Manolo the Columnist: Sebbie from Kate Spade

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

Dear Manolo,

My boyfriend and I have tickets to attend the Metropolitan Opera in December. We have very good seats, and I want to get dressed up, but I also don’t want to be cold or uncomfortable walking around New York on our way to and from the event. Do you have a suggestion for a pair of shoes that says “dress up” but also “winter”?

Elizabeth

Manolo says, how nice to see that there are young peoples who are still taking the interest in the opera! The Manolo had begun to believe that it was only the fogeys of oldness, such as himself, who still cared.

Of the course, one of the minor pleasures of aging is being able to complain about the cultural philistinism of the young peoples.

You know, sort of like, “These truculent whippersnappers racing their jalopies down to the drug-store and getting themselves all het up over that Bing Crosby on the jukebox, thinking Jolson isn’t good enough for them. Why it’s the end of western civilization, I tell you!”

Although, the first opera whippersnappers undoubtedly had their coachmen race their carriages down to the opera house, where they got all het up over Mozart, and thought Gregorian chant wasn’t good enough for them.

Look! Here is the Sebbie from Kate Spade. The elegant black suede pump with exactly the right about of understated ornamentation.

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15 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Sebbie from Kate Spade”

  1. phyllis October 2, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    *Le sigh* That is one beautiful shoe!

  2. Nancy October 2, 2009 at 8:25 am #

    Very beautiful indeed! But nearly 4″ heels for trotting around the slippery or slushy streets of NYC? Is it possible to wear beautiful leather boots during the day and then leave them in the opera check room with one’s coat, so as to change into these?

  3. LaHolandaisa October 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    I would go for the plum version of this one!

  4. La BellaDonna October 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    La BellaDonna would also suggest looking at some of the dressier boots made by La Canadienne (no relation, alas!) There are some lovely, dressy boots, with heels that range from just under two inches, to … taller. La BellaDonna, she likes the dressy boots such as Tahra and Taylor. La BellaDonna, she bought the beautiful, beautiful, waterproof! snowproof! warm! stylish! boots in the Taylor, in the suede, no less! and they are absolutely what La BellaDonna would wear to the Opera, in New York or in Vienna, in the winter. It is possible to bring one’s shoes in a bag, and to leave one’s boots (in yet another bag, also brought by you) in the cloakroom after changing into said shoes … but the Taylor boots, they are lovely and appropriate short of the full-fledged ballgown. It is possible that La BellaDonna would, in fact, wear them with a ballgown in the middle of winter.

    La BellaDonna, she hopes that the Elizabeth and her swain have a lovely time, and the Manolo is right – not only did some of the opera whippersnappers race their coaches to the Opera House, they would take the reins from their coachmen and do the racing themselves! What could be more festive than overturning one’s coach whilst decked out in one’s evening finery? *shudder*

  5. Katrina Russo October 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Those Kate Spade Sebbies are getting around, I have been seeing them everywhere! Now Manolo is hyping them for winter. I can’t help it, I love shoes, I want one in every color. It’s been awhile since I’ve been at an opera.

    ~Luv~
    Katrina

  6. Auduboni October 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    i am numb

  7. speasummerlin October 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Very beautiful indeed, but I cringed inside thinking about what walking around on a snowy, slushy, or rainy evening in New York City would do to them, not to mention the discomfort of the 4+ inch heels if she had to walk any distance at all. My choice would probably be to wear boots, or possibly carry a pair of evening heels in, and change there, but I would be worried about my good boots being somehow misplaced, or lost somehow;or, a third possibility, wear a pair of, say Cole Haan Nike Air shoes for getting there, carry the evening heels in, and carry an evening bag big enough to stash the shoes in. This would be feasible, sizewise, for me, since I wear a size four, but maybe not so much if OP has the really big feets.

  8. Nadine October 4, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    Boots, yup.

    Love the Gregorian chant gag – snort!

  9. Bellamama October 5, 2009 at 11:10 am #

    New York notwithstanding, love Love LOVE!!!!! Perfect winter shoes, but I have to agree–not for snow or rain. Maybe if you dashed from the taxi to the Met on your dainty little toes…

    I am, fortunately, living in the San Francisco area and could definitely wear the Sebbies to an event or the opera any time of the year. Time to do a little pre-holiday shopping!

  10. Francesca October 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm #

    I LOVE THEM!!! perfect.

    xoxo,
    F.

    lekisskiss.blogspot.com <— check it out!

  11. Long Island October 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    Do not get worried about snow in NYC in December …

    Yes we can have snow, slush and rain but the weather can be lovely in December too.

    Perhaps our young opera patron should prepare for all likely scenarios and purchase the kate spade pumps and boots.

    Slightly off topic

    Last year the Metropolitan Opera offered a wonderful deal. Every week they had lottery for excellent seats which could be purchased for a fraction of the original price. I believe it was $25 a ticket. I once had fourth row seats near Anna Wintour. They are not offering it yet. I believe the lottery started latter in the season. However if you are planning on a trip to NYC check it out and enter. It cost nothing to enter and you are not obligated to buy the tickets even if you do win.

  12. raincoaster October 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    If the opera is worth dressing up for (which it is in New York, and isn’t in my home town) the opera is worth taking a taxi to.

  13. Lisa October 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm #

    Walking in New York?! This is what the taxi is for!

  14. Robyn Marie's Shoe Closet October 6, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Breathtaking. Suede heels (in almost any color) is my religion.

  15. Elizabeth October 12, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Thank you so much for all the lovely suggestions… I am convinced that the taxi + delicious shoes are the answer. :)