Through thick and thin, platforms, wedges, and countless red heels, Manolo Blahnik has stayed unflinchingly true to his classic, ultra-feminine shape. (At times stubbornly so!) Discovered by Diana Vreeland in 1970, Manolo has been loyally cultivating his distinct aesthetic ever since: pointy toes and a sexy stiletto.
While I might have found the look tired a mere few months ago, I’m now sensing a shift when it comes to my feet. And now I’m glad Mr. Blahnik never wavered his very specific stance on the high-heel! Despite the ongoing chunky platform craze (which shows no sign of slowing down), I have to say I am suddenly finding this traditionalist pump refreshing and alluring.
Such a simple silhouette in glossy patent leather – just a low vamp for a sliver of toe cleavage and some sharp, sculpted angles – is the ideal palette for a bright, juicy color. A jolt of burning hot pink, punchy royal blue, or searing neon yellow will give the plainest ensemble purpose, and at over 4”, keep in mind that pin-thin stiletto hits hard with womanly appeal. At Bergdorf Goodman for $595.
Pair with: A razor-sharp black dress with sensual cutouts is in keeping with the lightly eighties style of a pointy pump. Lanvin turns this stretch-crepe mini up an octave with a light-catching brass-collar detail. On Net-a-Porter for $2,780.