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Manolo the Columnist: Pargata Buckle-Toe Raffia Pump from the Maestro

Dear Manolo,

I am a tax attorney in an exceedingly formal office. I work with a number of charming, albeit elderly gentlemen who might well drop dead on the floor if they encounter a naked toe in the work place. However, spring is quickly passing towards summer here in New Orleans, and even my affection for my colleagues cannot compel me to wear pantyhose during the summer in this climate. Can you direct me towards an office-appropriate shoe that is not too warm for summer wear but does not reveal my lower digits?


Manolo says, the Manolo has often noted that, strangely, even the most staid lawyer can be driven mad by the glimpse of succulent toe flesh, which is why sandals have never been considered to be the proper business attire.

And yet, our young tax attorney, who is undoubtedly slaving away in the corporate salty-tear mines as the countdown to the infernal April 15th nears, will soon be needing something truly glorious — high-heeled, bejeweled, and open-toed — to celebrate her temporary release from bondage.

In the meantime, she must concentrate on rendering unto Caesar and the senior partners that which is due them, to be defined as 3000 billable hours the year. Because of this, she deserves the most beautiful, beautiful office shoes, so as to be the tiny daily consolation for her mighty labors.

Here is the Pargata Buckle-Toe Rafia Pump from the Maestro Manolo Blahnik, the perfect, super-sophisticated, summery shoe!

Pargata Buckle-Toe Raffia Pump from Manolo Blahnik

6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Pargata Buckle-Toe Raffia Pump from the Maestro”

  1. Ann April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    That is a gorgeous shoe. Can’t imagine a better choice for a New Orleans law office.

  2. Madame Suggia April 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I have no reason to own these. Not my color, not my style. But I WANT THEM.

  3. Bronwyn April 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Seriously? You’re not allowed to wear sandals in US offices? How bizarre.

  4. Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Bronwyn, only some US offices. Legal offices tend to be very very formal, as do courts. West coast styles are a bit different.


    • Bronwyn April 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

      Ah. Yes, courts here are the same, but not offices. Judges will refuse to acknowledge the presence of inappropriately clad legal persons, but the legal persons usually keep a stash of “proper” clothes in their offices to change into when necessary.
      My own place of work (a science department in a university) bans bare feet and jandals (thongs/flip flops/whatever) but on safety grounds rather than for propriety.

  5. Virginia Postrel April 14, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    It is the South (where I grew up). I do not believe that even elderly tax accountants will be shocked by the sight of female foot flesh in the spring. Women wear sandals in the South, because it is hot and they can afford shoes. When these tax accountants were young, they and their female kin probably went barefoot.

    And these shoes, while attractive as art, appear far too pointy and pinchy. But if you must wear such foot-crushing summertime apparel, at least get one of those sticks that rubs some blister-protection between you and the shoes.