• Manolo Blahnik Bean Heels


    Prep/Ivy style ebbs and flows into mainstream consciousness every 30 years or so. Subversive tendencies of high fashion design houses simply comes with the territory, oft to the indifference of purists. Foster Huntington came across these Manolo Blahnik Bean heels complete with Vibram sole while he was visiting the L.L. Bean archive. They are of the moment yet simultaneously timeless. In fact, this particular pair was purchased by Leon Gorman (grandson of L.L. Bean) at Barney’s...in 1978! Tommy Hilfiger spun off similar feminine interpretations this fall with an updated rounder toe; however, I prefer the silhouette of the stiletto heel.

    Image via Foster Huntington

    Nov 26, 2010 | Permalink (8) Total Comments

    JFD left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 2:03 PM:

    Silly, but funny silly.

    beskalan left a comment on 11/29/2010 at 3:44 AM:

    xavier, that’s not some girl - its Garance Dore, French street fashion blogger extraordinaire, photo taken by Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist. I believe she’s wearing the new Hilfiger version, not the Blahniks, if you look at the heels.

    xavier left a comment on 11/28/2010 at 5:30 PM:

    They are different…

    Here is a street shot of a girl with them on


    Kiel James Patrick left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 5:43 PM:

    What came first the New England or the Bean?

    I always applaud the ingenuity in taking key elements of classic style and spinning something completely original.  It took many fashion designing risks (failures and triumphs) to bring us the treasured staples we appreciate today. 

    As for these boots I feel I would look rather silly in them.  As for girls wearing them I can appreciate the venture… and I always love the chance takers who stand out a bit amongst the crowd. 
    —Old Man

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 4:52 PM:

    @Joey Dee—These are perfect for hunting in the concrete jungle.

    @Kalim Kassam—Since Leon Gorman actually bought these at Barney’s, I doubt they were made in Maine by L.L. Bean.

    Joey Dee left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 4:45 PM:

    Would these be for hunting/camping?

    Kalim Kassam left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 1:13 PM:

    Made in Maine?

    Debby left a comment on 11/26/2010 at 8:57 AM:

    I saw these… I think they are rather cool! xo