Manolo Blahnik likely hasn't given much thought to the pain he causes in women who wear his towering shoes, which are often held up four inches or more by a pencil-thin stiletto heel can easily cause falls. Bunions, hammer toe, plantar fasciitis, blisters and bruises have all been suffered in the name of Mr. Blahnik's creations.
Something that does apparently concern the stylish shoemaker is all of the wasted fish skins, cork and raffia that pollute the planet. As a result, he decided to team up with designer Marcia Patmos to develop Earth-friendly, high-end footwear, according to Women's Wear Daily.
So far, the pair has designed two models: a high heeled sandal that comes in neon blue, black nude or yellow and an open-toed flat. And they can be yours for just $895 each!
"I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it’s actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods," Patmos said, quoted by the news source. "I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market – it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags."
Readers, if Bunionella is going to drop a month's rent on a pair of shoes, they'd better be made of something a little more luxurious than the remains of last night's dinner. Nice try, Patmos and Blahnik.
Luckily, EcoSalon.com has some more wallet-friendly suggestions for vegan and ecologically sound high heels.
For instance, did you know that Black Swan actress Natalie Portman has her own line of shoes? The website favors a pair of red vegan suede wedges with some pretty folded details on the toe and heel. These retail for $295, according to EcoSalon.
The website has also alerted me to a brand that may become my new obsession: Olsen Haus. The vegan brand has satiated my shoe fetish with one glance at its online catalog. Dramatic wedge oxfords, stiletto booties, open-toed heels and some leopard printed beauties all grace the pages of the Olsen Haus website, making my mouth salivate and bunions twinge.
It may be possible to wear these towering masterpieces without agitating bunions too much. A nightly routine of a foot soak, exfoliation of calluses and wearing the Bunion Aid by Alpha Orthotics allows me to satisfy my fetish without bunion pain – and now, I can do it all while helping to preserve the planet.