Manolo Blahnik inspired by Old Hollywood

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Manolo Blahnik at Liberty on September 8, 2010 in London, England.

Footwear maven says shoes help women feel confident.

Manolo Blahnik finds inspiration for his fashionable footwear from the likes of classic movie channel TCM.

The shoe designer also learned from big screen icons Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood what looking good does for a woman's confidence, the designer reveals in his new book, "Manolo's New Shoes."

In an interview with the Associated Press, the designer said a flattering shoe is an easy tool to help women look good.

"There are those moments, even if it's only seconds, when you walk differently in a great new pair of shoes, you feel differently. Heels do that for you. Flats can do it for you, too, but they're much harder," says the footwear designer made famous via Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) on "Sex and the City."

In an episode of "The Martha Stewart Show" slated to air Friday, the host told the 67-year-old that she liked hid stylish designs and appreciated the timelessness of the materials and shapes he uses.