Manolo the Columnist: Ventura 2 from Bass

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?


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


12 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Ventura 2 from Bass”

  1. Jane2 Says:

    Oy. I usually agree with the Manolo about the shoes, but the Bass Ventura is the abomination that should never be worn by girls of the tender age. The ballet flats, or other flats of the cuteness are more appropriate, especially with the dress designed by the nuns who taught the home ec in the 1960s.

  2. Fausta Says:

    Ala, The Manolo doesn’t realize that generations of Catholic school girls HAD to wear Bass loafers to school, and we never, ever would wear them voluntarily again. I agree with the Jane2.

    May I suggest something like or perhaps or perhaps these with a little bit of a heel for a young girl?

  3. Livia Says:

    Not sure about the shoes, but I like the idea of wearing bejeweled robes.

  4. קלפי טארוט Says:

    very pretty! but always when I am wearing something white..I am getting dirty..

  5. Comfort Shoe Lady Says:

    I like the Sophie! Here’s a slingback, which might feel dressier, although I don’t know if it would get a lot of re-wearings.

  6. Nancy Says:

    My daughter, not surprisingly, rejected out of hand the suggestion of the Manolo, coming, as it did, from someone over the age of 18. However, a visit to DSW proved fruitful, as we found a pair of white satin Cole Haan Air Ceci’s reduced from $298 to $17.99. And, if she refuses to wear them again after graduation, well, I’ll just dye them and wear them myself!

  7. Charlotte Allen Says:

    Won’t those loafers look awfully informal with a graduation dress? (I ask this as a Catholic school grad, where the dresses we had to wear were ugly but dressy). I’d go for ballet flats or kitten-heel pumps myself.

  8. Christine Says:

    I love the idea of a simple shoe for graduation. Sometimes less is more in my opinion. This is especially the case for young women; where their beauty should be the focus (not necessarily the shoe.) I would try a white classic Salt Water Sandal. Try Shoe Daca if you want good selection. I can’t wait to see my girls do the walk this year also! I also enjoy finding a few fresh cut flowers to accent their hair.

  9. Sandra Says:

    Not sure on these Manolo, I have a couple of young sisters that may disagree with you. Nevertheless, it is an exciting time to be catholic especially with the welcoming of Pope Francis!!

  10. fashionobsessed Says:

    I’m a big fan of sling backs. These manolos are conservative with a touch of elegance. Although all of Manolo’s collections are really so high fashion

  11. Jennifer Says:

    I love slingbacks and think I can get away with these and still claim to being on the conservative side. Great!

  12. Sally Says:

    These might look better than they do in the picture when worn with a dress, but I think what Charlotte said makes a lot of sense. I would seriously consider her opinion.

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