Although the word “pump” is likely derived from the French word “pompe,” which in 16th-century France was the word for a low shoe worn mostly by men, the pump as we know it today is generally used to describe a slip-on shoe with a rounded or V-shaped throat. Most pumps have heels that are at least moderately high, but the toes of pumps can be round, come to sharp points, or even remain open. While some pumps rest on relatively modest...Continue Reading
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