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Manolo the Columnist: Tina from Botkier | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Tina from Botkier

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

Dear Manolo,

My fortieth birthday is approaching at the end of next week, and I’m beginning to suspect that my husband is going to throw a surprise party for me. At least that’s what I hope he’s doing with all of the furtive phone calls and skulking about. Anyhoo, this means that I’m going to have to wear makeup and good clothes pretty much 24/7 until the event comes off. Can you recommend some festive shoes that aren’t too obvious?


Manolo says, ayyyyy! The Manolo loves the surprise parties! One minute you are minding your own business, accompanying the loved one to his home for the “simple dinner”, and the next, people are leaping at you from behind couches.

Of the course, this letter sounds like the obverse of the set up for the episode of every domestic sitcom ever made, in which Lucy suspects that Ricky is having the affair, and ends up wrecking her surprise party with the hilarious hi-jinks.

In this version, however, Lucy suspects that Ricky is organizing the surprise party, but he is really having the affair with Ethel Mertz, which Lucy wrecks with the hilarious, and fatal hi-jinks. Final scene: Lucy being led off to the gas chamber by the priest, played by special guest star Red Skelton.

Look! Here is the Tina from Botkier, the celebratory leopard-print peep-toe that Lucy would have favored if she had received the last minute pardon from the governor, as played by Milton Berle.

Tina Leopard Print Peep-Toes from Botiker

5 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Tina from Botkier”

  1. Mark September 18, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I am a professional shoe designer and ‘Manolo’, i feel your taste is getting progressively worse and worse. During the two or so years i have been checking in on your blog, my intrest has dwindled each week. Not only because the posts and letters have become less original and less imaginative, but also it seems to shoes you promote are increasingly hideous. This post is the final straw, i am removing your blog from my bookmarks, goodbye.

  2. LaLarson September 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    While these shoes aren’t my favorite, I have to disagree about comment from Mark about the writing. Manolo is consistently the funniest fashion blogger around, and this post, like many others, made me laugh out loud.

    Perhaps Mark doesn’t realize that Manolo’s Shoe Blog is more a fashion *parody* site than a straight fashion site?

  3. Jenifersf September 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Nice flounce! Haven’t seen one for a while, most people have caught on.

  4. gemdiva September 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    Manolo I adore you. You are the bright spot in my dreary day and I find your fashion sense impeccable; and I happen to be a professional shoe wearer. Muchos Besos!