Archive for November, 2009


Manolo the Columnist: DT Leilani from Island Slipper

Friday, November 6th, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

I have a lovely warm cruise on my schedule this winter. I’d like to find a unique pair of sandals to take but I want them Made in the USA. Any ideas?

Brenda

Manolo says, happily, there are many American companies who continue to produce first-rate feetwear in American factories from American materials.

Sadly, at least for the person who is looking for the stylish sandals to wear on the cruise, most of these high-quality American feetwear companies specialize in boots, and not just the cowboy boots, either.

The best and most rugged work boots in the world are produced in America by such companies as Frye, Wolverine, Whites Boots, and West Coast Shoes, the nearly century-old, family firm in Oregon, who use American leathers to custom make the world’s best pole climber, forest ranger, and motorcycle cop boots, in other words, serious shoes for serious occupation.

There is, however, one American company that produces exactly the sort of fun-in-the-sun sandal the Manolo’s friend desires, Island Slipper, the Hawaiian based firm that has been making casually fantastic thong sandals in Hawaii for more than sixty years.

The Manolo’s favorite is the sweet DT Leilani thong, available in three different colors, which you can order directly from the company’s website: http://islandslipper.com

DT Leilani from Island Slipper


Stuart Weitzman Sexy Boot Thursday…Buttons vs. Laces?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Lacemeup by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo Likes!  Click!Weitzman Lacemeup
Buttonup by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo Likes!  Click!WeitzmanButtonup

Manolo says, above are two similar tall boots from Stuart Weitzman, the Lacemeup and the Buttonup. The Manolo likes both, very much, indeed they are both super fantastic.

And now here is the interesting psycho-stylistic question: Which do you find sexier, the buttons or the laces?

Although, as with all matters of sexiosity, personal taste will undoubtedly figure in your answer, the Manolo has decided, after much deliberation, that he finds laces to be inherently more sexier than the buttons.


Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Sally Field in the Doggie Skirt!

Manolo answers, it is the Sally Field!

This week’s challenge was the rara avis when none of the Manolo’s internet friends was able to correctly guess the personage of note, only the second or third time this has happened, and one that has surprised the Manolo greatly. Perhaps, maybe we do not like this Sally Field so much after all?


Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Manolo’s Tuesday Miscellany

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

So what are we all going to want to be wearing on our feet next summer? Or rather what do the designers intend to offer us, because the two aren’t necessarily the same thing.

..

It is perfectly all right to wear ugly, clumpy clothes when you are 16, but if you wear them when you are 50 it might look as if you never understood style in the first place, or have given up, ­ surrendering to the idea that you can wear a red hat with a purple dress, on the spurious grounds that you are old and what does it matter because no one wants to look at you anyway.

..

The U.S. is the worst. There’s a Spinal Tap-ish phenomenon known as vanity sizing, in which garment sizings have been haphazardly lowered to make the consumer feel smaller even though she’s wearing the same size.


Juicy Couture Ice…On Sale!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Ice from Juicy Couture   Manolo Likes!  Click!Golden Ice from Juicy Couture   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, in the immortal words of Colin CowieGlitta!


Manolo’s Monday Miscellany

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

A Story with Legs

The WInkle Picker.

What in the world … a garter belt for my boots?


Christian Louboutin Metallic Patent Pump For the Monday

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, somewhat rueful that your breakfast consisted of two cups of coffee, three bite-sized Snickers, two Starbursts, and the small box of Runts (you love the banana-shaped ones).

But what could you do? When you came down the stairs this morning, there was the giant tub of candy sitting on the counter, where you had left it yesterday afternoon when you fled the house for the lengthy bicycle ride, taken to assuage the guilt of your out-of-control candy-binging.

You know you should be more temperate, but Halloween is the worst. You love it so much, and always have, but it is the worst.

The instant it arrives, you flash back to the greedy little girl who on Halloween night would rush to her room with the plastic pumpkin full of candy treats, slamming the door on her little brother’s fingers, and frantically gobbling as much as possible before her mother intervened.

“Honey,” your Mom would call through the door, “why don’t you come out here with the rest of us and show us what you got tonight?”

“Mmphugh, mmphugh NO!!!!” You would shout back, bits of half-chewed Butterfingers spraying across the room.

Threats and counter-threats would be made, and then the tears would flow, as the holy blessed pumpkin was placed on top of the refrigerator, so as to put the parental governor on your consumption. (Like your little brother, who always ate his candy more slowly, that pumpkin would taunt you for days to come with his candy-filled, gap-toothed grin.)

Naturally, when you had children of your own, you understood why the pumpkin had to be placed on top of the refrigerator, although you also understood why the best candies would seem to disappear when the pumpkin was on the refrigerator; because your parents frequently dipped into it, the family tradition you have maintained.

Now, that your youngest is fifteen, your biggest Halloween problem is preventing her from going out the front door dressed like the Hoochie-Mama Witch, or the Slutty Hermoine Granger. (Oy, what has happened to society?)

Although, you are also responsible for buying the candy, which is how the ridiculous abundance of Skittles, and Milky Ways, and Snickers, and Starbursts, and Runts came to be sitting in the giant bowl on your counter.

Sigh.

Speaking of candy…Look! Here is the Kandy-Kolored, Tangerine-Flaked, Streamline baby from Christian Louboutin.












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