Archive for July, 2011

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Jimmy Choo Crystal-Encrusted Sandals For the Monday

Monday, July 11th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, and already the corporate mice are at play, for this is the week that your boss, Mr. Katz, is on vacation!

Celebrate this brief moment of professional liberty with bling!

Jimmy Choo Crystal Encrusted Sandals

Jimmy Choo Crystal-Encrusted Sandals

Manolo the Columnist: Pansy from Yellow Box

Friday, July 8th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

In August, I have some free time before I begin graduate school. A friend has invited me to spend part of it at her family vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. We’ll mostly be at the beach, but I’ll still need some sandals to glam it up a bit for when we go out at night. What do you suggest?


Manolo says, from the Vineyard of Martha straight into the graduate school? It is like going from the disco directly into the nunnery, only with out the spiritual uplifting.

One minute you are partying down with the beautiful rich peoples, and the next you are the lowly drudge responsible for teaching Introduction to Composition 101 to semi-literate techno-primitives, whose only previous experience with writing has been thumbing out cryptic phrases such as “were u @, bro?”

On the first day, you will stand at the front of your class, filled with enthusiasm, determined to share the mysteries of the five-paragraph essay. By the end of the second week, you will settle for having them consistently indent new paragraphs.

This is to say nothing of the various travails of the graduate student, many of which involve 4 AM trips to the all night copy shop and the ramen noodles, lots of ramen noodles.

By Thanksgiving, you will look back on your brief stay on the Vineyard as being the Golden Age of Innocence, when you could wear sandals such as these, the Pansy from Yellow Box, without getting the dirty looks from the members of the Marxist Ladies Auxiliary Discussion Group.

Pansy from Yellow Box

Louboutin Measuring Tape Sandal

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Christian Louboutin Measuring Tape Sandal

Manolo says, the Manolo is greatly amused by the visual wit of this Christian Louboutin sandal…très amusant, no?

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?
Reese Witherspoon Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Reese Witherspoon!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Stella, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Meanwhile, Aboard the Cruise Liner S.S. Grand Princess

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Modern royalty, heh.

Manolo says, steward, when you are done escorting Ms. Wittstock to her table will you please bring the Manolo the gin rickey.

From the Archives of the Manolo: Dior Boots for the Day After the 4th of July

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

N.B. Manolo says, occasionally, the Manolo finds that it is difficult to top something he has written in the past. Such is the case with this post, from the Monday after the Fourth of the July, 2008

Manolo says, it is the Monday following the Fourth of July weekend and you are back at your desk, heavily sunburned, your hair still smelling of gunpowder and antiseptic balm.

Thanks to your husband, it was “the weekend to remember”.

Indeed how could you ever forget that headline in the Saturday morning newspaper, “Fireworks Hijinks Send Local Man to Emergency Room.”

“Well, it could be worse,” you think to yourself, “at least they managed to sew them back on.”

Still, your nerves are jittery, you think you might be slightly deafened in one ear, and your co-workers are sniggering behind your back about “Billy Ray’s” latest misadventures with the explosives.

You are tempted to stand up and shout, “Yes, his middle name is Ray, but he goes by William, dammit! Not Billy Ray! And he’s a good man!” But you know that it will do no good for they are louts and malcontents and petty peoples with no respect for those who dream big.

Oh, how you will have the last laugh on them, when your man clears that final technical hurdle and solves the difficult problem of turning kudzu into the cheap ethanol-based fuel.

“Think of it, honey,” he says to you so often, ” two birds with one stone! Kudzu and OPEC gone forever!”

You have already promised yourself that on that day you will march into the office and quit in the most spectacular,, no… BRIDGE-EXPLODING manner possible.

Naturally you will need your marching boots, something extravagant like these gorgeous python-print knee-high boots from Dior!

Christian Dior Python Knee-High Boots

Happy Fourth of the July!!

Monday, July 4th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Screaming Eagle from Giuseppe Zanotti

Manolo says, Happy Fourth of the July!

What better way to celebrate this most auspicious of days than with the over-the-top booties from Giuseppe Zanotti? Long may they wave!

Manolo the Columnist: Ashton from Allen-Edmonds

Friday, July 1st, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

I work in a laboratory and on my feet all day. In the past I could wear jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers. Now I am senior chemist and must show visitors around. I have to wear dress slacks, shirt, tie, and clean lab coat. My feet hurt at the end of the day. Are there dress shoes that are as comfortable as sneakers?



Manolo says, as the Manolo has said in the past, thank heavens for the lab coat!

Like the priestly collar, the lab coat is the identifying mark of the special class of citizens, and like the clerical garb, it usually covers up the multitude of sins, although in the case of the scientist, those sins are most often sartorial in nature.

Yes, there are the scientists who dress fashionably, but these rare creatures are rarely encountered in the wild. Of the course, the modern lab nerd no longer favors the pocket-protectors, short-sleeve dress shirts and high-water trousers. Now the typical scientist will be found in the baggy cargo shorts, well-worn t-shirts, and the sport sandals, which is undoubtedly why the Manolo’s friend Jim is experiencing the feet-based culture shock.

As for the shoes for our newly promoted scientist, the Manolo would suggest the Ashton from the Allen-Edmonds. Not only does it look good, but with the rubber sole and cushiony interior it should give him adequate feet comfort.

Ashton from Allen-Edmonds

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