Sultan of slippers, holy man of heels – all superlatives are justified for Manolo Blahnik. His are the shoes of choice for anyone wanting the real deal, a handmade, artisan experience, nothing remotely mass-produced.
He works all the time, sketching designs as well as all his ad campaigns, and travelling to Italy to oversee manufacture. His sister Evangeline holds the reigns in London and he escapes to his house in Bath to regain his equilibrium when he can. He hates wedges and believes in the power of heels and the sex appeal they convey.
Madonna once described shoes designed by Blahnik as “better than sex”.