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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,

Now that the summer is almost over can you give us your opinion of wearing white shoes after Labor Day.


Manolo says, every year at this time the Manolo feels like Punxsutawney Phil, the cute little Pennsylvania goundhog, who must each February emerge from his burrow and announce whether or not the winter will continue.

Likewise, at the end of each summer, the festive crowds gather on the boulevards in front of the Manolo’s pied-à-terre, waiting for the Manolo to emerge, boutonnière in place, walking stick in hand, to opine on the suitability of white feetwear after the Day of Labor.

And, each year, the Manolo gives the same response to the gathered throngs, “Yes, the thousand times, yes! You may wear the white shoes even into the fall.”

And, each year, the Manolo gives the same justification, that whether or not one wears white shoes is entirely about suitability. If the weather is still warm, and your outfit would benefit from beautiful white shoes, then you should wear them.

Look, here is the Zudora from the Donald J. Pliner, the white and black peep-toe pump that could look smashing well into the autumn.

Zudora from Donald J. Pliner     Manolo Likes!  Click!

7 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Jennifer L. August 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    Hear! Hear! The tribe has spoken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even if it is a tribe of one. I would add my opinion to the worthy Manolo’s except then it would become a “dia-tribe”. Translation: I wear what I want, whenever I want, wherever I want! As long as it is appropriate for the occasion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Manolo! Maybe for next year you can create and sell some bumper stickers that blare “After Labor Day, white is alright”. I won’t recommend it this year though. . . too much competition with the Obama and McCain tags.

  2. rb August 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    I don’t like white shoes after Labor Day. I also don’t like them before Labor Day. Uneless we are talking about white athletic shoes (worn while exercising only, please) there is always another shoe that would look better. White shoes cheapen a look.

  3. Carol August 31, 2008 at 2:45 pm #

    White pumps always make me think of Minnie Mouse – not the best look at any time IMO. I believe white shoes that are relieved by another color are acceptable in warm weather: skin showing in sandals, design details as in the featured peep-toe pump, etc. However, unless one is wearing an all white, or black & white outfit; I think a shoe closer to the wearer’s skin tone looks more elegant than stark white.

  4. MissMarj September 1, 2008 at 6:04 am #

    Oooh, these shoes are lovely. They remind me of the pair worn by Bette Davis in Now Voyager when you see the new improved Charlotte. Quite appropriate for the subject at hand methinks – the message being you should think for yourself and don’t be dictated to by The Man (unless The Man is The Manolo, then give careful consideration to his advice).

  5. Dani September 1, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    I personally will never get over being mortified at a fairly casual day time function in September, being introduced as the new associate, in my glaringly white shoes.

    The unfortunate fact is unless you’re The Man (or The Woman) it’s better to follow the “rules” at work, and even perhaps in certain social settings if it is important that you fit in. It’s much easier to be your wonderful, individual self if you’re not worried about your attire.

    Having said that, if you happen to be the one who inhabits the corner office, please take pity on your underlings and wear some white after Labor Day!

  6. La BellaDonna September 2, 2008 at 10:25 am #

    Hola to the Dani! Were you introduced, foot first, at the aforementioned event? Shame on them, for not knowing better.

    I offer you the [virtual cookie of comfort] and the reassurance of knowing that, in the not-too-distant future, you will surely have the corner office yourself, and you, in your elegant and stylish white shoes, can offer comfort to the new associate at the excrutiating “casual” daytime function!

  7. crispy September 2, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    i like these, kitten heel and all. (im not usually a fan of any heel less than 4 inches)