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William Knowles

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of 1 Exmouth Place, Hackney, London, E8. Telephone: Clissold 3141. Cables: "Knolgras, Hack, London"

  • 1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Ladies' Best Hand-made Louis Heel** Promenade and Evening Shoes. (Stand No. R.84) [1]
  • Note: **
    • Louis Heels - Around 1660, a shoemaker named Nicholas Lestage designed high heeled shoes for Louis XIV. Some were more than four inches, and most were decorated in various battle scenes. The resulting high "Louis heels" subsequently became fashionable for ladies. Today the term is used to refer to heels with a concave curve and outward taper at the bottom similar to those worn by Madame de Pompadour, Louis XV's mistress. (They are also sometimes called "Pompadour heels.")


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