With two thin straps and a spindly heel measuring 11.5cm (4.5 inches), the Jimmy Choo Minny is a whisper of a shoe, rather than a scream of a stiletto. It’s almost a non-shoe, a sandal down to its most minimal elements. And, as Cannes kicks of this week, it’s a top contender to become the shoe of the red carpet this year.
Seen – just about – popping out of long gowns on the red carpet at the Golden Globes and the Oscars, it’s by far the most popular of Jimmy Choo’s styles worn by celebrities. Actors ranging from Diane Kruger to Julianne Moore and Jenny Slate have worn it since January. It’s miles ahead of the contenders, the Lance, a strappy number, and Patsy, a satin platform. In fact, it was worn by more than twice the number of women at award ceremonies. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Charlize Theron and Lily James are repeat offenders, wearing the Minny a total of 15 times between them since January. In a world where a new look is demanded for each and every event, this is the equivalent of wearing something to death.
All this is somewhat surprising, maybe, for a shoe that is so anonymous, it’s barely there. But, actually, that’s it’s biggest strength. Where once the shoes added to the moment in front of the flashbulbs – a flash of red Louboutin soles or the chunky platform of the YSL Tribute – now celebrities want the kind of shoe that is barely there. For a time, Louboutin’s beige shoe (and Stuart Weitzman’s “Nudist”) fulfilled that role. Now it’s the Minny; it’s got all the glamour of a heel and the leg-lengthening properties, but, like the footwear version of the French manicure, it’s not going to, excuse the pun, step on the toes of the dress. The star and its wearer are still firmly in the spotlight.
Obviously, this isn’t something that just celebs can appreciate – but it’s only them that can wear the Minny. It’s exclusively made for the red carpet, something that makes it very alpha and therefore all the more appealing for its chosen ones. Jimmy Choo does make a version for norms – the Daisy, priced at £695 and available from July – or there are similar styles at Topshop and Office. Pick up a pair and wear them for your next night out. No one will notice them, but that’s totally the point.