The Utne Reader Review!

Manolo says, here is the very first review of the Consolation of the Shoes, from the Utne Reader “From the Stacks” column.

The Consolation of The Shoes –the sixth and newest release from the New Pamphleteer press — is a personal account by the elusive “shoeblogger” Manolo of his philosophical journey to find the perfect pair of shoes. After a fleeting visit, “as in a dream,” by the Lady of Fashion, Manolo is left with only a glimpse of the world’s most beautiful shoes and her cryptic message: “We shall always have the shoes.” Riffing on Christian philosopher Boethius’ 6th-century work, the Consolation of Philosophy, Manolo’s writing integrates medieval-style text about longing for inner happiness with a fashionisto’s 21st century crisis of faith to create a social statement of footwear equality. Manolo’s erudition leads the reader on a humor-filled treasure hunt through oblique pop-culture references, quotes from Paradise Lost, the annals of European art history, and world culture. (For more on the New Pamphleteer press, check out “Attack of the Pamphleteers” by Utne Reader librarian Danielle Maestretti in our May/June issue.)– Eric Kelsey

Ayyyyy! This is very exciting!

Build the Outfit..The Winner!

Manolo says, there were 53 entries for the Build the Outfit contest at the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Forums.

The Manolo jumbled up the entries and randomly picked one name from his hat. And the super fantastic winner was the MiscMama, who submitted the entry which paired the Giuseppe Zanotti geometric wedge sandals with this green purse, the white sunglasses, and this simple Isaac Mizrahi white dress from the Target.

Isaac Mizrahi white sundress from Target

As the prize the MiscMama will recive the $100 gift certificate from the Zappos!

There were many entries which were quite praiseworthy, look at this one from the
Manolo’s internet friend the Edot


The Manolo liked this one so much that he has decided to award the Edot the super unnanounced second prize of the $50 gift certificate from the Zappos.

Congratulations to the winners!

And now you may browse through all of the entries at the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Forums.


Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

In a few weeks I’m supposed to be a bridesmaid in a dressy evening wedding, wearing a flowy, knee-length black dress. Because I am 27 weeks pregnant and a bit wobbly when walking, I need to wear something either flat or very low and stable. Strappy would be best for my swollen feet. Also, because the shoes probably won’t fit after I give birth I don’t want to spend too much.


Manolo says, the Manolo has such sympathy for the pregnant ladies, especially those who must take part in the fancy dress ritual which undoubtedly involves much standing and perhaps even the out-of-control bridezilla who is worried that you will go into labor during the cake cutting.

“If you start to feel contractions, can’t you just squeeze it back until at least the first dance is over?”

It is the sincere belief of the Manolo that the pregnant ladies should not be obliged to participate in the weddings parties, indeed, it is the belief of the Manolo that the pregnant ladies should not even be obliged to walk. They should be carried from place to place on the palanquin, like Cleopatra.

Here is the Mari from the Circa from the Joan and David; perfect for what you rquire.

Mari from Circa by Joan and David   Manolo Likes!  Click!