Indeed Lucky

Lucky Indeed!

Manolo says, here to make you envious is the picture of the lucky girl who won the 52 boxes of the Godiva chocolates and the 52 pairs of the shoes of the other Manolo, the true maestro, Manolo Blahnik.


Anne Klein for the Poor Girls

Manolo says, many of the internet friends of the Manolo they have been clamoring as they always do for the Manolo to find them the shoes of inexpensiveness. “Manolo,” they cry, “we wish to be super fantastic, but we have no moneeeeeys!”

The reply of the Manolo in these cases it is always the same. The girl who wishes to be super fantastic she must save her moneys so as to be able to afford the most super fantastic shoes at the later date.

But, at the same of the times, you cannot go barefeeted, you need the shoes. Of the course, the Manolo he also knows how difficult it can be to save the moneys, what with the rent, and the food, and the car insurance, and the difficulty of living on what the “man” he pays you.

And likewise, the Manolo he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic shoes from the pages torn out of the phone book and lamintated together using the glue you have boiled out of the glutenous soup bones saved from your cabbage-based meals.

And so the Manolo, who understands these things, he will help out his friends by recommending two new pairs of the good looking shoes from the AK Anne Klein that sell for under eighty of the American dollars.

AK Anne Klein Bengal     Manolo Likes!  Click!AK Anne Klein  Bengal     Manolo Likes!  Click!

This double-band slide, it is most attractive in its simplicity. The one with the linen color, it is the good color for wearing with the frock of spring.

AK Anne Klein    Bryce        Manolo Likes!  Click!AK Anne Klein   Bryce    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This basic loafer, it has a fun, feeling of the time of spring. It would be the good shoe for that first picnic in the park.

Manolo says, the Manolo he has in the past recommended the AK Anne Klein shoes for the poor girls. These shoes, they are acceptable shoes for the poor girl to wear while she saves her moneys for the super fantastic.


The Formula of the Grecians Run Amok

Too much of the formula of the Grecians

Manolo says, let it go grey, Luciano, let it go grey.

Consumerism and Beauty

One of the Manolo’s many internet friends has left the most interesting comment in the posting of “What the Manolo Is…” below.

Maestro Manolo, we are very confused. Fight Club is a great film, it’s in my top five. But Maestro, doesn’t the theme of the film run contradictory to the values you espouse here? Fight Club is a film about the abandonment of material cultures, of being the core of what you are without overmuch commercialization. Many commercial brands are denigrated. But you yourself, Maestro, have become famous for your espousal or mockery of one particular brand over another, for being a self-admitted (and extremely adroit) fashionista.

Please understand, Maestro, I have a great amount of respect for your taste and choices. You yourself have affected some of my style choices and views on what a gentleman should wear. I do wish you nothing but utmost success, and perhaps one day that script with Mr. Day-Lewis or Monsieur Depp as a star in it (which I will PROMPTLY go see!). But your choice of films confuses me! What are we to think!

Manolo says, this comment it is worthy of discussion in the body of the Manolo’s blog.

First, the friend of the Manolo perhaps misapprehends what the Manolo does in his “What the Manolo Is… “ postings.

These postings they are merely the listing of the media that the Manolo he is consuming this week. It is usually not the endorsement of the worth or the unworth of the item being consumed.

For the specific example of this, with the Fight Club, the Manolo he truly enjoyed the visuals, the acting, and the manly violence, but overall he found the movie more than somewhat ridiculous in its premise, and more than somewhat juvenile in its viewing of the world. Yes, it is the very good movie, but it is also the immature fantasy, which, of the course, are by no means mutually exclusive.

As for the culture of the consumer, which is proudly celebrated here in the blogs of the Manolo, the Manolo he is under no illusions that “things” are the substitute for the life of the soul or the mind.

Instead here the things they are celebrated as things, as objects of beauty or unbeauty to be admired, or denigrated as the case may be. This applies especially in this place to the shoes, the clothes, and the fashion.

It is also the belief of the Manolo that the admiration of beauty, even of the beauty of the objects that can be purchased at the outlet store of the factory, is not imcompatible with having the rich inner life.

Indeed, until recently, it was the commonly held belief that owning or even looking at things of beauty could aid in achieving the inner spiritual beauty. (Do we not take our children to the museums of art? What is the purpose of that if not to inculcate into them some idea of the power of beauty.)

The Manolo will not pontificate on the trouble caused by the rise of the Protestantism, or the Weberian theory of the ethic of work and the iconoclastic leanings of Calvinism, instead he will merely note that most of the religions of the world believe that the spiritual can be accessed through the contemplation of beauty. Why else, for the example, the veneration of the icons in the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox?

So, in the final response to the question, the Manolo can only say that beauty and the acquisition of the objects of beauty, have their own spirituality, one that if approached properly enriches life.

This it is one of the reasons why the Manolo blogs about fashion, because beautiful clothes and beautiful shoes, make us happy and enrich our lives with their beauty.

But enough of this! Back to the funny pictures of the celebrities!

Pop Star Feets

Manolo says, this shoe blog here, it has made the Manolo laugh with it’s pictures of the shoes of the greatest UK indie pop stars you have never heard of.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, here is What the Manolo Is…





Listening to…

Manolo says, the Manolo he continues to read the books about the movies and the screenwriting. And the Netflix, it continues to deliver the movies to the home of the Manolo.

By the way, if you wish to read the short media reviews of the Manolo you should go to this place.



Rene Caovilla silver and gold leather strappy slide with pink and purple butterfly brooch

Rene Caovilla white and light green leather open lattice 'Fence of Roses' slide with suede rosettes

Manolo says, the Manolo he cannot help it, he has recently become obsessed with the shoes of the Rene Caovilla. These two pairs above, they show the delicate, feminine prettiness that has made the shoes from the Caovilla the choice of many of the stars of the Hollywood. There is much of the flowerly/butterfly-y decorations, yet somehow, it seems to the Manolo to be admirably restrained.

Are they not most special?


The Skating


Manolos says, the ice skating it is so dignified and graceful, no?


The Yoox

Manolo says, the Manolo he has been meaning for the while to mention the Yoox to you. They are worth the mentioning because they offer for the American the hard-to-find shoes of some of the most important designers of Europe.

For the example, these boots below from the British designer the Alexander McQueen, they are very difficult to find in the U.S. of the A., but are available at the Yoox.
Alexander McQueen  Boots    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Likewise, these sandals from the John Galliano, they too are avaiable at the Yoox.
John Galliano  High Heeled Sandals     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Or this from the Luciano Padovan…
Luciano Padovan  High Heeled Sandals     Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Yoox it is not the best place for the shopper of the bargains, but it is good if you must have the latest in the couture shoe styles of the Europe.


Shoe Museums

Manolo says, two of Manolo’s many internet friends have sent the Manolo links to two very amusing shoe museums. You must look at them.

The Bata Shoe Museum This place, it is is in the Canada, and was mentioned in the most entertaining article about the caveman shoes in the recent New Yorker magazine.

This museum, it is in the France, in the town of Romans-sur-Isere, which as the Manolo can attest is one of the centers of the shoe manufacturing in the France. (The shoes of the Robert Clergerie they are made there.) This site, it is in the French, but this, it is no barrier to looking at the pictures.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friends, the La BellaDonna and the Sandra.


Huggin’ and Chalkin’

 The Condi grows absolutely limp, Ev'ry time she kisses her baby blimp,The Condi must hug a ways and chalk a mark to see where she began

Manolo says, everyone loves the well-dressed man of size.


Feerings…Woah-O-O Feerings…

Manolo says, Jackie Chan sings you songs of love.