Manolo the Columnist

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

My son, who recently graduated from law school and found a job at a good firm, knows about having high quality dress shoes for the office, but he doesn’t know what sort of shoes would be appropriate for the many casual social events that his new job requires.


Manolo says, look it is the adorable new lawyer leaving the nest! See how he struggles to spread his wings!

Once, so recently, your tattered and smelly Classic Vans skaters were all the shoe you required for the socializing, mostly because you only went to the functions at which your talent for the one-handed keg-stands could be properly appreciated.

But now you are grown up, and you are being invited to the adult parties where the fancy martinis and the scotch on the rocks are being served by the stern senior partners with their steely grey hair and their sinewy second wives.

Ayyyy! You are out of your league, boy! And those Vans, they do not belong here, you are not working for the office of the publics defender!

Thus the Manolo would suggest the traditional tassel loafer from the British mod icon, Ben Sherman.

Yes, they are not the most exciting shoes, and they cannot fully express the joy you feel at being alive. But do not worry, six months of the lawyering will cure you of that.

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8 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Annalucia Says:

    “..the stern senior partners with their steely grey hair and their sinewy second wives.”

    The Annalucia, she could not stop laughing for a good five minutes after seeing that. (And yes, the shoe is a handsome one and most suitable to the up-and-coming young attorney.)

  2. aimlessjoys Says:

    Maybe sinewy second wives in their Jimmy Choo shoes…Hahahaha! Great Stuff!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    “6 months of lawyering will cure you of that (joy of being alive)”
    SO true and well said!! Were you a lawyer fresh out of school in your past life? Sigh. If only we could all be the Manolos with the fabulous lifes.

  4. Christine Says:

    Check out this post at Counterfeit Chic about this post . . .

  5. La Retrosessuale Says:

    Madonna mia! This post has resurrected the spirit of La Retrosessuale from the sterile confines of her well-appointed law firm! The Manolo, he speaks the truth. The new law firm associates are as needing of the superfantastic shoesies as they are of the leetle nighttime finger retainers to straighten out their gnarled Blackberry thumbs. (And the deodorants. Let us not forget the deodorants.)

  6. Rob D. Says:

    I hate tassels. I HATE TASSELS!! NOOOOO!! Why not black penny loafers, or suede bucks? ANYTHING BUT TASSELS! EWWW!!!

  7. JT Says:

    The funny, it bears repeating: “the stern senior partners with their steely grey hair and their sinewy second wives.”

    The Manolo, he is the genius of the acerbic description.

    (Thanks for making my morning.)

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