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Dangerous Shoes on the Runway


Fashion Zac Posen Fall 2008

There is an undeniable thing happening with shoes right now in the fashion world. They’re going insane. This is not new–shoes have been getting bigger and weirder for a few years now. But this season, they reached some sort of (ankle) breaking point. They are clunky and spiky and outrageous, studded up like dog collars or all out with inverted heels. At Rodarte, Prada, and Miu Miu, models stumbled and tripped and wiped out completely. It was impossible not to wonder: If professional models can’t make it down twenty feet of flat plywood while glued into their shoes—yes, designers have tried to resort to glue and tape—how in the world am I going to make it to my car? And what about the poor clothes? Sometimes the shoes are so fantastic that the clothes were merely an afterthought. They are lovely little sculptures, these shoes, worth admiring and puzzling over the physics. But for traipsing around in the real world: not so much.



Here are some of Spring’s Most Dangerous Shoes:


shoe1John Galliano

shoe2Dolce & Gabbana

shoe3Christian Dior


shoe6Marc Jacobs



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Manolo Blahnik

Manolo, himselfManolo Blahnik is a name that has become synonymous with mainstream high fashion footwear since the late nineties. In 30 years, the Manolo brand has surpassed all ideas applicable to luxury footwear and continues to establish itself as a stylish art form, revered by all fashionistas, trend setters, and worldly critics. The aura has been exacerbated by such popular culture acts ranging from Sex and the City to Jay-Z. And now, he has created some of the most exquisite shoes that the fashion world has ever seen.

Mr. Blahnik’s origins, however, are far from the world’s fashion centers of New York, Paris, and Milan. This gentleman is of mixed descent, born in 1942 to a Czech father and Spanish mother on a Canary Island banana plantation. The family frequently traveled to Madrid and Paris in order to purchase clothing. Young Manolo remained captivated by his mother’s fashion magazines and learned the craft of shoe making by observing the woman construct her own footwear from ribbon and lace.

Originally, Manolo’s parents envisioned a career as a diplomat for the youngster and he acquiesced, enrolling at The University of Geneva to study politics and law. However, Blahnik quickly rejected the coursework in favor of literature and architecture after one semester. He then relocated to Paris to study stage design at The Louvre Art School. Manolo moved to London in 1970, following his father’s advice that he improve his English. He was employed as a photographer for The Sunday Times and thereafter became a staple of the jet setting art design community.

Manolo Blahnik attributes his status as a leading authority of style to serendipity. In 1971, Diana Vreeland, editor of Vogue stumbled onto his portfolio of drawings and set designs while Blahnik was on assignment in New York City. Vreeland encouraged Manolo Blahnik to dedicate his life to making shoes, rather than garments.Simply gorgeous

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An Architectural Shoe Breaks The Mold (and the budget!)

The Zoe shoesLooking for a great way to simultaneously spite the recession and add some heavy-duty innovation to your closet? A pair of handmade aluminum shoes from German industrial designer Christian Werner, with a price tag that nears $4,000, should do the trick. While I can’t condone the price, I do love the idea: Werner’s Zoe shoe riffs on the classic wedge by subtracting the volume and rendering the silhouette in ultra-strong and lightweight aluminum. And look at the cost factor this way: With its sculptural lines and innovative materials, the Zoe could not only be added to your growing shoe closet, but could also be considered your first investment in art!

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A Little Bit About…Tory Burch

It-GirlWhile living in New York city, It-Girl, Tory Burch, has maintained personal relationships with a series of extremely wealthy men. With the financial savvy of her former second husband, she began a fashion label in February 2004 in New York City. It was an immediate success and was even endorsed by Oprah Winfrey the following year. Her label has opened stores in several large American cities and has lines that are sold in several upscale specialty department stores.Logo

FlatsShe is most famous for her affordable, modernized classics, from trademark patterns to easy-chic flats topped with her graphic hardware logo. For an overnight sensation, Burch’s formula for success is as close to home as it comes. She draws inspiration from American icons of the sixties and seventies, including her fashionable mom—but ultimately, she is her own best muse. Tory Burch has won many fashion awards for her designs, and she continues to be involved in high profile personal relationships within the social elite of New York City.


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A Little Bit about…Christian Louboutin

No, not Christian Dior, the influential French fashion designer, who is best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses. We are talking Christian Louboutin, French shoe designer, famous for his stilettos with fiery red soles. Walking alongside of the streets of Paris as a teenager, Louboutin noticed a billboard in front of the Museum of Oceanic Art that instructed women tourists not to scratch the wooden floors inside. He felt bothered by the sign and, as a consequence, he would draw shoes with compressed buckles and with soles. He admits to having spent a lot of time as a teenager drawing these types of shoes in his school notebooks.

Christian Louboutin working on his famous shoes 

To get his name out in the world of fashion, Christian began to go to parties around Paris with an armful of shoes. He offered them up to anyone willing to look but was often flat out rejected due to the lofty price tags. While trying to grow his business, Christian decided to attend design classes to increase his chances of making a sale. Finally, Christian raised enough money to open a boutique in Paris. It quickly became one of the hottest spots to shop, not only for the shoes, but for the free coffee and excellent customer service provided. Companies in other countries, particularly the US, caught wind of Christian’s excellent line and service. Stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks picked up the line almost instantaneously. 

But, for some reason, Louboutin was not completely satisfied with his shoes. He wanted something that made his designs stand out in the sea of shoes walking down the street around the world. He became inspired by an employee’s red Chanel nail polish and felt that making a red sole would be the best possible distinguishing feature for his brand. His Andy Warhol inspired flower shoe was the first to feature the illustrious red sole and sent his brand into phenomenal fame.

Christian Louboutins famous red sole

Christian Louboutin has boutiques in the biggest, brightest cities in the world like New York, Paris, and Hong Kong. He has received numerous awards and distinctions for his designs including a feature story on the Oprah Winfrey show, exhibitions at the Pierre Passebon Gallery and Fashion Institute of Technology among others, mentions in songs by artists like Ciara and Jay-Z, and tons of celebrity fans like Hayden Panettiere, Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera. Christian Louboutin shoes are among the most glamorous in the world.

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