NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Platform high heel pumps may have grown to be a celebrity shoe obsession in recent seasons, but don't expect iconic shoe designer Manolo Blahnik to hop on this trend anytime soon.
"I'm suspicious of platforms," Blahnik tells the Associated Press. "They're the wrong shape for the leg."
The 69-year-old shoe guru prefers to see more women in elegant heels, adorable flats or even classic American saddle shoes instead of the "clunky" platforms that have been so popular with stars like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez.
Blahnik, the man at the heart of the pop-culture shoe craze thanks largely to regular mentions by the shoe-obsessed Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and the City," says he as an appreciation for simple and well-made things.
"There are those moments, even if it's only seconds, when you walk differently in a great new pair of shoes, you feel differently," he adds.Those who covet his elegantly crafted shoes admire Blahnik's timeless design aesthetic, which stems from his impeccable high taste and affinity for old-school styles.
In an excerpt from his newly released book, "Manolo's New Shoes," Blahnik devotee Amy Fine Collins writes, "If Manolo has an Achilles' heel, it is his sweet tooth, and so, consequently, the shoes are confectionary--high-glucose bonbons for the foot."