foot·​wear | \ ˈfu̇t-ˌwer \

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

Keep your look simple with jeans and a t-shirt, letting the footwear captivate onlookers. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "7 Shoe Trends of 2019 You're Going to Want to Pay Attention To," 7 Jan. 2019 The footwear included a high heel, and Blake finished off the look with simple jewelry and tousled hair, looking perfectly festive for the holiday season. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Wears Sequined Dress and Matching Thigh-High Boots at Chanel Métiers d'Art Show," 9 Dec. 2018 The rest of the footwear goes to the back of the closet, and out come the snow boots, rain boots, work boots, hiking boots. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Darn Tough Socks Are Boot Socks That Will Last You a Lifetime," 7 Nov. 2018 The not-so-fashion-forward footwear is especially popular among kids, gardeners, and beachgoers alike, and now, even your pet can get in on the controversial trend. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Croc-Shaped Pet Bed Is One Shoe You Won't Mind Your Dog Having," 31 Dec. 2018 Costume designer Amanda Riley tells me that Lucy’s impractical footwear is reflective of a fish-out-of-water New Yorker packing for a supposedly brief visit to the Midwest. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "Why You Should Be Paying Attention to the Costumes in All Those Holiday Movies," 7 Dec. 2018 Meghan Markle is a style icon the world over, and her love of super wearable, everyday footwear is a godsend for anyone who's ever lamented the lack of comfortable but chic shoes for the office. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle’s Royal Tour Pumps Just Hit Nordstrom and They’re Super Affordable," 25 Nov. 2018 Known for its understated dresses, sharp square-toe footwear, and animal-print puffers, Bevza is the latest brand to be getting international attention. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "First Emrata, Now Dakota Johnson Is Taking This Ukrainian Label to the Red Carpet," 3 Dec. 2018 This isn't her first foray into the super tall footwear, of course. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa Wore Thigh-High Y/Project UGG Boots," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of footwear

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of footwear was in 1850

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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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