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Manolo the Columnist | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist

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

Today, the Manolo takes you through the six stages of shoe-loss grief.

Dear Manolo,

For four years, I had a pair of black, beautiful, round toed pumps with a thin heel about 2 inches high. They were sexy and comfortable, and I wore them everywhere. And then a terrible thing happened, the strap holding the buckle broke. I can’t get them fixed. I’ve looked everywhere but I can’t find a suitable replacement.


Manolo says, how well the Manolo knows the six stages of the shoe-loss grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and shopping.

First there is the Denial: “It is not possible that the shoes they have become unwearable! Perhaps if they are allowed to rest under the bed for the week or two, they will get better on their own.”

Then comes the Anger: “Noooooooooooo! Estupido! Do you not know that I need you for the hot date!”

Next, the Bargaining: “I promise, please, if they are restored to give them the most luxrious shoe trees, and the special shoebox on the shelf of honor in the closet.”

After that, the Depression: “Today, instead of going to the place of work, I will lay on the coach and clutch my beloved damaged shoes to my breast.”

Then, the Acceptance: “The shoes, they are gone, and the new ones are now needed.”

Finally, the Shopping: “Huzzah!”

The Elenor, she is clearly at the final stage of shoe-loss grief, which it is why the Manolo would recommend to her the Sigerson Morrison 5046. They are the beautiful, suede, ankle-strapped, round-toed pumps, perfect for helping to cope with the loss of the loved ones.

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8 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Bunny With a Whip April 28, 2006 at 11:30 am #


  2. mywhimsey April 28, 2006 at 1:36 pm #

    I have been looking for shoes just like these ever since my last pair of low heeled, round toed, ankle-strapped shoes was stolen. Thankyou Manolo! Thankyou!

  3. desertwind April 28, 2006 at 2:44 pm #

    The desertwind is super curious to know how the shoes of the mywhimsey came to be stolen.

    Do tell!

    PS – Those are lovely shoes, Manolo.
    PPS – Is this Preview feature new? Lovely, too!

  4. Lori April 28, 2006 at 4:12 pm #

    And the angels sing!

  5. sunnyday May 2, 2006 at 6:47 am #

    Oh Manolo, I have come to have a new respect for my footwear since I started dropping by your fabulous blog! How wonderful it is to read your stylish play with words, and I’ve even included one of your pieces of advice in my blog (I did provide a link to Manolo’s Shoe Blog).

    It is a joy to read you, but now alas shopping for the perfect shoes takes more time as I’ve become more discriminating in my taste. =)

    A fan,


  6. mywhimsey May 2, 2006 at 11:42 am #

    desertwind – It isn’t a super interesting story – I was going to an out of town wedding and left my suitcase in the backseat of my car while at work. The car was broken into, the suitcase was stolen, and sadly, my shoes were never seen again. But you’ll all be glad to know that the wedding was beautiful, and, thanks to some lovely friends, I was adequately shod.

  7. Donna B May 14, 2006 at 5:17 pm #

    This is hysterical!!!!
    Desertwind, for a minute there I thought you might have been involved in a Sex and the City type shoe story…

  8. Wallace July 8, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi there I like your post, hope my comment will keep up your good work with your blog SPARTAN!