Archive for March, 2013


Manolo the Columnist: Gianne from Joan & David

Friday, March 29th, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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


Dear Manolo,

My baby niece is going to be baptized in a formal ceremony on Easter. I’m the black sheep of the family who last wore a pantsuit to my dad’s summer
wedding. (Think Carrie Bradshaw mixed with Sporty Spice) I’m not a fan of sandals due to an ankle injury so what do you suggest would be a good fit?

Elizabeth

Manolo says, it is the old problem: what to do when you are required to attend the celebratory occasion which requires the particular sort of costume which conflicts with your trademarked personal style.

For the example, your darling sweet grandmother, whom you adore, has requested your attendance at her annual Suburban Ladies Who Luncheon Garden Party. Unfortunately, among the other demimonde habitués of the Lower East Side you have the hard-won reputation for being the most anarchic of the Anarcho-Punks, because of the scatological epithets scrawled on your tattered military-surplus jacket, your willingness to tussle with the cops, and the way your hair is matted just so.

But, you have to go to this party, because of your grandmother, but what do you wear? What will happen if someone from Alphabet City sees you getting into the livery car wearing the light cotton sweater, flowery shift, and the pair of girly sandals?

The Manolo says, contradict yourself, you are large, you contain multitudes! Dress up or dress down as the occasion demands

Here is the Gianne from the Joan and David, the mid-heel slingback pump in the pastel yellow that is perfectly consonant with the joyous Eastertide ceremony.

Gianne from Joan and David


Manolo the Columnist: Ventura 2 from Bass

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

My lovely daughter will soon be graduating from the 8th grade from a Catholic school. In keeping with tradition, all of the girls will wear the same style white dress. It has a fitted bodice, wide straps, and a full skirt, and has been lovingly and meticulously designed to look awful on every body type imaginable. The dresses will all be hemmed to the same length from the floor, which for my daughter, who is tall and willowy, will be just below the knee. The shoes must be white, and the maximum heel height is 2″. Can you recommend shoes that will pass muster with the Powers That Be, while also being fun and flirty enough that she might actually wear them again?

Nancy

Manolo says, this is the most exciting time to be the Catholic, what with the new pope from Argentina being elected in the Vatican, on the platform of greater pastoral care for the poor and free tango lessons.

For the Manolo who loves both the ancient traditions and the pomp and the circumstances of any sort it has been the gloriously entertaining few days.

Think how much better the recent American presidential elections would have been if we had forced the Barack Obama and the Mitt Romeny to dress up in red silk gowns and parade around the Capitol Mall while exhibiting pious humility and wisdom.

Indeed, as the Vatican has proven, the entire world would be the better place if we all adopted traditional medieval costumes, say doublets and stockings for the men, and bejeweled robes for the women.

As for the shoes, the Manolo thinks that for the 8th grad graduation something fun like the white oxford, or perhaps the white loafer, would be both suitable and likely to be worn again. Here is the Bass Ventura 2, the traditional loafer that would also later look good with jeans.

Ventura 2 Loafer from Bass


Manolo the Columnist: Expressed from Naughty Sandals

Monday, March 11th, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

From the depths of Snowmageddon 2013, I implore you to show me some fun, sunny, light-hearted shoes to make me feel better. I want to see shoes that will reassure me that the weather will soon get warmer, and that spring will arrive on time. Please help!

Jessica

Manolo says, ayyyyy! It is always like this in the Washington, D.C. when the biggest snowstorm of the year finally arrives, and the city is plunged into chaos and despair.

As some wag once said many centuries ago, D.C. is the city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm, the statement that is never more true than during the snow emergencies, when the mere four inches of white flakes turns the entire town into the sort of dangerous, post-apocalyptic, Ice Age wasteland.

Not only do all ordinary services cease, but those few pedestrians who are brave enough to venture forth from their poorly-heated caves are continually in danger of being crushed to death by the mammoth SUVs that
are skidding off the unplowed street with shocking regularity.

Happily, joyously, it is already March, and the spring, which is by far the best time of the year to be in Washington, is just around the corner, and we will soon be freed from our dreary cold weather wear, and will once
again walk in the sunshine.

Here is the Expressed from Naughty Monkey, the fun, light-weight, spring sandal that will make you think that everything is proceeding according to divine plan. The Manolo is especially fond of the chocolate colored shoes.

Naughty Monkey Expressed Sandals


Manolo the Columnist: Kalia from Ivanka Trump

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

At the beginning of April I’m supposed to be a bridesmaid for my sister. She has chosen for us to wear long, dove gray, empire-waisted dresses, which because I will then be 8 months pregnant, will almost certainly accentuate my giant belly. What I need is a pair of low-heeled sandals, something that will give me some stability as I totter down the aisle, while not overly constricting my bloated feet. Oh, and because I’m sure my feet will shrink after my baby is born, I don’t want to spend too much money on these shoes. Please help.

Grace

Manolo says, as always the Manolo has much sympathy for the pregnant ladies, especially those who have been involuntarily lassoed into the ceremonial role that will involve much standing up before the public while someone else is the center of attention.

Indeed, it has always been the belief of the Manolo that the pregnant ladies should be exempted from any sort of obligation more strenuous than eating the chocolate-covered, peanut-butter pickles while being carried, like Marie Antoinette, from place to place in the sedan chair born by six, long-haired, bare-chested Fabio-a-likes.

Sadly, the best the modern day lady of gravidity can hope for is that her husband parks the SUV in the lot closest to the church.

Look! Here is the Kalia from the Ivanka Trump, the strappy gray flats with the little bit of the bling that will not break your bank.

Kalia from Ivanka Trump












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