Welcome to Sneaker Anatomy 101. A place where we will help you to spot the difference between a toebox and insole – and everything in between. We’re using the Nike Air Force 1 as our blueprint, and while parts may vary on other models, the terms are fairly universal.
Before getting into specific parts, let’s get something out of the way. A single foot is a shoe. Left and right feet form a pair of shoes. So please, when you’re at a sneaker store trying on a single foot, don’t ask for the ‘other pair’.