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Archive-name: alt-sex/fetish-fashion/part3
Alt-sex-fetish-fashion-archive-name: FAQ-Part3
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Last-modified: 23-Feb-96

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VOCABULARY.
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  1. UseNet jargon.
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     Delurk, v.:
     
          The process of becoming an active participant on the newsgroup -
          to stop lurking. Some people add "(delurk)" to the subject when
          they post to the newsgroup for the first time. This simply
          indicates that they're posting on the subject for the first time,
          and that they've collected enough courage to go 'public'.
          
     Lurk, v.:
     
          To read the newsgroup without ever showing ones presence. In
          particular on the alt.sex.* newsgroups there are always a lot of
          lurkers, some simply because they're curious about the subject
          without having enough interest to participate, others because
          they're shy or want to be anonymous but doesn't know how.
          
     Lurker, n.:
     
          One that 'lurk's! ;-)
          
     Ly-cra:
     
          Trademark for a spandex fiber or fabric used in underwear,
          swimwear, athletic apparel, etc.
          
     span-dex, n.:
     
          An elastic fiber, chiefly a synthetic polymer of polyurethane,
          used in girdles, swimsuits, etc.
          
     la-tex, n.:
     
          pl. lat-i-ces or la'texes
            1. a milky liquid containing resins, proteins, etc., present in
               certain plants and trees, as the rubber tree, milkweed, and
               poppy: used esp. as the basis of rubber
            2. a suspension in water of particles of natural or synthetic
               rubber or plastic: used in rubber goods, adhesives, paints,
               etc.
     
  2. High heels
     ----------
     Baby dolls:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               Shoes with a type of toe box that is very rounded like a
               little girl's shoe.
               
     Ballet Shoes/boots:
     
          Shoes and boots in various designs with the common specialty that
          you stand on the tip of your toes instead of on the balls of your
          feet as with ordinary high heels. These are almost exclusively
          used in scenes and/or in the bedroom.
          
     Ballet heels:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo): writes
          
               They are heels which are so hign that the only part of
               the toe that touches the ground is the tip, much like a
               ballet dancer's toe shoes. The heels are usually 7"
               high, but with a tiny platform under the toe they can be
               as high as 17" (custom made). You can't really walk in
               these shoes, they're just for enjoyment.
               
     Bottine:
     
          'Pamela' <an74482@anon.penet.fi> writes:
          
               A boot with a moderate height, usually reaching to
               somewhere between the ankle and the calf.
               
     Dianette:
     
          'Pamela' <an74482@anon.penet.fi> writes:
          
               A form of sandels, where you have a strap between your
               big and your second toe.
               
     Heel heights:
     
          'Pamela' <an74482@anon.penet.fi> writes:
          
               Centimeter Inch conversion: 1" = 2.54 cm.
               
               This gives:    2" =  5.08 cm
                              3" =  7.62 cm
                              4" = 10.16 cm
                              5" = 12.70 cm
                              6" = 15.24 cm
                              7" = 17.78 cm
                              8" = 20.32 cm
                              9" = 22.86 cm
                             10" = 25.40 cm
               
     Heel types:
     
          'Pamela' <an74482@anon.penet.fi> writes:
          
               Louis XV:
               
                    The typical form of a 'high heel':
                    
                         (
                          \ /\
                           V  \
                           I   \____>
                    
               Queeny:
               
                    Like the Louis XV but the tip of the heel is placed
                    more to the toe:
                    
                          (
                           \
                             \/\
                              I \_____>
                    
               Block:
               
                    Massive heel (opposite of stiletto), usually used
                    for platform shoes:
                    
                         (
                          \
                           I  I\
                           I  I  \
                           I__I   \_____>
                    
               Bell bottomed:
               
                    Begins like a normal heel but ends wide:
                    
