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

Its sustainable Merino Wool Runners are the footwear of choice in Silicon Valley, and when the brand debuted its Tree Runners — made of eucalyptus fiber — a pair was sold every second. Indya Brown, The Cut, "Silicon Valley’s Favorite Sustainable Sneaker Is Coming to Nordstrom," 30 Mar. 2018 And for one day only, the brand is offering a special discount on the iconic footwear for Black Friday this year. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "L.L. Bean Is Offering an Amazing Discount on Bean Boots for Black Friday," 24 Nov. 2017 Albano Fernandes, the founder and CEO of shoe manufacturer AMF Safety Shoes in Guimaraes, in northern Portugal, decided to turn his company around and focus on making technical footwear for workers in 2005. Anabela Reis,, "Small Portuguese Firms Are Starting a New Trend," 25 June 2018 Menely currently repairs footwear for Patagonia and high-end cycling apparel for Rapha. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "A Guide to Making Your Hiking Boots Last Forever," 23 May 2018 The black and red footwear crushed the NBA's traditional model of sneakers, as the league originally wanted players to don either white or black kicks. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Kid Ink on Creating New Song 'One Time' for 'Unbanned' Documentary & Michael Jordan's Impact on Hip-Hop," 3 May 2018 The former president even tweeted a photo of him donning the fancy footwear. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "George H.W. Bush's book-themed socks gifted by young man with Down syndrome," 24 Apr. 2018 The campaign evolved, with the Union raising money, the Parent-Teachers Association providing the names of needy children, and Universal Boot Shops providing the footwear at cost. Roger Showley,, ""A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years," 15 Apr. 2018 Dogs on leashes are welcome. Wear appropriate footwear for spring mud Rain cancels. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 Apr. 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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