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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,

I have a small personal ritual. Every year since I graduated from college
and found my first job, I have bought myself a new pair of shoes on the
day after Easter. This year, however, like a lot of people, I am worried
about the economy and want to be careful. Can you suggest something not
too costly, and yet also super fantastic?


Manolo says, this is the sort of personal ritual the Manolo can fully support. Indeed, the Manolo would suggest expanding it, by purchasing new shoes after all of the major holidays, such as the Christmas, and the Thanksgiving, and the Arbor Day, and the Flag Day, and the Groundhog Day, to name the few of the many dozens of dates available for personal reaffirmation.

Although, if you must limit yourself to the single holiday, Easter is especially well-suited, marking as it does the season of rebirth, and the triumph of hope and colorful summery sandals.

Speaking of the colorful summery sandals, here is the Lulu patent-leather croc sandals from Lauren by Ralph Lauren. The Manolo is partial to the color “Baltic Blue”, although the “Tangerine” color is also suitably vernal and quite fetching.

Lulu Patent Leather Sandals from Lauren by Ralph Lauren   Manolo Likes!  Click!

8 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Terry April 10, 2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Very wise advice buying after the holidays. Now, if we’re defining holidays to buy shoes after as Flag Day, GroundHog Day, etc I’m starting to like the calendar again!



  2. Style Bard April 11, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    Ooh, what a fun ritual. It reminds me of back in college, where I told myself I’d reward my good grade each term with once piece from my fave high-end store…which abruptly crashed and burned as a theory once I realized that no matter how hard I worked, a collegiate’s budget doesn’t allow for even one high-priced splurge per semester, unless you want even MORE meals to be comprised of Ramen noodles+creative! new! spices! …sigh.

    However, I do like this shoe+holiday thing… I’d just get stymied by doing so after the SAME holiday ever year, because everyone’s always tweaked out about Spring right now, and flaunting sandals, espadrilles, wedges, etc…and once in awhile I’d like my treat shoes to be a fabulous brand new pair of Fall boots, y’know? Why not rotate a Spring/Fall new shoes holiday? (Or, as the Manolo seems to be suggesting, do both?)

  3. speasummerlin April 13, 2009 at 2:38 am #

    Yes, a VERY pretty color!!!I may be in the minority here, but I have ALWAYS found thong sandals to be enormously uncomfortable-I just can’t stand that between-the-toes pressure and rubbing discomfort-perhaps because I have the teeny tiny feets (size four) with a really really high arch and instep? DK-but I have given away ALL of mine,(except for the Manolos and one bespoke pair that I just cannot part with) Does anyone else have this difficulty?

  4. Jennie April 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm #

    Sigh!!! I can access this page and Manolo for the Men but all of the others are coming up with one of those “cannot access that website” type messages. I’ve gone thru all of my systems and everything seems to be fine. Is there a problem?

  5. Wendy Toth April 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    I usually scramble for a new shoe before a holiday, to wear to dinner, and end up only liking them. I can get behind the post-holiday ritual of buying a shoe I love, love, love.

  6. Maggita April 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    I also have the high arch and most flip flops have zero support. Also, it takes awhile to adjust to wearing them as you have to develop calluses. When I first began wearing them it was really uncomfortable but I had to walk through the pain. If you’re not wild about them to begin with then the pain won’t be worth it.

  7. Lily Mathilda April 21, 2009 at 4:39 am #

    Wow, that is actually a pretty cool ritual! I will definitely copy that. And since Easter is long over, I’ll have to buy a pair now. :D

  8. MizzTissa April 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    Now that Lily has set the standard, I think I’ll follow her lead!