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Titanium Shoe Said Too Dangerous

October 31, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ A titanium-heeled designer stiletto has been scrapped because its razor-sharp heel is a danger to people and property.

London-based designer Manolo Blahnik produced the shoe for his 2002 spring/summer collection. But he withdrew the design after he realized the devastating effect of its spiked 3 1/2-inch titanium heel.

``It is a heel he created out of curiosity but as soon as he saw it he realized he couldn’t produce it for general sale because it would destroy floors and carpets,″ the designer’s spokeswoman, Leslie Whittaker, said Tuesday.

``But it is strikingly beautiful from a design point of view,″ she added.

A Blahnik spokesman told the Daily Telegraph newspaper the designer feared being sued by people injured by the shoes.

Fans of the Spanish designer’s stylish, pricey footwear include Bianca Jagger, Madonna and ``Sex and the City’``s Sarah Jessica Parker.

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