Beautiful and Rare

By Miss Plumcake


…and each one is at least 70% off some seriously hefty (as in $1000+) price tags.

These five unique offerings are available in extremely limited sizes, but if they’re your size and your style, you’re in luck.

Salvatore Ferragamo Berg sculpted wedge sandal
The question is not are they too Bianca Jagger; it’s are they Bianca Jagger *enough*?

The sculpted precision of the cut-out keeps these bisque suede wedges from being just another pair of campy kicks. For an absolutely horrible variation on the curvilinear theme hop on over to the other blog to play Is It A Shoe? Hint: I don’t really think it’s a shoe.

Ralph Lauren Collection Hannie riding boot
I don’t know who’s doing the accessories behind good ol’ Ralphie Lipschitz these days, but they knocked this one out of the park. Ralph Lauren Goes Horsey is Ralph Lauren at his best. I’m also pretty sure it’s the name of a mail-order-only DVD that comes in discreet brown packaging.

Ralph Lauren Collection Jearra t-strap sandal
I love vachetta leather the way nicer, less interesting people love their kids. Traditionally you’d have to wait for time and the elements to give your vachetta its characteristic patina, but it looks like the clever calzolai in Lauren’s Italian workshop have not just tooled the quarter and the platform but treated it, too.

Jil Sander snakeskin pump
I surprised myself by liking these since, as a rule, the sophisticated severity of Jil Sander leaves me cold.  Yet I would totally wear these to toughen up a too-sweet outfit without doing something predictable like spikes or a lug heel. Things have been topsy turvy at JS since February when Kraftwerk-enthusiast and known Belgian Raf Simons left to suck the joy out of Dior one meticulously soulless bar suit at a time.

Hilde SA Feather Sandal from Donna Karan

How to clean, prep and refresh feathered accessories:

You’ll need:

White vinegar in a spray bottle or atomizer capable of a fine mist
Hairspray (not the cheapest stuff in the store)
Firm-bristled paint or makeup brush (optional)
Tea kettle or a steam wand


If your feathers are filthy, brush away as much of the dirt or dust as possible, always working with the grain.

Get a nice head of steam on your kettle or your wand. I have both and like to use the kettle because it makes me feel like I’m a endearingly kooky but accident-prone inventor/amateur witch in a Disney flick, a la Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, respectively.

Take your feathered shoe (or hat, or whatever), hold upside down and run the feathered part through the steam, moving fairly constantly until the feathers are puffed up and damp (not soaking). Gently spritz the feathers with the vinegar and let dry almost completely. Then give them a gentle coat or two of that not-terrible hairspray and coax the feathers into the generally desired shape.

The steam gives life to your feathers and guards against breakage while the vinegar cleans and shuts down the plume shaft so they stay cleaner and look shiny. The hairspray is a light protectant and shaper. If your feathers are white, skip the hairspray or use a teensy bit of liquid gum Arabic dissolved in water in its stead. You can get it at any crafts store. Steaming also perks up floppy flowers and other fabric embellishments.



6 Responses to “Beautiful and Rare”

  1. 50 Says:

    i like the collection of the shoes you have here,

    they are all so beautiful!

  2. The formerly shoe-obessed Wayne Says:

    Really love the Ralph Lauren peeptoe T-strap sandals; couldn’t care less about the other shoes though.

  3. Rubygirl Says:

    Love the Ferragamo AND the Jil Sander! Also, THANK YOU for posting about the care of feathers! I’ve got a feather hair accent and have been wondering what is best.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    The Salvatore Ferragamo’s may be the most beautiful shoes I have ever seen. And just my size and width. Is it a sign? Even at the 70% off price, how can I justify spending that much on a pair of shoes? Oh, but they are beautiful…

    The Bianca Jagger comparison was perfect. Alas, I am not the dark beauty, rather, pale with high-lighted brown hair – will that work?

  5. Miss Plumcake Says:

    @Anonymous: Trust me, if you love them that much you need to buy them, otherwise you’ll spend the rest of your life thinking about those shoes. There were a pair of green snakeskin Dior sandals I loved and desperately wanted, but I already had the fuchsia leather iteration and couldn’t justify spending that much money, even though they were on sale. It’s been five years and I still think about the one that got away. Don’t let it happen to you!

