Louis XIV, 1701-2Hyacinthe RigaudMusée du Louvre
Louis XIV, 1701-2
Hyacinthe Rigaud
Musée du Louvre

The High Court

Aristocratic Heels

Throughout Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, heels were an indicator of wealth and status for both men and women. In France, the wearing of heels even became a regulated expression of political privilege. In the 17th century court of King Louis XIV (reign 1643-1715), only those granted access to his court were allowed to wear red coloured heels.