Manolo the Columnist: Jolie from Sam Edelman

December 7, 2012 5

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

Dear Manolo,

I will soon attend my granddaughter’s baptism. This church asks that women do not wear dresses above the knee, or trousers. I am short, and longer skirts make me look, well, grandmotherly, unless they are worn with heels. However, the ceremony is long, and the congregation stands for the whole thing, plus of course there is a party afterwards which will probably be too crowded for much sitting. Is there a flat shoe that says “although I am delighted to have a grandchild, and know how to dress appropriately for a religious occasion, nevertheless I am not too old to look superfantastic”?


Manolo says, oh how often the Manolo wishes he were the wizard with the long beard and the conical hat with the stars embroidered upon it!

“Good Wizard Manolo,” the Manolo’s hobbity friends would say, “can you please do something to make our feets feel both comfortable and gorgeous while we are on the lengthy quest to observe our religious rites.”

To which the Grand Wizard Manolo would say, “No. The Manolo is only the mage, not the miracle worker. There are some things beyond the power of even magic.”

And then he would wave his wand over the pile of leather and silk causing them to magically turn into the glittery, six-inch-tall, Louboutainish platform sandals that could only be worn by the Elfish super models, who seem to glide along the forest in wispy-gauzy fabric shifts that show their sylph-like figures to good effect.

The non-wizard Manolo would say that if you have the shape for it, the elegant ankle-skimming skirt cut on the bias could look good with the romantic pretty flat such as the Jolie from the the Sam Edelman.

Jolie from Sam Edelman


There are 5 comments

  • The formerly shoe-obsessed Wayne says:

    A wonderfully-priced shoe!

  • e says:

    Honey, if you are not a member of that church, dress to look good and stand up in clothes that suit you!

  • marvel says:

    If seasonal, what about boots? (flat or low wedges)?

    e: Complying with the church’s request for dress shows respect for the family of the infant being baptized. If non-compliant, one risks the congregation’s attention being focused on the non-compliant dress, rather than upon the adorable sweetness of the baptized infant, where attention properly belongs. However, I agree one should absolutely appear as superfantastic as possible!

  • Astra says:

    I find the restriction on trousers offensive. I’m not sure why since I’m a dedicated skirt-wearer. I guess it just sounds so dated.

  • Laura says:

    beautiful shoe. looks like a piece of jewelry :)