The Real Manolo Blahnik Shoes For Men

Manolo says, so, like the Shoeblogger you are dissatisfied with the Maestro Manolo Blahnik’s collection for men.

Do not despair! There is the other option!

It is the little known fact, outside of the equestrian circles, that the Maestro Manolo Blahnik has designed the very handsome collection of paddock boots, available in both mens and womens sizes, boots which any man would be most proud to wear!

Look, here is the Dory, one of the most attractive paddock boots the Manolo the Shoeblogger has ever seen.

The Dory by Manolo Blahnik

And here is the Lera.

The Lera by Manolo BlahnikThe Lera by Manolo Blahnik

This is what the Manolo the Shoeblogger had hoped for when he first heard that the Maestro was designing the shoes for the men, not what recently appeared.

These boots are sold exclusively through the website Equestrian Chic, and they are not unreasonably priced for what they are, which is beautiful Manolo Blahnik boots for men.

26 Responses to “The Real Manolo Blahnik Shoes For Men”

  1. Noga December 10, 2007 at 10:28 am #

    I am looking to buy a pair of nice boots for my son who is 17 years old and likes army style things. So I thought the Ary was just right. I went to check it based on Manolo’s reassurance that the boots were not “unreasonably priced”. And I found they cost $1,275.00!

    All of a sudden I had an epiphany! I understood the reason for the understated friction that is evident between me and other commenters at this blog. We seem to come from very different economic backgrounds! I belong to that stratum of society that really cannot afford to give more than 200-250$ for a pair of shoes and even that would take some effort. Most others that I have seen around here seem to take these prices with such nonchallance that it seems obvious they are quite habituated to fork out these sums.

    It is actually very depressing. It’s a look but don’t touch experience. Nothing wrong with delaying satisfactions and foregoing coveted boots. It builds character. It puts one in one’s proper place. It is actually very educational…

  2. Bridey December 10, 2007 at 10:59 am #

    Well, Noga, I see where you’re coming from, but I’m sure you’re overstating the case. Many, many people have said here that they cannot afford the shoes the Manolo often presents. (I certainly can’t.) But there’s no need to feel resentful or put in our “proper place” when the Manolo points out that these shoes exist or when other commenters admire them.

    And I might add that there is no way to deduce anyone’s economic background from the fact that they find beautiful things beautiful, even if those things are expensive. People may simply not find it necessary to point to their own financial circumstances each time they respond, or may not feel that the Manolo is obligated to take each reader’s personal needs into account with every post. That said, I’ve seen the Manolo respond graciously any number of times when he has been asked for pointers to more affordable shoes.

    “Do any of you know of any boots like these, but cheaper?” may have been a more productive comment than sweeping statements concerning the backgrounds of people about whom you know virtually nothing.

    So if there is indeed friction, understated or otherwise, between you and other commenters (I hadn’t noticed it myself), you may want to look elsewhere for the cause.

  3. daisyj. December 10, 2007 at 1:08 pm #

    I believe the key phrase here is “not unreasonably priced for what they are” (emphasis mine). And what they are is beautiful, well designed and luxurious boots, capable of restoring our faith in the taste and abilities of the maestro.

  4. daisyj. December 10, 2007 at 1:10 pm #

    Oh, and by the way, for attractive and well-made men’s boots at a lower price point (though, admittedly, still not inexpensive), you might want to take a look at Frye.

  5. Nancy December 10, 2007 at 1:29 pm #

    Oh dearest Manolo, you didn’t showcase the “Ricko.” A leopard print paddock boot, for the men no less. Talk about “aaaayyyyyy!”

  6. Anthony Cady December 10, 2007 at 2:41 pm #

    Class envy aside – several months ago New York Magazine had a Parson’s guy tear apart some Bass Weejuns and a much more expensive pair of loafers of a similar design. He analized why an expensive pair of shoes is so expensive, where corners are cut and where less expensive materials are used. A very illuminating article worth looking up. With the money you save on a less expensive pair of boots you could spend some quality time with a therapist and sort out these other people’s expensive shoes issues. Happy Holidays!

  7. Cat December 10, 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    Here is the article to which Anthony Cady refers:

    http://nymag.com/guides/everything/shoes/27345/

  8. Noga December 10, 2007 at 3:53 pm #

    Why would I spend money on a therapist to sort out other people’s expensive shoes issues, when I get all the illumination needed right here, free of charge??

