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Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

The make of shoe I have been wearing for the past seven years is no longer being produced, and I’ve been unable to find a suitable replacement. The trouble is that I wear orthotics, and I have exceptionally wide and flat foot, and despite my best efforts I’ve found nothing that’s comfortable. What would you recommend for me that won’t be prohibitively expensive?


Manolo says, in such situations, the Manolo always recommends the custom made shoes, as nothing can compare to the fit of the best handmade shoes. Unfortunately, even the least expensive of these shoes can run to many hundreds of the American dollars.

To the Manolo such costs are justifiable, as nothing makes the Manolo as unhappy as shoes that do not fit well, except perhaps the ugly shoes that do not fit well.

But, others have the more prosaic attitude, and so for these peoples the Manolo would recommend the new Dunham Battery Park Oxford, which are available up to the American size 20 in length, and in the width EEEEEE (that is 6 E’s for those you who have lost count).

This brand Dunham, it is the new sub-brand of the New Balance, whose athletic shoes each morning grace the feets of the Manolo, and so you know they must be good.

Dunham Battery Park Oxford    Manolo Recommends to the Big Feet Peoples!  Click!

7 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Su September 28, 2007 at 1:17 pm #

    What about orthotic-friendly shoes, with no heels, for a 25-year old fashionista-wannabe that are cheap… and will go good with cocktail outfits?

  2. dangster September 28, 2007 at 3:04 pm #

    It pleases me to know that the Manolo and I share the taste/preference in athletic shoes.

  3. Dan September 28, 2007 at 5:36 pm #

    I also have very wide feet and have difficulty finding shoes that fit. I have had good luck with a company called Hitchcock Shoes that specializes in wide shoes for men. Their only store is in Massachusetts but they have a good web site (hitchcockshoes.com) and I have had good service from them.

  4. Susan September 29, 2007 at 11:30 pm #

    I actually have the opposite problem, long and pointy feet (alas, my feet and figure conform to 15th century beauty ideals, not the current ones). But New Balance makes my sneakers as well- they are good for all the non traditional sizes!

  5. karlfest September 30, 2007 at 5:54 pm #

    It is nice to know that efforts for social good are being made here. I do not have wide feet but feel for those who do, and obviously this columnist does too. Bravo Manolo, bravo.

  6. Ellen M October 2, 2007 at 10:55 am #

    The company that figures out how to make an attractive woman’s shoe that can be worn with orthotics is going to make zillions of dollars. I will buy out their entire factory. Please, Manolo, use your powers to will such a thing into existence.

  7. Ellen M October 2, 2007 at 11:00 am #

    And, the thing is, these miracle shoes don’t have to be comfort shoes, which almost by definition are ugly. Frequently, comfort shoes don’t take orthotics, because they’ve added cushioning to the arch, which makes it impossible to get the orthotics in.