Shoes – an accessory or clothing?

It’s not a question of life and death, however, the classification of shoes is a mystery to which we can all contribute. Are they considered clothing or accessories? If you’re tired of discussing the topic, then read along to get the answer.

What are shoes considered?

Maybe you’ve never even considered which category of garments shoes belong to. Maybe you confidently believe that they’re clothing – and maybe you’re sure that they belong in the accessory-category. Shoes are hard to define as something, because they seem to be placed right in the middle of the two categories. However, shoes are considered an accessory. Well, actually they can be considered both accessories and clothing, since accessories are clothing.

Confused? Let’s dig a bit deeper.

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Clothing vs. accessories

Let’s start with the definitions. Clothing is defined as a collective term for garments that you wear on your body, no matter what kind of material it’s made of. Your jeans are clothing, your blouse is clothing, but also your sunglasses, hats, bags and umbrella are classified as pieces of clothing. An accessory, on the other hand, is any piece of clothing that is not a part of the main outfit. That will say that your jeans are not accessories, yet your jacket is. Your blouse is no accessory, but your scarf is. Your bikini is not an accessory, but your kaftan is. Of course, the categories and definitions can be bent here and there, but in theory this is how the definitions work.

When are shoes considered an accessory and when are they considered clothing?

The answer to this question highly depends on who you ask. Some may find shoes a part of the main outfit – and some might not. Some might argue that it’s an accessory when indoor and clothing when outdoor – and some might argue that shoes never are accessories, some may say that they always are.

If you’re against having to take off your shoes when you go to a private party, then you probably belong to those believing that shoes are clothing, not accessories. If, however, you’re used to taking off your shoes when arriving at the party and gladly do so, then you probably understand why shoes can be classified as accessories and agree to it.
In reality, there’s no rock-solid answer and people tend to think of shoes as both: a primary part of the outfit sometimes and an accessory at other times. Like a chameleon changes color, shoes change their function.

This, however, only underlines how great a product shoes are. It’s everything at the same time! If you choose your shoes wisely, you’ll even get a piece of practical clothing and a beautiful fashion accessory in one. That’s what we call a good deal.

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