And God Created The BB
September 3, 2013
Just another pump? Hardly. A mere four years after its 2009 launch, the Manolo Blahnik “BB” can already claim bona fide icon status and a legion of devout fans-both wearers and admirers-who can recognize its elegant lines and curvy, shallow vamp from across a room.
Blahnik named the pump after the original French sex kitten, actress Brigitte Bardot. He says her walk so captivated him that he began imagining the bombshell in his shoes-how she would wear them, the colors she would choose. Then he imagined all women in his BBs and set a price point of $595, relatively affordable by today’s luxury standards.
Introduced with a single heel height of 105 millimeters, the style has evolved to include five options, the most popular being the original. (Fact: Women who wear the BB actually speak in millimeters, as in “I just bought a pair of black 90s for the office.”) The wonder of the BB is its versatility: chic perfection with a little black dress, but exhibiting plenty of cool-girl cred when styled with a pair of jeans. Maybe it’s the way the BB’s perfect pitch repositions a woman’s stance, accentuating her curves. Or how the cut of the vamp
offers just the right tease of come-hither toe cleavage. Whatever the secret, one thing’s sure: Those who slip into a pair of BBs become true believers.
Choose your height, choose your color. Shop the exclusive Made-To-Order Manolo Blahnik BB Boutique now through October 15! #OnlyatNM
Photography by Jeff Stephens