The shoes that changed everything!

I distinctly remember my first meeting with Mr Manolo Blahnik.  I was a teenager on holiday with my family. We were shopping in our favourite mall, and a new shop had opened. It was a shoe shop. It stocked Manolo Blahnik, and it was having a sale. There was one pair of ponyskin, black and white dotted mary-janes left in my size.  I was in love. I begged and begged my mother but she stood firm, refusing me.   I was heart broken.
A little while later it was my birthday. Low and behold what do you think was my star present?
The wonderful Manolo’s!!!
I have never been so delighted with a pair of shoes. It the beginning of my love affair with Mr Blahnik. Who I maintain to this day makes the most understated, elegant and comfortable shoes of all.
Still when I put those shoes on they cheer me up.  Thats the power of really wonderful clothes.  I don’t mean really expensive, or limited edition, or whatever.  I mean clothes that have an invested emotion, memory and meaning. They live forever, even if we out grow them, or gain weight or don’t suit them anymore. They are forever the perfect wardrobe moment. They can never go out of style.  THE SHOES!

Shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Jeans from a small shop in Paris, Tank top by By Malene Birger, Jumper by H&M, Jacket by Zara, Scarf from a Auntie, Downton Bag from YSL and Glasses by Tom Ford.


  1. Cristina says:

    Hi Peony!I’m Italian blogger,Today I have read your blog for the first time..It’s very wonderful!Your style is so cooool!!!!
    I follow you! =)

  2. susan says:

    i still have my very first manolos that i bought back in early ’80’s and still wear them occassionaly…so classic and comfy. i was lucky enough to have met him at neiman marcus and he was so nice and warm and funny. btw, i love your manolos! xo

  3. Rick says:

    Those are hot, Peony!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love this outfit!! I’ve seen that sweater on many bloggers, but this is the first time I’ve seen someone wear that H&M sweater and make me want to go get it too!

  5. Peony says:

    @ Cristina – Thank you, I hope you continue to like it. I was just in Italy… I love the food… very jealous you have it all the time.

    @ Susan – I know sooo comfy! He is so clever. He is charming isnt he, I met him at liberty’s and he was very funny.

    @ Rick – Thanks!

    @ Anon – Thank you that is such a compliment. A friend of mine did go and buy it and she said it was the last one left in that store, so clearly its not just me that liked them! It gets softer the more you wear it too.

  6. Marsha says:

    Hi Peony. I’ve just come across your publications this morning (via Pete’s friend) and this post reminds me of my favourite pair of animal-face flats in spotty ponyskin and patent leather. There’s something primal with ponyskin texture that I find irresistible – oh how I wish for ponyskin skirts…

    You have a good taste in fur matching, something I can definitely learn from.

    Would love to one day have a #fwis shoot with your heels and mine – wishful I know, so let me know if you’re heading to SE Asia!