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Gwyneth Kills the Super Stiletto | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Gwyneth Kills the Super Stiletto

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend Linda Grant has alerted us to this article in the Guardian, which declares Gwyneth Paltrow’s new obsession with sky-high shoes to be the signal of stylistic decadence.

It’s rare for an A-lister to sound the death knell on a trend – that honour usually goes to a first-division Wag. But, Gwyneth Paltrow may have done just that this week. After a month of tireless promotion for her new flick, Iron Man, wearing a selection of the most downright precarious heels known to womankind, even the most trend-indulgent among us have had to wonder whether the backlash has begun.


Last month at a Manhattan charity benefit Gwyneth wore her first shock-worthy S&M style heels, then earlier this week in Berlin she staggered down some steps in a pair of 7in shoe boots one day, and teetered on a pair of lacy platform stilettos the next. One pair required an aide for her to lean on; the other pair was accessorised with an uncomfortable look that, I’m guessing, said, “OK, I’m late with this trend, and it’s not entirely me, but I’m going to persevere.”

In recent seasons, high heels have been growing at a staggering rate, with celebrities seemingly daring each other to go higher and higher. Towards the end of 2006, Christian Louboutin and his trademark red soles were regularly name-checked not just in Vogue, but in the tabloid press too. Heel heights became a story in their own right. […] The result being that any two-bit celebrity who wants to be papped now knows that she need only strap on some platform spikes with nosebleed potential and coverage is pretty much guaranteed.

But there are signs that a quiet backlash is beginning. Celebrities who don’t want to be associated with a limo lifestyle have turned their back on heels.

This end of the super-tall shoes arrives none to soon for the Manolo who has grown weary of this excess. Indeed, the persistence of the tall platforms has come as the surprise to the Manolo who was predicting the demise of the platform trend last year (although, in the Manolo’s favor, what we are seeing here are stiletto heeled shoes with the hidden platform, which are different from the sort of chunky platforms that were being seen last year.)

As for Gwyneth the fashion icon, the problem with her wearing these outrageous high heels is that her true style is more modernist bohemian than trendy couture, and with these shoes she is allowing herself to be led astray, chasing after the will-o-the-wisp trend, rather than being faithful to her core style.

P.S. The Manolo’s internet friend Just Jared has pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow in the golden Giuseppe Zanotti gladiator sandals, beautiful flat shoes that suit her perfectly.

17 Responses to “Gwyneth Kills the Super Stiletto”

  1. wannabe April 25, 2008 at 5:53 pm #

    I have a love-hate relationship with this. On the one hand, it is inane to wear such things. They can hardly be called shoes, since they don’t function so well. On the other, her legs look spectacular. Still, she no longer looks like Gwyn. She looks like Kirsten Dunst, all tarted up and ready to buy a bag of blow to share with Robert Downey Junior. Come back Ms. Paltrow, come back!

  2. dangster April 25, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    This is probably blasphemous to say on a shoe blog, but who cares about Gwyneth’s shoes? Look at those LEGS!!! Wow! :)

  3. Brian's Babymomma April 25, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    Seriously? I was just boggling at her lack of muscle tone.

  4. Poochie April 25, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    I think that Zoe or some stylist tarted her up since they knew she was going to be all over the place touting the movie. I wonder how many kick-backs were given for that coverage. I don’t think it’s Gwyneth trying for coverage – the movie pretty much assures she will get it already.

    The biggest problem is that she just isn’t used to and can’t handle the heels. But, if she falls, she’ll get even more coverage so the stylist/studio probably don’t care.

    All that said, I really liked the 7″ shoe-boots in the article and those lace heels here. They look like Georgina Goodwins to me. The skinnier the heel the better for me. I love them.


  5. Miss Cavendish April 25, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    Gwynnie looks miserable in the too-high heels and the too-short dress.

  6. MT April 26, 2008 at 12:38 am #

    Ah, Gwyn. Late to the party as usual. Is that a corn?!?

  7. Jennifer L. April 26, 2008 at 8:04 am #

    One thing’s for sure, she won’t appear in the Whose shoes Wednesday stumper for quite some time. LOL

  8. DH April 26, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    Did she have some sort of face lift, and is she trying to take the attention away from that to her outfits?

  9. BarkingDogShoes April 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Ouch. I hate when women where too-high stilettos and the top of their foot is contorted forward.

  10. Womens Designer Shoes April 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm #

    I’ve never been a fan of Gwyneth, but she looks really good here. Yea the shoes look a bit ridiculous but they are very sexy heels. She could have achieved the same sexy look in a nice pair of black 3-4 inch black patent shoes, no?

  11. Miss Gisele B. April 26, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    She looks sooooooo uncomfortable in those shoes…they are far to high.
    It doesn’t look sexy at all, it simply looks like she’s wearing someone else’s clothes.

    It’s a shame because this is a beautiful woman with a body that allows her to wear anything she wants.


    Miss Gisele B.

  12. raincoaster April 27, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    She’s actually toned up quite a bit, especially in the legs, and it’s an improvement.

    But if those boots are actually seven inches high, her feet must be two feet long. I’m not ruling it out, but I’m thinking maybe it’s a PR thing, like how the designers show skirts 6″ long and ship them 24″ instead.

  13. Jen April 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    How about 4 inchers?

  14. Linda April 28, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    I have a shoe lover’s rant and I need to vent. I was out shoe shopping, and I noticed a disturbing fad in all the stores; from high end to low end, stores. There seems to be only two options in heel height this spring, either the super high stiletto or the totally flat shoe. There’s little in the middle. Even the wedge espadrille , last year they were a relief from the platform flip flops and a good option with summer dresses, it is now either seven inches high or completely flat. Whatever happened to the mid heel? -two, three inches high, nicely tapered heels, made the foot look polished and stylish, yet was comfortable enough for a day at the office or whatever? Or the kitten heel? Or the stylish work pump with detailed leather and the slightly thicker heel? Or the wedge heels, or, or, or…there are so many ways to make pretty and stylish shoes, ones that don’t cause such discomfort. Is the only choice: bunions from too high heels, or shin splints from too flat shoes? I love high heel shoes, but what’s in stores now are inhuman.

  15. Style Bard April 28, 2008 at 10:04 am #

    Thanks for pointing out the important fact that the shoes aren’t the problem, the fact that she’s straying from her own personal style to be trendy or to get attention is the problem! Very important…

    Linda: I think that’s why we’re all shoe shopping online these days.

  16. Peregrine John April 28, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    I’m with Jen: 4 is about perfect for this, ah, effect to go well. It’s slightly excessive, does what heels are supposed to do very well indeed, and, if one is tall enough, can be done without platforms. Platforms, especially on non-boots, are pretty overtly silly, and a sign that one has forgotten what the heel was meant for in the first place.

  17. Tim July 20, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    I simply loved the shoes gwenyth wore. They look superbly cool on her, and see her legs Awesome man.