If you want to get *really* high on heels then there’s a simple answer: platforms! Combined with a high heel, a platform can add many inches of height but without the pain from a really high spike stiletto.
The key to these awesome leather ankle-strap stilettos is indeed in the platform. While the heel is 7.9 inches high, a 2.4 inch platform makes a net rise of a manageable 5.5 inches.
Platforms are just fine with celebrity socialite Paris Hilton who is a devotee of the stepped-up look, and the comfort that platforms bring. Paris has confessed her love for platforms on her official website, saying:
I love front platforms. The trend is amazing because it makes shoes more comfortable while keeping the height to make your legs look longer and leaner.
But not everyone is a fan of platforms. Those who are against the trend even include legendary high heels designer Manolo Blahnik. Manolo once confessed that he “can’t stand platforms.”
Judging by the number of platforms on the market though, Manolo might be alone in thinking that.
Manolo Blahnik has announced a deal with Kurt Geiger to manage and create high heel boutiques in Harrods and Liberty in London. The move means that Blahnik’s Chelsea store will not longer be the only place where women in the UK can buy Manolo Blahniks.
“I am very excited that my shoes will reach an even broader audience through Kurt Geiger in Liberty and Harrods,” the designer said.
The move has been a long time coming for Blahnik. In 1973 he took a loan of £2,000 and bought out his former employer, the boutique Zapata. Blahnik began selling shoes from Zapata’s former store in Old Church Street, Chelsea where he has remained ever since. Despite the brand’s rapid worldwide expansion – Blahnik opened his first US shop on Madison Avenue, New York 1979 – the Old Church Street shop has remained the UK’s flagship – and only – place to buy Manolo Blahniks.
The terms of the deal with Kurt Geiger see Blahnik provide the shoes but the retailer will create and manage the boutiques. The deal will include a 300 sq foot boutique in Harrods, and an expansion of the Manolo Blahnik range stocked in Liberty to include footwear (the store already stocks non-footwear Blahnik accessories). The Harrods store will open in time to carry the autumn/winter 2012-13 collection.
For those Blahnik-lovers who don’t have a retailer nearby, getting your hands on a pair remains sometimes challenging. The heels are available online from some retailers though, including these iconic bejewelled d’Orsay heels. They’re available from Bergdorf Goodman for US$755 (international orders must be placed by telephone not online).
Ashley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen (most often referred to as the “Olsen Twins”) have made their mark both as film stars and as leading ladies of fashion. Now their younger sister Elizabeth has broken onto the scene as a new stylish one to watch. Here she attends an event at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival wearing a slinky black dress and a pair of jewel encrusted high heels.
The name of that shoe? It’s none other than the Hangisi pump by Manolo Blahnik. The pair was made famous by the hit movie Sex and the City, when leading character Carrie Bradshaw christens a penthouse closet with a blue pair. Watch the scene here. The shoes retail for $945 and are available and fine department stores like Nordstrom.