When The Back Porch Light Went On

Taylor Momsen, Raccoon Baby

Manolo says, finally, the Manolo has figured out what has been tipping over his garbage cans.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Ellen Pages Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Ellen Page!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, Marjorie, who was the first person to correctly identify this week’s pixyish personage of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Aurele from Beverly Feldman On the Sale!

Aurele from Beverly Feldman

Manolo says, here is the Aurele from Beverly Feldman. The kicky ballerina flat with the charming little flower details that Manolo thinks would look most excellent with the black trousers.

This is the sort of shoe the Manolo considers the “transitional shoe,” something that will take you smoothly from the late summer into the early fall in the fine style. And look! It is on the sale, reduced $70 of the American dollars from its usual price.


What is the Point of Being the Billionaire

Manolo says, yes, he was willing to spend the 100 millions dollars to get the job that pays $1 per year, but buy the new pair of shoes? That, apparently, is the extravagance too many for the Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

The two pairs of classic black loafers — one tasseled, the other penny loafers — predate his tenure as mayor and both are so well worn, with labels so long gone, that even Hizzoner himself can’t remember what brand they are.

“He could buy any shoes he wanted, but he likes these,” Loeser said. “They are comfortable, and they work, so he says there’s no need for a new pair.”

The mayor wears a 9EE, said exclusive shoe outfitter Allen Edmonds, which has sold Bloomberg several other pairs.

At least one of the pairs is likely a Cole Haan, shoe experts said.

The penny loafer looks like the “Dennehy,” an “old-school Italian leather [model] we specialized in for decades but discontinued” this year, said a longtime Cole Haan salesman at the chain’s Rockefeller Center branch. The shoe retails for $328.

Casual Friday at City Hall

Mike Bloomberg, Billionaire Man of the People, is pleased to see that the senior early bird special at Perkins this afternoon is all you can eat tilapia.

P.S. The tip of the hat to the Manolo’s friend, The Enabler


Things That Frighten The Manolo: Alien Abduction

Floating Karl Lagerfeld threatens to take you back to his ship for probing.

Manolo says, please, Manolo, do not be ridiculous. It is only the optical illusion.

There are no such things as the aliens who will suck you up into their spaceships with the tractor beams, where they will subject you to the intrusive probings with their grotesque and perverted appendages.

Surely there must be the more mundane explanation…perhaps at the Wikipedia

Named for their alleged skin tone, “Greys” are most widely associated with the alien abduction phenomenon, wherein claimants allege that Greys are intelligent extraterrestrials who visit Earth and secretly perform medical experiments on humans they have temporarily kidnapped….A composite description derived from overlap in claims would have Greys as small bodied, sexless beings with smooth grey skin, enlarged head and large eyes.



Manolo the Columnist: Avea from Circa by Joan & David

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

Dear Manolo,

Has The Manolo forgotten (or is he ignoring) the fact that the world as we know it today is in a recession-depression? Most (nearly all) of the shoes The Manolo recommends to ladies in dire need of shoe advice are exorbitantly priced. I make nearly six figures and I, today, would not buy $300+ shoes just because it’s not smart. I’m not even sure I’d buy them if the economy was flush with buying power like it was, say, back in 2005 or 6. Perhaps The Manolo should consider shoes that are still stylish yet moderately priced and very well made.


Manolo says, ayyyy! It is true, the Manolo is the dreamer who loves to consider the most beautiful shoes, regardless of the outrageous prices the designers would charge for them.

However, even as the Manolo dreams, he is not unsympathetic to the impoverished cries of his many friends. Indeed, he understands exactly what it is like to have to tighten one’s belt so tight that the buckle rubs up against the backbone, to be so poor that one must fashion one’s own super fantastic shoes out of the cardboard cartons from the Chinese takeout place in whose dumpster you dined the previous evening.

Of the course, it is best to look for the quality shoes on the sale, oftentimes, however, necessity demands stylish shoes when the pocketbook is at its thinnest. In such cases the Manolo would recommend something like the Avea by Circa from Joan and David, the reasonably priced shoe that stands out from the crowd.

Avea by Circa from Joan and David

Blahnik Flower Toe Suede Pump to Welcome the Autumn

Manolo says, the Manolo will allow the Keats to speak for him…

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too —

Manolo Blahnik Flower-Toe Suede Pump

And what could be more lyrically beautiful than autumnal suede pumps from the Maestro Manolo Blahnik?


Oktoberfest – The Parasites Come Out

Kim Kardashian, fearing the diminution of her lackluster fame, shoulders her way into Munich's Oktoberfest celebration.

Manolo says, Nein, nein, das ist nicht nur eine brezel und bier. Das ist eine brezel und bier mit einem “famewhore”.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Zooey Deschanel Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Zooey Deschanel!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, Retna, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s quirkily-quirky personage of note.


Things That Make The Manolo Sad: Hasselhoff Voted Off

Manolo says, not only must the magnificent Hasselhoff endure the public tauntings of these lesser talents, the judges (‘the potpourri of insanity?”), but to be the very first person voted off of the island? Such indignities are almost too much to bear!

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?