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Manolo the Columnist | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m a work-at-home mother who enjoys fashion but also requires comfort. I need a shoe for the spring that’s not a sneaker; something I can wear to the playground but also out among adults.

Manolo says, the Alice is the woman after the Manolo’s own heart, one of that ever shrinking minority of peoples who wishes to dress like the adult person and not the teenager or the infantile child.

This is not to say that the Manolo is opposed to the sneaker as the suitable casual wear, indeed he himself has been known to rock the pair of the old school Adidas Rod Lavers.

Rather, it is to note that the Manolo has been recently appalled by the adoption of silly and childish feetwear by the peoples who should know better.

Indeed, the Manolo suspects that it is only the matter of time before his banker, his accountant, his lawyer, and all the justices of the Supreme Court begin to sport the orange plastic clogs, at which point the Manolo will probably give up the things of this world and become the Tibetan monk. Om mani padme blahnik.

Until that time, the Manolo will wage the good fight, recommending shoes like this cute moccasin, the Donna Cyndi 3 from Geox.

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6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Victor March 9, 2007 at 9:05 am #

    Darn. Sir, you have truly arrived, as you are getting hit with tons of spam comments. Folks, I suspect we can say good-bye to the comments for a few days…

    But first, I must admit I felt the question you faced was almost impossible to answer, yet those moc’s should truly make Alice feel fabulous!

  2. Natashia March 9, 2007 at 11:06 am #

    Three cheers for the woman who wants to look like an adult! Three cheers for the lovely moc (I have several, myself)! And, three + cheers for The Manolo for recommending such practical, comfy, attractive, & versatile shoes!

  3. Melanie March 9, 2007 at 11:42 am #

    Finally! Someone who actually understands that fashion and being at home/weekends can co-exist! It drives me insane when I see stupid shows like “What Not To Wear” that tell women they must always wear heels, even to the grocery store or the playground. Ridiculous! That’s a great way to break your ankle, tromping around in the mulch. There has to be a balance between being fashionable and being appropriate.

    Thanks (again) to the Manolo for recommending an appropriate yet very fashionable shoe!

  4. Kathy March 9, 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    OK, I have no fashion sense whatsoever, and my budget is small, but I do intend to spend in the $100 ballpark for a pair of shoes. I too am a stay-at-home mom, a homeschooler so I have my children with me all the time. I live in the south, where summers are oppressively hot, and I take my kids outside as much as we can without absolutely melting. Could I wear a shoe like this, sans socks, with a capri pant?

    My shoe choice must be sturdy, since we go to many unusual places where my shoes must accept abuse. My shoe choice must be cool, since as I mentioned it is unbearably hot here for most of the year. My shoe choice must come in wide widths since the three children I have and the one coming have combined to make my feet wider. But I would like to look like a civilized adult.

  5. Rene'e March 11, 2007 at 12:28 am #

    In one word…..UGLY! I would prefer a flat which lookes more like a ballet slipper with a street sole. Dexter makes one with criss-cross straps in the front. I have worn them while shopping in Manhattan and was very pleased. Comfort and nice looks.

  6. Kate March 12, 2007 at 11:16 pm #

    Dear Manolo,

    Those shoes look extraordinarily frumpy to me. I can see them with a pair of mom jeans. What about the funky Puma hybrids that criss cross over the foot? Or something with a walking sole and elegant upper from Donald J Pliner? I truly can’t believe you’d endorse those mocs . . .