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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s latest column, it is now available for the downloading at the Express of the Washington Post website.

It is the new version of the column of the Manolo, 300 words of Manolo-based wisdom, twice the size of the previous column.

This week, the topic it is the shoes for the Eve of the New Year.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to the very swanky party on New Year’s Eve, but I’m a poor girl. Please help me find some super fantastic but affordable shoes.


Manolo says, the Eve of the New Years it is one of the most favorite nights of the year for the Manolo, as it gives your humble shoeblogging friend the Manolo the opportunity to slick back what is left of the hair, squeeze into the tuxedo (which has mysteriously grown smaller over the preceeding twelve months) and party like it is the 1999.

Even the better, it is the night when the Manolo gets to see the beautiful society womens go out in their fancy black dresses with the most super fantastic shoes on their feets, shoes that are surpassingly elegant and beautiful, and undoubtedly cost many hundreds of the American dollars,

How wonderful it is to know that at the least one night of the year, everyone is attempting to look their most super fantastic. This it is the night for the Blahniks, and the Choos, and the Louboutins, shoes that express your love of elegance and your impeccable style.

Of the course, what are you to do if, like the friend of the Manolo, you cannot afford the shoe of the Choo? (Retail price more than what “the Man” he pays you for the entire week’s worth of the drudgery.)

Be not afraid, the Manolo he is here to help.

Here are two beautiful shoes from the Vera Wang that are on the sale at the Zappos.
Vera Wang 5401X  Sequined Slingback     Manolo Likes! Click!
This first one, the black slingback with the sparkly sequined accents, it is selling at the 63% discount, the savings of over $300 of the American dollars!

Vera Wang 5702 Black Satin Pump    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This second shoe, the elegant pump with just enough of the tasteful bling, is is 53% off of the usual price.

6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Anonymous December 23, 2005 at 10:31 am #

    you cannot afford the shoe of the Choo? (Retail price more than what “the Man” he pays you for the entire week’s worth of the drudgery.)

    So funny- so true- so funny !!!

  2. mrs depoint December 23, 2005 at 2:26 pm #

    I read Manolo every evening with my ten-year-old daughter. It helps her reading, and gives her an wonderful fashion education, and instills in her an appreciation of the Hasselhoff. So I should not have been surprised, during Christmas shopping with her this past week, when we passed a Franco Sarto shoe display and she exclaimed, “Look, Mama! Franco Sarto for the Poor Girl!”

    Thank goodness the Post is giving the Manolo more space. It is about time.

  3. jenny December 23, 2005 at 3:21 pm #

    Alas, I am a poor girl, too. Poor girl as in, if a pair of pants costs more than $9.99 on the clearance rack, then they’d better be good. I found these the other day and fell in love. They’re gorgeous, and indeed fairly comfortable! For those of us who can only dream of even super-sale Vera Wang, I feel these are a very acceptable substitute. Please tell me that my taste is not atrocious, Manolo.

  4. furlagirl December 23, 2005 at 5:33 pm #

    I would like the Manolo to know that I was in Harvey Nicks this afternoon, where its sale had started earlier than I expected, and I found a very nice pair of LK Bennett, brown suede ankle strap peep toe wedges for only 49 of the British pounds, which was an excellent reduction. Then the voice of the Manolo it whispered in my ear. Are these the super fantastic shoes? And I looked at them closely, and I saw that no, even though they were only 49 of the British pounds, still they were not super fantastic, and it would be better to wait until the first Saturday in January when the Christian Louboutin sale starts.

    So now, for the rest of my life it is to be the super fantastic or nothing. And all thanks to the Manolo.

  5. AFriend December 24, 2005 at 1:50 pm #

    Dear Jenny,

    Happy Holidays! I too am looking for the great bargains! I like the shoes you selected. Like you, I frequent the bargain racks and find that my search is frequently rewarded. You probably receive many compliments on your appearance.

    A while back, New York Times published an entertaining article on clothing and shoes from our mass retailers. So many of the designs were borrowed (and well executed) from the high fashion designers. Also, the interpretations were more wearable by the average person.

    So enjoy your beautiful shoes and have a happy and healthy 2006!

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