Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

Now that July is over, I’ve begun to think about more autumnal shoes. I’m especially eager to find a girly flat with lots of personality. Please help.

Eva

Manolo says, August has arrived and although the weather remains intolerable, the Manolo has also begun to obsess over the shoes for the fall.

What are the perfect shoes to wear while hunting for the pumpkins, or watching the football games, or instructing your lawn minions to rake the leaves under the Japanese maple?

These are the sort of questions that occupy the Manolo’s mind, even as he huddles in his air-conditioned home, sipping iced tea, and mopping his brow.

But then it is always thus, no? We are fickle creatures who in the depths of winter long for the strappy sandals spring will bring, but in the summer daydream of the cozy fur-lined boots we will wear when picking out the Christmas tree.

Look! Here is the Papillion from Kate Spade, the super girly chocolate suede flat with the outsized bow that would be perfect to wear to your friend’s annual Autumnal Equinox party.

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10 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Jennifer L. August 1, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    Say it ain’t so! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not time to think of Fall yet. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will hold on to the vestiges of summer right through Labor Day, THEN I will break out my white capris in mild protest. But then again, I never really cared for or obeyed the dictates of the fashion gods anyway. I make my own style. And even if it does not work for someone else, who cares? As I heard growing up in Trinidad in the glorious sixties and seventies, “every fault is a fashion” (full Caribbean affect here). That has been my credo all along even when I traded my curried culinary delights for New York City sights twenty plus years ago.

    By the way, who anointed these fashion gods?

  2. La Petite Acadienne August 1, 2008 at 10:15 am #

    I am convinced that it is only people in mild climates who are eager to see the end of summer. Living in Canada, I actually feel a mild rage at the fact that as soon as August hits, people start sounding the death knell for summer. The stores are full of fall clothing and “Back-to-School” items.

    Leave Summer allloooooooone!! (/voice of Chris Crocker)

  3. La Petite Acadienne August 1, 2008 at 10:18 am #

    Those shoes ARE cute, though. But still…let’s come back to them in another month. Maybe then I’ll be ready. Until then, I’m in a sandal frame of mind.

  4. shrimper August 1, 2008 at 10:58 am #

    You can never go wrong in a ballet flat with bow. Even better if there’s a little toe-cleavage. Can be prim or sexy depending on the attitude of the wearer.

  5. Fel August 1, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    Those flats are cute!!! :)

  6. Kimberly August 1, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    I am SO READY for fall! I loathe most summer clothing and can’t show toe at my workplace anyway. Bring on the wool, the tights, and the boots!

  7. raincoaster August 1, 2008 at 10:42 pm #

    Those shoes are so adorable I am rendered snarkless. I live in Vancouver, and don’t want to think about fall…because it’s indistinguishable from winter here, which is indistinguishable from being caught in a washing machine on the Cold Rinse cycle.

  8. Cat August 6, 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    On behalf of those of us who are hit with the double-insult of being pregnant and living in a hot climate, I am so ready for summer to end AND I will likely be wearing strappy summery sandals and shorts right through Christmas even as my colleagues and friends cuddle into their wool sweaters. I’d wear those Kate Spade flats, though. Yum, yum.

  9. Poochie August 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    I think we are going to see a TON of purple and violet for fall. I’d get some like these:

    And pair them with tights in a smiliar but lighter/darker tone. I just bough a bunch of tights in shades of violet and lavender and can’t wait to wear them!

    Luv
    Poochie

  10. Poochie September 23, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    I think we are going to see a TON of purple and violet for fall. I’d get some like these:

    http://www.simplysoles.com/product/565

    And pair them with tights in a smiliar but lighter/darker tone. I just bough a bunch of tights in shades of violet and lavender and can’t wait to wear them!

    Luv
    Poochie