First we had the summer mania for flats, sandals or espadrilles with ankle laces and now the trend continues into autumn with shoes inspired by the ghillie brogue. Inspired by a Scottish Highland dancing shoe, in their original form they have a practical purpose: enabling the shoe to dry more quickly and the laces to remain mud-free.
Manolo Blahnik’s version is unlikely to experience the rigours of a highland trek but could be entirely suited to dancing. Earlier this month Rizzoli published what may be the definitive book celebrating Blahnik’s shoe design genius: Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obssessions. It is a treasure of a book, including perspectives from fans and collaborators ranging widely from film director Pedro Almodovar to Cambridge Professor, Mary Beard.
There is even talk of a documentary to follow – can we be that lucky? Blahnik’s screen persona (seen in an installation at the recent Shoes: Pleasure and Pain show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum) shows him to be a natural, projecting his ebullient enthusiasm and huge character as if he were talking face-to-face. Manolo, the documentary? Now that would be something to dance about.