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Helenej
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:37:09 PM

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If I'm writing an essay with the title "Clothes", should I write about footwear in it or is it not clothes?
Romany
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:55:19 PM
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Hmmm. I wouldn't. If I was writing about both I'd entitle it "Shoes and Clothes".

If I had been restricted to the title "clothes", though, I'd talk about shoes as accessories e.g. "Silk pantaloons were often worn with matching silk shoes. Often the points on such shoes were so long that they curled up over the wearer's foot."
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:56:53 PM

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I would say, no. I've never seen, or heard, footwear described as clothes, or an article of clothing. It was always a separate category.
Helenej
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 3:15:22 PM

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Thank you very much, Romany and FounDit.
Bareskin2000
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 3:35:40 PM

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No. The name clothes originated as cloth.
NKM
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:04:55 PM

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John Murray wrote:
No. The name clothes originated as cloth.

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Reasoning from etymology can be perilous. I know, because it's something I tend to do myself, and I've been tripped up by it more than once.

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That said, maybe this is one of those AE/BE differences, but I should consider shoes to be an important part of one's clothing.

Certainly, if I were receiving a "clothing allowance" I'd expect it to cover footwear. And especially so if it were for children, who tend to outgrow their shoes more quickly than they can wear them out.

Peter O'Connor - Dundalk
Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:30:47 PM

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In police reports one hears (confusingly) of items being found "shoes and other clothing" !! Bu i agree with a previous comment - clothing => cloth.
rogermue
Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015 1:16:59 AM

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I think you can handle it as you want.
NKM
Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015 9:00:09 PM

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Clothing => cloth ????

That's utterly foolish!

One need only consider leather jackets and canvas shoes to destroy that notion.

Think Shame on you d'oh!
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