Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Last Call: Shoe Obsession

Sedaraby Rhinestone Buckle d’Orsay pump by Manolo Blahnik.

This Saturday is the last day to see the fun exhibit Shoe Obsession at The Museum at FIT. I will admit it has gotten me thinking about shoes more. I wouldn’t call myself a shoe fanatic and I can’t wear a heel over 3½ inches, it’s just too high (and do I really need to be over six feet tall?), but I do like a stylish shoe, even if I’m admiring it on someone else.

Here are a few more of my favorites from that show:

Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte. I can’t help it, I love this shoe!

Another angle. 

Another Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte shoe. Look at that carved wedge!

A case of wild shoes, all owned by Daphne Guinness.

If you could own just ONE expensive pair of shoes, what would they be? I’m thinking I’d go for a Manolo Blahnik, either a Mary Jane-style (single-soled, none of this platform business), or one of his totally glamed-out designs like the silver d’Orsay pump above.

Tell me about your dream shoes!

Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane. I would love this in black!

And a-ha! It does exist because here it is as featured in the show. 

Shoe Obsession is on view until April 13, 2013.

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York NY 10001-5992
Hours: Tuesday-Friday: Noon-8PM
Saturday: 10AM-5PM
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays
Admission is free


Lisa said...

I love the Manolo that you pictured. That might be at the top of my list.

I once saw a picture a pair of shoes that I fell head over heels for; I searched but couldn't find a similar pair because the picture didn't have a name or maker's my best description:

Bright pink and red Mary Jane pumps with a brogue design. They don't sound gorgeous, but they are.

jill815 said...

Hi Lisa, are you kidding me? They sound totally gorgeous, now I want a pair and that's based strictly on your excellent description! Hmmm, I am going to keep my eye out for this design. If I ever come across it, I'm contacting you, my dear! XO, Jill

denton said...

OK, so I'm a guy, but I fell so head over heels after seeing these that I had to buy a pair for my wife. I understand they have a pair from the same series at the (Prada Flame) show. Thanks for reminding me that it is closing this weekend, we have to see it!

Sharon S said...

Hi there- this exhibition looks amazing and if I was in New York I would definitely take in a viewing! All of these are like artwork- I personally am more comfortable in lower heels but I do like to see them on others! xx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

These pictures are so much fun, Jill! I do not know what I would want to own...but I would want to be able to wear them and I can no longer wear whoever had the coolest pair of flats or maybe a small wedge!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Nice shoes! That Daphne Guinness must have a closet like no other {{sigh}} I actually want a pair of hand made platform clogs that go for about $350. While this may not be ridiculous for some people, it os completely out of my budget.
Becky :)

Heather Lindstrom said...

Gasp!! I would love to see this collection you lucky lady~how fun. I have a thing for shoes too and these are breathtaking. art.

Anonymous said...

I don't really know what I'd want if money was not a consideration. I'm going to Paris next month and I've really been thinking about getting a pair of Repetto flats. I know that doesn't sound like a fabulous shoe, but they're expensive enough that I have to think about it before plunking down the money.


jill815 said...

Hi Denton, your wife is a lucky lady! What pair did you buy her? I loved those Prada flame shoes, my friend and I were totally drooling over them at Bloomingdale's. We also liked the ones that looked like hot rods! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Sharon, I'm with you, I love seeing heels on other people! I wear them once in awhile but mostly stick with ballet flats or riding boots, depending on the season. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, oh yes, a wedge is soooo great, I love them more and more, they are really comfortable to me. If I am wearing a heel, that's the short I gravitate towards. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Becky! I'm with you, $350 is pretty steep. I know those Manolos I like are almost $700, ouch ouch and ouch, so I won't ever buy them, but I like to think about which ones I'd go for if I wanted to drop a load of cash on a pair of shoes! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Heather, how was your trip? Some of the shoes on view really are more art than anything else, particularly the "Alice" shoe by Nicholas Kirkwood, with the little teacups, rose and key! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hello 502millbrooklane, yes yes yes, Repettos ARE something I would spend money on. I know they are expensive, but I think they are so well made that they last a long time (according to a friend of mine who owns a pair) and if you buy them in Paris you can always say, These are my Repettos that I bought on a trip to Paris! XO, Jill

denton said...

Hi Jill, there was a link to my fave flames here:

Here's the collection:

PS, one pair was bought new from a Prada store 1/2 off when they were closing them out, the others were all from ebay.

Bella Q said...

My dream shoes? Vivienne Westwood. Pirate Boot, and this one:

Anonymous said...

These shoes all look really great. But unfortunately I couldn't walk on one of them. So it's good they're at the museum, were we can all look at them and think how beautiful they are :-) xo

Rhiannon Gammill said...

I love this display. When people give me a hard time about my shoe collection, I always say I collect with an eye towards someday donating it to FIT or a costume museum.

To be honest, most of the Manolos bore me to tears. I've got my fair share of them, though the Sedaraby's are so overdone (he does at least one jeweled d'orsay every season) and knocked off I'd never wear them.

I spent five years writing about shoes with Manolo the Shoeblogger, and there are only two that I can qualify as "The Ones That Got Away":

The Dior "Anniversary" pumps in green python from 2007. I got them in fuchsia, but it's been six years and I've yet to hunt them down in green.

A pair of green (are you sensing a theme here?) sandals inspired by woven palm fronds from Gaultier's 2010 Couture collection that I'm pretty sure never even went into production.

I still have hope for the Diors, but the Gaultier's are just a pipe dream.

P.S. I'm new to your blog and really enjoy it! Thanks for having such great stuff.

Anonymous said...

And who thought shoe shopping wasn't a form of art? These are so beautiful and every pair is a work of art. As a shoe lover I sooo want to view this exhibit in person but hubby just laughed at me when I told him where it was located. So, thank you for bits and pieces with us. If I could own one pair (at this moment and season) it would be the Valentino 'Rockstud' pump in fuscia. Great spring and summer shoe and the heel is perfect.

denton said...

Rhiannon, there are some on ebay right now. Very nice indeed.

Rhiannon Gammill said...

Thanks, Denton! They come up from time to time, but I've never seen them in my size (41). I can't remember if the fuchsias are 40 or 41, but I've never found the greens above a size 40.

jill815 said...

Denton and Rhiannon, you two are cracking me up, I have found two true shoe aficionados! Denton, the Prada flame link you sent leads to one gorgeous shoe, I am dying! And excuse me, did I read that right? 1/2 off Prada? What? I am never in the right place at the right time! And Rhiannon, I have to see these shoes you are talking about, they sound amazing. It seems you ARE putting together a collection that FIT or the Met would want to own! XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hiya Trina, I love the Valentino Rockstud collection so much. The shoes are great and the totes send me over the edge, I want one sooooo bad! XO, Jill

Lyosha said...

amazing shoes! thanks for sharing!

and... very nice blog! I'm your newest follower

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