Evening pumps with spool heel (1918), A.E. Little & Co.

A spool heel is a shoe heel that is wide at the top and bottom and narrower in the middle,[1] so resembling a cotton spool or an hourglass.[2] Spool heels were fashionable in Europe during the Baroque[3] and Rococo[4] periods. Its other periods of popularity include the 1860s[5] and the 1950s.[6] This look has been popularized by John Fluevog.

A low spool heel has a small distinctive flare at the heel bottom. Higher spool heels are close to resembling a stiletto heel, but with a flare at the bottom.

Spool heels provide comfort for the wearer and are considered a practical heeled shoe option.


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