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Manolo the Columnist: Kaplam Pump from Elie Tahari

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve finally been promoted to detective after almost a decade as a patrol officer and I need some shoes. While I’m obviously happy to be rid of those clunky, black cop shoes, I’m stumped as to what would look good with the stylish pantsuits I would like to wear. The regulations specify “professional, closed-toe shoes, with heels no greater than two inches high.” Please help.


Manolo says, ayyyy! You will be like Angie Dickinson, going undercover in the hot pants and go-go boots to bust the ring of white slavers!

Or, perhaps not. The new version of the police lady life, as shown on the network television, seems to involve less of the fist fighting, and more of the science. One minute, you are flirting shamelessly with the very witty Simon Baker, and the next you are poking the decomposing corpse with the spoon.

Or perhaps not. From what the Manolo has heard, the actuality of being the copwoman in the real world is more mundane, involving overbearing bureaucracy, bad coffee at strange hours, and close contact with reprehensible peoples who do not look like this week’s celebrity guest villain.

Still, despite the fact that your boss looks more like the Ernest Borgnine than the Mark Harmon, there must be great satisfaction in knowing that you are performing the necessary and important job for society, protecting the weak and unwary from harm.

Here is the Kaplan Pump from the Elie Tahari, the sharp looking business shoe that will keep the evil-doers quaking in their much less attractive boots.

Kaplan Pump from Elie Tahari

7 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Kaplam Pump from Elie Tahari”

  1. Miss Cavendish January 13, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Ahh, even Ernest Borgnine had his glam moments, such as when the lovely Karen Duffy (“Duff”) won the legendary EB look-alike contest at New York’s Tortilla Flats.

  2. Courtney January 13, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    What great advice! I think your shoe choice for her is simply perfect. I almost wish I were in law enforcement, so I could don such a lovely shoe.:-)

  3. kuri January 15, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    gorgeous shoes!

  4. Lisa from SoCal January 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Most lovely! Congratulations on the promotion, too, Kathy! How stupendous! I saw Ernest Bourgnine last year at the Bank of America in Beverly Hills when I was closing on my house. You know, he looks pretty good for an old guy with One of Those Faces only a mother could love.

  5. Bridget January 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    OH, MANOLO! How you entertain us with your prose yet still address the seriousness of the question at hand. And you always come up with the perfect solution!

    Bravo, Maestro, Bravo!

  6. Nancy January 18, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    If only Kathy could wear the Jimmy Choo strappy sandals to work! But I guess they’re not closed toe. 8-(

  7. raincoaster January 22, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Angie Dickinson not infrequently made arrests from atop platforms, but I’m more a fan of the low heel as interpreted by Chanel and Vivier. “Clop, clop, clop, clop” is just not a sound any self-respecting police officer should make.