Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
My mother, a wonderful woman of a certain age, buys all of her shoes from discount outlets, like Wal-Mart and K-Mart. Unfortunately, in conversation she alternates between crowing about her frugality and complaining about her foot pain. I’d like to buy her a pair of decent shoes for Mother’s Day, a mid-heel sandal, something suitable for summer, but not dowdy. What do you recommend?
Manolo says, ayyy, your mother, she is pennywise and footsore!
As the Manolo has long noted, inexpensive shoes of shoddy construction are the false economy. Yes, your mother saved the seventy-three dollars by purchasing her pleather-and-plastic pumps from the General Dollar Mart, but look at how she suffers! And worst, eventually, she will spend many times that amount on her feet surgeries.
But, now is not the weekend to complain about the mother and her habits of cheapness. Now is the weekend to celebrate your mother and her many good qualities, such as her ability to find perfectly serviceable birthday presents from the items left along the side the road.
“Honey, it’s a coffee table. I can fix that leg and paint it pink, and you can put it in your room, for your HiFi.”
“Britney, what do you say to Grandma for the gift?”
Truly, your mother is the woman to be reckoned with!
Here is the Decima from Donald J. Pliner, the elegant thong sandal with the zip up back, and the cork heel for motherly comfort.