Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
I’m going to Toronto in three weeks for a series of important business meetings. I’m worried that my shoes, most of which were purchased in Atlanta, will be unsuitable for the weather. What would you recommend?
Manolo says, ayyyy! You are going to Toronto in December! It will be like the trip to the North Pole, with all of the natives riding on reindeer and drinking maple syrup vodka straight from the tree. Pack your skis!
Actually, the Manolo, who has been in Toronto only once, in February, found that the weather was marginally better than Chicago, meaning that one only wished for death when out of doors.
In such cases of extreme climate, the Manolo recommends boots; stout, warm and weatherproof boots, made of something like walrus skin, or narwhal blubber. Of the course, as this is the business trip, one must not wear something that would cause one to lose face with the natives, who, impervious to the weather, appear in public in their shirt-sleeves until their very breath freezes in the air and tinkles to the snow as ice crystals. At which point they put on the windbreakers.
Look, here is the Devine from La Canadienne, the waterproof boot with the slip-resistant sole made in Canada, by elves! It is perfect!