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Multiple Choice Time: Dolce & Gabbana | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Multiple Choice Time: Dolce & Gabbana

I’m going to Italy with two pairs of shoes. Talk about a tough decision. I mean, it’s Italy. That’s where the shoes were BORN. Selecting one pair of flats and one of heels was like Sophie’s Choice, except you can always have more kids, but Miu Miu only made those vernice slingbacks one season.

As much as I’d like to traipse around the cobblestones of Italia in my most precarious heels, it’s not going to happen. You need to be either a billy goat or an Italian woman to carry that off and since I am neither (although I do share their mutual predisposition to facial hair), I had to leave my fanciest foot coverings at home.

My grandfather, whose mother was Scottish and father was Welsh, used to tell us we were Italian.

Familial legend has it two Italian brothers were shipwrecked on the coast of Wales sometime in the early 19th century and settled down with a pair of local girls. Although it would explain the slightly Italianate name before the fine folks at Ellis Island decided to change it, I suspect it’s mostly fanciful thinking, much like how he told me his got his kidney shot out by a specialized kidney sniper in Okinawa (he was born with only one).

Dolce & Gabbana have been playing the Italian card even harder than usual lately and I have loved every minute of it. I’m especially excited to see the low, ladylike heel from seasons past show up again in the SS2013 collection.

I mean, I love a 5″ ankle buster as much as the next girl, but I’m already 5’10” and now that I’m in a dance company in a nation where I passed the average height for men in the fifth grade, I’ve got to be careful about heel height lest my partner for the evening inadvertently end up wearing my sweaterpuppies for earmuffs.


So which Dolce & Gabbana is your favorite? I like the colorful kitten heel, although the whimsical side of me is crazy for the references to Roman aqueducts and Ionic columns.

5 Responses to “Multiple Choice Time: Dolce & Gabbana”

  1. The formerly shoe-obsessed Wayne October 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I looooooove the platform wedges!!! I’m envious.

    There was a clog/sandal company called Angelo Clogs that used to be sold from an online store in Munich, Germany that made some real over the top shoes like those platform wedges.

  2. Dawn October 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    The aqueduct. I don’t have the balance for kitten heels. :-(

  3. Livia October 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    That colorful kitten heel needs to be in my closet.

  4. ChaChaHeels October 26, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    You call it the aqueduct, I call it the basketweave, but either way, you wear that lower, wider heel for walking around, and shop for the other kinds of shoes to wear when you get back home.

  5. txbunny November 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Both prs of kitten heels (black and the color).
    I want both prs myself. :-)