Archive - April, 2008

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers, it is the Dame Judy Dench!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s unnamed anonymous internet friend who was the first to identify this illustrious personage with the problem ankles.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Roberto Cavalli Sandal, Beautiful and not so Expensive

Manolo says, this is the sort of Cavalli shoe the Manolo loves, flashy, dramatic, and all-together beautiful. And the price is not outrageous.

Why cannot all of the Cavalli shoes be like this?

Manolo’s Tuesday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

Tell me this wouldn’t be the perfect footwear for a really well-styled lady superhero.


In his book, Tonello, 49, an Osterville native, reveals how he cracked the code for jumping the waiting list to purchase Birkins whenever he pleased. Naturally, this code has something to do with large amounts of cash.

Lately Mr. Henry has been thinking a lot about dirt.

Roberto Cavalli Wedge, Ugly and Expensive

The Back of the Ugly Cavalli Shoes

Manolo says, this is the sort of atrocity that makes the Manolo waver between anger and despair, while the price leaves him gasping.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s shoe-obsessed friend Wayne.

What the Manolo is…

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…

Reading…

Listening to…

Watching…

At the beshest of the friend the Manolo recently watched Harold and Kumar Go to the White Castle. Happily, the Manolo is able to report that this movie is vastly more entertaining than expected, which is, when one thinks of it, perhaps not saying all that much. Still, there were the few genuine laughs, and the movie is not unpleasant in spirit and intent.

Of the course, one would have to work very hard to surpass this movie as the gold standard in classic stoner movies.

Monday Puzzle Corner

Manolo says, this week, Spirit Fingers challenges us to identify the filmic feasts.

Miu Miu Raso Sandal for the Monday

Miu Miu Raso Sandal    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, after seeing so many super high shoes, this three inch heel Raso slingback sandal from Miu Miu seems somewhat restrained, this despite the refined exuberance of the bling-bling ornamentation. Simply put, it is gorgeous.

The Manolo Week in Review

Manolo says, here is the best of the week from the Manolosphere.

Diablesse…

El amor de mi vida, como príncipe de cuento de hadas, cruzó la pasarela luchando contra otros “guerreros” del staff que le lanzaban infames injurias: “¡Sin pisar la pasarela, por favooooorrrrrrrr!”.

Patri…

¡¡En Manolo Moda nos gustan los zapatos!!

Isidore Gallant…

As a proponent of judiciously chosen ornament, Izzy thinks this is happy news.

Plumcake…

Everywhere I turn it seems that women are plucking their eyebrows into tiny squiggles that look like –and I’m sure you’ll pardon my indelicacy– the “boy” part of the boy-meets-girl part of the fertilization story. Not alluring.

Mr. Henry…

Mr. Henry rarely makes a sauce without adding some spirit or other. More often than not, however, he pours not from the bottle but from the chef’s personal glass.

Francesca…

Francesca tries to remember that “Big Girl” can refer not only to the woman of generous tummy or hips, but also to the Girl of Great Height.

Twistie…

Watching too many wedding reality shows can do strange things to your head.

Raincoaster…

Many people are like slinkies – not really good for anything, but you can’t help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.

Never teh Bride…

My then soon-to-be sister-in-law was the first to speak up, saying, “You know that mom once lived in a trailer, right?”

Diable…

Tome usted un actor y director de cine con extraordinario talento y atractivo físico, agruegue el par de Manolos de su preferencia y súmele una costumbre rara por vestirse de mujer. Para finalizar mezcle todo y sírvalo a un periodista de prensa rosa ¿Qué obtiene?

Glinda…

When I brought my newborn home, I thought all was perfect and well with the world. And it was. For the first eight hours.

Spirit Fingers…

Evidently this dog must be another one of those moviegoers who were severely bothered by the historical inaccuracies of The Other Boleyn Girl.

Gwyneth Kills the Super Stiletto

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend Linda Grant has alerted us to this article in the Guardian, which declares Gwyneth Paltrow’s new obsession with sky-high shoes to be the signal of stylistic decadence.

It’s rare for an A-lister to sound the death knell on a trend – that honour usually goes to a first-division Wag. But, Gwyneth Paltrow may have done just that this week. After a month of tireless promotion for her new flick, Iron Man, wearing a selection of the most downright precarious heels known to womankind, even the most trend-indulgent among us have had to wonder whether the backlash has begun.

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Last month at a Manhattan charity benefit Gwyneth wore her first shock-worthy S&M style heels, then earlier this week in Berlin she staggered down some steps in a pair of 7in shoe boots one day, and teetered on a pair of lacy platform stilettos the next. One pair required an aide for her to lean on; the other pair was accessorised with an uncomfortable look that, I’m guessing, said, “OK, I’m late with this trend, and it’s not entirely me, but I’m going to persevere.”

In recent seasons, high heels have been growing at a staggering rate, with celebrities seemingly daring each other to go higher and higher. Towards the end of 2006, Christian Louboutin and his trademark red soles were regularly name-checked not just in Vogue, but in the tabloid press too. Heel heights became a story in their own right. [...] The result being that any two-bit celebrity who wants to be papped now knows that she need only strap on some platform spikes with nosebleed potential and coverage is pretty much guaranteed.

But there are signs that a quiet backlash is beginning. Celebrities who don’t want to be associated with a limo lifestyle have turned their back on heels.

This end of the super-tall shoes arrives none to soon for the Manolo who has grown weary of this excess. Indeed, the persistence of the tall platforms has come as the surprise to the Manolo who was predicting the demise of the platform trend last year (although, in the Manolo’s favor, what we are seeing here are stiletto heeled shoes with the hidden platform, which are different from the sort of chunky platforms that were being seen last year.)

As for Gwyneth the fashion icon, the problem with her wearing these outrageous high heels is that her true style is more modernist bohemian than trendy couture, and with these shoes she is allowing herself to be led astray, chasing after the will-o-the-wisp trend, rather than being faithful to her core style.

P.S. The Manolo’s internet friend Just Jared has pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow in the golden Giuseppe Zanotti gladiator sandals, beautiful flat shoes that suit her perfectly.

Twinkle Toes Charm

Manolo says, Twinkle Toes Charms? They are brilliant! Why did the Manolo not think of them first?

Manolo’s Friday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

While the shoes themselves wouldn’t be bad if they were destined for an orthopedic store specializing in footwear for women over 80, we all know that they are not.

Beverly Hills Branchee!

..considered sufficiently important to warrant a UN press conference devoted to the subject.

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