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When it comes to fully fashioned stockings, you have two styles of heel you may choose (actually, there are a few more, but they are very rare).
Fully fashioned stockings, or FFS for short, are knitted flat, and then sewn up the back of the leg, producing a seam with the telltale finishing loop at the top. That is where the similarities end.

These stockings are usually produced in small quantities (there are only a handful of machines remaining that are capable of producing them) from very high quality nylon, to the same design and standards used in the 1940's/50's. Although the style is often imitated, using different materials and designs, the original 100% nylon stockings are still extremely popular.

On to the heel... you have two options, either 'point' or 'Cuban'. The 'point heel', as the name suggests, is where the reinforced part of the foot tapers off to a point above the ankle. 'Cuban heels' on the other hand, don't taper off, they are squared off (see photo below).

Comparing point heel stockings and Cuban heel stockings from Mayfair Stockings
Which is best? Honestly, there is no difference. It is simply a matter of personal choice. We have many ladies who like both equally, but we also have a number of ladies who wouldn't wear anything other than their preferred heel.

It is worth remembering that these stockings are some of the finest available, both are perfect, and will look extremely elegant. The choice is yours.

Here are our Point Heel Stockings.
Here are our Cuban Heel Stockings.
Lucy x

2 Responses


September 27, 2016

Hi Kevin – I am really glad you and your wife like the presentation of the stockings, it is lovely to hear.

I think your wife is on to something with her explanation. We hear many reasons for the choice between the varying styles, but hers sounds like a good explanation to me! I’ll see if we can get some Havana heels in too!

Thank you again – the Gerbe FFS are lovely, I bet she looked very glamorous.



September 27, 2016

I am an extremely lucky man whose wife wears FFs all the time – her collection is vast and she has pretty much every heel design, my personal favourite being the Havana style, which is similar to Cuban but much wider. She explained to me that the type of heel was supposed to match the shoe, so a French heel would be suitable for stilettos, a Cuban for narrow heeled shoes and Havana for the wider footwear. Not sure how true it is but it made sense at the time.

Keep up the good work, I bought some gorgeous Gerbe FFs for my wife from you a few weeks ago and we were both very impressed by the service and the care taken to present everything so perfectly – you definitely set the standard.

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