Build the Outfit #8 — Modern Vintage Summer Boot

Manolo says, it is time once again to Build the Outift!

Many peoples have asked the Manolo, “What should we wear with the thigh-high, over-the-knee boots?”

Well, the Manolo decided to defer to his many internet friends, who include among their number the excellent amateur stylists, and ask them, what would you do with these…

The Summer Boot from Modern Vintage    Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Summer Boot from Modern Vintage. No, the Manolo does not know why these boots, which do not look very summery, should be called the “Summer Boot”, all he knows is that they are the handsome and rakish and worth wearing, but only if one can figure out what to wear them with.

And now, go build the outfit!

As always post your best outfit in the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Forums. On Saturday, the Manolo will pick the winner.

This week our competition is sponsored by the new online shoe company,, who will be providing the winner with 1500 Heels Reward Points (which equals $100 of the American dollars!).

So, after you are done building your outfit (or even before) you must check out, for not only do the have free overnight shipping, but they also have the free no hassle returns and 115% price guarantee. And, as the special offer, now through the end of the year, you can save $10 on orders over $100 if you use the special secret code “HEELSAFFQ4” at the checkout. Truly, this is indeed most super fantastic!


The Real Manolo Blahnik Shoes For Men

Manolo says, so, like the Shoeblogger you are dissatisfied with the Maestro Manolo Blahnik’s collection for men.

Do not despair! There is the other option!

It is the little known fact, outside of the equestrian circles, that the Maestro Manolo Blahnik has designed the very handsome collection of paddock boots, available in both mens and womens sizes, boots which any man would be most proud to wear!

Look, here is the Dory, one of the most attractive paddock boots the Manolo the Shoeblogger has ever seen.

The Dory by Manolo Blahnik

And here is the Lera.

The Lera by Manolo BlahnikThe Lera by Manolo Blahnik

This is what the Manolo the Shoeblogger had hoped for when he first heard that the Maestro was designing the shoes for the men, not what recently appeared.

These boots are sold exclusively through the website Equestrian Chic, and they are not unreasonably priced for what they are, which is beautiful Manolo Blahnik boots for men.

The Best Christmas Books

Manolo says, our friend Glinda at the Teeny Manolo has made the list of the Best Christmas Books.


The Maestro Stumbles

Manolo says, many, many of the Manolo’s friends have written to him these past weeks asking him what thinks of the new mens shoe line being launched by his idol, the Maestro Manolo Blahnik.

When the Manolo first heard the rumor that the Maestro was making the men’s shoes, he was overjoyed. Finally, the genius cobbler of our age would produce something that the Shoeblogger could wear!

But, as one may guess from the fact that the Shoeblogger has delayed as long as possible speaking to this subject, the realization of the dream has fallen short.

Just look at this…

Afiyat from Manolo Blahnik,

Ayyyyy! The suede open-toed slingback for men? Noooooo! No! No! No!

Query: Is this the sort of shoe the impeccably tailored Manolo Blahnik would wear himself?



Cashmere on Sale

Manolo says, if you are looking for the perfect gift for Aunt Judy, our bargain blogger Twistie has found the Italian cashmere scarf selling at 60% off of the regular price. One of many such bargains to be found at the Manolo’s Basement of the Bargains.


That Guy or the Diamonds?

Manolo says, the Manolo’s shoe-obsessed friend Wayne poses the qustion.

Since you happen to have a well-read blog by American women, I have a question I’d like to put to your readers:

If you’ve looked at TV the past few weeks, there’s a commercial running for a jewelry store (yes, it’s THAT time of the season) where a man is painting his wife’s/girlfriend’s/fiancee’s toenails, and asks (I can’t quote the ad verbatim), “How do they look?”…His woman replies, “They look fine”, to which he answers, “I think they need another coat.” A voiceover says, “Because you’re not THAT GUY, there’s Helzberg Diamonds.”

QUESTION: Would a woman rather have THAT GUY, or the diamonds?

And here, through the magic of YouTube is the commercial in question…

So, dear readers, satisfy the Wayne’s (and the Manolo’s) curiosity: That guy or the diamonds?


Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m currently in my final year of dental school and next year I’m going to be a dental resident. I am doing my first grown-up job interview in an uber-conservative field at a fairly conservative hospital. What shoes should I wear?


Manolo says, the Manolo has often thought about how difficult it would be to be the dentist, having to spend all day with your hands in other peoples mouths, repeating the mantras “wider please” and “this may sting the little bit”. Few of your customers are happy to see you, everyone thinks you are boring, and people are always spitting around you..

On the plus side, like the college professor, you get to carry on mostly one-sided conversations with people who would rather be anywhere else.

By the way, the Manolo is worried up by his friend’s use of the phrase “conservative dentist,” which conjures up in the Manolo’s mind the image of Lawrence Oliver, holding the pair of pliers, while standing over Dustin Hoffman in the movie Marathon Man.

In any event, the Manolo would recommend for his friend the Scorpio from Oh Deer shoes as being the reasonably priced, professional shoe with the little bit of flair.

Scorpio by Oh Deer!   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Manolo’s Holiday Gift Books for Him

Manolo says, it is Christmas time, and you have already bought your man the tasteful, Manolo-approved tie, and the slippers, and the power drill, but you also wish to entertain and please him with the gift of reading.

Allow the Manolo to be your guide by suggesting for you three books your man would enjoy.

The Perfect Book for the Man Who Would Be Well Dressed

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion by Alan Flusser

This book, Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion is the Bible of fashion for the man. If your husband, or boyfriend, or your man of other significance does not have this book on his dressing table, you must buy it for him. It gives clear, practical advice, from which any man who wishes to know about clothes will benefit.

The Funniest Historical Novels Ever Written


Politically incorrect, sexist, cavalier, ribald, but also historically accurate (sort of) and absolutely hilarious, these are The Flashman Papers. Start your man with the first book and he will buy the rest of the series himself, thanking you profusely for introducing him to this brilliant series.

The Rippingest of Yarns

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

Here is the challenge: grab the dog and the back pack, put on some tribal costumery, and hike across the length of war-torn, Taliban-ridden Afghanistan…in the middle of winter. Later produce the smart and beautifully written account of your unlikely survival. This is The Places In Between.

The Big Question

Manolo says, the Big Girls ask, what is your signature scent?

For the Manolo, his signature scent is the heady combination of bay rum, old leather, rendered beef suet, and bourgeois self-satisfaction.