Manolo Blah­nik’s sub­lime sum­mer shoes

Be as dap­per as the man him­self in a pair of Manolo Blah­niks

Esquire (UK) - - Contents -

Have you ever been tempted by (or co­erced into) a pair of high heels? We hope for your sake they were made by Manolo Blah­nik. Stylish women the world over associate his name with the finest, most glee­ful shriek-in­duc­ing shoes thanks in no small part to Sex and the City’s Car­rie Brad­shaw, who was fa­mously ob­sessed with them. You’re likely aware of all this — as Blah­nik once re­marked, his shoes have saved mar­riages.

Born in the Ca­nary Is­lands in 1942 and now UK-based, Blah­nik has made shoes since the early Sev­en­ties. He dab­bled with men’s footwear, mak­ing two-tone leather sad­dle shoes for Bryan Ferry and Mick Jag­ger, but it wasn’t un­til 2015 that he un­veiled his first men’s col­lec­tion. Now he’s opened a ded­i­cated men’s store in Burling­ton Ar­cade, May­fair, Lon­don.

A devo­tee of An­der­son & Shep­pard’s tailoring, Blah­nik is known for his sar­to­rial el­e­gance — wide lapels, dou­ble-breasted jack­ets, thick-rimmed spec­ta­cles — and that per­sonal style in­forms his im­mi­nent AW ’18 col­lec­tion, which fea­tures sleek ox­fords, sim­ple biker boots and easy loafers, all hand­made in Mi­lan.

Esquire’s dis­cern­ing eye was par­tic­u­larly drawn to the loafers, the Mo­roc­can-in­spired Mek­nes. Made from su­per light wo­ven raf­fia, con­sider them just the thing for loaf­ing about the souk, a sun ter­race on the Ital­ian Riviera, or an es­pe­cially balmy beer gar­den.

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