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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo, it is available for the downloading at the website of the Express of the Washington Post.

The topic it is the wedding on the Vermont lawn.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding in Vermont. The ceremony and the reception will be outdoors, on a lawn and I’ve been advised it will be “semi-formal”. Please help me.


Manolo says, what could be more possibly romantic and New Englandy than the outdoors wedding in the Vermont. Such natural beauty, such interesting peoples!

Indeed, one imagines the reception with the hairy Birkenstock-wearing guests clomping over to the cheddar cheese fountain, their dogs next to them wearing the semi-formal bandanas, and mira! There is the bride! Is she not stunning in her couture L.L. Bean gown?

Of the course, all is not perfect in this Northeastern paradise, especially if the Brittany she must herself traipse over the typical Vermont “lawn”, the word which in other places might better be translated as “the pasture”, or perhaps, “the swamp”.

Thus the shoe of the Brittany must have the stylish wedge heel, so as to prevent the sinking. And it must also be somewhat sturdy, as maybe later there may even be the “barn dance” featuring the Phish cover band.

Here, then is the Tassel from the Cynthia Rowley, the handsome suede wedge in the light green that will look good no matter what the Green Mountains bring.

Illude by Cynthia Rowley    Manolo Likes!  Click!

17 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Aniankha June 30, 2006 at 4:09 am #

    hi manolo! i’m a spanish girl and i love your shoeblog! its fantastic! Who is your favourite shoes designer? where are you from? what about spanish shoes designers?(no blahnik, please,haha)

    See you soon

    (sorry for my english, i don’t speak english very well)

  2. shiloh June 30, 2006 at 6:53 am #

    the suede wedge in the swampy settings? Is this wise Manolo, as the suede is most difficult to clean.

    If not for fear of mud and muck of the lawns of New England, the tassel by cynthia rowley are very suitable and most handsome.

  3. Julia June 30, 2006 at 7:44 am #

    Those are beautiful wedges, indeed. However, Vermont has more than just crunchy hippies! My cousin got married outdoors at a gorgeous resort in Stowe, VT. Mist was rolling all over the grassy hills. It felt like Brigadoon. Everyone was beautifully dressed, and the brunch reception involved mimosas and waffles. So outdoor weddings in Vermont need not involve cheddar cheese and Birkenstocks!

  4. Rebecca June 30, 2006 at 9:57 am #

    There are hairy Birkenstock-wearing wedding guests outside of the Great Northwest? I always expected Vermont to be more refined, sort of like the movie White Christmas.

    I agree with you (naturally), definitely nothing but wedges.

  5. Lisa June 30, 2006 at 10:51 am #

    There is definitely a large contingent of the Birkenstock Brigade in Vermont. Agreed about the beautiful wedges too. They are gorgeous and just perfect for the outdoor soft turf where a thin heel would just sink in.

  6. kim June 30, 2006 at 10:55 am #

    What a great recommendation. I can also vouch for Cynthia Rowley shoes being uncommonly comfortable, so perfect in that respect as well. As always, the Manolo, you are the genius!

  7. Cat June 30, 2006 at 3:34 pm #

    Manolo! The Hasselhoff, he is injured!


    (Scroll down to “The Hoff’s Close Shave.”)

  8. ellen June 30, 2006 at 6:35 pm #

    Suede+outdoor hahahaha what a delightful sense of humor the Manolo has!

  9. jenny June 30, 2006 at 9:14 pm #

    Yeah…gonna side with those who envision these suede wedges bespattered with mud and rife with grass stains before the ceremony even begins. I’m afraid that the only worse materials would be either pale satin or white nubuck.

    Wedges: great. Light color: okay, as long as it’s wipeable. Darker wood or leather heel: priceless.

  10. the amy June 30, 2006 at 9:20 pm #

    cheddar cheese found :)
    Manolo he is such the card.

  11. furlagirl July 1, 2006 at 12:36 am #

    Beverly Feldman shoes are now available in London – I saw some fabulous ones at Russell and Bromley on Oxford Street this week, and girls were buzzing excitedly around them

  12. ushie July 1, 2006 at 2:31 pm #

    The Ushie, she went to a lively outdoor reception. A suit of armor to fend off the larger of the horseflies, and big wellies that can be worn and then thrown away as one drives home, are necessities for the outdoor wedding/reception.

  13. Victor July 3, 2006 at 10:41 am #

    I’m not a huge fan of wedges (they seem to anchor the foot to the ground instead of allowing it to soar gracefully above the ground), but those are sexy.

  14. AngieDawn July 3, 2006 at 12:14 pm #

    These are great wedge shoes! Good job!

  15. vermont bound! July 3, 2006 at 6:27 pm #

    Manolo–I have been invited to the very same wedding! My question for you: what is the proper footware for the male Vermont wedding guest?!

  16. Stephanie July 3, 2006 at 9:58 pm #

    I just laughed out loud at the ‘Phish cover band.’ It’s funny because it’s true.

    However, I also have to express reservations about wearing light-colored suede shoes to an outdoor wedding during an extremely rainy summer. Something more mud-repellent would be a smarter move.

  17. billie July 11, 2006 at 1:20 pm #

    i can only gasp in lustful desire at the sight of those….and i’m not even a girl. i think they’d be perfect for nearly any feet. make any girl feel like a goddess