The fact that Manolo Blahniks have been endlessly worn by everyone from Anna Wintour and Rihanna to—fictional Sex and the City character—Carrie Bradshaw illustrates the iconic footwear designer’s universal appeal and singular talent.

It’s a rare morning in the Stratford residence of Colm and Donna Feore: both of them are at home. He’s not starring in a Broadway show, making a miniseries in Rome or finishing off a film in London. And she’s not choreographing a movie in Prague, staging an opera in Edinburgh or mounting a musical in Toronto.