Archive for August, 2012


The Prince Who Would be Like the King

Monday, August 27th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger
Prince Harry in Blue Suede Shoes

Prince Harry in the Blue Suede Shoes

Manolo says, fresh off his triumph in the Las Vegas touring company of Hair, Prince Harry then decides that it is time to boogie down, Jamaican-style, mon…

Prince Harry Dancing

It is his expression that makes this picture.

But, what are those shoes on his feets?

He was pictured wearing a pair of bright blue suede Russell and Bromley desert boots. The shoes, which are known as “Chuck”, retail for £115 and are officially due in stores in a fortnight.

Since arriving in Jamaica last week, the Prince has already appeared in public in a pair of tobacco coloured desert-style boots. They also comes in darker brown as well as blue suede.

Special pre-order boots, available only to those who have the connections? Truly it is good to be the Prince!


How to Dress in Umbria?

Monday, August 27th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends, the Rondi, has asked the Manolo the question.

Happy Sunday to the Manolo!

I have a serious question for you. I have won a scholarship to study in Italy and will be spending time in Umbria in September. Naturally, I would like to avoid looking like a dorky tourist and having Italians mock me. Can you give me some advice on what to pack? I am planning to bring a good deal of black

Umbria

Umbria Bella

(including black ballerina flats) but I also would like to bring my white jeans. Italians celebrate their Labour Day on May 1st, I believe, so I doubt they have a “no white after Labour Day” hang-up as do North Americans. That said, I am concerned they might look down their Roman noses at white jeans in September, or that said white jeans will cause the locals to shun me.
Please advise, both on the matter of the white jeans and in regards what to bring in general.

Your loyal fan and friend from the internets,

Rondi

It has been the while since the Manolo has been in Umbria, so he turned to another of his internet friends, the Judith who lives in Umbria, for help with this question.

Here is her most informative and helpful answer.

Italians wear white everything all year if they please. I do have reservations about the jeans. It is often too hot to wear jeans until Octoberish. In addition, jeans take forever to dry and of course white jeans would need a lot of washing.

My younger friends will be wearing light dresses with added cardigans for evening and the ballet flats would look terrific with that, but may not protect your feet adequately from the relentless stone and cobble pavements. You can be sure that many Italian girls will be wearing ludicrously high heels and walking along the stone like little donkeys. It’s genetic. Those of us with a little more maturity on our bones will be wearing light weight linen pants, often black in autumn, sometimes with drawstring waists. Heat and pasta do require a bit of flexibility at least in attitude and sometimes in waist bands. Those of a lower rung on the ladder of aspirations may very well be wearing polyester knit trousers, but you won’t notice that much unless they are too tight, which is a reach in this land of the painted-on pant.

Italian girls accessorize, so doing layers works for the look and for the awkward difference between Hades at noon and Scotland at night. Scarves, gauzey sweaters, netted vests, all help disguise the fact that years of financial crisis have made cheap clothes common and necessary. When the right girls get them on and adjusted and knotted just right, they look splendid.

Cowboy boots have not died the death they deserved as summer shoes. They do look cute with summer dresses but whew!

More than anything, a confidence, a swish and an eye for the dramatic really work here. Carrie Bradshaw learned everything she knew from Italian girls.

And now you must go visit the Judith’s website, she will teach you how to cook like the real Italian

As for the shoes, the Manolo is at the moment partial to the Maria Sharipova’s Bacara Ballet Flats from the Cole Haan.

Maria Sharipova Air Bacara Ballet Flats for Cole Haan

They are available in six colors, and are reportedly comfortable for the walking, practical, and sufficiently good looking so as to satisfy the Rondi’s Umbrian needs.


Shoemaker Saturday: Ambiorix

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, made in Belgium by the craftspeople of Ambiroix.


Abel Muñoz for the Spring 2013

Friday, August 24th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is no secret that one of the Manolo’s favorite young designers is the Abel Muñoz, who combines the fantastic eye for proportion with the element of decorous restraint that is often missing among many new designers. And so, it was with great pleasure that the Manolo saw that Abel had released the pictures of his spring 2013 collection for our amusement. Here are four of the Manolo’s favorites.

Shiva from Abel Muñoz

Shiva from Abel Muñoz

Eiffel from Abel Muñoz

Eiffel from Abel Muñoz

Pieta from Abel Muñoz

Pieta from Abel Muñoz

Liberty from Abel Muñoz

Liberty from Abel Muñoz

And now, you must go look at the entire spring collection, which you will find to be most super fantastic indeed!


Manolo the Columnist: Nolan from Franco Sarto

Friday, August 24th, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

Next week, I’m going back to college to finish my degree. Sixteen years ago, before I quit school and started working, I never had any doubt about what to wear, or how to comport myself. Now, I’m in my mid-thirties and lost. What should I wear during my first week to make a good impression? Please keep in mind that I’m just a poor (returning) college student.

