The Marc Jacobs Backward Heel

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, apparently the conciet at Monday’s Marc Jacobs show was that everything was cuckoo-nutty bass-ackwards, and thus the show began with the designers bow, and went backwards (and/or downhill) from there.

Naturally, the perfect shoes for such presentation were those with the “backward heel.” The Manolo’s internet friend at the Cuffington blog suggests that there may be the physics lesson here.

Frankly, the Manolo is not feeling these shoes.

As for the clothes, this quote from the NY Sun’s Pia Catton made the Manolo laugh.

The evening dresses had a peculiar “Beetlejuice” quality: one-third Goth, one-third downtown, one-third cat-loving, nutty-artist girl — not exactly man bait.

Finally, you will notice from the short video clip below that the music was not played backward.

And for the very good reason, as everyone knows what happens when you play Ravel’s Bolero backward.


24 Responses to “The Marc Jacobs Backward Heel”

  1. la petite chou chou Says:

    Wow…you totally pegged the Beetlejuice quality.

  2. aimlessjoys Says:


  3. Dakiwiboid Says:

    The link for the Marc Jacobs heel was bad! Here it is:

  4. Synnamin Says:

    As a superfabulous, well-dressed goth, I assert that no self-respecting goth would wear any of that. yuck.

  5. Giorgio Says:

    but manolo, those shoes are a replica of junko shimada’s :))) as you reported earlier this year ;)

  6. JK Says:

    Poor models, they really do have to walk in everything don’t they.

  7. gemdiva Says:

    That is just so wrong!

  8. De Anza Says:

    call me weird; I kinda like em’… not ultra crazy about the clothes, maybe a couple of nice silhouettes. I think the shoes win points for being unique and different. I’d wear them.

  9. Bridey Says:

    Those shoes look wretchedly uncomfortable and plain dangerous besides. Yuck!

  10. Leah Says:

    Also, it’s not Bolero, it’s Mars from the Planets.

  11. MeLizzard Says:

    Uh, yes, that’s Bolero. I just played it on an audition. But not backwards.

  12. Ryno Says:

    Dang. Now I’m going to have to listen to Bolero backwards.

  13. Miss Janey Says:


  14. Phyllis Says:

    Looks dangerous…not something to wear if you plan on having a few. Or if you plan to compete in Russian High Heel Racing.

  15. Di Says:

    Methinks those shoes are an attempt to market a manufacturing error.

  16. April Says:

    Great! This came out just in time for Halloween. Trick or treat!

  17. Lily Says:

    ew that is so effing ugly it makes me gag
    and i love marc…this is so depressing that he would sink this low.
    i am a very fashion forward girl, and no woman in her right mind would wear that.

  18. amelia Says:

    your poor poor people what do you have against being differnt and expressing yourselves, refuse to blend

  19. lesle Says:

    Short clip shows same heel circa 1930

  20. blkmama Says:

    these are a copy of divines “invisible heel” heal shoes. except instead of the heel part there was a steel plate so it looked like you were levitating. Im sorry if someone said this already im not reading every previous comment mama got work to do

  21. blkmama Says:

    i ment heel not heal, mama knows!
    here a pic hunychild

  22. bqnas Says:

    i love these shoes i have been looking everywhere to buy a pair. i am hoping that they will be available soon. They are so different and that good.

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