Here's a Visual History of Manolo Blahnik Shoes—You're Welcome

Like Madonna and Kylie, revered shoe designer Manolo Blahnik enjoys single-name status—a sign that you’ve clearly cemented your place in the world. To say that you’re wearing—or have invested in—a pair of Manolos needs no further explanation. And on the day that a film biopic, Manolo: the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, is released into cinemas, we thought it ideal to take a stiletto-clad trip down memory lane.

While the Canary Islands’ most fashionable export may have Sex and the City to thank for catapulting it into the household-name league, Blahnik had amassed legions of loyal fans long before the show’s stylist, Patricia Field, decreed that Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw would be a character obsessed with his elegant, ladylike pumps.

The late Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular at his Chelsea boutique, while Dame Anna Wintour has been wearing almost nothing but Manolo sandals since the mid-1990s. For Kate Moss, there was no one else but Manolo to bring her dream wedding shoes to life.


Blogger Peony Lim is the latest style star to wear Manolo Blahnik's Hangisi heels on their wedding day.

Blahnik, who founded his business in London over 40 years ago, has never waivered from his signature style of dainty footwear. While others pursued platforms and trainers, Blahnik stayed true to his trademark of spindly heels, deep satin colourways and intricate embellishment. If all of this sounds like they might make for the most uncomfortable of shoes, that is not the case: Mr. Blahnik hates nothing more than seeing a woman who cannot walk in her shoes.

Discover Manolo Blahnik’s celebrity devotees in the images below, and scroll down to shop some of his most iconic styles.