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Manolo the Columnist: Chaps from Elizabeth and James | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Chaps from Elizabeth and James

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of black booties for what seems like eons now. I’d love a walk-able heel (I live in Toronto and walk a ton of city blocks), but nothing dowdy. If it helps, I’m a university student that wears an awful lot of 50’s style dresses and red lipstick, but I do have a pair of spiked five-inch heels that I break out for parties on the weekends. Do you think you can suggest a boot?


Manolo says, ayyyy! To think, it is now 2012 and we are living in the future, which, strangely seems not all the different from the past, except that all of our best friends live in something called “cyberspace”, and all the teenagers communicate entirely with their thumbs.

But otherwise, everything seems familiar, as we still live in houses made of wood and brick (instead of moon rocks and plastic), and the Rolling Stones are still the touring band (although Mick Jagger now looks like the folk art dried apple doll).

Happily, despite this being the future, many smart young women wear beautiful vintage clothing in inventive and stylish ways, and thus require shoes that complement such creations without seeming costumey. For the example, pairing the 1950s dress with the 2010s booties, the practice which has much to recommend it.

Here is the Chaps from the Elizabeth and James, the stacked heel bootie that would complement the full skirts in the most non-dowdy manner possible.

Chaps from Elizabeth and James

4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Chaps from Elizabeth and James”

  1. daisyj January 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Good lord– I never realized it until you said it, but from now on I will never be able to look at Mick Jagger without thinking “folk art dried apple doll.”

    • Pantofi January 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Be careful Mick Jagger is awake.

  2. JEWLS January 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    These are a keeper……..in the shopping cart that is. I could never afford these!!! I recently got these babies http://www.chineselaundry.com/shopallbrands/booties/west-side at almost half the price. and they’re on sale now too!! super comfy.

    as for the elizabeth&james, I’ll wait till I meet my prince super daddy…

  3. Jual Crocs Murah March 28, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    wow, thanks Manolo, this is the one i’d been looking for, it’s a classic and elegant chaps…