Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, even though the Manolo was travelling much of the previous week, he still found the time to write his column, which is available for the downloading at the new website of the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

Summer is here, and I long for lovely, special, summer shoes. It is difficult, though, to find the shoes that make the heart sing without making the other attorneys say “WHY is she wearing THOSE?” Can you perhaps recommend something lovely, yet not too obvious/ostentatious, for summer for the working girl?

Ruby

The heart of the Manolo, it goes out to those spirited young peoples, like the Ruby, who have found themselves in the legal profession, and who must now everyday push the giant stack of documents up the steep hill, the stack that everyday only grows larger while the summit only recedes further into the clouds.

Worse, what makes the futility doubly painful it is that while the young lawyers are pushing on the stack of papers, just outside the building, visible through the gilded windows of the senior partner’s corner office, it is the glorious warm day that is dying without them.

Is it the wonder then that so many of the lawyers fantasize about the escape, usually through such ridiculous and magical means as the writing of the best-selling legal thriller, one that will, quote, “make the Grisham look like Mary Poppins.”

Do not despair, young lawyers, the Dr. Manolo has the prescription for the feeling of ennui brought on by the knowledge of legal entropy…it is the shoes!

The Manolo suggests the Hampton from the Stuart Weitzman, it is the light, coolly sophisticated shoe in the neutral tones that will sooth your lawyerly estrangement from nature.

Hampton by Stuart Weitzman     Manolo Likes!  Click!

8 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. a lice May 8, 2006 at 10:56 am #

    I really enjoy your blog!

    I’m portuguese and i have a fashion blog too!

  2. LizaBet May 8, 2006 at 1:26 pm #

    Manolo, you have perfectly captured the stultifying atmosphere of the modern law office. I was reminded why eight years ago I told the senior partner I was going out to lunch and never went back!

    The shoes are lovely, by the way–if I’d had such a pair during my lawyer days, I might not have left the profession!

  3. PaperPusher May 8, 2006 at 5:38 pm #

    Oh Manolo, once again your description captures the very essence of the topic you are discussing. Unlike LizaBet, I’m still in the law office looking out of (my own small associate) window and wondering, what the HELL am I doing here?

  4. DMCollins May 8, 2006 at 10:01 pm #

    You ladies should be practicing law here in Miami, where the female attorneys get away with wearing the most super fantastic shoes, even in court!

  5. RZA May 9, 2006 at 8:30 am #

    To DMCollins — I can believe that. When I was a summer associate one year, we got messages from time to time that said things like “Remember, knapkin tops are NOT appropriatve officewear, even under suit jackets.” When I asked an associate about it, he said “Oh, don’t worry, that’s just the Miami office.”

  6. LizaBet May 9, 2006 at 1:52 pm #

    Paperpusher–
    I felt for you as I read your post this AM. Do not give up hope; there is always opening your own practice (which several of my law school friends did and are happily setting their own dress codes) or a non-law job where you can finally wear bright colors and fun shoes without eliciting scowls from your ‘betters’ (which is the route I took).

    As for you ladies in Miami–I have a friend down there who told me they have something called ‘summer rules’ which relaxes the dress code for court (no jackets for men; open toed shoes for the ladies). Wouldst that those of us slogging through sweltering summers in the northeast had such perks! I might have delayed my exit from the profession by a year or two.

  7. la petite chou chou May 9, 2006 at 3:28 pm #

    I have a question: I was once the merchandise manager at a well known retailer, and now I am basically a stock girl. What are MY choices for work appropriate shoes?

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