Manolo says, from what the Manolo has seen in the spring shoe collections of the major designers, the hottest trends will be the 6-plus-inch heels in the superhot colors (including puce and verdigris) made from the skins of exotic endangered animals (such as the lesser-tree sloth and the greater pangolin), shoes that will sell in the $4,700-and-up range.
The Manolo’s sources in the with-it crowd say that mix-and-match will be the rage, as superskinny ladies of mode seek to wear different shoes on the different feets, perhaps the Jimmy Choo stiletto on the left foot, and the Louboutin embroidered satin flat on the right, or vice versa.
Hobbling will briefly replace strutting on the catwalks of Paris and Bucharest, and pedestrian accidents will skyrocket in Lower Manhattan.
In March, the widespread front of Swarovski crystal spikes will move into the tristate area, causing panic-buying among matronly women on the Upper East Side, who will pile into the Saks 10022 Shoe department to load up on 9-inch Giuseppe Zanotti wedges in the metallic known as samovar. By early April, crystal spikes on mismatched shoes will be out, out, OUT! Ugh, how can you wear that, it is so last minute.
Manolo says, chasing fashion trends is out. Developing your own personal style that is timelessly you is the new black! Here is the Giorgio Armani leather-patent wing tip ($595, Saksfifthave.com), just because.