by TATYZ on March 3rd, 2018

   ​A court shoe (British English), or pump (American English), is a shoe with a low-cut front, the vamp, and originally without a fastening. 
    The term "pump" was first appeared in England in the 16 th century but it is the Americans who continue to use this word. The British term changed to court during 19 th century.
    The strapless pump made the leg look longer by not using a strap that cut across the instep.
    Pumps for women are usually heeled.
  The construction of  classic pumps is simple, using a whole-cut leather top with a low vamp​. 
The heeled pumps with vamp and quarters curved downwards on both sides of the upper to the soles is called D'Orsay.  The name Mary Jane  has been used to refer to  pumps with single bar or strap across instep. A sling-back is identified by the strap around the back of the heel. Peep toe pumps is classic pumps with open toes.
     T-strap pumps have two straps -across and along the instep. Ankle strap pumps have straps on the heel part of the shoe that  go across the ankle.  Pumps can have different style and shape heels including wedge heels and vented vamps  construction ( see the photo below).

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