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Oh the sadness, the, they do not deliver outside of the U. S. of A.

Disclaimer: Manolo the Shoeblogger is not Manolo Blahnik
Copyright © 2004-2009; Manolo the Shoeblogger, All Rights Reserved

Manolo Blahnik Says
"Manolo the Shoeblogger?
Sorry, not me. But it’s very
funny, isn’t it? Hilarious!”

Manolo Recommends

Free Overnight Shipping at

Shop - Shop Boots Under $100

Saks Fifth Avenue

Net-a-Porter US


"The King of the Fashion Blogosphere" ~ Linda Grant

Disclaimer: Manolo the Shoeblogger is not Mr. Manolo Blahnik. This website is not affiliated in any way with Mr. Manolo Blahnik, any products bearing the federally registered trademarks MANOlO®, BlAHNIK® or MANOlO BlAHNIK®, or any licensee of said federally registered trademarks. The views expressed on this website are solely those of the author.

Follow the Manolo on TwitterBefriend the Manolo on Facebook!


  • Abel Munoz
  • Alber Elbaz
  • Alexander McQueen
  • Anne Klein
  • Aquatalia
  • Ask Miss Plumcake
  • Ayyyyy!
  • Bad Fashion
  • Balenciaga
  • Bargains
  • Be Super Fantastic
  • Bernardo
  • Betsey Johnson
  • Beverly Feldman
  • Bloch London
  • Books
  • Boots
  • Botkier
  • Brian Atwood
  • Bruno Magli
  • Build the Outfit
  • Burberry
  • Camper
  • Carmen Steffens
  • Carnivale of Couture
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Celebrity
  • Chanel
  • Christian Dior
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Cinema
  • Clothing
  • Coach
  • Cojo
  • Cole Haan
  • Consolation of the Shoes
  • Crocs
  • Culture
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Delman
  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • Doings of Manolo!
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Donald J. Pliner
  • Donna Karan
  • Due Farina
  • El Dantes
  • Elie Tahari
  • Fab Four
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Designers
  • Fashion History
  • Fit Notes
  • Flats
  • FN Shoe Star
  • Forums
  • Franco Sarto
  • Frye
  • Giambattista Valli
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Giuseppe Zanotti
  • Gucci
  • Handbags
  • Hasselhoff!
  • Horrors
  • How To
  • Is It a Shoe?
  • Isaac Mizrahi
  • Jerome C. Rousseau
  • Jewlery
  • Jil Sander
  • Jimmy Choo
  • John Galliano
  • Jonathan Kelsey
  • JP Tod's
  • Kate Spade
  • Kenneth Cole
  • La Canadienne
  • Liam Fahy
  • Lin Yu Chun
  • Loeffler Randall
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Malene Birger
  • Manolo Blahnik
  • Manolo's Internet Friends
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Media
  • Men's Shoes
  • Michael Kors
  • Miss Plumcake
  • Missoni
  • Miu Miu
  • Miuccia Prada
  • Moschino
  • Music
  • Nicolas Ghesquiere
  • Nicole Brundage
  • Nicole Miller
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Pedro Garcia
  • Platforms
  • Pour La Victoire
  • Prada
  • Project Runway
  • Pucci
  • Pumps/Court Shoes
  • Pure Evil
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Rebecca Taylor
  • Reed Krakoff
  • Rene Caovilla
  • Robert Clergerie
  • Roberto Cavalli
  • Roger Vivier
  • Rupert Sanderson
  • Salvatore Ferragamo
  • Sandals
  • Sergio Rossi
  • Shoe Personalities
  • Shoemaker Saturday
  • Shoes
  • Sigerson Morrison
  • Sneakers
  • Stella McCartney
  • Stuart Weitzman
  • Tabitha Stevens
  • Taryn Rose
  • Television
  • Thakoon
  • The Manolosphere
  • Tory Burch
  • Trends
  • Ugg
  • Uncategorized
  • Valentino
  • Vera Wang
  • Versace
  • Via Spiga
  • Wedges
  • What the Manolo Is…
  • Whose Shoes Wednesday
  • Will's Fancy
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Zac Posen