Manolo the Columnist: Kula from Diane von Furstenberg

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

Dear Manolo,

Thanks to the onrush of time, I’ve decided, Hillary-like, that henceforth I must begin to cover my legs. Unlike Hillary, however, I have decided that the maxi-dress, not the pantsuit, is to be my concealer of choice. I’ve found one I really like from J. Crew, a sort of draped, Grecian number in a color they call “abyss blue”. Please suggest some fantastic sandals to go with it.


Manolo says, whenever one of the Posse Manolo announces that she will henceforth, forever and the day, be covering her legs, the Manolo has two thoughts.

The first is that the Manolo wishes more middle-aged men would cover their legs, not middle-aged women.

Every spring the sudden appearance of the knobby man knees below the khaki shorts makes the Manolo pine for the fashions of Victorian England. (And this is before considering the toe-based destruction wrought by those in “mandals”.)

Secondly, the Manolo laments the demise of the pantyhose. Yes, it is wonderful we live in the age of freedom and inappropriate casualness, where everyone is able to wander about in sweat pants and tube tops.

Sadly, however, it is the ladies of the certain age who have paid the price for these relaxed standards. When your grandmother discovered she had the spider veins and the tiny belly bulge, she simply changed her hosiery color from “nude” to “opaque”, and cinched up her girdle one more notch. Problem solved just in time for canasta!

Look! Here is the Kula from Diane von Furstenberg, the golden Greek sandal that will leave you looking like Aphrodite.

Kula from Diane von Furstenberg


Charlotte Olympia ‘Eve’ Ankle Boots Drives Our Green Age

Eve Ankle Boot from Charlotte Olympia

Manolo says, as part of his celebration of the Earth Day, and ecological bountifulness, the Manolo will show you yet one more “green” shoe, in this case, the green Charlotte Olympia Eve Ankle Boot, at the moment, one of the hottest and most sought-after shoes on all of Gaia. (Available at the marvelous Diavolina.)

And look it is even available in black suede for Earth Night!

Charlotte Olympia Eve Ankle Boot

If you had these beautiful shoes on your feets, the force that through the green fuse drives the flower would consist of 100% pure super fantastic awesomeness.


In Honor of Earth Day: Isabella Rossellini Teaches You The Facts of Life

Manolo says, if you do not know of these short, bizarre, hilarious masterpieces, entitled Green Porno, you are missing out on one of the dadaist wonders of the 21st century.



Fratelli Rossetti Green Tea Sandals for Earth Day

Fratelli Rossetti Green Tea Sandals

Manolo says, these simple Italian flat sandals from Fratelli Rossetti with the green tea leaf motif, would be the ideal way to express your devotion to both Mother Earth and Earl Grey.


Karl Lagerfeld: Like the Hyena Who Has Found the Fresh Carcass

Manolo says, ayyyyyyyy! This photo will give the Manolo nightmares for months to come!!!

What? There are more photos? Does our suffering know no bounds?


Green Shoes for the Earth Day!

Manolo says, it is the Earth Day, so you should be celebrating Gaia by wearing beautiful green shoes.

Manolo Blahnik Vine Ankle Wrap Sandals

…such as these ecologically correct Vine Ankle Wrap Sandals from our Maestro Manolo Blahnik.

With these on your feets, you would be the very image of beautiful Flora, Roman goddess of nature. And we would sing to you in the honorific words of Ovid: Mater, ades, florum, ludis celebranda iocosis!.. Mother of Flowers, come closer, so that we may honor you with joyful games!

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Adam Lambert, The Good Humor Man

Manolo answers, it is the Adam Lambert!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Tamra/Spritle/ChimChim (the many, multiple-time winner) who was the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity fashion-disaster of note.

Not Hungry?

Manolo says, oh noes! Mr. Henry had declared himself, Not Hungry.

Gary Busey: The Real Piece of Work

Gary Busey, Nuttier than the Bucket of Squirrels.

Manolo says, behold! The snippet of the actual conversation between your internet friend Manolo the Shoeblogger and the Young Clerk Girl at the Malibu Kitchen and Country Market, Summer, 2009.

Manolo: Bill and Deli Guy appeared to be quite angry with Gary Busey, yelling at him to put away his cell phone, and stop trying to cut into the sandwich line.

Young Clerk Girl: Yeah, he’s a real piece of work.

Manolo: So the Manolo has gathered.

Young Clerk Girl: Yeah, a real piece of work. He’s always demanding that we triple bag everything.

Alexander McQueen on the Sale

Manolo says, the Manolo was doing his usual surfing through the online shoe stores (because that is the way the Manolo doth roll), when he came across these beautiful Alexander McQueen items, all of which are selling at more then the 50% off of the usual price.

Alexander McQueen Flat Sandals on Sale!

These flitilicious little black, flat sandals are selling for more than 55% off of the regular price.

Alexander McQueen High Heeled Sandals on Sale!

For the Manolo these creative high-heeled sandals, which are reduced over $700 from the regular price, are exactly what you might wear to your next semi-fancy evening soiree, where you would undoubtedly be the envy of all.

Alexander McQueen Over the Knee Boot on Sale!

The Manolo does not know if last season’s trend for the over-the-knee, flat piratical boot will continue, or not, however, if you are intent on following that trend (despite perhaps sensible advice to the contrary), these Alexander McQueen flat boots are on the sale for 56% off of the regular price, the savings of over $900 of the American dollars!


Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?