As much as we love those extroverted, in-your-face fashion trends that are instantly recognizable in street style shots and Instagram feeds, sometimes the devil is in the details, and it's the subtle motifs that capture our imagination and gradually gather momentum in their own quiet way. It was the eagle eye of Who What Wear's Hannah Almassi that spotted the French-heel fashion trend. While the team was poring over Sania D'mina's hotly anticipated new collection (her shoes were everywhere at Copenhagen Fashion Week), she noticed that all the designs featured the same curved heel—a look that we've seen replicated in countless shoe styles this season.
Reminiscent of the Pompadour heel (named after Madame de Pompadour, mistress to King Louis XV), the original style dates back to the 18th century and was known for being notoriously hard to walk in. Fast-forward to 2018 and the French heel's ancestor is, thankfully, much more practical. Generally rendered in a kitten heel and featuring a pointed toe, the modern interpretation will work with everything from midi dresses to cropped trousers. Just think of it as an easy way to add some aristocratic glamour to your fall/winter wardrobe. Scroll down to shop our favorite pieces.
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Style Notes: A pair of jewel-encrusted heels adds some glamor to a brown trousers–and–white tee combo.