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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,

A very fashion forward friend of mine asked the question yesterday, “With regard to shoes for this spring, is beige the new black?” I said I would consult the Manolo who is the only person I trust to have the correct information about the shoes for any season.


Manolo says, there is no “new black”. Black is black and it shall never be replaced as the most essential color (or non-color) in the wardrobe.

This is not to say that there are not important color trends now at work in the world of feetwear, only that the Manolo has grown extremely weary of the phrase “such-and-such is the new black.”

As for these current fashion trends, beige shoes will be prevalent, but the more striking trend this season will be bold colors, and indeed, the Manolo has already declared 2008, the “Year of the Colorful Shoe”

We are already seeing festive shoes that are saturated with bright colors, rich variations of purple, orange, yellow, green, blue, and red.

Look here is the Jade from Via Spiga, the round-toed slingback shown here in the purple patent leather, but also available in yellow and orange. Is this not infinitely more fun than beige?

Jade from Via Spiga  It is Colorful, Manolo Likes!  Click!

9 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Toby Wollin January 18, 2008 at 8:38 am #

    Beige shoes. I don’t know what it is, but I have never worn a pair of beige shoes – even when wearing a beige outfit – that I actually felt “good” in. I don’t know what it is. I’d rather wear brown or black or even red with beige – beige shoes just are …blechy.

  2. La Petite Acadienne January 18, 2008 at 8:52 am #

    It does depend on the style. I have a pair of lovely high-heeled strappy sandals that are just a smidge darker than my own skin tone. (They’re currently being re-heeled, as I wear them so often.) They’re marvelous if you’re wearing the type of dress that doesn’t lend itself easily to a coordinating shoe (or if you don’t have time to hunt all over town for the shoe that coordinates perfectly.) As well, if the shoe is rather bare and close to your skin tone, it makes your legs look longer, I find.

    But no, they’re still not as fun as a colourful shoe.

  3. Alexandra January 18, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    I love colorful shoes. My outfits tend to be neutral out of laziness, mostly (I wear black, gray if I want to live on the edge) so colorful accessories allow me to not look like funerals are a daily after-work thing for me.
    I love that purple. Actually, one of my favorite shoes are a pair of eggplant t-straps! They are just gorgeous and such an interesting color!

  4. littlem January 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    “Manolo says, there is no “new black”. Black is black and it shall never be replaced as the most essential color (or non-color) in the wardrobe.”


  5. De Anza January 18, 2008 at 7:15 pm #

    Must we go back to the “clunky” heel??? They are just so damn unattractive….

  6. la petite chou chou January 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm #

    thank you. I also think chunky heels on what is otherwise a dainty shoe looks…blech. I don’t love purple, but those would be so cute in any color with a thinner heel.

  7. Cat January 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    De Anza, I agree. I am not a fan of the big, clunky heel. Aside from that heel, though, these shoes are divine.

  8. Phyllis January 19, 2008 at 8:11 am #

    A chunky hell looks good on a chunky leg though.

  9. Phyllis January 19, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    A chunky heel looks good on a chunky leg. Not everyone has dancer legs.