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Manolo the Columnis: from La Canadienne | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnis: from La Canadienne

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

Dear Manolo,

Now that Fall is here, I find I need some new boots, something that will keep me warm and dry. Did I mention that I’m a poor working girl? I am, so can you please suggest something reasonably priced?


Manolo says, as always the Manolo’s advice is to save up your moneys and purchase the best quality, most super fantasticest shoes possible, as nothing can give as much satisfaction as wearing the pair of beautiful, well-made shoes.

However, the Manolo knows what it is like to be the poor person during the rainy cold season, the poor person who must fashion his own super fantastic winter boots out of plastic soda bottles and bits of home insulation that you have harvested from the abandoned building site near the cave where you keep your Madame Alexander doll collection.

Unfortunately, despite the Manolo’s boundless sympathy, when it comes to the weatherproof boots, unless you are the wizard with the duct tape and the fake fur, you will have to spend some money to get something that will both look good, keep out the weather, and last the long time.

This is why the Manolo is especially fond of the La Canadienne boots. They are made in Montreal, by the French Canadians; people who live in igloos but still care about what is appearing on the runways in Paris.

Here is the Mazy from La Canadienne. It is not cheap, but it is the solid long-term investment in comfort, the sort of handsome weatherproof boot that will be wearable for many winters to come.

Mazy from La Canadienne

4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnis: from La Canadienne”

  1. Anna October 19, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I will second this wise counsel from the Manolo. At his recommendation, I acquired a similar style of La Canadiennes, a long time ago. They looked great for years, were warm, and were truly proof of the water. Now I am on my second pair of La Canadiennes. I live in the upstate of NY, where we know winter almost as well as les habitants de Montreal. Many thanks to the Manolo for his advice over the years.

    • Anonymous October 19, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      I will third the recommendation of the Manolo. Several years ago I acquired a gorgeous pair of waterproof suede and patent leather La Canadiennes. They were so beautiful I snapped them up for just shy of $300. I had never paid so much for a pair of shoes. I’ve worn them at least 100 times, and when I consider how infrequently I wear many pairs of cheaper shoes I own, it’s clear the boots were one of the best sartorial investments I have ever made.

  2. Rachel of Cyberia October 24, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    I only have 3 Madame Alexander dolls- one of which I’ve had since I was 5.