                          (
                           \ /\
                            X  \
                           /_\  \_____>
                    
     Mules:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               They have no back at all. The upper ends at mid-arch,
               much like clogs do. Mules are usually high-heeled and
               often are open-toed. Maribu feathers are optional. :)
               
     Opera Pumps:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               Slender straight heel. Closed, slightly pointed toe.
               Without straps or decorations. Vamps that don't show
               much toe cleavage. Sides cut fairly high. Opera pumps
               are usually black patent or black kidskin. Just think of
               your typical representaion of a fetish shoe and you've
               got it.
               
          jhurwit@netcom.com (Jeffrey Hurwit) writes:
          
               Also, no straps or adornment of any kind, self (ie. one)
               colored, frequently jet black or at least a dark color,
               and (strict interpretation) the sides are of one piece
               with no stitching half way between heel and vamp.
               
     Oxfords lace up (aka. 'Old Oxfords'):
     
          A classically designed shoe originating in Oxford, England. It's
          pretty much an ordinary, closed shoe, dark or plain black, with an
          ordinary 3 or 4 point lacing, but with the exception of the heel
          height, that can be anything up to 6".
          
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               High heeled Oxfords will have a closed toe box and lace
               closed with a tongue that extends to the ankle.
               
     Platforms:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               Any shoe that has extra height added under the toes.
               It's a cheaters way to have very high heels. A 6" heel
               with a 3" platform feels the same (has the same rise) as
               wearing a 3" heel.
               
     Pumps:
     
          An open shoe usually without any straps (except perhaps an simple
          ankle strap). Can sometime also be toeless.
          
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               A pump is a high-heeled shoe with a full back and toe
               box. There are also open-toed pumps which have the end
               of the toe box cut out so the toes show.
               
     Pump D'Orsy:
     
          G. Spelvin <spelvin@netcom.com> writes:
          
               The toe box ends at instep. The heel is held in a heel
               cup. Along the sole from the toe box to the start of the
               heel cup is open space about 1 to 2 inches depends on
               size. Toe box and heel cup are seperate from each other.
               The most sexy of pumps. Usually patent leather.
               
     Saddle shoes:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               More or less the inverse of spectators, although one
               rarely finds high-heeled saddle shoes.
               
     Sandels:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               They have straps for the upper. They are usually flat
               heels, but can be high-heeled as well. Some people refer
               to any shoe with ankle straps as a sandel.
               
     Shoe locks:
     
          Usually a simple system of straps, one going under the foot
          (between the heel and the instep), the other around the ankle.
          These are locked together, preventing the wearer from removing the
          shoes without the key to the lock. Sometimes a shoe or boot is
          equipped with locking ankle straps per design, serving the same
          function.
          
     Pantolette:
     
          'Pamela' <an74482@anon.penet.fi> writes:
          
               Like mules but mostly made of wood, - a sort of high
               heeled clog.
               
     Sabots:
     
          'Pamela' <an74482@anon.penet.fi> writes:
          
               A kind of mules, but with closed toe box.
               
     Shoe size conversion:
     
          Rachel Marriott <kbw@po.cwru.edu> writes:
          
               US shoe sizes are roughly two full sizes more than those
               in the UK (for example, I take a size 4 1/2 in the UK
               therefore making me a size 6 1/2 in the US). Oh..and
               incidentally....I've found that the Canadians follow the
               same sizing pattern as in the States.
               
               However, it should also be noted, that this "two sizes
               more" rule is general -- as we all know, sizes vary
               slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
               
          Also note that high heeled shoes tend to feel smaller than flats.
          If you've never worn high heels before and know your size from
          flats, you should probably add a half (minimum) to your size in
          high heels. This is not always the case, but often. Just keep it
          in mind when mail ordering. Shopping in person the first time
          might be a pretty good idea.
          
