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Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo:

I’m a working girl, and worse, a shop girl. Normally, I’m restricted to plastic shoes from discount dealers, but this year my family gave me $200. I’ve decided the best way to spend it is on a new pair of cute, flirty but practical, black work shoes. What would you recommend that can be worn while climbing ladders, and can be teamed with both pants and skirts?


Manolo says, how well, the Manolo remembers his own days as the young shop boy, working in the famous shoe store of the Mercurio Bahamonde y Albornoz. Each morning the Manolo was up early and off to the shop, where he spent the day blissfully working among beautiful shoes and the people who loved them.

Of the course, the salary that Don Mercurio provided was meager, although one could supplement it by taking home packing material, which could be fashioned into perfectly comfortable sleepwear and bedding. And how luxurious it was, in the young Manolo’s tiny, seventh floor, walkup flat, to lie there snuggly warm in the giant pile of tissue paper, shredded cardboard, and packing peanuts.

Look it is the Zia from Juicy Couture, the adorable little black flat that is both flirty and practical.

Zia by Juicy Couture    Manolo Likes! Click!

5 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Toby Wollin January 11, 2008 at 9:55 am #

    Manolo, as a former shop girl, can I beg on behalf of the young lady a little something more in the sole (or padding inside the shoe) line? And, if ladder-climbing is in order, something that ties across the instep might be a bit more secure. Just a thought…

  2. Ashe Mischief January 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    I would recommend the John Fluevog Lately’s; the t-strap flat is very popular this season, and Fluevogs are very comfortable. Not to mention, Zappos has them on sale!

  3. Jezebella January 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Toby, that is what the arch-supporting insole is for: to make the cute, flirty flat into something that is also comfortable and wearable.

  4. Jen January 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    As a working girl who also climbs ladders and has barely dodged falling because of a shoe that was trying to imitate Cinderella’s, I have to disagree with this choice. These are adorable, yes, but I would go for something that could slip off less easily.

  5. Jenzilla January 11, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    In my experience, insoles, especially the heavier ones with arch supports, take up enough room that they don’t work well in a shoe this small. You could try to buy a half size up, but then the shoe won’t fit as well.