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Manolo the Columnist: Dachen from Isola | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Dachen from Isola

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

Dear Manolo,

I have a dilemma. On the first three weekends of June, I’m supposed to attend three separate weddings, which will mean at least two separate outfits, if not three. My problem is that I can only really afford one decent pair of shoes, hopefully priced below $200. Can you help me?


Manolo says, frankly, after the Giant, Royal, Big Deal, Fairy Tale Wedding of the Prince William the Balding and his not-royal bride, Kate Middleton the Skinny, who cares about the shoes anymore?

The shoes are the news of yesterday. Today, Manolo loves the hats!

Hats! Hats! Hats! In all their splendid multifarious fabulousity! Who can forget the sight of all those horsey upper-class English women wearing the most incredible creations on top of their pinched and sour faces?

Swooping birds of prey in teal, with feathers of gold! Mauve life rafts bedecked with the garden of flowers! Frank Gehry fascinators with compound curves and silver scales! Artful stacks of fluorescent forest twigs with multicolored wind chimes! Almost all courtesy of the The Mad Irish Hatter, Phillip Treacy, the sly genius who has convinced the entire generation of titled women that looking silly is chic.

Yes, the modern monarchy may be the sad and greatly diminished affair, most often seen at supermarket grand openings and the covers of the tabloids, but in the matter of hats, they still reign supreme.

Here are the beige platform pumps, the Dachen from Isola, that will, in the words of Larry the Guy of Cable, “get’er done.”

Dachen from Isola

11 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Dachen from Isola”

  1. Sarah S May 13, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I eagerly await the opening of the new website, “Manolo for the Hats” I expect humorous and vituperative commentary about trucker caps, too-small hipster fedoras, and baseball caps worn the wrong way around, coupled with a unique ability to see the poetic potential contained within the Brownie beanie.

  2. MrsDarwin May 13, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    You said “fascinators”! My cup of obscure-word joy runneth over.

  3. Pigalle Passions May 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    just found out about your blog- albeit 6 years since you started it!.

    Pigalle Passions

  4. Jelly May 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I toss my hat (har har) in with Sarah – Manolo Loves the Hats!

  5. The Accidental Tangoiste May 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    Chateau Chapeaux? (By le Manoleau?)

  6. The gold digger May 14, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Why can’t you wear the same outfit to each wedding?

  7. Cheryl May 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    Yes! Manolo loves the hats! Because hats can be really awesome or completely hateful. Some of those ladies at the wedding looked beautiful, and seeing them all together in the church was even better. I thought Mrs. Middleton in particular looked lovely. And Beatrix and the other one…well, when was the last time anyone even thought about one of them?

  8. Deb Van May 17, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Well, if they are 3 separate weddings with different people I guess you could get frugal and just go with one dress for all three! More money for those shoes and hats!

  9. The gold digger May 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Deb, exactly! I’d rather have a killer pair of shoes that will last me five years than three different dresses. One nice dress, one nice pair of shoes, three weddings. Perfect.

  10. Azulao May 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    Well, but back to the shoes…hm. The platform is smaller than the footbed. And I hope one of the weddings is not outdoors because you will sink into the turf. Usually I just adore the Manolo’s lovely taste but I think this time he got carried away with the hats and forgot the shoes! ;-) I agree with Deb, too.

  11. speasummerlin May 20, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    I surmise our dear Manolo searched for some “go-with-everything” shoes,(or at least “go-to-three weddings shoes”) but in addition to the above remarks regarding the suitability of indoor-outdoor wear and the odd,tippy-looking platform,(I am trying to imagine navigating in these after a few glasses of Champagne)not to mention possible ugly black scrapes, I think this is a rare misstep, and, IMHO, well, just kind of boring, too-
    SO sorry:(