Inspired by Brigitte Bardot, Manolo Blahnik made the perfect heel, the BB.
Available in a variety of heel heights and leathers, the BBs are the quintessential pump. It doesn’t matter if you work a 9-to-5 or if you’re Rihanna (she’s a fan!), these heels work, work, work for everyone.
… the name is just so iconic. It’d be possible to write a review about a pair of Manolos without mentioning Kate Moss’ wedding or Sex and the City.
I’ve been on the hunt for that perfect heel.
One that doesn’t scream flash like a spiked pair of red soled stilettos might (that both my wallet and ankles have fallen victim to), but at the same time doesn’t look bland…
Enter the BB.
MANOLO BLAHNIK BB REVIEW
MANOLO BLAHNIK SIZING
My BBs are a size 39.
Exchanging Italian vs. EU vs. FR vs. UK vs. US shoe sizing is almost as hard as converting currency exchange rates…
So let me compare my Manolo Blahnik size (39), to other brands.
The BB’s pointed toe and its 70 mm heel does not mean you should size up. I experience a light pinch on my baby toes in a 39, but half a size bigger is a bit too big.
Take your true size.
At 5’5.75″, 2.75 inches (70mm) is the perfect heel height for me. I don’t love towering above my 5’2” sister when I wear 4” heels, but an extra 2.75” gives me an extra boost of confidence without feeling like a skyscraper.
The heel height, the suede, the size, everything was just perfect. The simple white Manolo Blahnik box, the straight across cut vamp, the slightly curved heel… Perfected simplicity. Am I dreaming I’m an Olsen?
The Manolo Blahnik BBs are the perfect wear-it-everyday pump. They might be a basic, but they are so far from being basic. They are the little black dress for your feet.
They’re subtle enough to wear to a job interview — the 70mm is down to earth, but still elevated, yet bold (and comfortable) enough to wear once you got the job and you gotta “get it done.”
PROS & CONS
-True to size
-That sweet, sweet smell of Italian leather…
-You might get blisters at first like I did
While there’s no confirmation that Emmanuelle Alt’s are Manolo Blahniks, one can only assume, her coupled with the Olsens and a long standing desire for a pair of “Manolos” pushed me over the edge and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
A shoe’s ability to help elevate my jeans and a t-shirt uniform is crucial. Manolo Blahnik’s BB pumps do just that and more. They give my outfits a boost without being overbearing.
The hunt for the perfect black mid-heel is now over: I’ve found the heel that takes me from an L-train darling to a get-it-done girl and everything in between.
I bought my BBs from Neiman Marcus, but since they don’t have a made-to-order boutique anymore, Barneys has the best Manolo Blahnik selection of all the department stores.
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-Take your normal size
–Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks take 15% off when you sign up to their mailing list. This is a great time to grab a classic pair of Manolos, like the BBs, that don’t go on sale.
-Might pinch at the beginning, but they will break in over time
TLDR of My Manolo Blahnik BB Review
The shoe that will help you put your best foot forward in any situation. Can be worn at work and after work. Comfort and timeless, what could be better for a mid-heel pump?