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The Fate of the Platforms, Part II | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Fate of the Platforms, Part II

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has responded to the Manolo’s post about the platforms.

The shoes above are just for drama…. aren’t they??? I mean, they can’t be for real.

Of course they are for the real.

The Manolo reminds you of the towering Balenciaga fetish-esque ankle boots, which were made famous by the Olsen urchin.

Yes, at the first, when they appeared on the runway, they seemed ridiculous, but they were worn by the celebrities, and now some of the fashion bloggers are reconsidering them.

For the Manolo, however, these Balenciaga boots were yet more evidence that we had entered the terminal phase of this recent iteration of the platforms.

The fashion is no different than any other form of the art, and thus when the classical period has ended and the period of decadence has been entered the artists believe they must push the boundries of their form, sometimes resulting in the ridiculous excess, sometime resulting in the charming beauty.

The Manolo is the lover of the classic, and although he will make the exceptions (such for as the Fragonard) he prefers the Palladian to the Rococo, which is perhaps why both the Balenciaga and the Dior platform excesses leave him cold.

5 Responses to “The Fate of the Platforms, Part II”

  1. Nele February 28, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Manolo!

    I totally agree with you for this new decadent platform period. I long for graceful and classic shoes. This decadence period can even be found in the clothes I see in the shops lately: they only flatter girls with (european) size 32 or 34. What about the real girls and women (who don’t have the money to spend on great designer clothes)? All retail shops sell these horrible clothes. I can’t wait for another classical period.

    Much love,


    p.s. I enjoyed the interview and photographs of your house in the Belgian magazine “Feeling”. It was great to see where you live and how it looks like :).

  2. Valerie February 28, 2007 at 11:52 pm #

    Oh Manolo, I love you so much. To discuss shoes and art history in the same sentence and draw such accurate and thoughtful parallels…I just love you. I also love those Louboutin platforms. Perfect. I will be holding on to my Louboutin-esque platforms while we cycle through this Rococo period. I take comfort in knowing it will go away, and the Olsen urchins will have to find some other horrible thing to walk around town in.

  3. missy March 1, 2007 at 11:23 am #

    yes the shoes are fab! but my god Mary Kate or Ashley Olsen don’t wear them with your Dad’s old shirt!!!
    I love platforms at the mo. For those in the UK Topshop have got some amazing shoes in store as always!!!

  4. charlotte March 5, 2007 at 10:33 am #

    manolo > vasari

  5. Ninjarina March 5, 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    If that shoe had to be an animal, it would be a rhino.