LAST CALL: Heel of a problem forces Blahnik to discontinue shoe

"War demands sacrifice" was the angle Manolo Blahnik pitched the

media when discontinuing a luscious, but potentially lethal,

titanium-heeled shoe.

"Manolo Blahnik is discontinuing a shoe in its 2002 line because of

fears that the spiky metal heel will be mistaken for a terrorist's

weapon," announced Jeannette Walls in her MSNBC column "The Scoop."

Cynics may question why the design retreat was publicly linked to 9-11,

rather than to the shoe's already dubious merits. Apparently the metal

heel, with a tip the approximate diameter of a ballpoint pen, could

pierce carpeting, leave marks on wooden floors, and puncture toes.

"Manolo is the most technical of the shoe designers, but it was

something that got out of hand," Blahnik's US president told the New

York Post.

We don't care if the shoe is out of hand, we just don't want that steely

stiletto anywhere near our feet.

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