Archive for April, 2012

Cadillac, Cadillac, Long and Dark, Shiny and Black

Monday, April 16th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Prada Tail Fin Wedge SandalPrada Tail Fin Wedge Sandal

Manolo says, Ayyyy! it is the hot-rodding Prada Tail Fin Wedge sandals! Clearly our muse Miuccia has had the very specific influence: the 1959 Cadillac, with the bullet taillights!

1959 Cadillac Tail Fins, inspiration for Prada Shoes

The Apotheosis of Tail Fin!

Wide Sandals for the Monday

Monday, April 16th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is Monday and you have just spent the entire weekend looking for the Wide fitting shoes for your teenaged daughter, who although the otherwise tall, slim, delicate creature, has inexplicably taken after your husband in the matter of the feet size. She wears the American size 10 EEE, which although neither the biggest nor the widest, still makes her feel very self-conscious.

“Oh, cheer up, honey,” you said as you drove her to the West Woodfield Corner Galleria Center Mall, “I’ve heard that Paris Hilton wears a size eleven.”


Oh, how soon yesterday’s reality trash is taken out to the mental curb.

“Oh, no one. Hey, you know who else has really big feet? Uma Thurman.”


“Yes. She wears a size eleven, too.”

“Woah,” says your eleven-year-old son from the backseat, “those are HUGE feet, almost half the size of yours, Godzilla.”

“Shut up, Dorkwad,” replied your daughter, halfheartedly.

Sadly, your outing was unsuccessful. It is so difficult to find fun, girly shoes in the larger sizes that are not prohibitively expensive. (Although you said nothing to your daughter, you are worried that her feet are still growing!)

So, this morning as you sit at your desk, wading through the email announcements of unexpected lottery winnings and earnest requests to help the sons of deposed dictators launder money, you know that you must go to the internet to solve this problem.

Look! Here is the perfectly affordable pair of the flirty, fun, fuchsia, wide-fitting sandals.

Grazia Fuchsia Flower Sandal

Or, from the Joanna Hope, the EEE-sized, blingy toe-post sandals that are both cute and sufficiently girly.

Joanna Hope Toe Post Sandals

And so you send the text message to your precious little miss with the big feets, giving her the links so she can look at these sandals.

Five minutes later you get back the following message: “I <3 those. Their GR8!!!!" Success!

The UK Daily Mail, Now Officially The Greatest Newspaper in The World

Friday, April 13th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, if you doubt the Manolo, please look at this feature.

But first, for the Manolo’s non-British internet friends, play the little game, before you click the link, please to guess what sort of event these ladies are attending.

English Roses!

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

Friday, April 13th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Demi Lovato Shoes!

Manolo answers, it is the Demi Lovato!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s long-time internet friend, the Laura K, who has won yet again!

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Super Miu Miu Starfish Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Miu Miu Suede Starfish Sandals

Manolo says, here is something to brighten your day of laboring, the Miu Miu Suede Starfish Sandals.

And suddenly, just like that, you are transported to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, to the charming little restaurant where the waiter named Aldo is bringing you the perfectly grilled prawns, with just the squeeze of lemon, which will go well with both the glass of local white wine, and that tall, sun-burnished man in the white shirt with the top two buttons open.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Happy Easter

The Manolo extends his most heartfelt Easter good wishes to his internet friends. May this day be one of joy!


Saturday, April 7th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Giuseppe Zanotti Sparkly Heelless Platforms

Manolo asks, $1975? Really?

Sometimes, even the Manolo is astonished.

Manolo the Columnist: Cowboy Boots from Lucchese

Friday, April 6th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

In mid-May I’m heading off to Montana to attend the wedding of my niece. Although the ceremony will be at a church, the reception is being billed as a “barn dance”. Should I show up in western wear, such as denim skirts
and boots? Please advise.


Manolo says, sadlly, the Manolo usually only gets invited to the stuffy formal weddings with the fifteen pink bridesmaids, accompanying the bridezilla in the poofy giant dress with the thirty feet long train.

How much more fun it would be to go the Country of the Big Sky for the cowboy wedding. How much better to see the groom ride up on his old horse Leroy, hop off and swagger into the church, to await the arrival of his
betrothed, delivered to the altar in the chuck wagon, driven by her “pa”, Snuffy.

Weddings are to be the joyous occasions, why should they not also be the little bit entertaining? And what could be more entertaining than barn dance reception? And if you are attending, why not get into the spirit of
the occasion by dressing, at least the little bit, for the part. This does not mean that you have to buckle on the six guns, nor wear the Hoss Cartwright ten-gallon hat, just the smidgen of Santa Fe is more than
enough to honor the moment.

Manolo says, every girl needs the pair of cowboy boots, and not just for the Montana wedding. Here is the N9290 from Lucchese, the traditional pair of tall boots that are handsome without being too costumey.

N9290 Cowboy Boots from Lucchese

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Adeles shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Adele!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Lanzarote del lago, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s golden voiced celebrity of note.

It is the Jossy for the Spring!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Jossy Sandal by Elie TahariJossy Sandal from Elie Tahari

Manolo says, here is the Jossy from the Elie Tahari, the fun, flirtatious, super-fantastic, low-heeled sandals that would be perfect for the warm afternoon of strolling through the carefully-tended botanic gardens. Choose your outfit correctly, smile demurely, and let the stray strand of hair fall over your forehead, and that hunky man who invited you may try to steal the sweet kiss behind the hydrangeas!

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