The Manolo in Chile

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, for those friends of the Manolo who still sometimes cry out in the night, “why are we no longer being shown the shoes of super fantasticness,” who occasionally in the odd moment wonder what is happening with their old internet friend the Manolo, well, here is update.

For the next few months, the Manolo has forsaken his usual haunts for the muy dramático landscapes and muy dinámico cityscapes of Santiago de Chile. And, sadly, he must again report that the Chilenos are no more stylish than the last time the Manolo was here. The Chilenos, they are increasing everyday in the prosperity and stability, but they have disastrously adopted the worst elements of the American People of the Wal-Mart fashions, with the grotesque tatuajes, strange piercings, and ill-fitting clothing made in places where the tailoring is done with the small hatchet and duct tape.

Still, there are many compensations for enduring such affronts, such as this…

Caldillo de congrio and the bife de chorizo

The meal of the bife de chorizo and the caldillo de congrio, accompanied by the fine wine of Chile.

And soon, the Manolo will again pay the visit to the Museo de Moda, which he considers the best fashion museum in the world.

In the meantime, here is the pair of shoes that the Manolo would put onto the feet of the Chilean ladies, if only they would consent to the Manolo making them over.

Prada Embroidered Chunky Leather Sandals

It is summer in the Hemisphere of Southerness! What better way to celebrate the quirky excitement of the Santiago de Chile, than with the chunky platform sandals with the embroidered flowery details from the Prada!

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9 Responses to “The Manolo in Chile”




  1. Victor Says:

    Welcome back, sir. I look forward to your postings, no matter how irregular they may be. And my first thought upon seeing those sandals was…uhh, not quite, until I noticed the flowers. The flowers changed a sandal from something that was trying to be fun but not quite making it to something that is…well…muy divertido!




  2. Jude Payne Says:

    Run, skip and play in the life-giving sunshine of Chile, and may you return at last refreshed with many more wise and fantastic observations. So grateful for your return.




  3. Foxy Loxy Says:

    I must agree – no matter how infrequent, your posts are always welcome. You are very much adored, The Manolo.

    And on the other point of the Chunky Prada floral embellished Sandals, well they definitely aren’t for everyone but from the sounds of things, could only be a vast improvement to Chilean feet!

    Manolo, when will you be returning to the land of civilised footwear?




  4. Linda Mercury Says:

    I have no doubt that you will convert the Chileans to proper clothing!




  5. Sarah Says:

    How I have missed the super-fantastic shoes!




  6. Downunder Sugarglider Says:

    Manolo – surely you have gone south and discovered the stylish and superfantastic dressing of the residents of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso? Please keep us informed of your findings!




  7. Marie Rose Says:

    Well the quality of the shoe looks really great. I wish i could have a pair of these.




  8. Ann Says:

    You are sorely missed, dear Manolo. I carry on as best I can, sighing to myself, “It is the Monday,” but finding no consoling vignette on the website. At least I can say that I have learned a great deal about shoes, literature, and gratitude, from the Manolo’s blog.




  9. Shoe Lovr Says:

    great article, while I’m not sure what Prada’s Platform Leather Sandals have to do with Chilean chorizo, that dish looked fantastic and I’m sure you enjoyed every bite! Would love loved a photo of an example of Chilean Walmart fashion ;-)













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