Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband, who is an associate at a white-shoe law firm, says I must accompany him to his firm’s annual holiday party. Things will be especially tense this year as he’s up for partner. What do you suggest?

Ashley

Manolo says, what does the Manolo suggest? Selling your house and cars and vacation home, moving from the city to Tennessee, and taking up goat farming.

Undoubtedly the Manolo’s friend would be happier in the more relaxed setting, where powerful lawyers and their consorts do not do regularly do the stylized and brutal “Dance of Status and Position”.

Yes, this will be the giant expensive holiday party, but no one will be especially cheery, except for the most senior retired partners. These men, well into the second childhood of their dotage, will sit at the tables gumming sugar cookies, oogling hot young associates, and dreaming happily of raccoon coats and rumble seats. Having forgotten all that their profession forced them to learn, they alone will be content.

But, until the deed on Rancho Cabrón Encatado is signed you must make the most of the difficult situation. Go to the party, smile, be gracious, do your spouse credit with your composure and beauty. And wear especially beautiful shoes.

Here are the very elegant, sophisticated, and festive shoes from Christian Lacroix.

Festive Slingback Shoes from Christian Lacroix    Manolo Likes!  Click!

10 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Cat November 30, 2007 at 10:24 am #

    Hahahahahahahaha! The Manolo’s advice is spot on!

  2. wannabe November 30, 2007 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh Manolo, you have alas got everything right but the shoes. When the associate’s wife shoes up wearing Lacroix shoes, the partner’s wives start complaining about what the associates are getting paid and how it takes money out of their pockets and who does that bitch think she is anyway? Much better to have fabulous shoes which are a little more staid, or fabulous shoes the biddies may think are knockoffs.

  3. Toby Wollin November 30, 2007 at 12:14 pm #

    And, pray tell, what is a “white-shoe law firm”?
    White Shoes? Are we talking about white bucks, 23-skidoo, Rudy Vallee?

  4. Manolo the Shoeblogger November 30, 2007 at 12:19 pm #

    Here is the definition…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_shoe_firm

  5. Poochie November 30, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    Manolo,

    Sort of related but not really – I love the “white-shoe” the name comes from. And I have news for you!

    http://shoedaydreams.blogspot.com/2007/11/manolos-for-men.html

    Luv
    Poochie
    shoedaydreams.com

  6. daisyj. November 30, 2007 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh, for those lazy days at Rancho Cabron Encantado, sipping basil juleps while the dear little goats gambol and play. Why anyone would give it up for the white-shod rat race is indeed a mystery.

  7. Lilly Munster November 30, 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    Oh I just love these shoes. As pricey as they are, I wouldn’t mind saving the money to buy them. The unpleasant look on the so called “biddies faces” would be worth it. Although it is tacky to overdress, I would never “underdress” just to please someone else. “Go big or go home”

  8. Renée November 30, 2007 at 3:18 pm #

    … also, don’t let social anxiety make you drink too much.Much better to let others make fools of themselves. What use are the fancy shoes if you can’t walk?

  9. Glinda November 30, 2007 at 5:13 pm #

    Why does cussing sound so much more elegant in Spanish?

  10. Perrier-Chick December 8, 2007 at 10:37 pm #

    Since when does cussing in Spanish sound more elegant?