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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I love heels, especially all the new stacked heels out for fall. But I’m pretty tall at 5’10” and would hate to break the 6’ mark. Is it possible to have heels cut down?


Manolo says, ayyyyyyy! Have the heels cut down? Have you no shame woman?

Yes, you may have the heels cut down, although the Manolo doubts that any reputable cobbler would desecrate the beautiful shoes in such the manner, so you would have to do it yourself, perhaps with the series of inexpert blows delivered forcefully overhand with the small hatchet.

Of the course, the real problem here, it is not with the shoes–the poor, innocent, much maligned shoes–but in the stead, the real problem here it is the habitual and unnecessary insecurity of the tall girls.

It has been the experience of the Manolo that too many of the tall girls worry that if they wear the heels they shall appear freakish, and will not be able to attract the mens, who they believe are intimidated by their Amazonian stature. And so these beautiful girls spend their lives slumping their shoulders, slouching around in the flats trying to look shorter.

Bah! The Manolo would have none of this!

Stand proudly tall sisters! Throw back the shoulders and wear the heels, and the mens will fall over themselves attempting to climb your heights.

The Manolo reminds you that some men like them the taller the better, for the example, the magnificent 5’8” tall Rod Stewart who has been married to both the 5’11” Rachel Hunter and the 6’1” Penny Lancaster.

Wake up Maggie, and put on these beautiful stacked-heel patent leather shoes from the Marc Jacobs, shoes of which even the Rod Stewart would approve.

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31 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Bryan October 13, 2006 at 9:15 am #

    Huzzah, Manolo! I don’t know what short woman started the myth that men don’t like tall gals, but it’s absolutely untrue

  2. Sam October 13, 2006 at 9:30 am #

    Well done, sir.

  3. VeddyVeddyBadAng October 13, 2006 at 9:46 am #

    Am I the only one who’s noticed that often men that are very very tall seek out women that are very very short (or maybe it’s the short women seeking tall men)? Why is this? My father- and mother-in-law fit this pattern, and she said that being around a very large man made her feel more “protected” or something. (And the inner feminist in me is a little offended by this notion.)

  4. Christina October 13, 2006 at 10:00 am #

    Thank you, Manolo. I am 6’0″ tall and I wear 2 1/2″ to 4″ heels on the regular.
    That makes it so much easier to rise head and shoulders (and a good part of my chest too) above the rest.

  5. Danie October 13, 2006 at 10:23 am #

    Those are truly beautiful shoes. The stacked heel is especially nice for tall women who must deal with a higher center of gravity. That’s what always put me off about heels- the spindly nature of some of them. Wobbling is both easier and has more serious complications when the ground is so far away!

  6. Karen Walker October 13, 2006 at 10:43 am #

    As someone in the women’s shoe business for 13 years, you CANNOT cut down a heel, it will destroy the fit of the shoes. The height of the heel is in direct relation to the last. The art of shoe making is very precise, very mathematical and almost scientific.

  7. elayne October 13, 2006 at 10:47 am #

    but… what about the tall girl who isn’t attracted to the short mens? If I have to bend down to kiss someone, it makes me feel like his mother. (boy, that doesn’t sound right at ALL.)

    Oh, that’s right, this is the shoe blog, not the therapy blog… my bad. Carry on!

  8. Genevieve October 13, 2006 at 10:55 am #

    I absolutely agree with Christina. I’m 5’10”, and I almost always wear some sort of heel! (Of course, the men in my family tower over me- my uncle is 6’4″ and my grandfather was 6’6″! Maybe it’s just psychological for me, but high heels are something to be worn, no matter your height)

  9. Amy October 13, 2006 at 11:34 am #

    I am also a tall “amazonian” woman. At 5’11” I am taller than my sister, parents, and the majority of my friends. Since I’m not aware of my height (hello, i’ve been this tall for most of my life and sometimes wish I was a couple inches TALLER) I’m not bothered by the added 3-5 inches my heels give me. More than anything i feel like a complete rockstar when i can work a pair of saucy 4″ heels.

