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April, 2012 | Manolo's Shoe Blog
Archive - April, 2012

Manolo the Columnist: Camelia from Taryn Rose

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

Dear Manolo,

I was recently promoted to a fairly important job, one that requires I be presentable for the public and the press. Because I work in a place with long, long hallways, can you recommend a pair of shoes that will allow me to walk about comfortably while still looking professional?


Manolo says, oh how well the Manolo remembers that day at the shoe shop of the Mercurio Albornoz y Bahamonde when he was finally allowed to interact with the public.

The Manolo had begun his career in the backroom of the shop, as the Second Assistant to the Associate Boot Black, working diligently, ten hours each day, keeping the shoeshine rags in good order. But after only seven months of this hard work the Manolo was promoted to management, as the Sub-Director of Tissue Paper, responsible for helping the Director of the Boxing and Re-Boxing oversee the placement of the shoes into the boxes. It was in this role, that the Manolo finally encountered the customers.

Happily, the Manolo felt confident as he carried the bundles of fresh tissue paper to the stock boys in the front, because he knew that all of the customers were admiring the beautiful two-tone, black-and-white spectator oxfords that the Manolo wore on that first day in his new position.

Such is the power of handsome and appropriate shoes!

Look, here is the Camelia from the Taryn Rose, the smart, comfortable pump with the little flowery cutout details.

Camelia from Taryn Rose

Whose Shoe Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo Asked, whose shoes?

Maria Menounos Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Maria Menounos!

This week, none of the Manolo’s internet friends was able to identify the celebrity of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Jimmy Choo Leila Glitter Metallic and Mesh Sandals for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday, and you are back at your desk….sigh.

Look! Shoes!

Jimmy Choo Leila Glitter-Coated Metallic Leather and Mesh Sandals

It is the Leila Glitter Metallic and Mesh Sandals from the Jimmy Choo, the perfect antidote to the Monday sighs.

Manolo the Columnist: Cole Haan Air Lainey Chain Wedge

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

Dear Manolo,

My mom is going to appear on a local television show and is bringing me as her plus one. I need something that is casual but also comfortable.


Manolo says, the Manolo has not asked, nor was the information volunteered, but the Manolo is now burning to know the context of this motherly appearance on the local television program. Indeed, in the absence of information, the possibilities to exercise the imagination are deliciously endless.

For the example, the Manolo wonders, is the Mother of Eliza being feted on the Channel 37 Action Eyewitness News at Noon for her recent victory in the National Corn Flake Bake Off? (Once tasted, who could ever forget Mom’s Crunchy Chicken Kiev, Iowa-Style?)

Or, perhaps, Mama Eliza is being arraigned on criminal charges resulting from the unfortunate events that occurred during the release of her new rap gangsta album?

Maybe, instead, she is the community activist, working to save the habitat of the greater crested greeble, who has finally been invited to say her piece on that community affairs show that airs at 5:30 on the Sunday mornings.

Whatever it is, the Manolo recommends that her daughter wear the sensible but attractive shoes, because undoubtedly it will be the wild time. Here is the Cole Haan Air Lainey Chain Wedge in nougat-colored suede and patentleather. Perfect for the sudden celebrity.

Cole Haan Lainey Chain Wedge


Manolo says, somedays it seems as if 1976 were just yesterday.

Other days it seems so very far away.

They All Listen to the Smiths

Manolo says, the Manolo laughed out loud at this.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Andre 3000 Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Andre 3000!

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

DSquared2 for the Day After the Tax Day

DSQUARED2 Platform Sandal S12C321303

Manolo says, if you are like the Manolo, undoubtedly you will need to be cheered up on the day after the tax day. And so, what does the Manolo do when he is in the feeling not so special mood? He looks at the shoes!

Here is the wacky, expensive, colorful pair of the platform shoes from the DSqaured2, which will help you forget your recent encounter with the long, pocket-picking arm of the federal government.

Hot Mess

Manolo asks, perhaps rhetorically, remember back in the day when humility was considered the admirable trait?

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

What the Manolo is…

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to revive this old feature and see what the Manolo is…



Listening to…

It is strange, but the Manolo, who has yet to read the first page of the Harry Potter corpus, picked up The Mysterious Benedict Society at the book store, and found he could not put it down. It was remarkably enjoyable, the perfect thing for the bright 10 year-old reader, or the Manolo.

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