Manolo the Columnist

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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 Manolo receives the request from the young reader.

Dear Manolo,

I was wondering if you could help me pick out a pair of wedges. It’s kind of complicated because I am only 12 years old, soon to be 13. I am also mostly broke. I would love for you to reccomend to me a pair of springy summer wedges that I can afford and are not too expensive.

Sincerely, a Young Admirer,


Ayyyyyyy! This sort of the letter is is so very gratifying!

It demonstrates that the Manolo’s insidious scheme to implant the love of the super fantastic shoes into the hearts of younger generation, it is succeeding. Soon, legions of the pre-teens will be following the advice of the humble shoeblogger, stalking through the local malls looking for the boutiques of the Jimmy Choo and the Marc Jacobs.

Of the course, the Manolo he also loves this letter because it is so simple and innocent, and because it does not contain the laundry list of the various ailments and malformations of the feets.

Yes, it is true, even the Manolo experiences the compassion fatigue.

Sometimes he wearys of hearing about the bunions and the hammer toes and the questions that begin “does Christian Louboutin make shoes for my size 17 feet, which by the way, are also exceedingly flat and excessively wide?”

There is so much suffering in the world, and the Manolo can do so little to alleviate it.

But, look! It is now spring! And the young Margo needs the new shoes!

So, here is cute and affordable pair of the espadrille wedges from the Somethin’ Else by Skechers. Are they not, just like the letter from the Margo, adorable?

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17 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. carefulnow Says:

    Ah yes, being 12 soon to be 13 is very complicated. I remember it well. What do you think of sharing the shoes so as to afford a little more?

  2. sfmike Says:

    Ah, Manolo, I’m sure even the late Mother Teresa had the compassion fatigue now and then. Your good works will certainly outlive you.

  3. Sandra Says:

    What a little sweetie! I am glad to see that the young people of today are not all scruffy degenerates, and that some are even aware when to ask for advice!
    Also, those are the cutest shoes – they’re exactly what I wanted when I was 12, ribbon ties and all!

  4. jj Says:

    Awww… while sometimes I disapprove of the 3″ heels on the 12 year old, the ankle ties, jute soles and sparklies take them from “underaged stripper” to “girls just want to have fun”!

  5. Dora Long Says:

    I too disapprove of the high heels on the younger ladies, these however are most adorable. My 14 year old daughter is quite mad for these and now must have them.. and this from a young woman who tends to prefer the shoes of the very flat sneakerish variety. Many thanks to the Manolo, I may even get her into a skirt with these as the inspiration!

  6. Never teh Bride Says:

    I’m not one for wedges, mainly, but these are so cute!

  7. katerina Says:

    I’m quite fond of these in the spring green especially.

  8. jenny Says:

    Ouch! $55 to most 12-year-olds is months of saved allowance or babysitting money. (Or am I out of the loop? I’m 33, and $55 is still alot of money to me!)

    How about these similar [but slightly less sparkly wedges from Payless for $14.99? And these cute gold ones from Old Navy are only $19.99.

    Now that’s more in a poor 12-year-old’s budget!

  9. sarah Says:

    yikes! i adore the manolo, and i adore the wedges, but putting 12-year-olds, with as of yet undamaged feet, in 3 inch wedges is what produces adult women with bunions and hammer toes, no?

  10. margo!! Says:

    wow i didn’t think my entry would get this far!!! . my mom thinks these wedges are a little high so we’re going to shop around. but the ones manolo picked out are so cute!

  11. kittylover#1 Says:

    I am also 12, and I did not care for them. THey were way 2 high. The highest heel I have ever had was 2 1/2 inches. Tone down the sparkles. I did like the ankle straps. I saw some at Target that looked similar for less than half the price. It was slightly depressing, but I must say that they were cuter. I am definitly not a fan of Shetchers, either. ( I don’t think I spelled that right…sorry.) On a scale of 1-10, 10 being awesome, I would give them a 6.

  12. Tammy Says:

    These are adorable!

  13. Queen of Sheba Says:

    Manolo! Recommending the shoes of the sixty dollars to a 12-year-old is not superfantastic!

  14. Alaska Says:

    Now, wait. Manolo doesn’t recommend shoes from payless. They may be cheaper, but that’s because they’re cheaper. My nine-year-old son, when properly motivated, can earn $60 in a month. I don’t see why a girl can’t. I have to pay $7/hr for babysitting here. Three short evenings and the girl has shoes! Those are really cute.

  15. mseddi Says:

    Dear Manolo,

    I was wondering if you could help me pick out a pair of wedges. It’s kind of complicated because I am only 12 years old, soon to be 13. I am also mostly broke. I would love for you to reccomend to me a pair of springy summer wedges that I can afford and are not too expensive.

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