Fashion Face Off: Louboutin VS Manolo.

Did any of you happen to see the NYTimes Style section this weekend?

WELL, if you did, you would have seen an absolute TAKE DOWN of Christian Louboutin in favor of the more lady like shoes put out by one Manolo Blahnik. Apparently, the super platformed, spiky, and outrageous shoes are now over (hopefully that Miu Miu glitter crap will go away). Apparently we are going to be wearing simple and ladylike pointy toe pumps again. There was a time when Manolos looked like granny shoes, its true. But I’ve been saying for years that those stacked platforms look like mini mouse shoes. YEARS! The funny thing is, that the Loubs I do own actually DONT have platforms and are pretty lady like. Not that I even wear those anymore… So I will say, in defense of CL, not all his shoes look like clown shoes. But yea, that peep toe platform thing is STALE.

Some of my favorite quotes from the article:

Unlike Mr. Blahnik, Mr. Louboutin seemed to revel in borderline vulgarity. What, after all, is a red sole but an update on the comedian Minnie Pearl’s custom of wearing her hat with the price tag attached? “It was a chic idea for a minute,” said George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik U.S.A. “You wore a red sole, and everyone knew you spent $1,200 or $1,400 for your shoes. And I would say there was a period when certain customers abandoned us and moved into that world.”

Ms. Parker said, “when Manolo wasn’t defining the aesthetic,” when Blade Runner styles took over from smart patent pumps, and wearing Manolos was almost like announcing one had turned in one’s coquette card and started taking style cues from Judge Judy.

“The gimmicky thing I’m not very keen on,” Mr. Blahnik said last week from London. “I’ve never been tempted to do these hideous furniture shoes.”

“the cult of the ugly shoe have to end,” as André Leon Talley, a contributing editor of Vogue, recently noted, 

“Fashion had to turn on its ugly heel and return to beautiful shoes,” Mr. Talley said, citing among the appealing elements of Manolo Blahnik shoes their sleek lines and absence of gimmickry.

“Louboutins were just so much cooler, spikier and more high-fashion,” said the writer Molly Jong-Fast, a self-professed shoe fiend. “If you’re going to spend $800 for a pair of shoes, you want something cutting edge, not something you’ll see everyone wearing at shul.”

“It’s tacky to strut around in your red-soled shoes when other people are trying not to get a pink slip.”

 “I bought Louboutins to be in on the platform fad and now they’re sitting in the closet because they hurt.” 

BRUTAL, RIGHT? The whole article is like that. If you love shoes, go read it HERE.

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  1. I’m so happy. I find flashy “labels” (or elements like the red soles) a bit absurd…almost desperate. As my students would say, it’s “bourgie.” :)

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Ive heard of fashion editors that buy CL and then paint the soles so they aren’t red! Ive also heard of girls that have them painted!

      AND the most popular UES shoe repair has replacement red soles for when your pairs need sprucing up!

  2. Lauren says:

    The biggest problem with the latest shoe trends is the stripper heel! All I see in stores are these 5-6 inch heels with a platform in the front. I don’t care who makes them or how much they cost, they are stripper shoes! Just look at those CL’s with the spikes..hello!! Strippers!!! Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s noticed this!

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Yup! Well, the article was just holding up CL as an example and the trend setter in the genre but yes- that’s exactly what they are protesting. Stripper/furniture/ gaudy shoes.

  3. Michele says:

    Totally agree that the red soles advertise that you spent $1000+ on shoes and it is sort of tacky. Though, I am not sure why they have an issue with that and not Louis Vuitton, Burberry, etc that have the same issue with their distinctive brands.

  4. Emilie says:

    Totally agree!! I think CL classic shoes (not the “furniture” shoes) are actually quite beautiful, but I’ve never been tempted to buy a pair because I think the red sole is such a turn-off. Who in their right mind wants people to know how much you spend on shoes? You might as well wrap your feet in hundred dollar bills. Reminds me of crazy “look-at-my-$25000-sunglasses”-Dana from RHOBH. And Michele I agree with you that LV is equally tacky.

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Did ya hear? 25 thousand. Sick huh? Omg! I can’t walk in these fendi! Oh these old things, valentino- he was here last week!

      On one hand I thing Dana would beg borrow and steal to be on that show( and rumor has it that she borrowed that mansion) but on the other hand I don’t ever put it past bravo to bring in fake characters ( its been proven, drew in million dollar decorator) and maybe they brought her in for comedic relief?

      Bottom line, she was tellig everyone about the 25K like it was her job, and maybe it was!

      (reminded me of George’s single line in a movie on Seinfeld- these pretzels are making me thirsty!