Metropolitan Railway Boots, 1916

Female Conductor on the Metropolitan Railway, 1916

The Female Guard on the Metropolitan Railway in 1916

Manolo says, the Manolo loves these boots on the English railway guard lady, so feminine and flattering, indeed, the entire costume is most super fantastic!

From the site of London Transport Museum

During the First World War, the Metropolitan Railway, like other services serving the City, was effectively taken over by the government. Its trains were extensively used to transport troops from London to the Channel ports. To replace its employees who left to fight, the Met began employing women for the first time in positions such as porters, ticket inspectors, and guards.

Here is another picture of these boots and uniform on the different woman…


Friday Web Snob

Manolo says, here are the items from the Manolo’s web snob friends…
Stiletto Jungle is shopping sale-priced Jimmy Choo shoes — over 140 styles, all 20% or more off.

It’s Razzie time! Allie is Wired has the best of the worst movies of the year.

If you’ve got things to do, like Bag Snob, and cannot be slowed down with a heavy load on your arm, then the Crossbody can be your new best friend!

This Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel at Beauty Snob is awesome because you can apply the gel without your fingertips irritating that sensitive region.

Coquette heralds the return of the poncho and celebrates it’s new modern look.

Win at pair of Tory Burch Travel Socks from The Jet Set Girls!

KRISTOPHER DUKES is wanting Hermès “So Black” Kelly Double Tour Bracelet.

Keep your resolution (or just look even cuter at the gym) with cheap workout gear for under $30. It’ll make you actually WANT to go the gym.

Second City Style editors share their fashion predictions for 2011.

Shopping and Info loves these chic Donna Karan flat black boots on sale for 60% off.

Are you bored with your winter wardrobe already? StyleBakery has some ideas to perk it up

The Beauty Stop has the beauty hits and misses from the 2011 People’s Choice Awards.

The Shoe Goddess gets a sneak peek at the Walter Steiger Spring 2011 Collection!


L.A.M.B. Devin on the Sale

Devin from L.A.M.B.Devin from L.A.M.B.

Manolo says, the weekend draws nigh, and you will need shoes in which to party down, beautiful and sexy shoes that will have all of the men wishing to with you become more closely acquainted.

Here is one such shoe, the Devin from the L.A.M.B. (And now, allow the Manolo to praise the Gwen Stefani, whom the Manolo believes to be the best of the celebrity “designers”.)

Not only are these strappy sandals perfect for the night out on the town, they are also on the sale! The black version is reduced the amazing $165, more than 50% off of the regular price! (The very attractive natural finish is reduced the still very good $98.)

More than Cheese

Manolo says, our friend Christa Terry gives sound advice at the Manolo for the Brides, on how to compose yourself for the photos.

How many times have you come across what would otherwise be a beautiful wedding photo… were it not for the fact that the bride is doing her best runway model impression? Personally, I love to mug for the camera, but when I try to play it serious, I end up looking constipated, not sexy or edgy. And I know there are others like me out there, who just can’t pull off the stern, smoldering look that is oh so popular nowadays. I mean, if you happen to look great with a frown on your face, then fantastic. But the fact is that most brides look more beautiful when they’re sporting a smile

Great Moments in Presidential History

President Barack Obama wearing flip-flops

'Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Dressed.' ~ George Washington

Manolo says, ayyyy! The President Dude is showing us his toes!

Historians agreed it was the first time they could remember seeing the leader of the free world snapped in a public setting, wearing nothing more than a flimsy strip of rubber on his feet.


Capping off his Hawaiian vacation, President Obama earlier this week sports an uber-casual look finished with a pair of flipflops, favored by his core demographic: college kids.

“I can’t say I’ve seen a president’s toes before. This could be a very usual thing,” said presidential historian Jane Hampton Cook, author of an upcoming children’s book “What Does the President Look Like?”

“But I don’t think this is a big deal. Your footwear belongs to the occasion. If you’re on the beach buying your daughter snow cones, I don’t think you can beat him up for this. Now if he’s wearing flip-flops to the State of the Union, that’d be different.”

Presidential historian Doug Wead concurred.

“In public, no. I haven’t seen the president’s toes,” he deadpanned.

And while most historians couldn’t think of an example of presidential appendages being on such display, most agreed it wasn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world.

Unless you one of those old-fashioned, fuddy-duddy persons who seeks to uphold the standards of dress and decorum.

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Manolo the Columnist: Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve just moved from the Midwest to Washington to take a job as a junior aide to a newly elected member of congress. I’m finding that this job requires me to do a lot more running from place to place than I expected. Can you please recommend some comfortable but good-looking work shoes?


Manolo says, every two years it is the same thing: the new crop of the congress beings is harvested in the American heartland and delivered shiny-faced, fresh and eager to the Capitol.

Each one of these civil servants assures us that he or she will “stand up to the interests of specialness, and do the business of the people,” as if they were the reincarnation of Franklin Mahatma Reagan-Washington.

And, every two years, the new group of idealistic aides arrives to lend assistance to these newly-elected, incorruptible men and women of civic-minded integrity. And for the first couple of the months, all goes well.

