On this day in fashion history

…2001, Manolo Blahnik pulled a pair of shoes from his collection for fear of being sued. Blahnik designed a pair of razor-sharp stilettos for spring/summer 2002 with 3.5 inch titanium heel that was just 3mm wide. “The heel was easy to walk on and was steady but would cut through carpet,” said a spokesman for Blahnik. “If the wearer stood on someone’s foot, it would go straight through. We decided there was a risk of being sued if we sold them. We did consider selling them with a legal waiver but it just wasn’t practical.” The shoes, which were then remade with a less “killer” heel, also prompted fears that Manolo fans could become terrorist suspects if their stilettos were mistaken for weapons by customs officers checking luggage on airport X-ray machines.

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