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Stylish Walking Shoes for Paris | 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 going to Paris soon, and because I am no longer the tireless young woman I was when I last visited, I’ll need good shoes. Are there super fantastic shoes for days and days of walking? I’d even settle for semi-fantastic.


Manolo says, this story is so common: many years ago, when you were young and lithe, you cavorted about Europe in high-heeled mary janes and bright red stilettos, your youthful feets able to quickly recover from whatever indignities you inflicted upon them.

Now, thanks to Father Time, you walk down the block at lunchtime to get your customary tuna hoagie, Snapple, and lottery ticket and your feets curse you.

“Ayyyyy!” they scream, “You are killing us with your addiction to the Powerball Pick-Six! You should be satisfied with the office football pool and something from the vending machine, you harridan.”

And, now you are not looking forward to when you will announce to them your plans for the walking tour of the Seventh Arrondissement.

But, fear not, for the Manolo now suggests to you the AAA from the Donald Pliner in the black silk elastic. This is the good basic shoe, one that is said to be exceedingly comfortable and yet would look very stylish with the pants.

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12 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Cristina October 5, 2007 at 9:38 am #

    Hi Manolo! What does the Manolo think of Hogans?

  2. jj October 5, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    Oh, Manolo… thank you!!! The jj is pregnant right now and fears the swelling of the feet that has aflicted so many of her friends. For the most part the elastic shoes are complete eyesores… these may not be the loveliest of shoes, but they are classic, practical and not in the least bit ugly.

  3. SloaneyB October 5, 2007 at 1:49 pm #

    I moved to San Francisco right after college in 1993 and immediately discovered these shoes for all the walking required. Now that I live in LA I don’t walk really at all but always have these in some version or another specifically for cooler travelling days requiring a LOT of walking yet still looking fantastic. I especially like to wear them with opaque black tights & and my other travel standby, the above-the-knee black wool jersey skirt. Allowed me to be confortable and not look like a tourist in Paris, London, New York, Shanghai, Florence, Rome…

  4. Sienna October 5, 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    Ick! No one under 75 should wear stretch fabric shoes!!! What about Sofft shoes if you’re doing a lot of walking? Poron insole cushioning is the key.

  5. Klee October 5, 2007 at 5:24 pm #

    Manolo, would you be so kind as to recommend a similarly comfy pair for the dress? I discovered the Sofft ‘Venice’ which I adored, only to find it no longer available in my size. Despite diligent searching, nothing similarly fabulous/comfy…

  6. Meg October 5, 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    Hmmmm…… I don’t like them. Then again, I don’t like loafers in general. My favorite comfy shoes are a pair of black ballet flats with ribbon trim. I got them from Payless during a BOGO sale and in one week I walked over 35 miles in them in London – and my feet were still happy.

  7. in la October 5, 2007 at 9:00 pm #

    Meg — I totally have those shoes (in silver). They are fantastically comfy — pretty amazing for a pair of cheap, synthetic shoes with minimal padding. They’re cute too!

  8. toad October 6, 2007 at 7:17 am #

    Hmmmm, the shoes look to have a higher heel than they actually do. Good design technique.

  9. Larabelle October 6, 2007 at 8:16 am #

    Why don’t you get a nice pair from Camper (www.camper.es), very comfy even with heels and pretty. Their shop in Paris is nice and artsy and in a very pretty place.

  10. cj October 7, 2007 at 12:23 am #

    I love pliners those and ferragamos are some of my favorite shoes.

  11. Christina October 7, 2007 at 10:54 am #

    Agggh, these belong in the Gallery of the Horrors!! Usually I feel the same about shoes from Born or Sofft, but I think those would be much more appealing and practical. These girdle elastics from Pliner also have a small heel – so if you’re going with any sort of heel at all, a pair of low heeled shoes from Cole Haan’s Nike
    Air technology would also be great here. Pliner also makes a reasonable looking low heel pump with the girdle elastic that looks stylish and would be just as practical.

    Just not the loafer. I’m still shivering.

  12. Kate October 18, 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    Take a second look at Sofft. it seems like they are getting cuter and cuter every season. I consider myself pretty fashionable and I have a bunch of Sofft styles. In fact, I am going to London and Paris today and am bringing two of their boot styles and one of the ballet flats.

    I must say, I don’t like the Donal Pliner pair AT ALL! Hideous.