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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 like a woman who has beautiful feet but unexciting taste in shoes. So I had the great idea to buy her a pair of heels as a gift, and I need your help. I’m looking for something hot and sexy to make other men jealous, but of course with her comfort in mind. What do you think?


Manolo says, generally, the Manolo counsels against the man giving shoes to the woman as the surprise gift, mainly because of the problem of sizing.

However, in this case, it is clear that the Manolo’s friend has closely studied the shapely sexy feets of his fine, fine lady, and thus is probably well acquainted with their needs.

Sadly, even with that, the Manolo’s friend is somewhat deluded if he thinks the Manolo, the mere mortal man, can find him the super-sexy-hot comfort shoe. Such miraculous holy relics exist only in the medieval fantasy world of valiant Arthurian knights in service to chaste maidens. And, like the Holy Grail, this will-o-the-wisp will always be just beyond the grasp of all but the purest-hearted

Still, as Sir Percival can tell you, sometimes the quest for perfection is everything.

Look, here is the E90341 from Guiseppe Zanotti, the costly but exceedingly beautiful crystal and patent leather sandal. Is it comfortable? Who knows! Is it sexy? Yes, emphatically!

E90341 from Giuseppe Zanotti   Manolo Likes!  Click!

10 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Kriti June 26, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

    Haha Manolo! I love your sense of humor and great advice. Being a woman who admires the sexy and comfortable shoe myself, I’ll be sure to check back your blog often for more tips and advice :).

  2. E. Scribo June 26, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Perhaps the woman in question doesn’t like to wear high heels. (Indeed, perhaps her feet are beautiful because she does not wear high heels.)

    Perhaps she should be asked what she wants, instead of being put on the spot to accept or reject something as personal as a pair of shoes.

    Perhaps this guy should focus on how wonderful his friend is, and not on projecting what he wants and thinks she ought to be onto her.

    Perhaps this couple should talk. A lot.

  3. wildflower June 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    Amen, E. Scribo. “to make other mean jealous” has creep written all over it. This guy is a creep. He doesn’t care about her pleasure or even his own (he doesn’t say, “so I can enjoy her lovely legs”). He doesn’t want a partner; he wants a trophy.

    Also, he “likes” her. He doesn’t love her, and she is not his girlfriend yet. And yet she is already his trophy to show off and make other men jealous.

    Run away, Sensible Shoe Girl! Run away!

  4. Evie June 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm #

    Actually, I think “to make other men jealous” may very well have foot fetishist written all over it…

    Assuming that they are on friendly enough terms, might I suggest Peter instead make the gift of a shared shoe shopping trip with his lady friend? Politely requesting that said lady try on a pair of shoes she wouldn’t normally pick up is far less aggressive (and, let’s be honest, less self-centered and inappropriate) than manipulating her in to wearing shoes she doesn’t like or feel comfortable in because they were a gift.

  5. Donna June 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    I think that some of you need to get a sense of humor, not to mention adventure. And if you actually click on the link and see the price for this selection, you might get a feeling that the joke is on him.

  6. wildflower June 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm #

    Donna, being someone’s trophy is not my idea of an adventure! But if some people enjoy that sort of thing, hey, let them, as long as they go in with their eyes wide open…

  7. klee June 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    I would be happy to be on the receiving end of this gift, thank you very much.

    (I also think his request that the recommendation be made “with her comfort in mind” showed thoughtfulness)

  8. katkova June 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    This man says “he likes a woman”; it is not clear that they are a couple.

    So perhaps these shoes are intended to woo his objet d’amour. While lovely, such an overtly sexy gift may scare the dear girl away, especially a girl so fond of the sensible shoe.

  9. Donna June 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    I would be thrilled that a man desired me enough to spend such money to buy me something sexy like those shoes. Good lord, I really don’t understand why half the crumble-pots who comment on this blog even bother. Is it just so that they can make bitter remarks? If you don’t like beautiful shoes, please, go somewhere else.

  10. wildflower June 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    No-one says we crumble-pots don’t like beautiful shoes!

    It’s just that I am alarmed at a woman being used to make a man’s friends jealous. And I’m alarmed that a gift is being given purely for the pleasure of the giver, and not the recipient. And furthermore, that said pleasure is not being derived from admiring the lady herself, but from “making other men jealous.” Obviously, the lady in question is not into shoes, and just as obviously, this is no “gift” for the lady. And this is no gentleman.

    All of us manolo readers love beautiful shoes and his beautiful prose. It’s just that some of us value character and integrity as well.