    What a bizarre reaction to my initial suggestion that $1,250 for a pair of boots is quite an exorbitant price, regardless of class and quality. People really take offence at this suggestion. A real classy person, by the way, would never jeer at a person who openly admits she cannot possibly afford them. So I have to wonder at who really has expensive-shoes issues here.

  9. Imelda December 10, 2007 at 4:04 pm #

    I’ll pass on these…I’m still a little fragile after the last round of Blahnik horror!

    Nogo, for an authentic equestrian/paddock boot that won’t see you turning tricks for Christmas, try RM Williams http://www.rmwilliams.com.au But if it’s a military style boot that your son’s after Doc Martins are the perfect $olution.

    http://www.imelda.com.au

  10. Manolo the Shoeblogger December 10, 2007 at 4:48 pm #

    Ayyyy! Many apologies. It has never been the intention of the Manolo to make any of his internet friend feel inadequate or somehow less valued if they cannot afford expensive shoes. The Manolo understands perfectly that such luxury items are out the reach of many.

    When the Manolo referred to these boots as being “not unreasonably priced for what they are” what he meant was that here was the pair of boots from the master designer of our age selling for below what might have been asked for them.

    By comparison, the Berluti ankle boots are priced at $1600, and the best bespoke mens boots, from ancient firms such as John Lobb Ltd, cost nearly $5,000 the pair at the current exchange rates.

    So, you may see, that $1100 is not excessive when compared to other shoes in the same luxury market.

    Many apologies if the imprecise language of the Manolo has caused any distress.

  11. megaera December 10, 2007 at 7:34 pm #

    And here I am, just reeling at the thought of ever actually WEARING these boots for their purported purpose. Yes, I know they probably last until the end of time, and yes, I’m a big fan of Alice Walker’s, “Everyday Use.” But the thought of wearing Mr. Blahnik’s boots, less artsy though they might be, into a paddock, with the mud and the horse dung and the occasionally stepped on foot, just astounds me. I just don’t think I could do it. Paddock boots are work boots, meant to be abused, and I just don’t have the heart to abuse a Manolo. :)

  12. long island December 10, 2007 at 8:16 pm #

    If you are interested in a custom made riding boot at a “reasonable” price try

    http://www.la-mundial.com/history.htm

    In addition to equestrian boots they also make shoes. To give you an idea about prices (since the site does not offer amounts) a pair of tall field boots were $518 usd. To give you a comparison most other fully made custom riding boots run about $1000 – $2000. If you want a professional to measure your feet La Mundial representatives are often at horse shows and state fairs. It will take about 3 months for delivery.

  13. Uncle Fester December 11, 2007 at 9:10 am #

    I thought we were never going to speak of the Maestro’s stumble again, yet here is another post referring directly to it…… the horrors.

  14. dangster December 11, 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    Noga, I understand your shock upon seeing the price tag on these boots. I, too, was a bit surprised to see that these boots cost more than $1000. I think most other people were probably a bit surprised too. However, I believe you are overreacting a bit. Have you ever browsed for women’s Manolo Blahnik shoes on the web? The most simple of heels start around $500 and climb towards $1000 as embellishments and exotic leathers are added. Boots usually exceed $1000. So for these paddock boots to cost more than $1000 makes sense. I certainly wasn’t expecting these shoes to cost any less than, say, $700.

    No one is jeering at you. Most people who read this blog are in the same boat as you–they can’t afford the shoes that are presented by the Manolo, but do admire the artistry and craftsmanship of such shoes. However, they also don’t complain about being put in their place and such nonsense.

  15. Noga December 11, 2007 at 7:02 pm #

    My comment on being put in place was ironical. Wrong place, of course. Some readers who comment here are religiously serious about the greatness of the fashion designers that no heresy is allowed. But I have been clinging to an idea that someone like Manolo who wrote a book like “The Consolation of the Shoe” which is a brilliant philosophical spoof, might have inspired some tongue-in-cheek insolence in those who admire him. Clearly, I was mistaken.

    I wasn’t shocked by the price. I was merely annoyed by it. It is a shoe, a product made of leather and glue and maybe a buckle or nail. Where is the justification, even when you factor in the talent and craftsmanship that went into making it?

  16. Phalene December 11, 2007 at 9:03 pm #

    The funny part about this blog is that I got the impression the readership was mostly people who -couldn’t- afford these shoes. Otherwise we’d be gathered in a chic bistro somwhere, lunching and comparing our shoes in that polite, non-price tag saying way that’s meant to imply that if you have to ask you can’t afford it.

