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Manolo the Columnist: From the Archives of the Manolo

Manolo says, the Manolo has had the family emergency this week, and so he is presenting to you this classic Express of the Washington Post column from more than two years ago. Please enjoy.

Dear Manolo,

I just woke up this morning and realized that I’m middle aged. Can you recommend something that will make me feel young again, without seeming too ridiculous?

Your devoted fan,


Manolo says, the Manolo has only the two words…Kork-Ease!

Kork-Ease!   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Yes, now you are firmly in the age of the middle, with the teenaged kids and the mortgage, but put the Kork-Ease upon your feets and suddenly you are transported back to your youthful triumph as the unofficial “Disco Queen of Topeka, Kansas”, when you and the very hot Bob Beiderman tore up the dance floor with your original interpretation of the Hustle.

Oh how the Bob, he could shake his groove thing!

Yes, now he is the balding John Deere salesman with the pot belly and the Buick Riviera, but then he was the hottest young stud to ever put on the white polyester pants, the shiny black shirt and the gold chains. Why the hair on his chest, it was as thick and as luxuriant as the schanuzer pelt.

And you, yourself, you were beautiful and young and lithe, and the flip in the front of your hair it was the envy of all of the other the girls in the typing pool at the insurance company where you worked.

You lived for the night! And the shoes you wore they were the Kork-Ease!

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers, it is the Stevie Nicks!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Wes, who was the first to correctly guess whose shoes.

As many of the Manolo’s perspicacious internet friends noted, who could this possible be other than Stevie Nicks, given the inordinate amount of hanging fringe, layered asymmetrical skirtage, and platform bootage.

Yes, the Manolo does not especially care for Stevie Nicks’ style, however, he will be the first to admit that she owns it completely, and that it is now impossible to imagine her wearing anything else.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

What the Manolo Is…

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


Listening to…


The Manolo is shocked, shocked indeed, that Julian Schnabel turned out to be such the powerful and sensitive filmmaker.

Lilly Pulitzer for the Summer!

Rabbit Frog Sandal from Lilly Pulitzer    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, at long last, the Day of Memorialization has arrived, and those timid souls who cling to outmoded traditions are finally free to wear the white shoes!


And what better and more summery white shoes to wear than these cute white sandals from Lilly Pulitzer. Perfect, no?

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

In two weeks, I am to graduate high school. Can you please suggest a fun and inexpensive shoe for the boring yet significant graduation ceremony?


Manolo says, ayyyy! Congratulations to the Manolo’s young friend on her academic accomplishments and the impending transformation into the quasi-adult state that immediately follows this event.

One day you are worrying about your calculus final, and the next you are worrying about your summer job as the camp counselor, where you will invariably meet the hunky older “dude” who rides the motorcycle, rolls his own cigarettes, and knows how to dance the lambada.

Sadly, or perhaps fortuitously given your friend’s long-term career prospects as the short-order cook, this romance will be transitory, as come September it is off to college where you will encounter the yard-long beer bongs, Lit Crit, and roommates who are enthusiastic participants in the culture of “hooking up”.

By the middle of November, you are back to worrying about your finals, although happily your study partner is the tall, blond, exceedingly hunky squash player, on whom you have the small crush, even if he is so WASPy that his lips do not actually move when he speaks.

Look, here is the Baby from Franco Sarto!

Baby by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!


Manolo says, this picture, it proves that cats are sometimes smarter than peoples.

P.S. Many and profuse thanks to the Manolo’s many internet friends who sent him this.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers, it is the Kylie Minogue!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Illlhab who was the first to correctly identify today’s celebrity.

The Breakfast of Henries

Manolo says, Mr. Henry has made the Manolo laugh first thing in the morning.

Mother Henry is approaching her 77th birthday and charges around town like Hillary Clinton on energy drink. Recently she shared an unusual dietary secret. She starts her day with spinach.

You must go read the whole thing.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

2nd Amendment Chic

Manolo Ayyyyyy! The Evil One is now armed!

Karl’s got a gun. Several dozen, in fact, and he showed them off at Thursday night’s carnival of a cruise collection, shown quite literally in the pool of South Beach’s famed Raleigh Hotel.

As the Manolo’ s internet friends at Fashionologie (from whom the Manolo found this story) have pointed out, these are not merely for the runway, but will actually be manufactured and sold by Chanel.

Normally, the Manolo would be tempted to read some greater societal message into the appearance of such overtly gangsta bling shoes on the runway, but it is clear from everything the Manolo has read that they are here only because his Malignant Karlness thought they were cool.

In other words, sometimes the fake gun is just the fake gun.

Eurovision: It is Unanimous

Manolo says, by the show of hands…

who wishes the Chiki Chiki man would go away and never return..

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