The First Kiss of the Manolo

Manolo says, in concert with the soon-to-be-happening unveiling of the new season of the FN Shoe Star, the Manolo is preparing for the interview with the reporter from the Feetwear News. In so doing, he has been reminded of the interviews past, including one with our shoe friend, Miss Meghan Cleary.

This was memorable to the Manolo because it included this exchange

Shoes you were wearing for your first kiss?

First kiss with the human? In this case, the young Manolo was wearing the pair of the light-brown, high-top, side-button ankle boots which he had purchased at the Rastro flea market for very little money, and which he wore with the striped trousers and Edwardian frock coat of his own design and cut. The teenaged Manolo was in his Young Banker phase (not that he was the actual banker, mind you, but that he liked to dress as if he were the Edwardian banker, or perhaps as if he were the young clerk in the Mary Poppins movie). Strangely, this look would occasionally appeal to the very particular and very odd young peoples. It was one such young person who, while strolling in the park one evening, virtually assaulted the Manolo with the most ardent and unexpected kiss. The Manolo broke free of this amorous embrace and raced home to record it immediately in his journal. Needless to say, all further relations with this person were ended.

Sometimes, it is difficult to be the Manolo.

3 Responses to “The First Kiss of the Manolo”

  1. Cris January 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    The young Manolo was a Mod in Madrid?

    • Manolo the Shoeblogger January 12, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Not the Mods, but one of their immediate precursors, the Teddy Boys.

      When the Manolo thinks of the Mods, he does not think of the cutaway coats, striped diplomat pants, and high button boots, but rather of the anoraks, scooters, and pegged pants with the Ben Sherman shirts.

      It is the teddy boys who were more Edwardian, although, the Manolo’s version of Edwardian was not exactly the same, and appeared twenty years after the original Teddy Boys had disappeared.

      • Cris January 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

        Oh, the Neo Hispano Teodoro Chico. We didn’t have those in Chicago. Around 1960 we had guys in dago Tees, baggy gray work pants and black paratrooper boots. Not very friendly people.