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The Louis HeelFollowing in the footsteps of his predecessor, King Louis XV (reign 1715-1774) also left his mark on high heel history. Although men began abandoning high heels by the 1730s, heels remained important in women's fashion. During the reign of Louis XV, fashionable heels for women were curved through the waist and splayed at the base to increase stability. The French favoured a delicate interpretation of this style, while the English preferred heels that were a bit stouter.
This combination of graceful shape and sturdy construction was revived and revamped in the 1860s. Although christened the "Louis heel," the later heel featured a much more dramatic curve where the heel met the shoe.