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Manolo the Columnist: Salinas from Aerin | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Salinas from Aerin

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband owns a small company with 25 mostly blue-collar employees. Every year we host a company picnic at a local park, complete with hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad and assorted games for the kids. I usually wear a summery sundress, but this year I’m having trouble picking out a pair of sandals. Please help.


Manolo says, the annual company picnic is, together with the company Christmas party, one of the most dangerous events on the corporate calendar. There are so many things that can go wrong at the company picnic, such as injury, permanent humiliation, intestinal distress, and the long-term unemployment.

Happily, as the boss’s wife you cannot be fired in the usual way. Unhappily, you will instead be the sort of grande dame, required to arrange for and preside graciously over the festivities. If everything goes well, your husband, who will spend the picnic handing out beers, telling jokes, and slapping backs in his role as Lord Bountiful, will get all of the credit. But, if the burgers are undercooked, the potato salad over warm, the sack race disorganized, or even if the rain comes, you will bear the blame for it.

Worse, you will have to do all this while looking better, but not too much better, than all of the other women present.

Here is the Salinas from Aerin, the simple, flat sandal with neon red patent leather trim that will be perfectly appropriate for your boss’s wifely duty.


6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Salinas from Aerin”

  1. Livia June 14, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I’d wear these sandals to a downtown bar or some other urban concrete kind of outing.

    Wearing something this minimal to a summer picnic in a park where there is grass and dirt, I’d expect to come home with a lot of really ugly and and itchy chigger bites all over my feet and ankles.

    For a picnic in a park, I’d wear cute canvas sneakers and light socks in a summery color or pattern that have been thoroughly treated with Deep Woods Off.

  2. Sigivald June 17, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    Hello the Manolo.

    I just popped in at Manolo For The Men, and … has it been taken over by spambots?

    The posts there, they read like the bad, generated commercial advertisements, not the thoughtful fashion commentary I expect.

    If it hasn’t been hacked, you might wish to speak to the guest authors about “stepping up their game”.

  3. Ruthie June 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Great looking sandals, but I’m not sure if I’d wear them to a picnic at a park. I would probably wear a pair of shoes instead so I don’t come home with grass and dirt in my feet.

  4. Livia June 21, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    But she did ask for sandals.

  5. Agnes June 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    I’d have to agree with the comments about the grass and dirt, but true — she did ask for sandsals. Maybe she’s not concerned about the grass or bug bites, and/or consciously stays on the paved areas? :)

  6. Kiki June 30, 2013 at 1:12 am #

    The sandals look cute even though they are not particularly suitable for a picnic or and outing in a park. All the same I do love them.