"War demands sacrifice" was the angle Manolo Blahnik pitched the
media when discontinuing a luscious, but potentially lethal,
"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
We don't care if the shoe is out of hand, we just don't want that steely
stiletto anywhere near our feet.