But then, one evening, the young aide is out with friends at the hidden bar in the Adams Morgan when in walks Mr. Integrity, arm-in-the-arm with the two notorious toxic waste lobbyists, one the tall square-jawed, fellow with the low golf handicap and the pocket full of cash-money campaign contributions, and the other, the very young woman with the impressively well-developed and well-displayed bosom, who cannot keep her busy hands off of your congress person.

Ayyy! It is like catching your boyfriend in the secret assignation!

Happily, there is one thing that will never let you down in this way, shoes. Shoes such as these Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump, the lovely and practical comfort shoe with the unlovely name.

Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump


Manolo Social Media

Manolo says, the Manolo politely reminds you that he maintains the online presence on several of the most modern social media platforms. For the example…

Manolo on Facebook

You may find the Manolo on the Facebook, where he would be most kind to greet you as one of his special friends.

Likewise, the Manolo shares some of his more ephemeral thoughts through out each day at his Twitter feed, to which you may wish to subscribe.

Additionally, the Manolo has recently started the Tumblr thing, to which he sometimes posts the pictures and quotations that capture his fancy.

And, finally, the Manolo is working to revive his moribund Super Fantastic Newsletter, which he hopes will eventually send out the weekly news about the Manolo, together with coupons, bargains, announcements, and contests. Naturally, the Manolo would be enormously pleased if you would consider subscribing to these email updates.


Cole Haan Air Michelle Tall Shearling Boots on the Sale

Air Michelle Tall Shearling Boots from Cole Haan

Manolo says, Ayyyy! The weatherman, he is predicting the return of the snow!

What will you do?

What. Will. You. Do!


That is what you will do, boots!

Boots such as these snuggly-toasty warm, tall shearling boots from the Cole Haan, the Air Michelle, which are selling at the discount of more than $100 of the American dollars!


Katy Perry at the Choice of the Peoples Awards

Katy Perry at the Peoples Choice Awards

The Eyes are Getting Crazy

Manolo says, this picture of Katy Perry, it has reminded the Manolo of something, or someone…

Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride

Jennifer Wilbank, the Runaway Bride with the crazy lady eyes

Katy Perry is Getting the Crazy Lady Eyes

Katy Perry is getting the crazy lady eyes!

Ayyyyy! Life with the Russell Brand, it is taking its toll!

The Fakes, They are Never in the Fashion

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friends at the Harper’s Bazaar have launched the new website drawing attention to the scourge of designer fakery: Fakes are Never in Fashion.

Harper’s Bazaar’s Fakes Are Never In Fashion™ initiative has been working for years to expose the criminal activities connected to the sales of counterfeit products. The sales from these fake products fund child labor, sweat shops, drug cartels and even terrorism. American companies also lose an estimated $20 billion from the counterfeit goods industry.

The Harper’s Bazaar peoples have even included good advice for avoiding the fake shoes.

Fake Christian Louboutin Shoes

Phoney Baloney, Plastic Fake, Not Christian Louboutin Shoes

    * Location – Luxury designer shoes are never sold by a street vendors, flea markets or low end stores. Buy from authorized retailers. These can easily be found on the brand’s website by looking at the locations the product is sold.
    * Inspect The Bottom – Many fake shoes come with a thin plastic film attached to the bottom of the shoe. No luxury designer would put out a product with plastic covering.
    * An Inside Job – Many counterfeit boots are created with cheaper interior materials. Instead of the shoe being lined with suede or leather, the fakes are lined with a much more noticeable, cheaper fabric.
    Seams & Stitching – Crooked, poor stitching or messy seams, on Sheepskin boots for example, are signs of a counterfeit product.
    * Packaging – If a certain luxury brand packages their shoes in a logo box or with a dust bag and these items are not included with your purchase, your shoes are fake. Also be sure to look for flimsy, poor quality or different size packaging.
    * Holograms – Many brands are incorporating the use of holograms on their labels. Do some research to find out if the shoes you are trying to purchase normally come with a hologram. If you don’t see one, it’s a fake.
    * Price Cuts – If the shoe you are trying to purchase retails for $1,000 and it’s on sale for $200, it’s a fake. Discounts like these do not exist with luxury goods. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Of the course, none of this is news to the long-time readers of the Manolo, for the Manolo has been crusading against the fakes and the off-knocks for many, many years.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, the video of the fake Christian Louboutin shoes being destroyed by the front loader…

Most satisfying indeed!

Ribbon Embroidery

Manolo says, our friend Twistie is discussing the lovely art of ribbon embroidery

…the art of taking lengths of ribbon and sewing them decoratively onto a background. I love ribbon embroidery.

It is quite attractive and historically important.


Chloé Cuffed Ankle Boot for the Thursday

Chloé Cuffed Suede Ankle Boots

Manolo says, there is something exquisite about this suede, cuffed, ankle bootie from the Chloé.

This is not the big, flashy, glittery Louboutin platform, or the scheming-to-win-our-hearts Jimmy Choo pump. No, this is the subtle shoe, with the perfectly beautiful and restrained combination of colors and details. Look at the manner in which the buff color of the interior contrasts perfectly with the dove gray of the exterior!

This is that rarest of shoes, the one which can be worn profitably, to great effect, by the smart and stylish older woman, or the intelligent, young, sexy thing.