Apparently New York ladies have been taking a leaf out of Kate Moss’s book and abandoning the pursuit of ever more super-elevated platforms in favour of buying Manolo Blahniks in the shoe departments of posh shops like Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman - where the dainty kicks are selling out and there are even waiting lists springing up for Manolos. WHY? We hear you ask. Well, let us enlighten you.
It’s all about this season’s ladylike trend. Pared down clothes and delicate rather than stripper heels just like the beautiful Duchess of Cambridge wears herself. Linda Fargo, SVP for women’s fashion at the Bergdorf Goodman in New York, where the waiting list was necessary, said ‘Manolo’s shoes are very much in the spirit of this moment’s clothes, pared down, with simple lines, and I hate to say ladylike, but classic,’ said. It’s the prevailing mood in fashion right now that wants the foot to be connected to the ground, rather than teetering on the edge of a 2” platform.
Not only did Miss Moss choose simple satin Manolo pumps for her wedding to Jamie Hince, but Sarah Jessica Parker described the Manolo BB pump as ‘like water in a desert’ compared to all the other shoes available on one particular fashion shoot. Now SJP, like us, is very diplomatic when she compares shoes with shoes. However, some people have no need to be so coy and can just come right out and say it.
Like George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA, who explains it thus: ‘It was a chic idea for a minute. You wore a red sole, and everyone knew you spent $1,200 or $1,400 for your shoes. And I would say there was a period when certain customers abandoned us and moved into that world.’ But, as Blahnik himself added last week: ‘The gimmicky thing I’m not very keen on. I’ve never been tempted to do these hideous furniture shoes.’ Oooh! Back in the knife drawer Manolo!