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Manolo the Columnist | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,
As you know, better than anyone, the hottest trend for spring are wild and colorful shoes with crazy sculptural heels. While I would love to have some outrageous Miu Miu or Chloe shoes, I’m just a poor working girl. Can you recommend something outrageous that isn’t outrageously priced?


Manolo says, last fall, when Miuccia Prada introduced her crazy-colorful pumps with the flower-stem heel, anyone with half the eyeball could see that this was the next big trend.

Soon, other shoe designers rushed to add various shiny baubles, trinkets, geegaws, gimcracks, and folderals to their spring shoes.

And lo, the fashion press thought it was good…The Manolo, not so much.

The problem isn’t that the Manolo doesn’t enjoy the occasional outrageously ornamented shoe, indeed he does. The problem, however, is that so many of the designers do not do them well. For every wonderful Miu Miu tea cup platform pump, there are twenty shoes that look as if the simpleton got busy with the glue gun and craft knife.

Happily, there is John Fluevog, the one designer who was doing sculptural heels when sculptural heels were not trendy. Here is the Truly by Fluevog, the colorful peep-toe pump with the fantastic heels and the not so outrageous price.

Truly by Fluevog   Manolo Likes!  Click!

10 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Bobbi March 28, 2008 at 12:42 pm #

    His shoes are also comfortable and well made.

  2. angelhair March 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm #

    I’m not usually a fan of Fluevog styles but I like these. And the price isn’t too bad.

  3. Poochie March 28, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    I love Fluevog although I don’t have any. I wish he started shoes at a smaller size.



  4. roz March 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm #

    Yay Fluevog! I have purchased so many of his shoes since 1997. The great thing is that if I ever tire of them I can sell them on ebay for more than I paid. But I can’t imagine ever getting tired of them.

  5. Bridey March 28, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    Those are quite pretty, and the price is not bad at all. I like the gray version even better than the purple, but I’m a sucker for anything gray or silver.

  6. Ashe Mischief March 28, 2008 at 11:07 pm #

    I love the Fluevog! It pleases me so much to see the Manolo loves him, too.

    Poochie, I am not sure what size you wear, but many Fluevog shoes do run AT LEAST half a size small.

  7. raincoaster March 29, 2008 at 2:32 am #

    Poochie, if you contact the company directly, you might find that they can help you anyway. John Fluevog is evangelical about good shoes for everyone, and he’s been known to make a size five for someone who really wants one.

    He’s just opened a massive new store here in Vancouver, and the shoes are gorgeous. Some are a bit costumey, but the men’s shoes are fabulous enough to work for men or women in certain circumstances.

  8. Ilana @ Flueblog March 30, 2008 at 4:58 pm #

    Fluevog has always done interesting heels. The cloven hoof of the Grand Nationals is the iconic one, but lately he’s had the swoopy Rococcos, the twee Teapots and the hourglass Minis. He even did the *ahem* phallic heel on the Body Part.

    He’s got some from these families in his Spring collection, along with above-mentioned Trulys. The stripey heel of the Blind Faith Nicolette is a bit scary though:

  9. Cameron March 31, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    Alas, the cloven Grand Nationals are no more, though whispers from close sources say that we’ll soon have something equally decadent in their place.

    I’ve got Roccocco-heeled boots, which are gorgeous and comfortable, and a lovely pair of Barbara sandals with a heart-shaped heel, and I would love to get my hands (well, my feet) on some mini Sugar boots.

    Ah, Fluevog… the shoes for the non-shoe divas.

  10. raincoaster April 1, 2008 at 2:10 am #

    He made a pair of buckled pirate boots that Johnny Depp would have sold his soul for a couple of decades back, and I have longed for them ever since.

    PS: note to self: get on list for Fluevog events. Homeboy should invite the Manolosphere to his parties!