The Pointed Toe Returns

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.

Cherry Hill by Kenneth Cole New York     Manolo Likes!  Click!

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 July 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    Love pointy open-toe D’Orsays!

  2. fashionherald July 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm #

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

  3. deja pseu July 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

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

  4. shoe miss July 9, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    Thank God! A departure from cutesy shoes…

  5. Carrie July 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    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 July 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm #

    AH! pretty and affordable!

  7. roz July 9, 2008 at 5:31 pm #

    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 July 9, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    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 July 9, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    Good, I love pointy shoes.

  10. Kimberly July 9, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    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 July 9, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    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 July 10, 2008 at 1:50 am #

    My poor squished toes are hurting already.

  13. Therese July 10, 2008 at 1:53 am #

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

  14. Peregrine John July 10, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    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 July 10, 2008 at 10:28 am #

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

    http://www.rosashoes.com/pages/High_Heels/1899

    They’re wicked.

    Luv
    Poochie

  16. VeddyVeddyBadAng July 10, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    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 July 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm #

    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 July 10, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    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 July 10, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

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

  20. Chicklet July 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    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 July 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    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 July 11, 2008 at 8:20 am #

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

  23. wildflower July 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

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