Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
As you know, better than anyone, the hottest trend for spring are wild and colorful shoes with crazy sculptural heels. While I would love to have some outrageous Miu Miu or Chloe shoes, I’m just a poor working girl. Can you recommend something outrageous that isn’t outrageously priced?
Manolo says, last fall, when Miuccia Prada introduced her crazy-colorful pumps with the flower-stem heel, anyone with half the eyeball could see that this was the next big trend.
Soon, other shoe designers rushed to add various shiny baubles, trinkets, geegaws, gimcracks, and folderals to their spring shoes.
And lo, the fashion press thought it was good…The Manolo, not so much.
The problem isn’t that the Manolo doesn’t enjoy the occasional outrageously ornamented shoe, indeed he does. The problem, however, is that so many of the designers do not do them well. For every wonderful Miu Miu tea cup platform pump, there are twenty shoes that look as if the simpleton got busy with the glue gun and craft knife.
Happily, there is John Fluevog, the one designer who was doing sculptural heels when sculptural heels were not trendy. Here is the Truly by Fluevog, the colorful peep-toe pump with the fantastic heels and the not so outrageous price.