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Franco Sarto for the Poor Girl | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Franco Sarto for the Poor Girl

Manolo says, lately the Manolo has been receiving many letter like this one from his internet friends.

Dear Manolo,

I love your blog, but I’ve been disturbed to see that you’ve not been making many shoe recommendations lately for us poor girls. Please help me find something that is worth wearing this fall that I can afford.


It is always the best policy to save ones monies and buy the truly super fantastic shoes, shoes of great quality and style which will give you both pride of ownership and many seasons of wearing pleasure.

But, as always, the Manolo sympathizes with his poorer friends, for the Manolo himself knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own shoes from the skins of pigeons you have captured with the tiny snare made from shoelaces and paperclips, and cured to leather in the puddle near your rocky redoubt in the remotest section of Central Park.

And so, the Manolo often recommends to his poor girl friends the shoes of the Franco Sarto, which in the opinion of the Manolo are among the best of the moderately priced shoes in terms of style and quality.

Below are three pairs which the Manolo thinks attractive.

Happy by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the Happy by Franco Sarto, the aptly-named cheerful moccasin-toed pump available in the suede or patent leather finishes.

Hobo by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

For the poor girl who is looking for the flat riding boot, here is the Hobo by Franco Sarto, attractive and affordable.

Amenity by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

And finally, for the girl who wishes to wear something that stands out from the crowd, the Manolo gives you the Amenity. And if the red is too much, it is also available in black and sand colors.

6 Responses to “Franco Sarto for the Poor Girl”

  1. Jennie September 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm #

    Thank you for your wisdom and generosity, Maestro! I do have one question. When are red shoes too much?

  2. sky September 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm #

    Thank you from the “poor girls” and the Franco Sarto’s are Fantastic! Browns are awesome but Reds are “it”! More shades of red please!

  3. Victor September 19, 2008 at 7:14 am #

    Many, many times, Sr. Manolo has written, “It is always the best policy to save ones monies and buy the truly super fantastic shoes…” and I can testify the fashionable young lady will find this the best advice she has ever received. The young lady who taught me how important shoes were to her (as well as to a significant portion of the fairer sex) followed this policy and, while she wore the cheaper shoes to work and to the grocery store, when she wore her super fantastic shoes she knew she was the envy of all women who dared check out her feets.

    (Plus, she said they were significantly more comfortable than the cheaper shoes.)

  4. Lori September 19, 2008 at 11:50 am #

    You can also check out higher end consignment stores for bargain-priced, high quality shoes.

  5. Cat September 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    The most expensive shoes I’ve ever owned ($300, which isn’t much compared to somedesigners, but these were 1995 dollars) are also one of the most uncomfortable pair I’ve ever owned. The most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned while still being pretty are Enzo Angiolinos, with which I stock my closet shelves. Enzos run about $75 a pair. I am sure some expensive shoes are very comfortable, but I like having 4 pairs of pretty and comfortable shoes over one pair of pretty and uncomfortable shoes.

    Still, sometimes those Pucci designs just make me giddy with longing.

  6. Christine September 24, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    I have the “Happy” by Franco Sarto in navy – they’re definitely my favourite shoe find this year. They’re comfortable, high enough to be dressy but not so towering that I can’t walk in them. I’m thinking of buying them in every colour, which is something I rarely do.