down 20 percent so far this year when compared to the same period in 2019, sales of Crocs are up 48 percent, according to Matt Powell, an analyst at the NPD Group, a market research firm. New York Times, "Crocs Won 2020," 29 Sep. 2020 Sales in August were driven by a 14% jump in textiles, clothing and footwear. Andrew Atkinson,, "U.K. Retail Sales Continue Rebound," 18 Sep. 2020 There's an array of clothing and footwear to choose from included in this sale, all starting at just $12 and up. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Nordstrom Rack just slashed the prices on a ton of Madewell apparel and shoes," 8 July 2020 The trend has gotten a bit saucier thanks to the designer Gio Forbice, the mastermind behind Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma heels and the footwear for Hood by Air, including the brand’s sinister, fetish-y muzzle boots. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "ForBitches Is the Sauciest Tiny Bag Label to Know," 24 Sep. 2020 Imports mean lower prices and more choice for American families, especially lower-income households that spend a higher share of their budgets on tradeable goods such as food, footwear, and clothing. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of September 14," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of footwear

1850, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2020

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“Footwear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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