I admit that I’ve shoved Manolo Blahnik somewhere in the back of my brain in lieu of the Kirkwoods and Louboutins of the world. But, as of recent, my eyes are slowly beginning to draw themselves towards the Manolo section as I browse for potential purchases.
A part of it is my new appreciation of classic silhouettes and also the need for a more sensible — yes, I said “sensible” — stiletto. I was previously turned off by Manolos thanks to Sex and the City (which I liked in the beginning) in the same way I’m now currently turned off Louboutins thanks to the Kardashians — it’s really sad how popular culture unfairly impacts fashion in a negative way.
Last year the New York Times published an article titled “In His Shoes.” The article argues that many women are re-establishing their love for the classic Manolo Blahnik “BB” pump after experimenting with various loud “vulgar” shoe fads, taking a stab at the louder-than-life Louboutins. Mr. Blahnik himself is quoted as saying “the gimmicky thing I’m not very keen on. I’ve never been tempted to do these hideous furniture shoes.”
There is something to be said for simplicity versus spectacle. The “BB” is the consummate pump: straightforward, pointy, and elegant. It’s no surprise that its design hasn’t changed since the mid-70s when, coincidentally, spectacle platforms were also at the top. And according to the New York Times article, Manolos are “so comfortable, some claimed, you could wear them to scale Everest.”
That said, it’s not like I’m going to be giving up my Louboutins anytime soon, but I think Manolos are calling my name.
PS. Did you know Manolo Blahnik was a model? Check him out galavanting with Anjelica Huston on the cover of Vogue in 1974.