Manolo the Columnist

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m looking for an everyday shoe that can be worn with jeans, slacks, or skirt-and-tights. So far my search has brought me only headaches, as it seems every shoe is obnoxiously trendy, has too-high a heel (defined as more than 2 inches), or looks too much like a man’s shoe. Is it too much to ask for something stylish, feminine, classic, and practical?


Manolo says, here is the example of the person who is expecting too much from the single pair of the shoes, hoping to find that perfect and magical pair that looks beautiful with the jeans, the dress slacks, and the skirts.

This is like shopping for the economy car with the performance of the Ferrari and the roominess of the school bus; after the lengthy search you will finally end up buying the Chrysler minivan.

Still, the Manolo sympathizes with this request, for it is born of the desire to be frugal, to buy only one pair of the shoes instead of many. But this is the false economy, for one needs several pairs of the shoes, so that one does not wear the same pair of the shoes two days in succession.

Look here is the All Tied Up from the Kenneth Cole Reaction, practical, stylish, feminine, and perfect for wearing with the dress slacks, or perhaps the skirt.

All Tied Up  from Kenneth Cole Reaction   Manolo Likes!  Click!


4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. TeleriB Says:

    “for one needs several pairs of the shoes, so that one does not wear the same pair of the shoes two days in succession.”

    I have been practically living in my Lucchese cowboy boots since I bought them. Is the policy of not wearing shoes two days in a row good shoe-care, or fashion?

  2. Cat Says:

    To the TeleriB: It’s both. See, for example, these tips on how to make your shoes last longer:

    Step One is: “Avoid wearing shoes two days in a row, and allow shoes to air out for 24 hours.”

  3. Jenzilla Says:

    I’ve heard (whether it’s true or not) that allowing shoes to “rest” is good for them, supposedly they will last through more wearings. But now I can’t remember the details about why.

    Wouldn’t those shoes be okay with jeans as well? I tend to think nice shoes with jeans is generally okay, it’s the other way around (slouchy shoes with nice clothes) that would be a problem. Uh oh, am I wrong?

  4. Eilish Says:

    I confess when I heard her question I thought of my new darling high-heeled mary-janes by steve madden (I think the name was Clasikal.) I do love them with my nice jeans and a cute top, but I also wear them with skirts and slacks.

    Love, love, love them!

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