Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

My boyfriend and I are going to Italy in March and I’m incredibly excited. I’ll want to look as good as possible while sightseeing, because 1) I’m in Italy! And 2) I don’t want to look like a tourist, and be easy pickings for the thieves. I’m going for dark colored trousers, a khaki trench, and some nice accessories. Of course, I’ll need good looking shoes that I can wear all day. Please help.

Marie

Manolo says, Ayyyy! To be going to Italy during the spring time, when the air is fresh, the flowers are blooming, and when the footpads, cutpurses, and pickpockets of Rome greet the new season with hopeful enthusiasm, because the tourist, one of nature’s wonders, has returned to his seasonal grazing grounds, bringing with him the bounty of cameras, loose cash, and unsecured personal belongings.

Of the course, as any competent thief knows, it is almost impossible for any tourist to look like the native without first buying the local wardrobe, getting the local haircut, and adopting the local hand gestures, however distasteful they may be.

The best solution thus is to buy the new shoes in Italy, but until you do so, try these Cole Haan Penny Air Loafers in the pinot noir color. Not Italian, but omfortable and stylish, nonetheless.

Cole Haan Penny Air Loafer    Manolo Likes!   Click!

3 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. angie December 13, 2008 at 2:38 am #

    Great advice. Those loafers are so comfortable and stylish!

  2. Red December 13, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Oh, I wish I had this advice 2 years ago, when I was preparing to go to Europe for a business trip. As it was, I got some very comfortable and butt ugly shoes instead. Pretty sure the Members of Parliament and other dignitaries didn’t spend much time looking at my shoes, though.

  3. Maria January 6, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    I love the shoes, and they look really comfortable for walking around. I’m not sure if the beige trench will help Marie blend in as that is a pretty American style. She might be better off in a darker trench or coat or a quilted jacket. That said, Italy is hopping with expats, so she’ll blend in anyway!