Archive for August, 2011

The Daniel Footwear

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

If any of the Manolo’s British internet friend are in the market for the women’s designer shoes, they should consider looking at the Daniel Footwear, the online shoe shop with the excellent service and the good prices.

Here are two such shoes…

Irena from the Pour la Victoire

The Irena platform from the Pour la Victoire.

Tory Burch Burgundy Mid-Wedge Shoe

Also, this remarkable, burgundy mid-wedge shoe from the Tory Burch.

And, their own house brand, the Daniel shoes are very much worthy of your attention.

Abel Muñoz, Spring/Summer 2012

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, look what has appeared on the electronic desktop of the Manolo: the Spring/Summer 2012 collection from the Manolo’s exceedingly talented designer friend, the Abel Muñoz!

Here is the inspiration of the collection.

The Spring Summer 2012 collection is inspired by the women of Rimini, a place
known as a mecca for high fashion, rich culture, and a vibrant summer lifestyle.
Each style utilizes extravagant, bright, bold colors combined with cutting edge
design. Women from all walks of life become goddesses unleashing an unstoppable
energy that celebrates freedom and independence.

And now, here are three of the Manolo’s favorites from this auspicious collection:

The Ersila from Abel Munoz Spring/Sumer 2012

The Batman-esque detail around the eyelets of this shoe, the Ersila, is one of the many things that elevates this oxford pump well above the ordinary.

The Elettra from Abel Munoz Spring/Sumer 2012

Manolo shouts….zzzzzzap! The Elettra’s bright red lightning bolt commands the attention of Zeus (a.k.a, that broad-chested, six-footer with the full beard who delivers the drinking water bottles (two at the time!) to your office.

The Mirella from Abel Munoz Spring/Sumer 2012

To the mind of the Manolo the Mirella is the most Rimini of all of the shoes in the collection, something that would be worn as one strides across the Piazza Tre Martiri, earning the admiration of the gentlemen sipping their Camparis in the cafes along the edge.

The only bad thing about this collection is that it will not arrive until the next year…but, as they say, the good things, they are worth the wait.

Manolo the Columnist: Angelfire from Sperry Topsider

Friday, August 5th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m starting the 9th grade in a couple of weeks and my new school doesn’t allow sandals or open-toed shoes. My mom won’t let me wear heels to school, and all of my tennis shoes and ballet flats are boring. What’s popular right now?


Manolo says, oh, how the Manolo remembers his own first day at his alma mater, the Our Lady of the Flaming Spleen Country Day School (whose motto remains “The Wrathful Word Turneth Away Evil”).

The day began auspiciously, with the young Manolo strolling onto campus two minutes late, just as Sister Assumpta was chasing the tardy students from the schoolyard into the building, welding her yardstick as if she were Samson slaying the Philistines with the jawbone of the ass.

Ayyy! The Manolo still bears the marks of that first lesson in punctuality!

Of the course, it was not all fun and games at OLFSCDS. Education always took precedence over the various social clubs and sporting teams. Indeed, who could forget the time Eduardo Castro, our greatest competitor, failed the algebra test and was suspended from our rosary team, just as they were about to compete for the regional championships against the cross town rival, Holy Relic?

It was then that the Manolo, who had been “riding the pine” all season, was put into the starting lineup. And, in the moment of supreme triumph, he helped bring home the trophy with his flawless rendition of the most difficult Fatima Decade!

What is in this year? Strangely, it is the Sperry Topsider! Here is the Angelfish in the linen and the oat.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Sheryl Crow Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Sheryl Crow!

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

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Party Shoes for the Great Outdoors

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
By The Legatrix

N.B. Our friend The Legatrix is back with advice about the summer-time party shoes.

‘Tis the season for outdoor parties, which invariably provokes harrowing shoe angst in me. I love the great outdoors. Really I do. They’re a lovely place to sprawl out with a good book and a Nalgene bottle full of mint juleps. But Mother Nature has a long-burning vendetta against me. Try as I may to be prepared for whatever gravel pits, mudslides, and rivers of lava she may throw in my path, I never seem to be wearing the right shoes.

This became painfully clear at a splendiferous wedding that I attended in the Hungarian countryside last month. Guests were treated to abundant wine, whole roast mammals, flitting cherubs, and gamboling fawns. The bride, ever attentive to her friends’ collective fabulosity, even had wooden walkways lain in the fields so people could walk comfortably from place to place. This worked marvelously until the walkways got wet and turned into a network of Slip n’ Slides.

By now I think you can see where this is going. . . two broken sandals and a solicitous Hungarian peasant boy later, I sorely lamented my choice of footwear.

The difficulty with picking shoes for outdoor events is that your footwear must be practical and adaptable to all sorts of terrain. That means no heels unless you’re out to aerate someone’s lawn. Bigger trouble still is that your footwear often winds up looking eminently functional. So here are a few shoe selections that are practical, adaptable and elegant. . . and even a couple with a little altitude built in.

Swoosie by Kate Spade

Swoosie, by Kate Spade, will keep your feet firmly planted on terra firma with arch support often lacking in strappy little sandals. Plus, they’re adorned with little golden grape clusters.

Oona by Loeffler Randall

And Oona, by Loeffler Randall, would be perfect with those white wide-legged trousers you have. You know, the ones that make your legs look a mile long. Those trousers.

Jean by Stuart Weitzman

Finally, Jean, by Stuart Weitzman, is the perfect combination of polished and relaxed elements. I usually get a little queasy at the sight of cork heels. But these are so pitch perfect that you don’t have to worry about looking like the sort of leather-textured woman who molests cabana boys with coconut oil.

Now go outside and play!

Jerome Rousseau Metallic Suede Sandals For the Monday

Monday, August 1st, 2011
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back doing that thing…you know…that thing with the work. And here it is the first of August, and you have officially entered the doggish days of summer, when the oppressive heat and the vacations of the co-workers mean that everything is extra quiet.

You need to enliven your afternoon with some tasty fashion, such a these Metallic and Suede Sandals from the Jerome Rousseau

Jerome Rousseau Metallic and Suede Sandals

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