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Manolo the Columnist: Camelia from Taryn Rose | Manolo's Shoe Blog

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

4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Camelia from Taryn Rose”

  1. Nancy April 27, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    The Taryn Rose shoes are EXCELLENT! Now, dear Manolo, can you show us the shoes you wore as Sub-Director of Tissue Paper?

  2. Victor May 1, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    I hope the Manolo’s shoes looked like the third-pair down in this gallery:

    (This is the site for a maker of bespoke shoes, and he details the process of making shoes. It is absolutely fascinating, and I should be saving my nickles and dimes and dollar bills so that one day I could ask this gentlemen to create a pair of shoes for me.)

  3. Virginia Postrel May 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Taryn Rose is indeed excellent, but shoppers should be warned that the shoes tend to run a little short, so go up a half size.

  4. Lillie Munster May 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    My search continues for shoes one can walk comfortably in that do not shout “f-r-u-m-p.”