The Walmart Manolo

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Fat Mike has put up the amusing article under the title “Walmart Manolo” in which the Fat Mike he discusses his love of the shoes and the thinness of his wallet.

Although there is much that amuses the Manolo about the Fat Mike’s view of the wearing of the shoes by the men of size, there is one part that is especially pertinent for blog of the Manolo. In his post the Fat Mike has included the list of the ten types of the shoes that he believes every man he should own. Here it is.

The Guys Essential Pairs of Shoes — a list:
1) The black work/weddings/funerals/court appearances shoes
2) The city walkers
3) The workout shoes
4-6) The drivers — dark, tan & light
7-8) The sneakers — dark & light
9) The sandal
10) The shit kicker boots

Manolo says, this it is not the bad list, although the Manolo he would have the very difficult time limiting himself to just ten (or even 20, or 30, or 40) pairs of the shoes.

And, of the course, many of the Manolo’s shoes, they would be the custom made. Nothing is there that can compare with the custom made shoes for the man.

Yet, there are three or four places on the list where the Manolo he would reccomend the shoes that were not only not custom made, but were indeed surprisingly affordable.

#3 The Workout Shoes.

Manolo says, the shoes of the workout, they must the first and the foremost be practical. This is not the time for the crazy spring-loaded shock-absorbing air-bag-cushioning techo-shoes. You want the shoe that does the most with the least amoung of the fuss. And likewise, you cannot be swaning about in the fancy designer shoes, after the all, is not the first word in the workout the “work”?

This it is why the Manolo loves the shoes of the New Balance.

New Balance - M 603 (Navy)  Manolo Likes!  Click!
He himself has owned three consequtive pairs of the New Balance 603s.

#8 The Light-colored Sneakers

The Manolo he has recommended these before, but it must be said again, the Adidas Rod Laver, it is the classic sneaker shoe of the casual wear.

adidas - Rod Laver (White/Navy Nylon/Mesh) - Men's    Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Manolo he has lost the count of the number of the pairs of the Rod Lavers he has owned. Above the dozen, at the least. (Yes, the Manolo he is somewhat the creature of the habits.)

#2 The City Walkers

As for the shoes for the walking in the city, the Manolo he has become increasingly disposed towards the Mephistos. This monk strap, it has the beautiful classic styling that the Manolo appreciates.

Mephisto - Perino (Dark Brown Smooth) Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he has made a more lengthy and complete response to the Fat Mike at the Manolo’s Manolo for the Men Blog.

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8 Responses to “The Walmart Manolo”




  1. ChicagoChic Says:

    I’m in love with the city walkers. They remind me of an American i fell in love with in Paris (seriously!).




  2. The Baron Says:

    (we should insert our tongues firmly in our cheek, here) But, but, Maestro Manolo, will you not give us a good list of finely made and well crafted sht kicker boots?! In all seriousness, it is time for me to buy new footwear. I am contemplating some nice dark Dr. Martens for their comfort and durability. They have some very nice black & white wingtips as well.




  3. leslie Says:

    Oh Manolo! I was so counting on you to discourage, even forbid the menfolk from wearing sandals. Sandals are not for the respectable man, even at the beach, where a low rise pair of converse will do nicely. I feel very uncomfortable at the site of the unshod male foot, and only in the most tropical climates, and only rarely then can I abide sandals or even huraches for men. Please reconsider!




  4. cirby Says:

    …but how does Manolo feel about the Chuck Taylor All-Stars?




  5. JD Says:

    Manolo,

    What about the Stan Smiths? Are they not even the more classicer than the Rod Lavers?




  6. Carol Says:

    With the heart that pounds, I see the shoes that might fit the person with the wide feets. My soul rejoices. Ay, ay, ay! Then, the hopes they are dashed, as the shoes — these are all for the mens. Sadly do I resume the surfing of the zappos, narrowing the search for the “wide” feets, choking with the frustration as the orthopedic and decidely un-super fantastic Naturalizer fills the screen of the computer.




  7. Kimberly Says:

    Word, Carol. They seem to think that everyone with wide feet is a 75 year old granny. I’m young; I want hot superfantastic shoes, too!




  8. coolchiq Says:

    Brilliant, Manolo, absolutely brilliant! The workout shoes must be looked into in extreme detail as well. After all it’s a very important source of inspiration for your work out!!

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