Shoes of the Future = Backward Heels!

Manolo says, here is the short and amusing newsreel from the 1930s, in which the unnamed “fashion designers” predict what the women of the future, in the year 2000, will be wearing.

About one minute into the film you notice the appearance of our old friends, the ubiquitous shoes of the future, here called the “Cantilever Heel”, but known to the connoisseurs as the “backward heel”, the staple of 1950’s science fiction, and more recently Marc Jacobs and Junko Shimada.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friend Lesle for spotting this.


Dolce & Gabbana Shoes for the Monday

Dolce and Gabbana Floral Pumps    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, it is the Monday after the Thanksgiving Holiday and thanks to the undercooked stuffing, the overcooked turkey, and your husband’s insistence that you arise at four in the morning on Friday, so that you may do your first round of full-contact Christmas shopping at Best Buy, you have already had it with Christmas-Fest 2007.

You were actually happy to get back to the office, away from the ever-growing stack of mail-order catalogs, and the mountain of leftover dry turkey (who the Hell’s idea was the 24 pounder?).

And so now you are sitting at your desk, thinking, “Manolo, Take me Away!”

And so the Manolo does, by showing you something fun and frivolous and warm, like these beautiful Dolce and Gabbana pumps with the floral print.

With these shoes on your feets it is always the summer evening on the Amalfitano coast, with you and your consort (who is the image of your husband, only taller, without the little belly, and somehow, inexplicably, Italian) driving in the tiny sports car to this little restaurant on the beach, where you will be served grilled langoustines, crisp white wine, and this fabulous crusty bread baked by the owner’s mother.

More on the Steve Madden PhotoShopping

Manolo says, in case you may have missed this last week, the Manolo caught the shoe designer Steve Madde stealing the designs of the master Christian Louboutin, and also the photos used by the Saks department store to promote the Louboutin shoes.

Over the weekend the Manolo’s internet friend Susan, at the Counterfeit Chic, dissected this case, and notes the irony that the photo stolen from the Saks website has more protection under the law than the design of the shoes, themselves.

Of the course, for the Manolo the greatest crime is that Steve Madden is attempting to defraud his customers, by making them believe his shoddily made shoes are exactly like the masterful original upon which they are based.

P.S. The Manolo’s friend Julie, also had the few erudite words to say about this case at her new shoe blog, Almost Heeled.