As much as we love those extroverted, in-your-face fashion trends that are instantly recognisable in street style shots and Instagram feeds, sometimes the devil is in the detail, and it's the subtle motifs that capture our imagination and gradually gather momentum. It was the eagle eye of Who What Wear's Hannah Almassi that spotted the French-heel trend. While the team was poring over Sania D'mina's anticipated new collection (her shoes were everywhere at Copenhagen Fashion Week), she noticed that all the designs featured the same curved heel—a look we've seen replicated in countless shoe styles this season.
Reminiscent of Pompadour heels (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 works with everything from midi dresses to cropped trousers. Just think of it as an easy way to add some aristocratic glamour to your autumn/winter wardrobe. Now scroll down to shop our picks.
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Style Notes: A pair of jewel-encrusted heels add some glamour to brown trousers and white tee combo.
Style Notes: Sania D'mina's green suede shoes were a hit at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Style Notes: A pair of '50s-inspired T-bar heels is just what this print-clashing outfit needs.
Style Notes: Pernille Teisbaek opts for a more minimalist interpretation with a pair of orange, strappy heeled sandals.
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