The Pointed Toe Returns

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, as the Manolo predicted earlier this year, the pointy toed shoe has returned!

Round-toes have pretty much ruled the shoe world for the past decade, with a tenacity that belies their innocently girlish appearance.

But a decade is a century in fashion years (like dog years, but longer and potentially more fatal if underestimated) so it was inevitable that the point should return at some point. And lo, it has come to pass.

At Balenciaga – pretty much the bellwether for trends that the high street masses will be adopting – the gladiator sandals it knocked out last season have been replaced for autumn/ winter by shoes so pointy they will probably double as weapons for the requisite eastern European villainess in the next Bond film.

Even Marc Jacobs, who is surely Coco Chanel’s successor in his tireless promotion of the sweet and girly look, has pushed aside his beloved mouse pumps (literally, ballet pumps with little beaded eyes and whiskers fixed on the tip) for decidedly more grown-up and less rodenty pointier toes, at both his own eponymous label and in the current collection for Louis Vuitton. Similarly, the Lanvin woman seems to have matured from the pretty, round-toed mademoiselle she was just a few seasons ago to a full-on vamp, with black, sharp-toed teetering heels. “Round toes are on their way out and pointy toes are marching back into our wardrobes!” one fashion magazine gleefully announced this month.

And to celebrate the changing of the fashion guard, the Manolo recommends to you this handsome, comfortable, and reasonably priced, pointy-toed demi-d’orsay pump, the Cherry Hill from the Kenneth Cole New York.

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Many thanks to the Manolo’s friend Linda Grant, who keeps the Manolo abreast of the English media


23 Responses to “The Pointed Toe Returns”

  1. Mizztissa Shoe Blog Says:

    Love pointy open-toe D’Orsays!

  2. fashionherald Says:

    why am I just not feeling the pointy toes? perhaps a look at Balenciaga will assist the transition.

  3. deja pseu Says:

    My closetfull of pointy toed shoes are doing a little happy dance.

  4. shoe miss Says:

    Thank God! A departure from cutesy shoes…

  5. Carrie Says:

    If the pointy toe must return – and as someone with wide feet I wish it wouldn’t – let us all hope it’s the gentle point we see here, and not the deadly 80s toe spike.

  6. Miss Janey Says:

    AH! pretty and affordable!

  7. roz Says:

    Somehow my shoe collection and I did not notice that round toes had ruled for a decade. Are we sure about those dates??

  8. dgm Says:

    And not a moment too soon. The round toe makes all but the thinnest legs and feet look stumpy. I, for one, welcome our new pointy-toed overlords.

  9. Ninjarina Says:

    Good, I love pointy shoes.

  10. Kimberly Says:

    Yesss! I LOATHE round-toed shoes. My feet are already a tad stumpy and small in comparison to my muscular legs, and round-toed shoes were not only uncomfortable but also gave me serious cankles.

    Now if only they would stop cutting out the toes of so many cute shoes (I can’t show my toes in my corporate office), I would be totally thrilled.

  11. Pavlina Says:

    Ugh< i detest pointy toe shoes. They make my feet look even bigger. Sigh, size 8 feet on a tiny petite frame. All I need are pointy shoes!

  12. Virginia Says:

    My poor squished toes are hurting already.

  13. Therese Says:

    Oh, no! What will my size 10 wide feet do now?

  14. Peregrine John Says:

    This is a surprise? There has been no shortage of pointy shoes strolling Westwood Village for a year or more. Some are modest points, and some approach the look of a 1-toed duck.

    All, by the way, make your feet look huge. Just so you know.

  15. Poochie Says:

    If you want pointy this is the site to go to.

    They’re wicked.


  16. VeddyVeddyBadAng Says:

    I agree with Roz. I didn’t realize round toes had been in for so long. I was wearing pointy toes just a couple years ago. Either I was way out of style, or way ahead of the pack. Let’s venture a guess as to which.

  17. La BellaDonna Says:

    La BellaDonna, she loves to look at the darling little round-toed shoes with their sweet snubby little tips; however, as the feet of La BellaDonna are not only long and narrow like the chisel, but pointy, after the manner of the Greek statues, she will continue to wear (as indeed she HAS continued to wear) the pointy shoe, only occasionally venturing into the shoe with the gently-rounded toe (in the larger size).

  18. VK Says:

    I still like the round toes look but am ready for a change. I’m adding Manolo & Linda Grant to my fantasy Dinner for 8″ invitation list. I think they’d be awesome people to meet and have as guests. They’ve certainly treated me to great new looks, ideas and gotten to laugh and wonder so many times.

  19. VK Says:

    Correction: there’s a missing double quote in my previous post…”Dinner for 8″.

  20. Chicklet Says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My wide feet hurt just thinking about horrid pointy-toed shoes. I suppose I shall have to remain unfashionable but also pain-free.

  21. dangster Says:

    I am not a big fan of the pointy toed shoe (black pointy toed boots just make you look witchy), but at least my Manolo Blahnik Campari mary janes will now be en vogue again :)

  22. Phalene Says:

    Go away pointy toe. My size 9, wide feet with rounded toes are not flattered by your extra length and narrow tip.

  23. wildflower Says:

    I hope I’m not being blasphemous here, but how gives a rip? Why can’t you wear whatever suits you, whenever you like?

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