The Bones of the San Valentine

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, many happy returns for the Día de San Valentín! May your day be filled with joy and chocolate hearts and trinkets made of pure love (and diamonds)!

And now, let us not forget the reason for the season…

The Reliquary of Saint Valentine in the church of San Anton in Madrid

The Reliquary of Saint Valentine in the church of San Anton in Madrid

Yes, those are indeed the boney remains of the San Valentín, or at the least one of the many relics that are claimed to exist.

This nearly complete set of bones, which is one of the lesser known, is in the Real Iglesia de San Anton, on the Calle Horteleza, very near to the place where the tiny Manolo first found employment, many decades ago, in the shoe shop of the Mercurio Albornoz y Bahmonde. Often were the times when the little Manolo would go into the church for mass, only to discover the lovers who bore the cross of stars kneeling in supplication before this reliquary.

As you may see in the picture above, however, the bones of the Saint Valentine are the not especially big deal to the priests who run parish of San Anton. When the Manolo last paid the visit, the reliquary was covered with the dust, sitting alone in the rarely-visited side chapel. (Please to make your own metaphor, personal or global, about the state of modern love.)

And, now, because the Manolo is the beneficent dictator, the shoes suitable for the day of San Valentine!

Louboutin Iriza Strass Crystal Pumps

Here from the super fantastic Christin Louboutin is the Iriza Strass Crystal Pump, the most fabulous sort of shoe to wear to the mass of devotion to the Saint Valentine. And then, afterwards, to the muy romantico dinner tête-à-tête with that certain someone who has your heart locked up in their reliquary of love.

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5 Responses to “The Bones of the San Valentine”




  1. Sarah Says:

    The Manolo’s post today reminds me of my long-held wish and bucket-list item; to own a pair of Louboutins whilst I am still of an age to wear them without endangering myself or those around me.




  2. Foxy Loxy Says:

    GASP! Those Louboutins are SO fabulous I imagine I will be thinking about them all day.

    Poor old St. Valentin – it looks as though his bones have sort of been stuffed into a small glass box and forgotten. At least someone has paid tribute with some nice red roses etc. was that you, dear Manolo?




  3. AnneM Says:

    Just love the Louboutins, they are simply breath-taking. And the connection you made with Valentine and Manolo is pure gold. I hope now that this is happening, next Valentine’s day my fiance gives me a pair of Manolo’s shoes! :)

    Although short, this post is really interesting with great picture of my personal favorite shoes – Louboutins, I like it a lot!




  4. shoe wear Says:

    These shoes are to die for!




  5. Shoe Lovr Says:

    great valentines day story Manolo!













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