FN Shoe Star, Episode 7

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the seventh episode of the FN Shoe Star is now available for your viewing pleasure.

This week the contestants are presenting to the judges their finished shoes which are to accompany the Rebecca Taylor runway collection. But, first, the they must make the detour to meet with Vasilios! (the Manolo has added the exclamation mark, because he deserves it), the chairman of the F.I.T.’s accessories department. All the Manolo can recall from these meetings, is that the Vasilios! likes to use the word “feisty”.

And then it was straight to the judging table, where the Michael Atmore, back in full brood, is joined by Rebecca Taylor and the Edelmans, the Sam and the Libby, of the Brown Shoe.

Michael Atmore Broods

'Lord, what fools these mortals be.'

Again, the actual construction of the shoes left much to be desired, as did the generally muddy color choices of the designers. The strangest decision, however, was Shannon’s convertible shoe, which looked like the hot mess with the fur cuff, and worse with it off, and which looked nothing like the sketch which won the quickdraw challenge. Here is the Manolo’s advice, if Rebecca Taylor has chosen your sketch as the best of the lot, you have to make that shoe, not go off on the wild flights of fur-and-frippery fancy.

In the end, for the Manolo the clear winner was Hyojin, whose asymmetrical ankle-cuff sandal was by far the best thing presented. But, we must wait until next week to see who the judges pick.

Hyojins Shoe

Hyojins Shoe

In the meantime, you must now go watch this new episode.

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4 Responses to “FN Shoe Star, Episode 7”




  1. Leah Says:

    I agree with The Manolo about Hyojin’s shoe, but also liked Matthew’s concept. While not incredibly inspired and most definitely not a challenge winner, this is a nice commercial bootie.

    Seriously, Shannon, making two ugly shoes will not help you.




  2. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    The Leah is exactly correct. Matthew’s shoe was the most commercial and practical of the lot, and overall not bad.




  3. MaryB Says:

    I am joining the party! I have liked Hyojin’s designs from the start and think this shoe is awfully good, but Matthew’s is the shoe I’d wear–with or without Rebecca Taylor–and it looked well made, too. I also like the way his tweed speaks to the RT floral.

    I miss the way we saw the contestants at work on the shoes in the last incarnation of Shoe Star.




  4. Anna @ShoeSmitten Says:

    You and I picked the same winning shoe! Overall I was disappointed in the finished looks, too. That Shannon’s fur shoe was a HOT MESS!!!













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