The Spanish shoe designer Manolo Blahnik was known as the king of stilettos long before ‘Sex and the City’; he makes the most imaginative and, as word has it, the most comfortable high heels in the world. The designer, awarded a honorary doctorate by London’s Royal College of Arts and made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elisabeth II, has been putting shoes on predominantly female feet for more than 30 years. Anyone who’s anyone goes through their glamorous life on Manolo Blahniks. The master has designed all models since 1972 himself, by now more than 11,000. Utterly adored and soon out of stock. Madonna said his shoes were ‘better than sex’.