Archive for July, 2013


Manolo the Columnist: Zuriel from Pedro Garcia

Sunday, July 14th, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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


Dear Manolo,

I took my summer vacation in June, and now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, I realize that I’ve got nothing to look forward to until Labor Day. Can you recommend some fun sandals to get me through the dog days of summer in DC?

Natalie

Manolo says, it is summer in the District of the Columbia, and you are now paying for all of those glorious spring days filled with the cherry blossoms and the beautiful, clement weather.

As the temperature rises and the humidity soars towards the one hundred percent, the days become unbearably long and the tempers fray. It is like living in the sauna except you are not allowed to go about naked unless you are one of the crazy peoples who lives in the Metro stations. Instead, since you cannot shed your clothing, you must shed your dignity by scurrying like the cockroach from the air conditioned apartment to the air conditioned car to the air conditioned office, and back again in the afternoon.

Happily, there is the consolation, which is that after the first of July the summery shoes begin to go on the sale, and we may find many bargains that will lesson our suffering.

For the example, here is the neon pink Pedro Garcia flat sandal called the Zuriel that is both wonderfully fun and selling for $200 off the usual price at the Zappos. Similar deals may be found this time of the year at other online shoe stores. Go look for them!

Zuriel from Pedro Garcia


Manolo the Columnist: Kork-Ease Ava

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo:

Recent events in Bangladesh have me upset. I don’t want to buy shoes made in China anymore! But are any cute shoes for work made in the US — or somewhere else where a child isn’t sewing them — anymore? This may be your greatest challenge yet, but I don’t want to turn to making my own shoes from fair-trade coffee beans or something.

Nell

Manolo says, it is true that we live in the world of the wonders, where the long distance trade fills our shops with things from the faraway lands.

Unfortunately, we know little (and perhaps wish to know even less) about the sometimes deplorable conditions under which the peoples who produce these goods labor, even as we must always remember that the inexpensiveness of the items we purchase does not absolve us of our moral duties.

Just because the thing is cheap and stylish and you wish to own it does not mean you should always buy it. Your responsibilities to others extend beyond the limits of your closet and your pocketbook.

What then is to be done? Firstly, we must buy only from those producers whom we know to be ethical. Secondly, we must work to expand the number of ethical producers worldwide.

The poor Bangledeshi ladies who make the inexpensive shifts deserve to work for reasonable wages under safe conditions. If such conditions can be achieved, then it would be fine to purchase the goods made there.

In the meantime, you may safely enjoy the retro-fun of the Kork-Ease Ava in brown, shoes that have been made in the U.S. of the A. since the 1953.

Kork-Ease Ava


Vertbaudet for the Monday

Monday, July 1st, 2013
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, happily surfing the interwebs, clicking on the links and looking at the funny cat pictures, when you suddenly remember that you have to be buying the gifts for the teeny peoples of your acquaintance.

Ayyy! So many children needing the gifts, with so little time to get them.

Why, just in the past year, alone, your hipster friends have had the babies with such trendy names as Atticus, Annabel, Brooklyn, Clementine, Dixie (reserve her the spot in the roller derby team of 2031), Hopper, Juniper, and Otis.

It is almost too much, these trendy names.

Whatever happened to the old-fashioned, traditional names, like those the people of of the last generation gave their children, such as Alexis Carrington Jones, Sonny Crockett Smith, and Remington Steele Johnson?

Now it is all Lulu and Rufus, Leopold and Maisie.

Ayyyy! Look! The Verbaudet is having the end of the season clearance sale!

Vertbaudet  End of the Season Sale

Here are the super cute baby slippers

Cute Baby Slippers

These are exactly the sort of thing that any mother, however hipsterish, would be happy to put on the feets of her precious Sadie or Max.

If the shoes are not the right gift, then how about the nursery bedding from Vertbaudet, or….

Pink Donkey Teddy

The pink Donkey Teddy!












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