Manolo says, perhaps the Manolo can best expess what he is thinking about these Signorina Italia contestants with the musical interlude…

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is the Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…



Listening to…

Manolo says, many people have raved to the Manolo about the television show Dead Like Me, and the is enjoying it, although not to the level that many had predicted. Perhaps it is that the Manolo is sceptical of the basic premise, of the notion that the Grim Reapers have their own fairly mundane problems.



Manolo says, here you see the cycloptic predatory stick insect in the clever natural camouflauge.


Ciuti for the Monday

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Manolo says, here is the beautiful pair of the round-toed platform pumps from the Claudia Ciuti. It is somewhat formal, the sort of the shoe that could move gracefully from the day to the evening.


Yet More Loathing for the Crocs

Manolo says, here is the link to the most amusing and gratifying article in the Radar Magazine in which the Manolo has been quoted decrying the terrible rise of the crocs.

However, this is the best quote in the entire piece.

“I have to say that these things are hideous!” adds Jay Escobara, cofounder of New York-based design collective Saenai. “Crocs personify the ‘eclectic’ person who really isn’t all that different from the Kmart shopper but pretends to follow the trend in hopes it might place him among a group of people and/or lifestyle.”

It is so true, so very, very true.

Miss Meghan on the Platform!

Manolo says, the Manolo’s always amusing friend, the Miss Meghan, she is urging the women of the New York to proudly wear the platform shoes

Ladies, listen up. It’s a new season, there is a bit of a nip in the air, and the stores are full of a delicious shoe – the platform.They are sexier, higher and more fun than ever before. But “Oh!” you gasp, “they are too high, too wobbly, too … stripper.”

Get over it, and get into it. Platforms are here to stay, and if you are an intelligent woman, which I know you are, you’ll master how to make your platforms work for you.

More than stilettos, more than the kitten heel and much, much more than the sensible ballet flat, platforms make you a tower of strength. Tall and majestic, you now can peer above everyone’s head and spot that cab two blocks away (and grab it before the non-platformed rabble below you even see it). You can pluck items off high shelves with ease, and now men must look up to you, much like the ancient Greek actors who wore elevated platforms to raise themselves up from mere mortal to godlike status.

Naturally, the Manolo he has the suggestions for the platform shoes that you should perhaps be wearing.

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Here is the entertaining and stylish platform from the Missoni. The Manolo finds the kiltie detail especially witty, as it is the this, and not the rest of the shoes, which carries the fabled Missoni pattern.

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And here is the square-toed platform bootie from the Stuart Weitzman that Manolo thinks is most “happening”.

The woman who would wear these to the office would not only stand out for her fashion sense, but would also tower regally above the petty distractions and inconveniences of her work day, which is exactly the point the Miss Meghan was making about the pleasures of the platforms.


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the latest column written by the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

My high-school aged daughter asked me to ask you for suggestions to go with skirts. The child has to wear a back brace for scoliosis and wants something in low or no heels, with sure footing, and with a little bit of style.


Manolo says, ah, how the Manolo remembers his own traumatic few days in the high schoool, where the Manolo first discovered that not everyone on the football team appreciated the super fantastic shoes, shoes that the Manolo himself had constructed out of the old book bag he would not carry and the gym clothes he would not wear.

Children can be so cruel, and the gym lockers they are dark on the inside.

Still, such petty buffeting did not break the spirit of the Manolo, for he had learned that being super fantastic is as much the burden as the pleasure, and indeed the jealousy of the un-super fantastic swirled around the Manolo like the tails of the Edwardian frock coat he frequently wore to his algebra class.

Although, as the hulking Eduardo “El Bruto” Sanchez taught the Manolo in the schoolyard after class, sometimes it is better to wear the clothing that is appropriate to the time and place.

Here are the pair of the hip and sporty suede Mary Janes from the Lacoste that would be most appropriate for the high school girl who stands out but wishes to fit in.

Millie Suede by Lacoste    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Non-Fan Mail for the Manolo

Manolo says, yes, it is true, there are those who do not like the Manolo, for the example this disgruntled comment was left earlier today.

I do not like the Manolo. Manolo talks about the superfantastic women with the superfantastic shoes. What about all of us who are not superfantastic? What about the homely, the geek, and like myself the bald.

