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Henry Sexton and Sons

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of Swifan Works, St. Stephens Road, Norwich, Norfolk

1922 Advert for Swifan and Olympic Footwear: "Swifan" Ladies' Promenade and Evening Shoes in fine Leathers, Satins, Brocades, Velvets, etc., with Louis XV, and other heels. "Olympic" in Men's and Boys' Dancing Shoes, Evening Dress Shoes and House Shoes. (stand No. J.113 and J.122)[1]


  • 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.")[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1922 British Industries Fair Advert cxciii and p.71
  2. Wikipedia