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Manolo the Columnist: Vineyard Air Sandals from Cole Haan | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Vineyard Air Sandals from Cole Haan

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m looking for a pair of sandals that would be suitable to wear to work in an office, but also comfortable enough to wear to and from the bus stop, which is several blocks from my apartment. Please help.


Manolo says, on the one of the hands, the Manolo appreciates the new democratic informality of the American workplace which encourages the employees to dress in the more practical manner.

And yet, on the other of the hands, freed from the commonsense guidelines of the previous generations, some have taken the notion of sartorial liberty too far, wearing to the office the sort of clothing ordinarily favored by carnival workers and oilfield roustabouts.

For the examples: Wearing the smart and attractive sandals at the place of the work?

Not just acceptable, but perhaps appropriate and welcome.

Wearing, the muscle shirt that reveals your homemade juggalo tattoo?

Not so good.

Deciding to no longer wear the pantyhose?

Acceptable by the new standards of our modern age.

Wearing the mini-tiny-micro skirt that allows the regional district manager to see your hidden balance sheets?


Here is the Cole Haan Air Vineyard, the handsome sandal that incorporates the special comfort-making technology. The Manolo is partial to the deep red patent leather, but it is also available in four other handsome colors.

Vineyard Air Sandals from Cole Haan

4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Vineyard Air Sandals from Cole Haan”

  1. klee May 21, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    I was ogling these just last night, and now they have the thumbs up from the Manolo! Destined to be mine!

  2. Jay May 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Err, yeah. The side straps of those sandals are going to cut into the feet fairly uncomfortably after walking in them steadily, no matter how comfy the sole is. They’re nice for the office or going out but they’re not good commuter sandals.

  3. Astra May 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Try any sandal from Paul Green. I live in those during the summer and they stand up to a lot of walking.


  4. Dani May 23, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    I scurried off to find a pair of these (such a fan I am of Cole Haan and The Manolo)- but was distracted by the Donald Pliner Peggy shoe, which, although higher in the heel, did look a little more comfy. It did not hurt that it was also $150 off at Zappos. It is truly difficult to find a red sandal that is neither flat nor treacherously tall.