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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading. Today the topic it is the shoes for the maid of the bride.

Dear Manolo,

I am going to be a bride’s maid in my best friends wedding. She wanted all of us to get different shades of pink dresses, and me being the loud friend, I went with fuschia. But now the inevitable question – what color shoes do I wear with a fuschia tea length dress?


Manolo says, the Manolo has noticed over the past three or four of the years that the dresses of the bridesmaids have grown slightly less hideous.

Where before, the young woman who agreed to be the bridesmaid of her friend could have relied upon the the poofy/frilly gown designed to minimize the bust and maximize the booty–the thing which well-suited the needs of the bride to be unchallenged in matters of attractiveness on her super-duper-I’m-the-princess-for-life special day–now the trend it has moved towards having bridesmaids who perhaps maybe look okay.

Still the eternal problem it is that the dresses must match the fantasy color scheme decided upon by the Bridezilla and her rampaging mob of wedding consultants and hangers-on. But because it is always the role of the maid of the bride to grin and endure such indignities, she must remember that she is the designer accessory more than the actual participant.

Thus the smart maid of the bride learns the value of having the good cobbler, one who knows about the dying of the shoes.

The secret then it is to purchase the basic white satin pump of the good quality, like the Temptress from the Stuart Weitzman, and to take it to the good cobbler together with the swatch of the material of the dress.

Temptress by Stuart Weitzman    Manolo Likes!  Click!

14 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Phyllis March 17, 2006 at 10:33 am #

    But the greater question is – what do you do with dyed fuchsia Stuart Weitzman shoes after you wear them only once? Let’s assume Jennifer likes that color to beign with – if I were her, after the wedding I’d make them into party shoes with a little Swarovski bling via M&J Trim (www.mjtrim.com) or maybe some hand made Indian Rajasthan twisted-wire applique (see Heritage Trading on Ebay)

  2. La Gémeaux March 17, 2006 at 1:10 pm #

    Phyllis, you take them back to the cobblers and have them dye the shoes black.

  3. Brian's babymomma March 17, 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    Phyllis, you are brilliant! I can only imagine what a woman with your creativity has donned on this festive holiday. And Jennifer is very lucky to have such an opportunity. Many Bridezillas are now dictating the shoes as well.

  4. alexandra Lampert March 17, 2006 at 2:23 pm #

    I’m so sorry to say this, but those shoes are really very borring. Don’t you think? Jen can do better….

  5. La BellaDonna March 17, 2006 at 2:32 pm #

    La BellaDonna, she also reminds the ladies not to buy the shoes-to-be-dyed any at all on the “snug” side, as they will inevitably shrink in the dying, no matter what the cobbler says. The odds, they are good that if they are dyed again, they may shrink again.

    The pink shoes, they may be dyed (and in the succeeding order, by the thrifty maid of the bride):
    red; then
    burgundy or purple; and then

    thereby extending the life of the shoe ad infinitum.

  6. jenny March 18, 2006 at 12:20 am #

    But I’ve always managed to mangle any satin shoes I’ve ever owned within the first wearing. I’m always messing up the heels first: getting them stuck in the grass, walking in gravel, whatever. Then the toes go, to the usual scuffing and/or spills/splatters. I don’t think these are gonna last past magenta. That is, unless you’re both coordinated and ladylike, which I obviously am not.

  7. la petite chou chou March 18, 2006 at 3:01 am #

    You know what always happens to my shoes? Apparently I can’t pick my feet up when I walk and I end up tearing the sole off the front of the toe. One has to be a complete clutz to manage that.

    As far as dyed shoes: Back in the day, when I was in high school, a former friend of mine once was going to dye her shoes for prom to match her dress. They couldn’t get it exact. It was a very beautiful royal blue but she finally ended up just having them dyed black.

  8. Alison March 18, 2006 at 3:06 pm #

    I really like Phyllis’s beading idea, though I’m not normally a fan of dyed-to-match. If Jennifer isn’t, either, what about a metallic sandal?

  9. slavicblonde March 20, 2006 at 10:06 am #

    Perhaps an elegant, strappy gold sandal would lend a more modern look. The life of the shoe, it would also be extended beyond that of the wedding – no?

  10. Miss Tanya March 20, 2006 at 4:56 pm #

    I’m afraid I disagree with the Manolo. I’d go gold or silver and strappy. But I hate pumps for the most part, especially satin dyed to match. Especially with tea length.

  11. Miss Tanya March 20, 2006 at 4:57 pm #

    I’m afraid I disagree with the Manolo. I’d go gold or silver and strappy. But I hate pumps for the most part, especially satin dyed to match. Especially with tea length.

  12. Steph March 21, 2006 at 4:50 pm #

    I am in the disagree camp. If you are going to do the icky dyed shoe thing, I would go with some sort of payless cheapo special because they would look just like the Stuart Weisman one’s but then you could feel better about throwing them away later. I like the idear of the strappy gold shoe–I have just the perfect Ferragamo pair that I will NOT be letting you borrow because they are one of my faves.

    Dyed shoes only make sense when you are all doing the matchy matchy thing. If the matchiness doesn’t matter.

    The mens fashion is much more boring but for this sort of occasion, a lot mo easier.

  13. Sulee March 21, 2006 at 8:10 pm #

    Manolo on this issue I am in the camp of the strappy gold shoe, and fiercely hoping that the age of the dyable pump has come and gone and that it is now time for the reign of the strappy gold shoe over the realm of the shoe of the bridesmaid.

  14. Drive All Night August 1, 2006 at 11:03 am #

    I wonder if any of the folks advocating the “strappy gold shoe” for a wedding has ever spent six or seven hours on her (or his) feet in a high-heeled “strappy gold shoe”. The torque on those slender straps are killer diller. Your feet will take a week to recover.

    Why put yourself through that?

    Plus, despite what people say about dyed-to-match satin pumps, they’re just very chic and proper and when you’re after a fairly homogenous look for your bridal party, they’re the way to go. Yes, I know all about the “It’s all about ME and MY tastes!” ethos these days; still, why not just give your egos a much-needed holiday and choose the most fashion-favored alternative. Which is to say, give the damn cobbler some business and let him dye the damn shoes to match. Monochrome uber alles!