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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’s topic? What else? Wedges!

Dear Manolo,

My sister, the Imelda Marcos of our family, has informed me that wedges are in. Can you show me a wedge worth buying? I’m dubious.


Manolo says, once again the vagaries and whims of fashion have caused the rift between the members of the family.

Manolo presumes that when Grogga the Cavelady tried on her new off-the-shoulder sabertooth tiger robe, her sister Ooga announced that the saber tooth was “so last eon”. After which ensued the spirited family disagreement, contested vigorously with the clubs and the mammoth femurs.

Sadly, variations of this scene have been repeated down through the ages. And so, once again, what falls to the Manolo is the unpleasant duty of informing one of his many friends that her know-it-all family member is correct. Wedges are indeed most in this year.

Likewise the Manolo is sorry to inform his friend that he agrees fully with this trend toward the be-wedged shoes of chunkiness. Indeed, the best of the new wedges can be fun and flirty and something even the most fashionably primordial cavelady and her sister both might enjoy wearing.

Thus the Manolo holds aloft the Ten from the Cynthia Rowley as the example of the wedge that is very much worth the buying. Indeed, it could provide the wearer with the wonderfully wedgeful spring.

Ten by Cynthia Rowley    Manolo Likes!  Click!

15 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Miz Shoes March 24, 2006 at 10:26 am #

    Wow. What a beautiful, elegant heel. A slender, well proportioned wedge. Who’d a thunk it.

  2. Robyn March 24, 2006 at 11:38 am #

    A wedge so wonderful it took my breath away as I scrolled down to reveal it. I’m sure the price tag will also have a similar effect! Here’s hoping that the lower priced lines will have been knocking off lovely wedges all winter. “Roman Holiday” not “Taxi Driver” please!

  3. Rita March 24, 2006 at 11:45 am #

    Gorgeous! Thank heavens it doesn’t come in my size (an elegant 11N) or I’d be so tall on those 3 1/2″ wedges I’d probably get a nosebleed.

  4. ushie March 25, 2006 at 3:13 pm #

    They are not the summery wedges, but the ushie must share: It was still cold here Tuesday, so the ushie wore her little black suede Charles Jordan kitten heels to the place of work, and was congratulated all the day long on her good luck in owning and wearing such adorable shoes.

    Is there any feeling better than knowing one’s feets look adorable???

  5. la petite chou chou March 25, 2006 at 9:02 pm #

    I love, love, LOVE shoes, but I confess, my feet rarely look adorable, because frankly, most shoes really hurt my feet. I can only collect heels in the hopes that one day, I will be able to wear them for more than an hour at a time. *sniffle*

  6. me March 25, 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    la petite chou chou –that is so sad! life is empty and meaningless without heels!
    well, not really, but is sometimes seems that way- do you try the kitten heels though? they can be just as elegant and beautiful

  7. jenny March 26, 2006 at 12:02 am #

    Oooh, la petite chou chou: I bought some fab Dr. Scholl’s ball-of-foot inserts the other day, and they’re actually rendering some of my shoes wearable for the first time in…a long time. They’re a gel insert that stays in place well but isn’t permanently stuck, so you can move them from one pair of shoes to another. They also make them in heel and whole-foot versions. And they’re only about $6! They may save your poor feet…

  8. shiloh March 26, 2006 at 4:33 am #

    What will the fashionable girls with the calves of muscularity do? The wedges are not flattering to us moreso when ankle straps are involved.


  9. Rebecca March 26, 2006 at 8:41 pm #

    Oh Yeah!!!

    One problem, though. Tiny straps dig in. Love to see something as shapely, colorful, and pretty, with a wider strap across. But then, I probably couldn’t afford it anyway. It’s always fun to try, though.

  10. la petite chou chou March 27, 2006 at 3:01 am #

    Sound advice on the Dr. Sholls. Yes…actually, they really might help this one pair I have that are particularly, horrifyingly painful—indeed so painful I can’t wear them across the street to the supermarket. (They are super-fantastic light pink suede with a dainty little ribbon; 3 inch heels from hell.) And to think THOSE were the shoes I chose to walk me down the streets of New York!

    And I agree. What is the point of life on flats? Every day I tear up over my loafer shoes because, working in fashion, one would think I’d do some really great shoes—alas. How does one go about losing feeling in the feet without serious nerve damage? I’ve oft thought of kitten heels. Haven’t found one I adore yet.


  11. la petite chou chou March 27, 2006 at 3:03 am #

    And speaking of calves….what about those of us who have practically NO calf definition. Then a wedge may have the effect of making the leg appear stick-like.

  12. shiloh March 27, 2006 at 6:43 am #

    And each would rather have the others…ahh what I wouldn’t give for the calves like sticks. Give thank la petite chou chou, that from the knees down you are not mistaken for the weight lifter on steroids like I am.

  13. la petite chou chou March 27, 2006 at 3:08 pm #

    Right you are Shiloh. The grass is always greener…

  14. Davetone March 30, 2006 at 3:03 pm #

    These are so delicious, I would love to be the runway and trampled by all the girls in these cute wedges!! Yeehaa!

  15. Davetone March 30, 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    Oh, shiloh , this idea of musclular calves not looking good in wedges is totally silly! I absolutly LOVE stong powerful legs and ankles in wedges, mid heels, tall stillettos, or whatever else you like. It’s not the shoe, dear, it’s all about you loving yourself in them. Not doubts your powerful legs in those shoes would look BEAUTIFUL! …..Cheers!