Shoes for the Graduation, Part 3

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends suggest that the Manolo has erred in his graduation shoe recommendations. However this comment one from the Professor CJ is the most complete.

I hate to cast sobriety on the Rachel’s day of acknowledgment, but there is in fact a written rule. Per the American Council on Education Costume Code:

People will see your shoes. If you walk across a stage, your feet will be eye-level for many in the front rows. Wearing sneakers or flip-flops (which I see on both men and women) does not make you look festive, it makes you look cheap and immature.

I suggest either a nice, dark shoe or a muted school color. Given the time of year, a tasteful sandal would be lovely.

And get the pedicure, not because your feet aren’t pretty, but because a bit of pampering is a nice way to reward yourself on a special occasion.

This advice from the Professor CJ is so much more complete and sensible than that which the Manolo had offered to the Rachel, that the Manolo will henceforth adopt it as his own.

Frankly, the Manolo was simply unaware that there was the formal rule regarding the appropriate wear, which given the proclivity of many recent graduates to adorn their academic costumes with the colorful plastic geegaws in order to express their “individuality”, may perhaps be understandable.

But, now that it has been pointed out to him, the Manolo cannot but agree that one should honor the occasion with the appropriate feetwear. Thankfully, the Professor CJ has noted that this does not mean that one is limited to only the dullest of shoes.


Shoes for the Graduation, Part 2

Dear Manolo,
I am in eighth grade and recently bought a yellow dress for middle school graduation. My mother says that I am only allowed to get a new pair of shoes if they are flats because I have tons of heels. I would really appreciate it if you could give me a suggestion for a pair of super fantastic flats that are not too expensive as my feet are still growing.

Thanks a Ton,

P.S. Here’s a picture of the dress.


Congratulations to the Elena!

And now it is on to the High School, where your life will be ruled by the cliques of hormonally-ravaged adolescents. Such joy!

Nevada 2  from Me Too   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Look, here is the Nevada 2 from the Me Too, the very colorful pattern flat which will provide the playful contrast with the yellow dress of graduation.

The YSL Tribute, Redux

Manolo says, here is yet another article about this year’s Super Duper Hottest-Hippest Shoe!!!!, the Yves Saint Laurent Tribute. (About which the Manolo has already written.)

YOU’LL fall head over heels. Maybe literally.

The must-have shoe for spring is the “Tribute” from Yves Saint Laurent, adorned with a towering 5 1/2-inch heel. Sold out in most New York retailers, it’s one of the tallest high-fashion shoes ever produced – yet celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani can’t wait to walk at elevations usually reserved for Las Vegas dancers and Vivid Video actresses.

And who among us would not wish to look like the porn actress?

Of the course, this has not kept the slavering masses and their enablers in the press from enthusing in the breathless voices.

“You’re not going to feel sexier in another shoe,” says Chris Frey, accessories director at Lucky magazine. “It’s one of those things you wear when you’re jumping into a cab, going to the event, and jumping out of a cab. I have a shelf life of about two hours in a shoe like this.”

Frey says the shoe’s insane sex appeal isn’t just about the height, but also the shape and style. Plus, she thinks there’s something confident, gutsy and cool about a girl who can get that high.

“I think what’s so cool about it is we’ve been seeing platforms for so many seasons and they’re not going away. But YSL sexied it up by adding the stiletto,” she says. “Plus it’s a Mary Jane style that’s so hot this season with an ankle strap that’s not too high on the ankle so it still makes your leg look super-long.”

For Frey, they’re also inspirational.

“It’s a lunge-inducing shoe because you want to wear the shortest skirt possible with them,” she says. “It’s like a gym membership for a year in a shoe, because as soon as you put them on you feel five pounds thinner.”

And fifty IQ points dumber.

It is not the bad shoe in the shorter versions, but this excessively tall one is just silly.


The Outfit says “Fun in the Sun”

Manolo says, but the model says “despair ye on the thorny beaches of the molten seas of Hell!”

The Oscar on the Sale

Starla from Oscar by Oscar de la Renta    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here is the Starla from the Oscar by Oscar de la Renta, the attractive pointy-toed flat with the little bow and the contrast stitching which is currently on the sale, over 40% off of the regular price!