     Shoe Size Table:
     
          Tina H. <terjeh@ifi.uio.no> writes:
          
               mm.     Europe      USA       England    France
               ===     ======      ===       =======    ======
               117.0     20         -           -         -
               123.1     21         -           -         -
               130.0     22         -           -         -
               136.5     23         -           -         -
               143.1     24         -           -         -
               150.0     25         -           -         -
               156.9     26         -           -         -
               163.1     27         -           -         -
               170.0     28         -           -         -
               176.8     29         -           -         -
               183.0     30         1           -         -
               188.0     -          1.5         -         -
               190.5     31         -           -         -
               192.4     -          2           -         -
               196.8     -          2.5         -         -
               197.1     32         -           -         -
               201.2     -          3           -         -
               204.0     33         -           -         -
               205.6     -          3.5         -         -
               208.3     -          -           -         -
               210.0     -          4           -         -
               211.0     34         -           -         -
               214.4     -          4.5         -         -
               217.0     35         -           -         -
               218.8     -          5           -         -
               220.0     -          -           2         35
               221.5     -          -           -         -
               223.2     -          5.5         -         -
               224.0     36         -           -         -
               227.6     -          6           -         -
               228.1     -          -           -         -
               231.0     37         -           -         -
               232.0     -          6.5         2.5       35.5
               234.7     -          -           -         -
               236.0     -          7           3         36
               237.2     38         -           -         -
               238.0     -          -           -         -
               240.8     -          7.5         -         -
               241.0     -          -           3.5       36.5
               244.5     39         -           -         -
               245.0     -          8           4         37
               247.9     -          -           -         -
               248.0     -          -           4.5       37.5
               249.6     -          8.5         -         -
               251.0     40         -           -         -
               254.0     -          9           5         38
               257.2     41         -           -         -
               258.0     -          9.5         -         -
               259.0     -          -           5.5       38.5
               261.1     -          -           -         -
               262.7     -         10           -         -
               263.0     -          -           6         39
               264.0     42         -           -         -
               266.0     -         10.5         6.5       39.5
               267.7     -          -           -         -
               269.0     -          -           7         40
               271.1     43        11           -         -
               274.0     -          -           7.5       40.5
               275.8     -         11.5         -         -
               277.6     -          -           -         -
               278.0     44         -           -         -
               279.0     -          -           8         41
               280.2     -         12           -         -
               282.0     -          -           8.5       41.5
               284.0     45         -           -         -
               284.6     -         12.5         -         -
               287.5     -          -           -         -
               288.0     -          -           9         42
               289.0     -         13           -         -
               290.8     -          -           -         -
               291.0     46         -           -         -
               292.0     -          -           9.5       42.5
               293.4     -         13.5         -         -
               294.1     -          -           -         -
               295.0     -          -          10         43
               297.8     -         14           -         -
               298.0     47         -           -         -
               301.0     -          -          10.5       43.5
               306.0     -          -          11         44
               310.0     -          -          11.5       44.5
               314.0     -          -          12         45
               321.0     -          -          12.5       45.5
               
               Conversion from male --> female sizes...
               ----------------------------------------
               
               Male size   Female size
               =========   ===========
               
               Narrow      Medium
               Medium      Wide
               
               Add:
               
               Your size + 1/2 --> + 1       Any feminine
                                             style shoe with
                                             an open toe.
               Your size + 1   --> + 1 1/2   Any feminine
                                             style shoe with a
                                             closed toe.
               
     Suit and shirt sizes:
     
          Ms. Lisbetta writes:
          
               Conversions... Women.
               
               (DRESSES AND COATS)
               US      4   6   8   10   12   14   16
               UK      6   8   10  12   14   16   18
               
               (Blouses and sweaters)
               US      30  32  34  36  38  40  42
               UK      32  34  36  38  40  42  44
               
               (Shoes)
               US      4   5   6   7   8   9   10
               UK      2   3   4   5   6   7    8
               
               This is from Fodor's so it should be pretty accurate.
               
     Sling-backs:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               They are exactly what they sound like. They have no
               back, and have a strap the runs from the sides of the
               shoe around the back of the foot. This "sling" holds the
               shoe on. They can be open-toed or close-toed.
               