  10. Anonymous October 13, 2006 at 12:52 pm #

    Well-spoken, Manolo! What’s wrong with these women, anyway? At 5′ 10″, like the Amy, I have often found myself wishing for just two more inches! My mother is only 5′ 4″, so after freeing myself from the image damage incurred from listening to her (insecure?) sniping commentary about my “freakish” height all through my teens, I’m all for illuminating any personal characteristic that makes one an individual–my height , my very pale skin, whatever. She even regularly admonished me to avoid certain shoe colors and styes, as they tend to exaggerate the apearance of foot length(!). I told her it’s ok, my feet match the rest of me. I relish wearing on the highest of heels–and, if a man is uncomfortable when I wear them, obviously, he isn’t the right man! Luckily, I’ve found one, only one inch taller, that remains blissfully oblivious to the height difference.

  11. Virginia October 13, 2006 at 1:04 pm #

    Very well said sir! I have been 6′ since I was 12 and wearing a size 11 shoe! I have been standing tall and wearing heels my entire adult life and love being taller than (most) everyone. I am currently wearing a black ankle boot w/ 4″ heels and the looks I am getting today are not because I look ‘freakish’ I can assure you!

    To Maggie the OP – Don’t ruin a good pair of shoes – Thow on some heels and wear them proudly. You will feel awesome and that boldness will come across to everyone you meet.

  12. mywhimsey October 13, 2006 at 1:23 pm #

    Manolo, while loathe to disagree with you (really!), I say that I am one of those tall girls, who at 6’2″, finds it hard to put on a pair of 3″ heels and stride confidently out to face the world. When you’ve been asked every single day of your adult life how tall you are and if you play basketball, emphasizing that height seems like the last thing on earth you want to do. Plus, try finding pants with a 38″ inseam to go with those heels – Impossible! But those are beautiful shoes, and I do love to look at them.

  13. Kate October 13, 2006 at 1:41 pm #

    I am 5’10” and often feel the same pressure. I have what my friends refer to as my “boyfriend heels” which are the kitten-heeled relics of my last relationship with a man who was 5’11” and too insecure to let me be much taller than he was. However, Manolo, please continue to spread the gospel about the posture–there will always be ballet flats, and they are much cheaper than chiropractors. Plus, as my (very tall) dad always told me, “There’s nothing in the world uglier than a tall girl with slumped shoulders.”

  14. Brad October 13, 2006 at 2:14 pm #

    Absolutely, Manolo! I am a man of average height and have no insecurities about going out with a woman who is taller than I am. Let the tall woman be proud of who she is and let her also wear the fabulously tall shoe! Tall or short, I’d rather be standing next to a woman who is not trying to compensate for her supposed shortcomings (tallcomings?). Beyond that, there is a single rule, “If the shoe looks good, the shoe it must be worn.”

  15. Elvira October 13, 2006 at 3:13 pm #

    I am 5′ 10″ and date a man who is 5′ 8″. He likes me to wear heels because he says they flatter my legs. And he does not give a second thought to the fact that I tower over him sometimes.
    Tall women can wear high heels as an easy way of screening out insecure men. And we do not want to get involved with the insecure men. They are the nasty ones who try to make us feel bad about ourselves, and they should be avoided at all costs.
    Thank you, Manolo, for your stance. And I would also like to add my thanks to the lovely men who have come into this thread in support of tall women who wear fabulous shoes.
    Finally, as a tall friend once said, “people are going to stare at you anyway; you may as well dress for it.” If you are going to be stared at, would you want to appear boring or super-fantastic?

  16. The Charlotte Allen October 13, 2006 at 3:40 pm #

    As a 5′!0″ gal, I’ve said it before on Manolo’s blog, and I’ll say it again: The Manolo couldn’t be more right!

    As a teen-ager, I too, was afraid to wear heels higher than 2″, and I was so ashamed of my large, aquiline nose that I would carefully position myself so that no one would catch me in profile (or so I thought). It took years for me to realize how silly all this was. Now, I say: bring on the 4″ heels! I plan to wear them well into my dotage. Fortunately, I married a man who both adores tall women (as in supermodels) and thinks Barbra Streisand is one of the sexiest women on earth. And we tall gals simply look better in high heels than short gals, because the heels are in better proportion to our height.

  17. roz October 13, 2006 at 5:19 pm #

    Another tall one (5’10”) who wears whatever heel height I like. I’m sorry to say it because I adore my petite friends, but height is an advantage in this world.

