Is come apart used for torn clothes and shoes?

In the title which is the correct expression should be used ?

What is the difference between clothes torn and come apart ?

  • I would tend toward My shoes "have fallen apart." This is because shoes, unlike the other basic clothing we wear, have a mixed component of parts, which are made out of different materials. – user6951 Oct 15 '14 at 15:31

Come apart, as Maciej implies, means that the method that joins two distinct pieces has failed. With clothing, or with the "upper" section of a shoe, it would be a seam; with the sole of a shoe the method could be stitching or, in the case of sports shoes|trainers|sneakers, etc, glue.

A tear (verb 'to tear' intransitive) is a rip that can occur at any location, the result of the fabric catching or snagging on something sharp or pointed.

  • that was elaborate. So what should i say e.g. a glued tail of a kite came apart or came off ? - Thanks – Leo Oct 15 '14 at 12:23
  • Just trying to add some additional related vocabulary :-) – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 15 '14 at 12:25
  • Came off, unless the tail itself was made of several sections, and the break occurred where two of these sections where joined. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 15 '14 at 12:25

It's somewhat more common to use "come apart" when referring to breaking into pieces the thing has been made of (glued, seamed, etc) - so if your shoe has come apart, that would mean that the seams broke, and not that it has been cut in an arbitrary place.

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