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Glossary of Shoe Styles: Louis or French Heels

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French Heels - Lumiani

Though not as extreme as traditional French heels, the pumps shown here are a good modern example.

Lumiani "192" / Image courtesy of Zappos.com

Definition: During the 17th century, King Louis XIV of France, who was only 5 feet 3 inches tall, had shoes with high heels specially made to increase his height. The trend caught on.

In the 1800s, American women began copying Parisian fashion, including the high-heeled footwear known as French or Louis heels. Today, women's shoes with a curved, medium-high heel are known as French heels.

Also Known As: Louis Heels, Curved Heels, Pompadour Heels

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