  18. oh navel October 13, 2006 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh Navel, also the tall girl, has not bought a pair of heels with less than the 4 inch heel in a very long time, the taller the better!!!!!!

  19. Dani October 13, 2006 at 6:20 pm #

    You are right about those inseams! I swear I have spent my whole life letting out cuffs. Have you ever looked at the website Long Elegant Legs? They do have 38″ long inseams there. The other thing I do is search ebay with the keyword “unhemmed”- some of the high-end designer items fit, but I am quite tired of combing the racks! My tailor is also a wizard with hems.

  20. Meander October 13, 2006 at 7:28 pm #

    I’m a 5’4″ male and I have always adored the tall women and the rocking heels! They don’t always see me, of course, but I do see them!

  21. Meander October 13, 2006 at 7:35 pm #

    I neglected to mention my admiration for the burgundy Marc Jacobs — too gorgeous!

  22. pbird October 14, 2006 at 11:05 am #

    As the mother of three very tall daughters, I can concure. No one seems to mind their height at all. The 6′ one loves to wear very high heels and is surrounded by men waiting patiently for her to see them.

  23. Annalucia October 14, 2006 at 12:55 pm #

    “When you’ve been asked every single day of your adult life how tall you are and if you play basketball, emphasizing that height seems like the last thing on earth you want to do.”

    If it is any comfort to the Mywhimsy, the tall mens, they suffer this indignity too. The Tedesco (that is the husband of the Annalucia) is 6’6″ tall and for most of his youth heard the “basketball” remark constantly. One day he tired of this and told his interlocutor (a sweet if rather simple-minded elderly lady) that he was a jockey who rode the draft horses in the Wisconsin farm races, and she gave every indication of believing him.

  24. the unfashionista October 15, 2006 at 11:14 am #

    the unfashionista had a boss who was 6ft and who wore the heels. She explained it as such:
    “I used to wear flats, and then I realized that being tall should not mean that I have to wear ugly shoes.”

  25. Genevieve October 15, 2006 at 11:30 am #

    Also, tallandall.com has inseams up to 40 inches! Now, not all of the pants there are super-fantastic, but if you go through, you will surely find at least two pairs that you love (and with inseams up to 40 inches, really, all tall ladies must go and look!)

  26. Sue October 15, 2006 at 6:31 pm #

    As a tall women I was interested to read everyone’s views on heels. I have probably more courage now to wear a higher heel if I wish as everyone has such postitive comments! I have been sticking to a maximum height of about 2 1/2″ high heels, but of course aspiring to superfabulousness I may stand tall and broaden my horizons!! Thanks everyone!!

  27. Nikki November 2, 2006 at 1:47 am #

    Ehh, I’m 6’3″… Wearing 3″ heel would put me at 6’6″… Do I want that?
    I love heels, can’t live without them, but cant wear them either… If I could, I would wear them all the time

  28. Anna December 10, 2006 at 1:56 am #

    I stand at all of about 5ft, making me super tiny!
    I like my height very much, it suits me and i am used to it, but trust me, its hard not to feel jealous of those goddesses that sweep past me in their 4 inch heels, making my miserable attempts to be that few inches taller look pathetic.
    These beauties capture the eye of every self-respecting male in the room, and beware of these mynxes on the dance floor!
    Trust me, if McDonalds has taught us something, its that no one is afraid of a supersize

  29. John August 10, 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    Tall women you are selfish if you are 5’10 or over and wear 4′ heels or more be ashamed you are just greedy for height and are stupid. Sure wear some form of heel like 1′, 2′ but 4′ or more you are just making men laugh with your pathetic little attempts to get noticed in the world. Your all wearing them thriving for attention go do something better. By the way men do like tall women but if you call them a godess your kidding youself their just idiots who say that so they feel they have a point in life!

  30. Frances June 2, 2009 at 6:50 am #

    Well id say i was 6 ft and i absolutly hate it. i say f was shorter i would wear heels everyday! i love them all to bits!! but then im taller than all my friends, my mum sister pretty much my family so i never wear them. please help me some1 get over my stupid obsession height issue!!!!!!!!!!1