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Manolo the Columnist: Karolina by Kate Spade | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Karolina by Kate Spade

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

Dear Manolo,

I am defending my dissertation next month. In other words, I’ll be on my feet for two hours undergoing the academic version of the Spanish Inquisition! I need a beautiful, professional shoe with a WHOLE lot of support. Can you recommend something that will help me feel confident, yet comfortable?


Manolo says, Huzzah! The triumphant culmination of your twenty-five years of education approaches!

And to think, all it took was seven years of living on ramen noodles, stomach acid, and library paste. That, and the massive student loans that will only be eradicated by the violent act of God, such as the meteor strike or the sun going super nova.

Of the course, there is one minor teeny detail that must be taken care of before you can join the rest of the underemployed adjuncts down at the hobo jungle: your dissertation defense!

Yes, these things are supposed to be the semi-formality, the friendly gathering of fond professors ushering their prize student into the academic afterlife. But then you remember that Professor X will be there. Professor X, the sworn enemy of your advisor, the person who has publicly vowed to see your beloved Dr. Sweetheart “burn in the fiery pits of Hades, tormented for all eternity by vengeful demons” (Who knew people could get so worked up about Emily Dickinson?)

Ah, well, at least you will have the handsome and comfortable shoes, because you will be wearing the Karolina from Kate Spade, in the beautiful camel tan patent finish.

Karolina from Kate Spade

11 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Karolina by Kate Spade”

  1. Phyllis June 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    Manolo as usual you are so right about the yoke of student loan debt

  2. LaHolandaisa June 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Ohh pretty and classic! =)

  3. miss cavendish June 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    We sat around a conference table for my defense; alas, the lovely shoes would have been lost.

  4. Lisa in Berlin June 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    I had to fly in for my defense and my luggage got lost — I defended in my friend’s 90s Mary Janes (note this was 2007), which were 2 sizes too small. If only I had had those shoes!!

  5. Lisa June 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    Absolutely the most beautifulest shoes forever. My committee consisted entirely of men, economists and statisticians, who unlike the Manolo, had barely enough sartorial sense to wash themselves before they make your eyes water. They did not notice the bright right YSL pumps I wore. I, however did. I was mighty that day.

    Me, OTOH, now that I am the most learned proffie type, I would see the soon-to-be-doctor Harmony in these pretty shoes, and I would say, “You pass simply for being so very well shod!”

  6. Kimberly June 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    @Lisa: “Absolutely the most beautifulest shoes forever. My committee consisted entirely of men, economists and statisticians, who unlike the Manolo, had barely enough sartorial sense to wash themselves before they make your eyes water. ”

    Same here. The lovely chapeau I wore for my master’s defense, and the leopard-print blazer for my dissertation defense, were both totally wasted on the audiences. Nonetheless, those items of clothing gave me so much self-confidence. Shoes this beautiful (and pricey) would have made me feel invincible!

  7. Patricia June 5, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    Seriously, I didn’t like them.

  8. Beth June 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    Yes! They are beautiful! The sad truth is that those of us with the advanced degrees who have long worked in the groves of academe or the arbors of the arts have the most exquisite fashion sense and the least amount of cash to spend on the rarest of items! It is good that we are not only tasteful but CLEVER in order to find the most wonderful fashion items for less…

  9. Jezebella June 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Those shoes will also do beautifully for the academic job interview.

    A far more important accessory for the dissertation defense, I think, is the fabulous pair of spectacles. Everyone looks smarter in spectacles.

    I always recommend bringing in a bottle or glass of water, which one can sip slowly and thoughtfully in order to stall for time after particularly hairy questions. (i.e., and this really happened to a friend of mine: “Can a bad man make good art?”)

    Jezebella, PhD

  10. speasummerlin June 11, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Meh…I think they are dull and kinda boring. Also too beige-y for my sensibilities. Sorry, Sr. M….

  11. Em June 14, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Lovely! This shoe will be perfect when I hopefully defend my dissertation four years hence. Or perhaps you can suggest another shoe by then? :-)