Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
I know how you feel about there being no season for white shoes, but what about suede? Can I wear a suede sandal year-round?
Manolo says, suede in the morning, suede in the evening, suede in the summer time.
The Manolo loves the suede; it is one of his favorite materials for the less than formal shoes. Durable, tactile, frequently luxurious, often beautiful, this is suede at its best.
Yes, it is true, some peoples who live in the distant past of white gloves and pinkie-sticking-out tea parties believe that suede is suitable only for the fall and winter, that it is roughly the inverse of the white shoes, which supposedly may only be worn in the summer.
To these peoples the Manolo says, “if the shoe looks good, wear it.”
As for his friend’s question about the suitability of wearing the suede sandals around the year, the Manolo can only say, use your best judgment. If one lives in Miami or Los Angeles, it is fine, but if one resides in International Falls, Minnesota, you may wish to see if your health care coverage includes “fashion-inflicted frostbite” before leaving the house in mid-January.
Look, here are the gorgeous buff-colored suede sandals from Donna Karan.