The Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ‘Hangisi’ Embellished Satin Flats, £620
You’re all familiar with Manolo Blahnik’s ‘Hangisi’ pumps. I assume?
If this version isn’t ringing any bells, I’m sure the bright blue stiletto version will: they were the shoes made famous by the Sex and the City movie, and went on to become one of Manolo Blahnik’s best-selling styles because of it. Now, I’ll be completely honest: I’ve never been a huge fan of ‘Hangisi’ – or of Manolo Blahnik in general, really. I know that’s almost sacrilegious for a shoe blogger to admit, and don’t get me wrong: if a pair of those shoes were to magically appear on my shelves, I’m sure I’d wear them until they fell apart. I probably wouldn’t run out and buy a pair, though (or save up and buy a pair, more accurately), because there’s something about Manolo Blahnik shoes that always strikes me as just a little bit dated.
That’s also the case with this flat version of the iconic Hangisi’ style, and in this case, I know exactly what the problem is: it’s that funny little heel. Heels like this one always make me think of little-old-lady shoes, and this is no exception. With that said, however, I LOVE the colour of the upper, and I have to give props to any pair of flats that has some kind of of WOW factor – which these ones definitely do, thanks to the diamante brooch on the toe.
Those toes are really quite something: they’re very slim, elegant, and fabulous, and they’re a lot more interesting than most flats, I have to give them that!
DRESS // CLUTCH
Of course, all of my thoughts on these shoes are purely academic, because £620 is way, WAY more than I’d ever pay for a pair of flats: ouch!
I LOVE the pairing of purple and emerald. I am also impressed by such a bold combo – I know you generally like things that match :)))
I love the colour but I know what you mean about the heel – it’s just a bit too old lady. The high heel version of Hangisi is glorious, in my book.
I agree with Tracey, the high heel version is waaay better. Plus, my motto is “If it’s under 4 Inches, it’s a flat shoe.” So I guess either go big or go home, if it makes any sense.
You are the first person to share my thoughts on Manolo Blahnik shoes. I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about his shoes. The “Hangisi” style is one of the shoe styles I really dislike. I swear my grandma had a pair just like that when I was growing up. It didn’t look good then, it doesn’t look good now. The square big embellishment on top just looks weird to me. But I now I am in the minority… My favourite Manolos are the BB pumps, and I have two of those, one in patent and one suede. The patent ones are my most uncomfortable shoes EVER, I don’t know why.. plus the sole of the suede ones came apart after wearing them about 3 times and I had to get them fixed. I was so angry about that I sent an email to Manolo Blahnik, but all I got was a reply to take them back to the store. Which I did, but since I had already worn them, Saks wouldn’t take them back. I had the fixed and they are fine now, but that shouldn’t happen to shoes that expensive…