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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 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.

Suede Sandals from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!

7 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Gigi February 22, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    Thank you, Manolo! I am off to buy the fabulous Delman suede sandal this minute! Now if I could only decide whether to buy the aubergine or the red…

  2. Frances February 22, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    “if the shoe looks good, wear it.”

    Oh, Manolo, you are so correct!

  3. Ann February 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m so glad that Manolo has ruled thusly, because now I don’t have to stop wearing my magenta suede Taryn Rose sandals in the fall.

  4. dangster February 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    I have to disagree with the Manolo about suede shoes in general. Suede is one of my least favorite shoe materials, because they tend to stain or discolor after being exposed to one rainfall. I’ve never quite understood why suede shoes are reserved for winter and fall, when it snows and rains the most.

  5. teapunk February 22, 2008 at 6:17 pm #

    Oh how I wish I’d live somewhere I could wear suede sandals in fall or winter… if I don’t wear boots here (not suede, because of the rain) I will get wet toes and freeze.

  6. oakling February 24, 2008 at 5:40 pm #

    What about faux suede? :)

  7. Jennie February 25, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    The only use for Faux Suede is on Faux feets…..