Shoe Trends for 2008, Part One

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, over the next few days the Manolo will be sharing with you what he thinks are the shoe trends for the New Year.

Here is the new shoe, the Cary from Donald Pliner, which represents one of the coming trends.

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Yes, it is the return of the pointy toed pumps. Although, they never completely went away, pointy toed shoes have been in eclipse for the past three years. But you may now look for them to begin to creep back onto the runways in the coming months.


21 Responses to “Shoe Trends for 2008, Part One”

  1. Phalene Says:

    I do not like the pointy toe
    I wish this style would simply go
    Its point is like a witch’s shoe
    For the big footed; flatters few
    It narrows where I widen most
    And though I do not like to boast
    My feet look best in rounded end
    A simple shape I must defend
    Only worse is the toe that’s square
    I will not buy a single pair

  2. Bridey Says:

    While I can’t say it in rhyme as Phalene does so nicely, I concur: I much prefer shoes that are at least more or less foot-shaped to such peculiar configurations (though the shoes shown are quite pretty in themselves, without any feet in them). But heels hurt enough without having to squash one’s toes into corn-baiting contortions.

  3. Cat Says:

    **applause for Phalene**

    I think pointy-toed shoes are pretty, but I can’t wear them without such pain that I cannot even walk properly. My feet need round-toed shoes, whether or not they are in style.

  4. dgm Says:

    Well, I’ll say it–hooray for the pointy toe! It is so much more flattering to the feets of little length but much girth such as I possess. I just go up a half size and there is no pain.

  5. Sarah Says:

    Boo on the pointy toe. If you want your feet to look predatory, you have problems.

    This year will be all about buttons on shoes. That’s my prediction, anyway,

  6. Heelcandy Says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say, poop on this shoe. =). I’ll take a pass on this pointy toe.

  7. CatherineL Says:

    I hate the pointy toe. I have pointy toe boots and they are literally killer (I can’t walk two steps without falling flat on my face).

    Even when I’m sitting down, they make my feet look hideously huge. They suck.

  8. mary Says:

    I love pointy toe shoes, I think they’re sexy as hell.

  9. daisyj. Says:

    I like pointy toes well enough, but the coming trend that has me shaking my head is the peep-toe ankle boot. I mean, WTF? When I first saw a pair in a catalogue, I thought it was just a kooky folly, but now it seems like they’re turning up all over the place.

  10. Imelda Says:

    I’m going to walk the plank on this one and say it’s a no go. I don’t think we’ve seen end of the round/almond toe shape trend on the catwalk. If we have then I’m going to call square toe shape (think S/S McQueen squared off platform), it’s fresh and friendlier on the hoof. Besides the natural evolution of footwear trending is to move from round to square and then on to the point.

  11. wannabe Says:

    The proud owner of several pairs of strangely comfortable Donald J. Pliner pointy toed shoes, I say “rock on the Manolo.” I’d buy those shoes in a heartbeat, if I could only get over the noise slingbacks make when you walk.

  12. deja pseu Says:

    I, for one, welcome the return of our pointy-toed overlords.

  13. cymrugyrl Says:

    For one thing, physically this is torture. Do you wish to spend many hours in a podiatrists’ office when you are in your 40’s and beyond? Coupled with the very heinous pointy toe, this style should be sent to the slaughterhouse where it belongs!! I would not wear this anywhere. It had to have been designed by a person who never wears such shoes. I have incredibly narrow feet, could actually carry it off just fine. But have seen what shoes like this can do do a person’s feet. . hammertoe, anyone?

  14. Wallydraigle Says:

    Ggggaaahhhhgghgh. I am 5’5″/5’6″, depending on who is holding the measuring tape. I have size ten feet. Very narrow size ten feet. With a deformity that looks lie a bunion but isn’t. On both feet. And I’m only 25.

    Pointy toed shoes are Satan for people like me. Will this trend ever go away for good?

    I love sexy shoes and gorgeous high heels. Unfortunately because of the aforementioned pair of grotesques on the ends of my ankles, I am stuck, for the most part, with flats (I will occasionally wear the sexy high heels, but I pay for it with foot pain for the next three days). This is just salt in the wound.

  15. Nookie Says:

    I own many, many pairs of high heels in different styles and I like this shoe. If you know how to wear and walk in heels, then these shoes should be no problem. I wear a 10 but buys an 11 because I don’t want my feet yo hurt. And I still look good, big feet and all.:-)

  16. Daniela Says:

    I LOVE the pointy toe! A well-crafted pointy toed shoe will not make your feet feel as if they are in a vise. They elongate the leg and look amazing peeping out from a pair of wide-leg trousers.

    I do not like the “thwap, thwap” noise from slingbacks either, and I am hoping Mr. Pliner has the same style in a closed heel.

  17. Melissa B. Says:

    I don’t love pointy toes either — my feet are fairly large for my height and most pointy-toed shoes I try on make them look absolutely gigantic. But when I was in Florence with my very stylish college roommate, she bought a gorgeous pair of pointy-toed pumps that made her size ten feet look dainty, and did not add five inches to the length of her foot or smash all of her toes together. So I know the pointy toe can work if it’s well-designed.

  18. tinuvielberen Says:

    I love the pointy-toe. I have wide feet and buy ’em long. They feel great. As for people who fear that pointy-toes make your feet look big – I have never once looked at another woman and thought, “Dang! Her feets is HUGE!” But I have thought, “Those pointy toes look great with trousers.” And they do.

  19. littlem Says:


    Well as a child, my feet grew long
    (the height maxed as the legs grew strong)
    and had to wear the longest boot –
    my shoes were never, never cute

    I wept until my mother said
    “Don’t look down, dear, just look ahead
    Come see the films, for you there’s news —
    the Glamour Girls wear pointy shoes!”

    For those of us with skinny feet
    who don’t in rounded toe look sweet
    ward off boys timid, them reproach —
    only Brave Boys will dare approach!

    So for those who walk a shorter mile
    It’s fine that you don’t like our style
    You keep toes rounded, square and twee —
    Save all the pointy shoes for me!

  20. La BellaDonna Says:

    La BellaDonna wishes to remind the ladies that all feets, they are not the same, just as all figures are not the same. Those who find the round toes comfortable and beautiful should certainly wear them; but there are those of us who actually have pointy feet as the little joke from Nature (as opposed to working hard for many years to deform the feets), for whom the pointy shoe is the most comfortable, and the round toe, be it never so glamorous, and the square toe, be it ever so edgy, are agony on the feets.

  21. Andrea Says:

    All hail the return of the pointy toe! … Finally, sexy is back!

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