Court shoes, also known as Pumps in North America, are low cut, heeled, slip-on shoes for women. The heel is usual 2cm to 9cm in height. The heel and toe can be any shape as dictated by the fashion of the time. The UK name for this style of shoe originates from the traditional low-cut flat slip-on shoe that was worn at court by men in the early 1800s. Indeed, they can still be seen in British Courts today, worn by High Court Judges.
The styles of court shoe vary on the country and particular fashion at the time. They are usually worn as formal footwear, but are often used for informal occasions as well. In formal use they are typically black leather, often with a patent finish.