Rejoice! A Manolo I actually like! Everyone has been buzzing about the imminent comeback of his classic pump, but now that I’ve seen these slingbacks, I believe in the Blahnik revival. The structure of his unflinchingly modest heel is still there (this slightly flared stiletto measures just over 4”), but this strappy sandal has an edge that makes for a total wow factor. Accessorized with tough metal hardware, it’s got some bite without veering too far from the tastes of his polished customer.
Every lady needs a tool for self-defense, right? These bold brass details – something distressed and rustic makes for a fabulous contrast against delicate straps and a platform-free sole – are like armor for your feet. A vague gladiator look, shields included, is a definite confident-builder. At Bergdorf Goodman for $995.
Pair with: A craftily embroidered jacket with touches of metallic-sequin shimmer is a match for the sandals’ hard glamour. Sass & Bide’s My Favorite Game blazer is a blend of silk and linen that fits the bill. On Net-a-Porter for $795.