     Spectators:
     
          margo@netcom.com (Ms. Margo) writes:
          
               Pumps which have a different colored toe box and
               (usually) heel. Popular spectator color combinations are
               white and blue and tan and cream.
               
     Stilettos:
     
          Often the same as 'spikes'. Stilettos are are type of heel that is
          extremely thin and pointed. Named after the very thin bladed
          knives.
          
     Spikes:
     
          Very thin heels, often almost ending in a point at the tip (like a
          nail).
          
     Thigh Highs:
     
          Long boots reaching al the way up to the thighs, thus the name.
          
     T-strap Pumps:
     
          jhurwit@netcom.com (Jeffrey Hurwit) writes:
          
               Usually, this is in the style of a D'Orsay, with a strap
               extending up from the vamp, along the middle of the
               instep, to join an ankle strap.
               
  3. Outfits
     -------
     Body:
     
          Garment that covers the body from the crotch to just below the
          neck, sometimes with the arms included. Can be made out of
          anything, usually something see-though or latex/PVC. Has sometimes
          a snaplock at the crotch for easy bathroom use.
          
     Bodystocking:
     
          Like 'body' but also covers the legs and sometimes the feet (like
          'stockings' added to the 'body').
          
     Catsuit:
     
          An all-over body suit. Usually without feet and hands, but these
          can be included, leaving only the head free. Most materials are
          used, in particular lycra, nylon, PVC and latex.
          
     Corset:
     
          Garment intended to create an ideal hourglass figure on a woman,
          either permanent through long training or by simply creating the
          illusion while wearing it. Usually it covers the body from the
          hips to the breasts, with a long lacing in the back. Some versions
          went all the way from the knees to the shoulders, often extra
          stiffly boned, intended to enforce a stiff posture if worn in the
          daytime (making the wearer unable to sit down), or as training
          corset worn during the night.
          
          See also Ms. Margo's "Corset 101" article .
          
     Garter belt:
     
          A belt (goes around the waist) with attached garters which hold up
          'stockings' or similar.
          
     Leotard:
     
          Almost the same as a 'body' but always without the snaplock at the
          crotch.
          
     Pantyhose:
     
          Like a pair of stockings with a panty built in. Comes in many
          materials. See also the newsgroup alt.pantyhose.
          
     Stockings:
     
          Covers the feet and legs up to the thighs. These can either be the
          stay-ups type or the kind that needs a 'garter belt' to stay up.
          See also the newsgroup alt.pantyhose.
          
  4. Bondage fashions.
     -----------------
     Hobble Skirt:
     
          A tight skirt usually made of leather, PVC or thick rubber, going
          from the waist to the ankles. Leaves only very little space to
          move the legs in, thus acting as a hobble.
          
     Single Glove:
     
          Much as the name implies, it is a single glove to put both arms
          into. Made of many materials (usually leather though), it laces
          the arms together on the back, with straps going over the
          shoulders to prevent it from slipping down and off. Some versions
          are intended to be slightly loose, only trapping the arms, others
          are literary skin-tight, making the elbows touch behind the back.
          Zippers and buckles (perhaps with locks) sometimes
          complement/replace the lacing.
          
     Discipline Hood:
     
          A hood usually made of leather, thick rubber or PVC with only a
          hole for the nose. Usually the subject is gagged with a ball-gag
          or similar under it. It is usually laced tightly in the back of
          the head.
          
  5. Materials.
     ----------
     Cire:
     
          The term is french an means literaly "Waxed". It is made from
          lycra and is created by passing the fabric against a hot roller to
          melt the surface slightly, resulting in a 'wet-look' finish.
          
     Lycra:
     
          An elastic fabric often used in numerous types of close-fitting
          sport outfits - and naturally as a less expensive fetish material.
          
     Spandex:
     
          Trade name for lycra.
          
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