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The Marc Jacobs Backward Heel | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Marc Jacobs Backward Heel

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 September 12, 2007 at 9:19 pm #

    Wow…you totally pegged the Beetlejuice quality.

  2. aimlessjoys September 12, 2007 at 10:46 pm #


  3. Dakiwiboid September 12, 2007 at 10:55 pm #

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

  4. Synnamin September 13, 2007 at 12:22 am #

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

  5. Giorgio September 13, 2007 at 6:12 am #

    but manolo, those shoes are a replica of junko shimada’s :))) as you reported earlier this year ;) http://shoeblogs.com/wordpress/2007/03/04/junko-shimadaheels/

  6. JK September 13, 2007 at 8:15 am #

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

  7. gemdiva September 13, 2007 at 9:41 am #

    That is just so wrong!

  8. De Anza September 13, 2007 at 10:59 am #

    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 September 13, 2007 at 11:47 am #

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

  10. Leah September 13, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

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

  11. MeLizzard September 13, 2007 at 12:27 pm #

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

  12. Ryno September 13, 2007 at 12:34 pm #

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

  13. Miss Janey September 13, 2007 at 2:58 pm #


  14. Phyllis September 13, 2007 at 9:30 pm #

    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 September 17, 2007 at 1:10 am #

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

  16. April September 22, 2007 at 2:38 pm #

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

  17. Lily October 14, 2007 at 7:59 pm #

    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 November 2, 2007 at 11:35 pm #

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

  19. lesle November 26, 2007 at 9:17 pm #

    Short clip shows same heel circa 1930

  20. blkmama December 17, 2007 at 8:39 pm #

    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 December 17, 2007 at 8:54 pm #

    i ment heel not heal, mama knows!
    here a pic hunychild http://www.momist.com/blog/uploaded_images/manolo_heeless_1-725839.jpg

  22. bqnas January 14, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    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.