Manolo the Columnist: Prive from Calvin Klein

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

Dear Manolo,

I need some shoes for my big Valentine’s Day night out with my beau. The problem is that I’m a poor college girl and don’t have money to buy the sort of shoes I’d really like to own. Please help.

Nicole

Manolo says, frankly, the Manolo is surprised to learn that the college girls still have the boyfriends who are willing to escort them out for the Dia de San Valentino’s night on the town.

Recently, while travelling, the Manolo dined at the moderately expensive restaurant in the large Midwestern college town. While there, he could not help but notice that nearly all of the other tables were occupied by groups of well-dressed college girls, with nary the man to be seen. Meanwhile, outside the windows of the restaurant, the endless parade of college boys schlumped by in their blue jeans and novelty t-shirts, baseball caps jammed backwards onto their heads.

The Manolo’s dining companions assured him that this was the new paradigm, that young people no longer date in the old manner. In the stead, the girls get dressed up, and the boys do not, then they go out for the night in their gendered packs. Sometime later in the evening, fueled by cheap beer and flaming Jagermeister shots, the various groups collide to the pulsatingly inane rhythms of Lady Gaga.

So, congratulations to the Manolo’s friend on maintaining the more pleasant and enjoyable romantic tradition.

Look! Here is the Prive from Calvin Klein, the elegant, black suede, platform sandal that will look appropriately sophisticated at the reasonable price.

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12 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Prive from Calvin Klein”

  1. Portia January 29, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I graduated college about 1 and a half ago and I vividly remember my budget during those years. I wouldn’t pay $98 for a pair of shoes because I couldn’t afford it. I think she should go to somewhere like Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, or the clearance section at DSW or Loehmann’s and find a nice pair of Steve Maddens, Jessica Simpsons, or Guess heels. Chances are highly likely she’ll find a good quality pair for under $30 dollars. In fact, I recently bought a pair of black Steve Madden heels at Ross for $22.

  2. Vizia January 29, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    If you have a Ross near you, Portia is correct–it’s the way to go. I’ve bought countless (um, literally) pairs of shoes there–Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Nine West, Rockport (3 pairs of good motorcycle boots!), Betsey Johnson, Etienne Aigner, Joan and David, Tahari, Hush Puppies for walking, Tsubo, etc etc.

    If you don’t have Ross in your area, Franco Sarto makes affordable, stylish shoes even at non-sale prices….

  3. phyllis January 29, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Sadly as you have noted Manolo, men of every age have given up on being well dressed.

  4. Alice January 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    Great find Manolo, they are bautiful and very reasonably priced too. I love your social commentary :)

  5. Ari January 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I am also a poor college student, and I recommend looking in thrift and vintage stores for fabulous shoes! My favourite find so far has been a pair of extremely classy 1940s vintage black suede pumps, which I plan to wear when my guy takes me out for Valentine’s Day! There are those few guys who do still get dressed up and take girls out, they’re just hard to find :)

  6. Monica January 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Manolo, as you are my favourite shoe blogger, I urge you to comment on the Hillary Clinton shoe incident in Paris. Thank you!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/29/hillary-clinton-loses-her_n_442602.html

  7. Lisa January 29, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    I have to say, though, my Calvin Klein shoes are remarkable. Remarkable. They are very well made for a shoe that doesn’t cost $200 and up, and my CK pumps are my go-to shoe for professional dress. So these are investment shoes.

  8. raincoaster January 31, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Second-hand shoes? I’m a blogger; surely I live on less than a college student, but even though I adore second-hand stores, I would never buy lingerie or shoes in them. How do you know where they’ve BEEN?

  9. Ari February 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Raincoaster: You have to pick the store carefully. Know your thrift stores, and only buy shoes from higher-end ones: consignment stores and things. Never, ever, ever buy lingerie secondhand.

  10. raincoaster February 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    I’m still skeptical. Even rich people get athlete’s foot. But I’ll reconsider (after asking my trusty neighborhood cobbler, who’s not easily rattled).

    It occurs to me that the young writer’s boyfriend is surely spending more than $100 on the evening, and you can’t eat dinner twice, but you sure can wear those shoes for years to come.

  11. Astra February 2, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    I managed to score a $35 pair of Ferragamo’s at a thrift store. The bottoms were not scuffed, so I don’t think they had ever been worn. I wish I liked shopping more; this is my only great deal story.

  12. KK February 3, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    I would suggest always doing a google search to look for better prices – these exact heels are available on Endless.com (amazon’s shoe store) for $65, with free 2-day shipping!