During the platform renaissance that’s taken place over the last five years, it looked like things were a little bleak at Manolo Blahnik. The shoe maven still had his traditional customers, of course, but Blahnik’s stance on platforms (he hated them and refused to make them) alienated him from the shoe-buying public of the time. It felt like it had been years since he had created something that “mattered,” in the fashion sense of the word.
Shoe shape trends are hardly immutable, though. Even those that last for the better part of a decade are sure to come to an end eventually – the pendulum of public taste always swings back in the other direction. Now that everyone’s sick of platforms and ladylike pumps rule the industry (for now), shoes like the Manolo Blahnik Fonden Spectator Sandal seem fresh and chic.
The combination of pink and red is very big for spring, something I never thought would have come out of my mouth. (For some reason, I was horrified by the combination as a kid.) That automatically brings these shoes into fashionable territory, and the lack of platforms combined with the fun spectator details makes them truly lust-worthy. These shoes are not for the girl who’s still faithful to her YSL Tributes, but if you’re looking to switch things up a bit, they’re worth a look. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $945.