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Shoe Month! Alber Hearts Plumcake | Manolo for the Big Girl

Shoe Month! Alber Hearts Plumcake

So we all know of my almost innumerate imaginary secret boyfriends, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz is possibly the one for whom I have the most cheek-pinching affection.

Alber Elbaz

I mean come ON how do you not want to squeeze him? And maybe see if honey comes out of his head? He’s pretty much the only designer working today to whom I would like to talk really embarrassing baby talk. Hooza fashion visionary with a remarkably witty appreciation of the female form who singlehandedly revived a grand but flagging house of couture? Ris rit ru? Ris rit ru? Res rit ris!!! and so on.

Anyway, I know Alber isn’t over accessories, but I just want to kiss him for even being involved in the production of brightly colored, beautifully made python ballet flats, because it hits pretty much every note I want for every day mucking about.  Every single pair of python flats I’ve owned I’ve worn into the ground and wished I’d bought three.

Lanvin fuchsia python flats
Lanvin greenLanvin salmon

I would get every penny’s worth of wear out of all of these. Check them out, along with other Lanvin –including some of the best and brightest flats I’ve seen anywhere, many on sale– at Barney’s.

5 Responses to “Shoe Month! Alber Hearts Plumcake”

  1. avirr June 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Five hundred dollar shoes?!

    How about some high-quality affordable shoe links?

  2. Plumcake June 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    and I quote:

    “Next month is going to be Shoe Month, we’re reviving the beloved-but-labor-intensive Daily Kick for the entire month of June. We’re going to have a combination of flats, heels, loafers and what I call “art shoes.” Some I’ll pick as actual recommendations, some will get in because they’ve caught my fancy, are an important expression of what’s happening in fashion now or heck, they’re just interesting to look at.

    Which is a delicate way of saying I don’t want this to be a month of “But Plumcake, I can’t wear flats/heels/loafers/sandals/things with open toes/things with closed toes/shoes that aren’t cobbled to my speshul speshul feet by magical invisible shoe-making elves who use only the finest baby unicorn leather and charge $13.99 for five complete pairs because that’s how much I’m willing to pay for a shoe because blah blah blah” and OHMIGOD JUST DON’T DO IT OKAY? There are thousands and thousands of you and I love you all, but this isn’t Harrods, I’m just one girl, I’m not trying to get all Omnia Omnibus Ubique up in this biznitch.”

  3. La Petite Acadienne June 3, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Exactly — were this site to be all about high-quality affordable shoes, one would quickly grow bored. It is refreshing to have the steals & deals AND the “oh-my-god-they’re-gorgeous-but-I’d-have-to-sell-my-eggs” fabulous.

  4. Lisa June 4, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I posted this on my blog when I was writing about philosopher Peter Singer’s comments on Dolce and Gabbana: “I have a pair of D & G shoes that I bought 10 years ago (similar to those pictured). I still wear them. They cost $250. They have no signs of wear; they will never go out of style. This is the equivalent of buying one $25 pair of shoes each year. $25 shoes are in general made in places where work and environmental conditions are terrible; depending on where they came from, they may have been made by child labor. My D&G shoes were made by craftspeople. $25 shoes generally last me two to six months, depending on what they are for. So…I’d have had to spend more going the $25 way than the D & G way. In addition, when my D & G shoes start to show wear, I can take them to the nice shoe repair man downstairs. $25 go into the landfill.” You can read the whole discussion here.

    So some people can and do buy expensive shoes as a longer term investment, and we’re not interested in looking at cheap shoe after cheap shoe.

    This why Plumcake has to please herself to some degree when she posts: she’s not going to hit everybody’s price point or preferences.

  5. zuzu June 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I’m always a little surprised to see that well-made, expensive shoes often have no arch support. I get the point of investing in shoes that will last, but if I’m going to make an investment, I’m also going to make sure my feet will be happy.

    I mean, five hundred bucks, and I better feel like I’m walking on clouds.