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Manolo the Columnist: Milly from Patricia Green | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Milly from Patricia Green

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

Dear Manolo,

I am going on a romantic vacation to Venice this spring. I’d like a pair of shoes both comfortable enough for walking all those canal sidewalks and glamorous enough to impress my sweetie. Oh, and I’m not taking a very big suitcase, so it would be helpful if they were versatile, too. And maybe grippy rubber soles? I’m asking for too much in one item of the feetwear?


Manolo says, perhaps the long recession is finally over, for just this past week the Manolo has received nearly the dozen letters from peoples who are travelling soon to Europe. England, France, and Austria are all mentioned in these happy missives as intended destinations, but it is Italy, Bella Italia, that is by far the preferred spot for the post-recessionary vacationers. Why should it not be thus? Italy is beautiful, and romantic, and historic, and the thus the perfect place to enjoy what may, or may not, be the return of prosperity.

And what about the Venice? How can one not love this amazing city in the springtime, when the weather is pleasant, the flowers are blooming, and the famous odors of Venice — fetid canal water, dead fish, and unwashed boatmen — have not yet reached their full summertime fluorescence. So romantic!

What is needed here, are the jaunty Italian-style driving moccasins, such as the Millie from the Patricia Green. Available in six handsome colors, the Manolo’s two favorites are the camel and the red.

Milly from Patricia Green

5 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Milly from Patricia Green”

  1. Carol March 2, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    So sorry, Manolo. But I think you missed her stipulation that these must be “glamorous enough to impress my sweetie”. The driving shoes are useful, comfortable and versatile, but sadly not glamorous. Perhaps a pair of the ballet flats or sandals with grippy soles instead?

  2. Victor March 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    The Manolo has been handed The Gordion Knot. Nell has requested her shoes be comfortable, glamorous, versatile, and grippy. Indeed, Nell herself seems to recognize the near-impossibility of achieving this mix in one pair of shoes, and I feel The Manolo has made a fine choice.

    It must depend on what one’s definition of “glamorous” is, and while these moccasins may not fit the general definition, they are rather handsome and not at all unattractive.

  3. klee March 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    As a frequent traveler to Italy, I have had great luck with the Arche ballet flat called Laius in a metallic bronze. The color is versatile, the toe is tapered just enough to make it a little sleeker, and they are super comfortable. Link here:


  4. klee March 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    p.s. nordstroms also carries the Arche brand….

  5. rach3 March 3, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    The grippy soles may be a task for the cobbler, which then frees Nell up to consider the comfort and versatility of style…