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Manolo the Columnist: Tiriolo by Bruno Magli | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Tiriolo by Bruno Magli

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband has planned a trip for us to Paris in May. It will be my first time in the city and I, of course, would like to look as smashing as possible (so as not to be outdone by those fashionable French women). The problem is, I am a very short girl and I always wear heels when I’m out. I understand that, given the amount of walking that one is likely to do during their first trip to Paris, heels may not be a practical option. Then again, hemming all of my trousers before the trip is also not practical. What is a short (but stylish!) girl to do?


Manolo says, Paris in the Spring Time! The weather will be temperate, the flowers will be in bloom, and if this is your first visit, you will finally encounter, in his native element, human society’s most natural-born aristocrat: the Parisian waiter.

Forget about all of those kings and queens, dukes and counts, the truly superior being is the person who will be bringing you the bouillabaisse.

You may have heard that the waiters in Paris are rude. Nonsense! They are simply displaying the dignified sense of reserve appropriate to their exalted station. They cannot help it that your lack of eating utensils, or the undercooked state of your food, has caused you to become all shouty, it is not their problem.

Likewise, you may think you your meal is brought to you because you are paying for it, as part of the commercial transaction. Ha! Your food and drinks arrive simply because your waiter has the keen sense of noblesse oblige. Serving you is the charity work Parisian waiters perform to help the less fortunate.

Look! Here is the Tiriolo from Bruno Magli. Cork soles for comfort and height, patent leather for sassy styling.
Tiriolo by Bruno Magli

4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Tiriolo by Bruno Magli”

  1. Jezebella April 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    How to make a Parisian waiter act like he likes you: ask him to help you pick your wine for each course. I don’t care how much you know about wine, he knows *exactly* what will be perfect for the meal you have ordered. It’s a win-win strategy.

    Those shoes are cute but still will be torture on the marble floors of the Louvre. Might I suggest the purchase of one or two travel-worthy skirts so that the short girl can wear flatter, more comfy shoes on the days with most walking, without having to hem a bunch of pants?

  2. Manolo the Shoeblogger April 2, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    I suggest the purchase of one or two travel-worthy skirts so that the short girl can wear flatter, more comfy shoes on the days with most walking, without having to hem a bunch of pants?

    This is why the Manolo loves his interweb friends so much, because they are so smart and nice, and can invariably make excellent recommendations that the Manolo (who is frankly the bit of the flibbertygibbet) fails to consider.

  3. marvel April 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    I have been to Paris exactly once in my life…sigh. It was a spontaneous decision (bought the tickets Tuesday night for a Friday morning departure!) and I had no time to shop and pack. Concerned about my lack of style (a genetic deficiency, I fear), I asked my roommate what to pack so as not to look too “American.” Her reply: “There’s no hope, sweetie, even if you bought the most fashionable items available you’d still be 2 years behind Paris. Pack comfortable clothes and enjoy yourself.” Which I did.

  4. Brett Sutcliffe April 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    I have like five pairs Cork soles shoes. Not all of them are comfortable. Some of the Cork soles are fake cork with wood inside. Really uncomfortable.