Why are these shoes so expensive? The company says they're 98 percent made by hand with some of the finest snakeskin around. The high-end shoe retailer also says designer Manolo Blahnik has studied the art of crafting heels so they will be comfortable to walk in. The ball of your foot hits the same time your heel hits the ground, so you remain balanced. All of the components are hand chosen by Manolo Blahnik.