Manolo the Columnist

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

Our new CEO has an interest in yachting and all of my coworkers have started wearing boat shoes as a result, although I don’t know which ones are merely fashion and which ones are functional. Obviously, if I show up wearing a pair of non-functional boat shoes, I’m less likely to be picked for a weekend outing. What would you recommend?


Manolo says, the CEO with the interest in yachting? The Manolo immediately imagines Thurston Howell III, sprung to life, complete with the ascot, captain’s hat, and Locust Valley Lockjaw.

It is either that, or the Ted Turner model yachtsman, of the rich yahoo drunkenly micturating off the back of the boat.

In either case, the popular conception of the wealthy boater is not flattering, and yet, it is fondly regarded when compared to the current image of the corporate CEO, securely lodged upon his piles of golden loot.

And thus, while the Manolo understands the practical necessity of conforming to the corporate culture, he wonders if this desire to be with the crowd is fully justified. Would the reasonable CEO not respect the worker who was her own person, more interested in, say, polo than yachting?

The best practical boating shoe? The Sperry Topsider, the Authentic Original model in navy. That says it all, no?

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6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Moogie Says:

    There is one crucial thing Jen must also know – NO SOCKS with Topsiders. Nothing gives away a landlubber like socks with boat shoes.

  2. Jen Says:

    But Manolo, these are men’s shoes!

  3. Jennifer L. Says:

    Hey Jen, carve out your own identity and resist the urge to follow your coworkers down the slippery slope of collective butt-kissing, or, in this case, “boat-kissing”. It smacks of conformism. Methinks your superior will slyly pay attention to your individualism and make a mental note to observe you and your contribution to the firm. Who knows? By standing your ground on this one you may be doing yourself a huge favor here.

    ___ Hey, I’m just sayin’. (From one Jen to another)

  4. Elaine Says:

    Jen – As a Coastie AND a casual sailor, I have to say that the original Sperry topsider is pretty much gender neutral. They do make a men’s and women’s line, and almost everything they make is “the real deal.” And after a little bit of breaking in, they conform to your feet and become REALLY comfy! At the same time, I wouldn’t jump on the bandwagon just to jump on, but if these kinds of shoes will work with your existing aesthetic and style, go for it! They’re a great investment.

  5. raincoaster Says:

    I think ALL preppy clothing is gender-neutral, except eveningwear. In fact, preppies themselves are virtually gender-neutral.

    Sperry Topsiders are da bomb, and no socks is the way to wear them. But The Manolo is (as always) right: footwear for polo is more fabulous than footwear for yachting. And having been on boats and been on horses, I must say that polo is far less likely to give you motion sickness and thus, a better excuse for a picnic. All activities are analyzed for their picnic potential, around my house!

  6. Chloe Says:

    Awww, Manolo – you’re not going to recommend Crocs?? C’mon – they’re boat shoes too…. (ducking and running for cover :-)

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