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Manolo the Columnist: Gladia Artistic from Oscar de la Renta

November 9, 2012 6

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

Dear Manolo,

For reasons that would be very familiar to approximately 50 million voting-age Americans, I woke up Wednesday morning feeling very depressed about the current state of affairs and recent events. Can you please recommend some shoes to cheer me up?


Manolo says, the Manolo, who finds politics generally distasteful, must confess that he woke up Wednesday morning feeling nothing but relief that the aggressive, importuning, hectoring, and round-the-clock campaigning for the public office had finally ended…for now.

It is not that the Manolo is disdainful of the multitudinous benefits of democracy, such sound-bite debates, motorcade traffic jams, and “I approve this slander”, but rather that the Manolo’s political inclinations cannot be satisfied by the traditional two-party American system.

Indeed, if the Manolo had to describe his political leanings, he would say that he was the Shoetarian Monarchist. He longs for the divine-right king who looks good in the ermine robe, silk tights, stacked heels, and the shoulder-length peruke, like Louis XIV, or the English monarch Charles II.

Oddly, either of this season’s presidential candidates would have made the excellent constitutional monarch. Both of them are handsome, distinguished men who look good in the tailored suits and give speeches filled with nothing but the platitudinous bromides. Either would be perfectly suited for the duties of modern kingship, such as cutting ribbons at the super market grand openings and waving stiffly from balconies.

Look! Here is the Gladia Artistic cutout sandal from the Oscar de la Renta, the magnificent, shiny object that will distract you from your gloom.

Gladia Artistic from Oscar de la Renta


There are 6 comments

  • La Petite Acadienne says:

    Ann Romney, is that you?

  • Victor says:

    That, sir, is a stunning shoe!

  • marvel says:

    @Ann — you woke up Wed morning? I couldn’t sleep all night I was so upset.

    Perhaps I should ask Manolo for his recommendation on the right shoes for the impending debt catastrophe, with which I don’t think either political party is currently capable of confronting.

  • Lisa from SoCal says:

    Urggh. I do not know if I like this shoe or not. It is very interesting. And yet, I find myself tilting my head. It is shiney–always a plus for me. But yet…too literal on the circles.

  • Bridget says:

    Yes, the Ann Romney can afford this FABULOUS shoe. Nothing has really changed for her… except that she will not be calling The Mayflower movers.

  • Stiletto High Heels says:

    These are wonderful! I love that they’re proving once and for all that you don’t have to damage the environment to have the perfect fashion.