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Manolo the Columnist: Ambre from Mephisto | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: Ambre from Mephisto

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband and I are planning a trip to San Francisco and Sonoma County in late September. Between the must-see attractions in San Francisco and all of the wineries and breweries we’ll be visiting, I know we’ll be doing a lot of walking – can you recommend a comfortable shoe for the trip?


Manolo says, the Manolo cannot tell you how many questions he receives from the peoples who are travelling to the California to partake of the many and varied delights of the State of Goldeness. For the example, where else in the world can one snow ski in the morning and water surf in the afternoon?

Where else can one listen to the 23-year-old billionaires spouting hours of witless, tech-company start-up palaver in the morning, and then dine magnificently in the evening on the fresh, free-range, sustainable, Tomales Bay sea urchin roe, lightly seared in the peppery, Sonoma estate, small-batch, extra-super-extra virgin olive oil, served on the bed of Salinas County baby frisée endive and Napa hand-grown infant chervil, garnished lightly with the wild-harvested Tule Lake blue horseradish and South Lodi heirloom kumquats, accompanied by the soupçon of Humboldt County abalone foam?

Nowhere else in the world can one do that, nor would one wish to do that. In California all the old rules are out the window, to be replaced by that special California combination of radical casual familiarity and obtuse pomposity, served with the very nice bottles of wine.

Late September is the best time of the year to visit Northern California. The weather will be magnificent, and so the Manolo recommends the Ambre from Mephisto, the super comfortable flat sandal in the finish amusing called “Spice Perle Patent” to be worn with something California and flowy.

Mephisto Ambre

4 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: Ambre from Mephisto”

  1. Ann September 11, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I’m glad to see the Manolo recommending a style from Mephisto. Sometimes that brand seems to veer dangerously close to Birkenstock territory. But then, what is a woman of a certain age to wear when she’s clambering through vineyards or over cobblestones?

  2. venus velvet September 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Basically a bedazzled birkenstock. I’ve worn mephistos and love my birkenstck gizeh sandals, but really have to wonder who would pay over 200 for this.

  3. The formerly "shoe-obsessed" Wayne September 11, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    And, how, exactly are these different from the Birkenstock???

  4. verna September 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    oh, Manolo, I can’t stop laughing!! I live in that particular part of the world (Sonoma) and you have described us perfectly…well,some of us anyway.
    as for the shoes, maybe not.