Known as “the emperor of shoes” Manolo Blahnik’s contribution to jaw-dropping footwear is legendary. And what better time to celebrate the man who still does all of his own designs and famously made shoes for lizards while growing up on the Canary Islands, then during the gift-giving season. In our efforts to remind you of his greatness, behold five of Manolo Blahnik’s most iconic styles that continue to rank high on every shoe-o-holic’s must-have list.
A sleek Mary-Jane strap style gets a glamorous update by way of a bewitching pointy toe, delicate tonal trim lifted by a tall, wrapped heel. Equally naughty and nice, this Blahnik classic inspired by deconstructed shirting is a perfect example of his ability to combine two opposites into one versatile statement.
The Agavria’s scallop detail is inspired by Manolo Blahnik’s love of horticulture. Reminiscent of agave plant leaves, it comes in several heel heights and is a perfectly sexy addition to anyone’s summer and resort wardrobe.
If there is one shoe synonymous with Manolo Blahnik, it is the Hangisi heel. Immortalized by Sex and the City’ Carrie Bradshaw, the Hangisi has become a cult shoe. Inspired by Napoleon I, Josephine and Pauline Bonaparte, the shoe is instantly recognizable for its gorgeous jewel buckle and regal spirit. Available in sumptuous hues and fabrics, this is one of the most iconic shoes of all time.
Named after iconic Brigitte Bardot, the Manolo Blahnik BB shoe is one of the brand’s most celebrated heel styles. The simple court shoe was first designed in 2008 and instantly became a classic. Available in a range of elegant hues as well as prints, this is a shoe for any occasion and continues to rank as most popular on Blahnik’s roster of his greatest hits.
Created as a timeless and always in style understated classic, this boot was inspired by powerful women. Blahnik looked to friend Bianca Jagger, regularly spotted at Studio 54 in the 1970's, and her iconic style that skimmed the line between femininity and masculinity for motivation. The result is as enduring as the woman who inspired it.