    I mean, I thought $50 was a lot for shoes, and the people saying more than that was reasonable normally scared the pants off me. I read here to get a sense of what the platonic ideal of a shoe is, so I can daydream of the potential.

  17. Cat December 11, 2007 at 10:34 pm #

    “Some readers who comment here are religiously serious about the greatness of the fashion designers that no heresy is allowed.”

    Noga, I think perhaps you are reading things into this blog which are not really here. I’ve never seen comments here such as what you are describing — certainly not to any noticeable extent. I’ve seen both the Manolo and his readers bash some very expensive, yet ugly, designer shoes on many occasions. I’ve also seen both the Manolo and his readers recommend some very superfantastic shoes well within your stated price range on many other occasions.

  18. Noga December 11, 2007 at 11:29 pm #

    I think I’ve extracted as much meaning as could be extracted from a pair of $1,275 boots. It’s not much, but it’s something, like this:

    Have you seen the well-to-do up and down Park Avenue
    On that famous thoroughfare with their noses in the air
    High hats and Arrow collars white spats and lots of dollars
    Spending every dime for a wonderful time

    If you’re blue and you don’t know where to go to
    why don’t you go where fashion sits,
    Puttin’ on the ritz.
    Puttin’ on the ritz.
    Puttin’ on the ritz.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1RsWqNIIAA&feature=related

  19. tendergirl December 12, 2007 at 3:50 am #

    beautiful selection!!!!

  20. Cat December 12, 2007 at 11:46 am #

    Noga, perhaps you should find another blog that is more to your liking, rather than coming here to complain about expensive shoes and the people who like them. As has been pointed out by other commenters, you are surely not the only reader who cannot afford many of the beautiful shoes the Manolo posts for our viewing pleasure. Some of the Manolo’s readers can afford them, and those who cannot afford them still enjoy looking at them. It is beyond me why you have a problem with this. This is a blog for people who enjoy looking at beautiful shoes. If you don’t enjoy looking at them, then nobody is forcing you to come here.

    It’s sort of like going to a museum. Most of us could never afford to purchase a genuine Picasso or Rembrandt, or the Hope diamond, or an imperial Faberge egg, but that doesn’t mean we cannot enjoy looking at them.

    Finally, just because a person can afford to buy expensive shoes does not mean that he or she is superficial, snooty, or a bad person, as you seem to imply. I think that most of us tend to pay for the best quality items that we can afford, and there is nothing wrong with that.

  21. Noga December 12, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    Cat: Has Manolo hired you as this blog’s bouncer? If you don’t like my comments just skip them when you see my name. There. Problem solved.

  22. Cat December 12, 2007 at 1:25 pm #

    Why, no, Noga; the Manolo has not hired me as “this blog’s bouncer.” However, if you are going to fill his blog with your bitterness, then you have to expect that some of his readers will take issue with your posts, and I am not the only one who has done so. You apparently have your own agenda here, as you choose to ignore valid points in favor of continuing to complain and make snide remarks. The source of any “friction” between you and other commenters (which, like Bridey, I never noticed before) is quite obvious, and it has nothing to do with your socioeconomic status. Have a nice day. :)

  23. Noga December 12, 2007 at 2:51 pm #

    There was nothing snide in my remarks. They were made in the best of spirit, a democratic spirit of bonhomie and sincerity, as it should be among friends. And I consider Manolo an internet friend whom I will continue to visit and tease from time to time, for he is the true gentleman imminently tolerant of the occasional heretic.

    If you read snide and bitter into my words, you must be projecting, dear person.

  24. Lexington Green December 14, 2007 at 1:09 pm #

    This shows that the Blahnik has NO EXCUSE for his preposterous proposition for the footwear for the mens. I must think it was some kind of grand joke on his part.

  25. Catherine Rosenthal January 7, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    Poor Noga- I think the majority of us realized that you didn’t mean anything by your post and understand your feelings.

  26. Paul February 26, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Wath do you think about the possibility of buy woman combat boots and use???. I thougth that is a gay way (thats not my way), but at last I tried. I bougth a pair of Dr. Martens boots (lece up, flat, 13 eye, Reboot, black leather), they are sold for woman only but they show to be very confortable.
    I had to a pair of boots made for men only, i used not to much because they are heavy weigth and not look well, they are not flexible and hard to wear.
    Instead, the woman`s boot wear like a glove, they are confortable and weather resistance, and my girlfriend tell my that they make me look strong and nice (sexy too, ejem). Its funny but many friends tell my that the boots like to them (they dont know that the boots are for women, ja ja).
    Wath do you think about that???