Style Glossary: The d’Orsay Heel

The Serendipitous Sunday Wedge and Seychelles’ Countdown Heel.

Instead of packing sneakers, we stuff our suitcases to the point of oblivion with heels and sandals we’ll wear maybe once on a trip. We dedicate entire closet shelves to joy-inducing varieties of heels. We drive ten miles out of the way (therefore arriving 20 minutes late to work), just to take our favorite boots to expensive shoe repair stores.

Shoes have a way of turning triviality into logic with the poetic curve of a heel, or the right pair of laces. For this reason and more, I chose to focus today’s Style Glossary post on one of the oldest heel styles, the d’Orsay.

The d’Orsay heel was named after Count D’Orsay, a French noble who married into English society and subsequently became a pillar of fashion and style in English courts around the turn of the 19th century. The heel style gained scandalous popularity for its arch-bearing design. Today, some of our favorite shoes, including the Serendipitous Sunday Wedge, Countdown Heel, and A Pair to Remember Heel, pay homage to the well-established design of the d’Orsay heel.

Do you own any d’Orsay style shoes?


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    Charlotte 10/04/2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Absolutely loads. My favourite new t-bar dancing-style sandals are like this.

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    Higgenbottom 10/04/2010 at 12:56 pm #

    i do own a pair of d’Orsay heels. they’re some of my favorites. i had no idea that’s what they’re called. i’m really digging the seychelle’s countdown heels though. i may have to make room for those as well

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    Michal 10/04/2010 at 1:47 pm #

    I had no idea this that’s what these heels were called! I love the Serendipitous Sunday Wedge. 🙂

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    Julie (ModCloth) 10/04/2010 at 5:39 pm #

    How informative! I learn something new everyday. Also, love the dictionary-styled text/graphic!

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