Stacy

Manolo says, from what the Manolo can see, the modern college students generally dress like the mental patients, in stain-resistant, loose-fitting clothing with drawstrings. Au currant for the young ladies are colorful sweatshirts and pajama bottoms, while the young gentlemen favor the sweatpants and novelty t-shirts.

And on their feets are the cheap flip-flops, shoes that induce in their wearer the sort of shuffling, shambling gait that goes well with the shabby clothing.

But then, when you are 18 years of age, it does not matter what you wear. Youthful beauty and vigor trump even in the most ridiculous of costumes, which is why the fashion designers hire willowy teenagers to model their clothing. However, for those of us whom eighteen is the distant memory, artifice, guile, and the keen eye for fashion must substitute for the natural advantages of youth.

This is why the Manolo suggests that the older students adopt the “business casual” standards for the on-campus wear. Treat your time back in the school as the job. Be more serious in comportment and attire than the average student and you will succeed admirably.

Here is the Nolan from Franco Sarto, the reasonably priced, mid-heel loafer that will distinguish you as the person who is there to learn, not par-tay.

Nolan from Franco Sarto


Manolo’s Late Night Bargin: Proenza Schouler OE2023

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Proenza Schouler OE2023

Manolo says, from the Proenza Schouler comes this super-kawaii, cutey-cute, peep-toe, slingback pump with the color-blocking. And look! It is reduced 50% from the usual price! The savings of over $500 of the American dollars!


Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Terräng from Tretorn

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Terrang Sneakers from Tretorn

Manolo says, the Manolo, who is generally not the sneaker freaker, thinks these sneakers, the Terrängs from the Tretorn, are indeed most coolio in the retro-io sort of way. And what is this? They are selling for less than $25 of the American dollars? Ayyy!


Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Jessica Chastain shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Jessica Chastain!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Carol, who was the first, and only, to correctly guess this week’s celebrity ginger.


Manolo’s Wednesday Miscellany

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here are the few items which may divert…

I am almost certain no one has ever been eaten by a shark while wearing an evening gown.
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The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.
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In fact, according to this very legitimate video, it was actually P’Trique who gave Tyra the idea to do a college-student themed cycle in the first place.


Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Jenie from Badgley Mischka

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Jenie  from Badgley MischkaJenie  from Badgley Mischka

Manolo says, here is the Jenie, the wonderfully versatile high-heeled sandal from the Badgley Mischka This is the shoe that you could bring out of your closet on many different occasions to great effect. Even the better, it is on the sale! 60% off of the regular price, the savings of over $120!


Shoe Personalities: Daltord from Robert Clergerie

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

N.B. Psychologists have proven what we already know, shoes tell us much about the wearer

Daltord from Robert Clergerie

The Daltord from Robert Clergerie, $595.

Manolo says, it is not easy being the assistant general counsel for the major, Fortune 500, consumer goods corporation, but after several years of clawing your way upward, working 80-hour weeks, and cutting the throats of your competitors and yes, occasionally, your friends, you have achieved just that.

All you have to do now is wait for the general counsel–the genial dunderhead with the 4 handicap and the 28-year-old trophy wife–to mess up, and his job is yours. And you deserve it, too, having sacrificed your first marriage on the altar of your ambition, opening its chest as if you were the Aztec priestess armed with the ragged obsidian knife.

But, whatever, right? It was worth it. You have no regrets. None… Not one.

Yes, occasionally, at night, while you are waiting for the Ambien to kick in, you think about what it was like when you were eleven. About your mother, mostly.

There is this recurring image of her standing at the kitchen sink, slicing tomatoes for the dinner salad. She is humming. You do not even know what the song is, but you know it sounds happy, because your mother, for all of her many faults, always seemed happy, bustling around the house, or playing tennis, helping at the church, going to the garden club.

She should have been miserable, five children in seven years, with your father only making the civil engineer’s salary. But she wasn’t. Not even when the breast cancer was eating away at her. Instead, she was still writing you these chipper letters talking about how poorly her azaleas were doing, and how she was going to give this yellow Hermés scarf that never suited her to the church’s spring jumble sale. She was only three years older than you are now.

Jan is just like her, with her four boys, her petty hobbies– crocheting!–and her rented summer cottage at Cape May. She and Mac have been together 29 years now, married for 26 of them.

You keep trying to get them to come spend the week or two at your place in Paris. It’s not much, just the two-bedroom flat on the third floor of the nondescript building, but the location is spectacular, in the 7e arrondissement just the short distance to the Rue Cler. (You bought these shoes at the Clergerie shop on the Champs-Élysées, which isn’t too far away.)

You should just send them the plane tickets. Get Pat, their oldest, to help you arrange it. Make it the surprise for them, something romantic. You can be there for the couple of days, and then let them have the place to themselves for the rest of the week.

And thinking of this, of your sister Jan and her stolid husband in Paris, actually makes you happy, which reminds you of something else your mother used to say, something you have always regarded as ridiculous, to wit: “The best way to cure insomnia is to help other people.”

Maybe there is something to that.












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