We see not the advice to the homely and the bald. Why Manolo, why Manolo? Is it because the Manolo is a snob, a dilettante? Why not does the Manolo talk about the Birkenstock, the white Chuck Taylor Converse Hi-Tops? Is the Manolo not good enough for the $19.99 Wal-mart sneaker?

Inquiring minds want to know the mind of Manolo

Normally, the Manolo he does not like to respond to such complaints, as it is the Panglossian policy of the Manolo to always look upon the bright side, but here the Manolo must protest. He is not the snob, far from it.

Look here is the Manolo on being bald.

Also, the Manolo he would point out that the bald womens they can indeed be most super fantastic!

And here is the Manolo praising the Chucks.

Trust the Manolo this faddish version of the classic shoes, it will shortly fade, leaving the Chucks to stand alone as the monument to timelessness they have always been.

Indeed the Manolo is the great fan of the Chuck Taylors, and has on the occasion been known to wear his old school pair to the “sock hop”.

As for the Manolo’s opinion of the Birkenstocks, it is very well known: they are ugly and should not be worn.

Yes, the Manolo must agree with his correspondent, emphatically, he does not like the $19.99 Wal-Mart shoes.

But this loathing for the Wal-Mart shoes is not because of the price, it is because such shoes are cheaply made, by the poor workers of the sweatshops, out of the leather in which you would not clothe your family hog. Such awful and cheap shoes do not fit properly, fall to pieces quickly, and damage your feets, this in addition to simply being ugly and unstylish.

As the Manolo has often pointed out, the super fantastic girl she should never wear the cheap shoes.

Finally, the Manolo he must assume that his internet-friend-to-be has simply not been the regular reader of the Manolo’s humble shoe blog, for if she had been, she would have known that the Manolo believes that anyone can become super fantastic!


Project Runway 3, Week 10

Manolo says, this week the producers of the Project Runway decided that it would be amusing to bring back the Angela and the Vincent for one more week to torment the other designers and to remind us why we were happy when these two lunatics were sent away in shame, not that they would have noticed, as both are so convinced of their own genius.

And now the Manolo will pretend that this never happened.

And so the five desginers who remain were set to the task of producing the black-and-white dress of the cocktails, only they had to use ALL of the fabric they purchased, as if this were your poor hillbilly granny, who survived the Great Depression in the Kentucky, and would never consider not using every piece of scrap in her “box of notions”.

Nothing says “sophistication” to the Manolo like the forced frugality.

But such is the crazy make-the-couture-in-two-days world in which our television friends reside.

So it was goodbye to our regal Queen Kayne, who when forced to “edit” himself, decided that the best way to do so was with the little black dress with the sneaker lacing up the back. Better if the Kayne had stayed true to himself and made the crazy-sexy, spangly black-and-white pageant cocktail gown, all decolletage and rhinestones with the long train.

Jeffrey produced the design he described as “hip and young”, yes, maybe if this is the 1983 and you are the Jennifer Beals. Michel Kors keeps seeing the Gwen Steffani. The Manolo keeps seeing Rosanne Arquette in the Desperately Seeking Susan.

Uli…boring…boring…boring. You know it is almost over when the judges begin to viciously mock your accent. What next the tomatoes and the rotten eggs?

Michael produced the very pretty dress, although the Manolo was not especially fond of the belt, which savored of the wickety-wack. But the girl worked it and thus Michael is almost certain to be one of the fashion week three.

Finally, the winner was the Laura, perhaps it was the pregnancy hormones talking, but the Manolo has never seen anyone who seemed less able to take the criticism, and at that moment he was hoping that the producers had hidden from her all of the sharp objects.

Ayyyy! The Ice Queen, she has melted into the puddle of tears!

Although to the credit of the Laura, she did listen to what was said, and she benefited from it, producing one of the best things the Manolo has seen this season. Bravo!

Now it is on to the fashion week, where we will find that the final three are (and here the Manolo guesses) Michael, Laura, and Jeffrey, with the Uli as the decoy.


Hate the Crocs

Manolo says, for many days now the most busy Manolo has been intending to link to this important website: I Hate Crocs, the website that is dedicated to “eliminating crocs and those who think their excuses for wearing them are viable.”

Natually, the Manolo could not agree more with the high purpose of this website, and the owners of it, they are the kindred spirits with the Manolo, devoted to the cause of respectable and attractive feetwear.


Pucci for the Tuesday

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Manolo says, here once again is the proof that Pucci makes the smiles!