Manolo the Columnist (From the Archives of the Manolo)

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, the Manolo did not have to write the new column for the Express of the Washington Post this week, so here is something from two years ago.

Dear Manolo,

Could you suggest a nice pair of tall leather boots for winter wear?

Eric

Manolo says, the Manolo has the single commandment about the boots and the shoes for the men: you cannot wear the shoes that would potentially appear in the closet of the Argentine tango pimp.

You know the sort of the shoes the Manolo is talking about, with the overly pointy toes, and the bizarre details like the maltese cross cutouts, shoes which have weird colors and are made from the exotic leathers like the wildebeest and the pit viper and the Vietnamese pot bellied pig.

Men’s shoes must be of the traditional cut, color and materials. It is the quality of the workmanship and the fineness of the details which should distinguish the men’s shoe.

Of the course, the exception to the rule is the choice of sneaker, where the man may go as wild as his infantile heart desires. Do you wish new sneakers with the hydraulic springs in the heels and USB port in the toe? Do they come in lime green with the purple laces and the Linux operating system? The Manolo says, go for it.

As for the boots for winter, the Manolo recommends the Brando Engineer boot from Frye, for its classic styling and durable nature.

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4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist (From the Archives of the Manolo)”




  1. Anonymous Says:

    Aaaah, Manolo. Making my Friday mornings happy and amusing.




  2. Miss Cavendish Says:

    When I was in boarding school, way back in the early eighties, I used to borrow my pal’s GQ just to gaze upon such tango pimp shoes, in easter egg-y shades of pink or lavender. I hadn’t known that such confections existed for men; perhaps I would have been “better off” not knowing, but I am content with my early readings in pulp footwear.




  3. Eric Says:

    Ayyy, Manolo! That was me who asked that question and I am honored that you repeat your wise advice. On Manolo’s advice I bought those and they look great. Sadly, with my wide feet, I can not wear them all day long but otherwise, they are great boots. Might I also recommend Fluevog’s Earl of Warwick Montagu (or pretty much anything John Fluevog makes).

    Welcome back from your South American journey!




  4. La BellaDonna Says:

    Hola to the Eric! La BellaDonna is not certain if our dear Manolo would include these amongst the classics for the menfolk, but she dearly loves a man in a good cowboy boot – especially if he knows how to ride! The engineer boot, it is also the handsome, sturdy boot, and one need not be an engineer to wear it.

    … That said, La BellaDonna confesses to being partial to the classic work boot. And the English riding boot. And the Clarke desert boot. And the monk strap …

    Hmmm. La BellaDonna, she likes more variety in the man’s shoe wardrobe than appears in her own!

    Whatever the Eric’s choice, as long as he keeps his shoes polished, replaces the worn heels, and takes care of his shoes, he will look the better and stand the taller for it, wide shoes or no – even if they are made out of the gilded cobra skin.













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