Giuseppe Zanotti: From Sublime to Ridiculous?

Manolo says, compare and contrast the following two shoes from Giuseppe Zanotti.

Giuseppe Zanotti Patent Leather Ankle Boots   Manolo Likes!  Click!Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Print Platform Wedges

Manolo says, when the Manolo’s shoe-obsessed friend Wayne pointed out these two Giuseppe Zanotti shoes to the Manolo, the Manolo’s initial reaction was to laud the first for it’s combination of classical beauty and sublime construction, while deploring the second for its irrational science-fictiony exuberance.

And yet…the longer the Manolo considers the second shoe, the more he has reconciled himself to its over-the-topness. Indeed, the Manolo now believes that the right rock-n-roll girl could make this shoe work for her in the right conditions with the exact right attitude and outfit. Everyone else should select the first, which is undeniably beautiful.

Of the course, the real question is how can two such very different shoes, which share almost nothing in the way of aesthetic vision, be produced by the same designer?

The answer is, that they are not. There are clearly two different designers at work in the Zanotti atelier.

10 Responses to “Giuseppe Zanotti: From Sublime to Ridiculous?”

  1. tall shoes July 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm #

    I love this brand~~~soooo sexy

  2. speasummerlin July 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    That rock”roll girl would be ME, if only they offered my small size!!!

  3. Cara July 31, 2009 at 5:46 am #

    They would be amazing for Tina Turner.

  4. long island July 31, 2009 at 7:10 am #

    I think the leopard shoes really need to be seen on to be truly appreciated. The print would be broken up and wouldn’t look as busy.

    Yes … Tina Turner who at 70 still has gorgeous legs.

  5. The Thoughtful Dresser July 31, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    ‘the more he has reconciled himself to it’s over-the-topness’

    Eats Shoots and leaves, Manolo.

  6. Manolo the Shoeblogger July 31, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    Ayyyyy! The Manolo has erred in his usage! Many thanks to the Linda for pointing out this error. It has been repaired.

  7. Anna, aka 'ShoeSmitten' July 31, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Giuseppe Zanotti is my favorite brand!!! I love the first pair there. The second one is just too wild for my taste. P.S. – Wayne rocks!!!

  8. Safura F. August 3, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    I also felt a little shock of horror when I first saw them, but then I imagined them with some opaque black tights, a black mini, or one of the cute jumpers from Markus Lupfer for Topshop and I started to see the appeal. maybe a lil’ too much for a trip to church, but Rihanna could def pull them off! http://www.trendplicity.com

  9. DesignerWomensShoes August 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Well, I love the classy and elegant look of the heel. The wedge, while really edgy, could work but only on the right girl and only on the right night lol!

  10. raincoaster August 5, 2009 at 6:33 am #

    Giuseppe Zanotti is the Galliano of the shoe world. I am quite sure they were designed by the same man, just different alter personalities thereof.

    And I will take the first pair.