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Manolo the Columnist

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Today, the topic it is the shoes for the pregnant lady.

Dear Manolo

I’m expecting a baby in early October. This is lovely and wonderful beyond words, but I’m not looking forward to enduring my third trimester and the inevitable swelling of the feets. Any suggestions for low-heeled, fashionable, office-appropriate shoes that will not look and feel like torture devices when the edema hits?


Manolo says, the Manolo he has so much sympathy for the working pregnant ladies he occasionally encounters on his strolls around the big city.

Often he wishes he could spirit the most oppressed looking of these women away to the African resort country of Namibia for the final trimester of gestation. There they could luxuriate in the pampered comfort, while being served the exotic meals of the macrobiotic ice cream and the holistic pickles in the company of the hunky Hollywood dimwits, who would provide the frequent foot massaging using only the finest of the crocodile-based unguents.

But, sadly, the Manolo he does not possess such extravagant resources, and so all he usually does is to suggest to these uncomfortable ladies of pregnancy that they “take it easy, deary”, the same advice provided by generations of the elderly Jewish grandmothers.

As for the shoes, the Manolo must sadly inform his friend that her feets they will never be the same again, that although the swelling will recede after the birth, they will always be somewhat larger. And so, prepared with this knowledge, the Manolo would recommend the quality shoe that can be worn postpartum, such as this classic loafter, the Linkedperf from the Stuart Weitzman, which is available in the wider widths for the swelling feets.

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15 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Designer Ella June 9, 2006 at 2:33 am #

    Manolo?! A chunky heel?! A flat will do; a flat is perfect! Think of chic Katie Holmes! A chunky heel?!

  2. Spaniardinthewords June 9, 2006 at 3:50 am #

    Postpartum, m’dear, postpartum.

  3. furlagirl June 9, 2006 at 6:12 am #

    As the (soccer) World Cup is upon us, some of you may not be entirely up to speed with the rules of the game. A friend has kindly sent me this, which deals with one of the tricker rules:

    You’re in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes which you have just seen and HAVE to have.
    The female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire.
    Dilemma: Both of you have forgotten your purses.
    It would be totally rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes. The shop assistant remains at the till waiting. Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma. She prepares to throw (pass) her purse to you.
    If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes. At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and, *whilst it is in flight* you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes.
    However until the purse had *actually been thrown* you are not allowed to move in front of the other shopper – (otherwise you would be ‘Offside’)…

  4. LizaBet June 9, 2006 at 9:14 am #

    Having endured my final trimester during a record August heat wave I can sympathize with Jennifer’s concern. The shoes proposed by the Manolo are far more stylish than the two-sizes-bigger-than-usual-old-lady-in-a-housedress scuffies I wore through my last weeks of gestation as they were the only thing that would fit. Wearing shoes (especially UGLY shoes) was torture and I now understand how the expression ‘barefoot and pregnant’ originated.

    Happily, Jennifer, any swelling will dissapear shortly after the little one’s arrival. There is even reason to hope that you can return to your pre-pregnancy shoe size; I was lucky enough to easily fit back into my old shoes a few days after my daughter came home (fitting into my old jeans, however, took a LOT longer . . .)

  5. Dora Long June 9, 2006 at 10:02 am #

    Many congratulations to the Jennifer! May I perhaps suggest the nice leather ballet flats? I am a rather smallish person and found the extra weight and heat did indeed make me not so graceful and the flats made me feel a little more secure. The nice soft leather indeed was kind to my poor ever expanding little feets thru the Potomac heat and humidity of the last trimester.

  6. Dani June 9, 2006 at 8:14 pm #

    I agree with LizaBet- the key to fitting back into your prepregnancy shoes is the key to fitting back into everything else! There isn’t any biological reason why one’s feet would be permanently bigger, except the fact that, on average, women permanently gain 10 lbs after each pregnancy.

    Not that ANY of Manolo’s acolytes are average, however ;-)

  7. deja pseu June 9, 2006 at 10:39 pm #

    The Deja did experience the pregnancy-induced foot enlargment. The feets of the Deja, they went from the Narrow to the Wide. It was explained to the Deja that this is due to softening of bones and ligaments due to the hormonal changes. And even though the weight of the Deja is now below the pre-pregnancy weight, alas the feets remain of the Wide width.

  8. Joan June 10, 2006 at 4:59 am #

    The pregnancy-related growths of the feets, it does not have to be permanent… at least not all of it.

    My shoe size stabilized finally at one-half size larger than my original pre-pregnancy size — after 3 pregnancies and at least 3 different shoe sizes, and I have weighed less than my original pre-pregnancy weight for the last 5 years now.

    It sucks wearing horrid shoes! I hope you have a DSW near you so you can buy something at least somewhat fantastic to tide you through. I am embarrassed now thinking about the cute loafers I wore through my last pregnancy, they were literally falling apart by the end of it — but since I could not see my own feet, I didn’t think too much about it! Funny, how you can be so distracted during pregnancy!

  9. Dani June 10, 2006 at 5:47 pm #

    Joan, my feet never stayed wide after three kids either, but I ended up with arthritis and one of the places it struck was my feet. My doctor said she was very sad to inform me I would need wide widths- but I quickly reassured her I would be fine. (It’s nice to have a shoe-loving doctor who can sympathize).

    I had narrow feet before, now they are a normal width. Whoo hoo! The shoe selection is MUCH greater for me now! So getting wide feet (by whatever means) can be a GOOD thing for some people.

  10. Five Kids June 11, 2006 at 6:19 pm #

    Let’s see the average woman gains 10 permanent pounds after each child. I’ve got five children, God help me. The problem I’ve got isn’t the shoes. It’s that mirror and those ever tightening Blue Jeans.


  11. mary June 11, 2006 at 7:11 pm #

    It may be that your shoe size/ankles will swell permanently, but this is no certainty. I have been a mother, several times over, for 14 years now and notice no difference. On the other hand, if I did, my position would be: Kids are worth it.

    Enjoy that wonderful baby–

  12. due this week June 12, 2006 at 11:35 am #

    ballet flats and puma sneakers are the onlt things that work during the last tri- I went to a wedding yesterday and wore black heels. I am now feeling it

  13. Rosy June 13, 2006 at 5:38 pm #

    No, no, not the ugly shoes. The pregnant lady needs to feel beautiful and stylish.

    Try these:


  14. toad June 14, 2006 at 6:23 am #

    RICE, that is rest, ice, compression, and exercise is the formulae used by jocks.
    Well compression is out, but the shoe should not be strechy. Putting the feet in ice water helps to numb pain and encourages blood flow to reduce swelling. This can be alternated with an occasional soak in hot water with epsom salts disolved into it. The exercise and diet after the arival of the kidder well take scheduling because of the added work load but will help, especially with the stress reduction. I’m on my feet alot and sometimes the elastic support socks can help.

  15. la petite chou chou June 18, 2006 at 2:45 am #

    increase foot size? One more reason added to my list that kid’s simply AREN’T worth it.