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Ecco: The Comfort Shoe That is Not the FitFlop

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked him the question:

Manolo, I agree that the FitFlop is an abomination, but what would you recommend by way of comfort shoes for just kicking around the farmers market on a Saturday morning?

The Manolo is the fan of the Ecco, as being the non-loathsome comfort shoe that would work well for the farmers market kicking. Indeed, he has recommended the Ecco shoes on several occasions in the past.

As for what he would recommend at this moment…

Biom Lite from Ecco

Here is the Biom Lite 1.3 from Ecco in the silver and purple, the techno-shoe the Manolo does not hate! Indeed, the Manolo finds it’s futuristic Maryjane-Jetson look to be both amusing and appealing.

This is the sort of shoe that begs to be worn with the yoga pants to the farmers market, where you will buy the half-dozen, $4-each, ersatz cronuts “for brunch on the patio”, three of which you will hurriedly eat by yourself in the front seat of your car while driving home.

Manolo the Columnist: Moscow from Ecco

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

Dear Manolo

Can you recommend a shoe that’s comfortable enough for my half-hour metro ride and fifteen minute walk to work, but still classy enough to wear in the office?

Elyse

Manolo says, ayyy! It is the eternal working girl question: the shoes in which you will strut around the place of employment in your semi-offical role as the Office Fashion Plate are not comfortable enough for the commuting back and forth from your home on the public transportation.

It is ture, that for as long as the women have gone to the place of work outside the home, this problem has been with us.

Indeed, the Melanie Griffith’s hit movie Working Girl, which appeared more than 25 years ago, prominently featured scenes of our heroine commuting back and forth from the Staten Island in tennis shoes, with socks wore over her pantyhose.

But, the Manolo actually suspects that if one looked into the ancient fashion records one would find that the 1920s secretaries complained about not finding shoes that were suitable for both riding on the omnibus and taking stenography from that young Victrola salesman who looked like Rudy Valleé.

Happily, the Manolo can report that shoe technology seems to have advanced moderately from the days of the Thoroughly Modern Millie. Here is the Moscow, the attractive stacked heel pump from Ecco, the company that specializes in making comfortable shoes that do not look as if they were meant for Thoroughly Ancient Millie.

Moscow fro Ecco

Manolo the Columnist: Kenna from ECCO

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

Dear Manolo,

What would you recommend for a 33-year-old mother of four very rambunctious boys? I want something that’s sporty, but also is a little hipper and less matronly than tennis shoes.

Lindsay

Manolo says, what would the Manolo recommend? Boarding school!

Ha! The Manolo jokes!

Actually, seeing the young peoples with the large families always makes the Manolo happy, for they recall to him his own blissful childhood as the next-to-the-youngest of fourteen tatterdemalion gypsy children.

Such joy in numbers! Never did the teeny Manolo have to wait for his mother, Maria Jesus de Carmen, to arrange for him the “playdate” with the coddled child with the strangely Scottish first name, such as MacKenzie, or McIntosh, or McDuff. No, there was always someone available to kick the ball, or skip the rope, or catch the lizards and dress them in the little tin foil shoes which the Manolo had designed for them.

Of the course, the family of the Manolo was not rich. And more than once the fourteen children of the Maria Jesus de Carmen and the Gustavo went to bed without the meal. But such privations are nothing compared to the joy the Manolo experienced on those infrequent days when it was finally his turn to wear the family pair of shoes!

Manolo says, the driving moccasins should be the staple in the wardrobe of any stylish woman. Here is the Kenna driving moccasin from Ecco in the burnt orange color. It is also available in the seasonally appropriate “crispy white”.

Kenna from Ecco

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I am a Congressional page and I’m in need of comfortable, yet stylish, black shoes. Our uniform is a navy blazer with grey slacks or a skirt (with which we have to wear nude or black hose). I’m open to almost anything that looks cute.

Caitlin

Manolo says, ayyyyy! One minute you are sitting in your sophomore social studies class, reading about the founding geniuses, John Adams and George Washington, and the next, thanks to the help of your Uncle Don the politically active scrap metal baron, you are in the Senate cloakroom fighting off the inappropriate fumblings of the senior senator from the Great State of Inebriation.

That would not be so bad, but now the congress beings have discovered telephonic text messaging, and so later that evening…

SexySolon: whacha doing?

CongessPage: social studies homework.

SexySolon: oooh, hawt, very hawt.

CongressPage: leave me alone u old perv

The Manolo asks, what better way to turn the young junior achiever into the anarcho-syndicalist than by placing her in close proximity to the American political class?

For the bright young person with the need to run quickly, the Manolo would recommend the Bouillion Maryjane from Ecco in the super cute black patent.

Bouillon Maryjane by Ecco    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I walk one-half mile to and from the Metro daily to get to the office. I currently wear sneakers but am looking for something a little bit more fashionable. Flip-flops won’t cut it; I need something more age and position appropriate.

Marie

Manolo says, Yes, your lime-green Nike Shox Explodine with the springs in the heels and the orange “swoosh” are comfortable and have the high level of the “street cred”, but somehow, now that you are on the edge of making senior partner, they just no longer seem appropriate for your Chanel suit.

Who was that in the limo that just drove by? The prominent Senator on the finance committee whom your firm has been courting for the months now? Did he recognize you? What was that expression? Scorn? Ridicule? Pity?

Ayyyyy!

And this is why the Manolo does not fully approve of wearing the sneakers for the commute, because one never knows whom one may encounter. Better to look your best from the instant you leave the house, even if this means the men playing basketball in the schoolyard no longer glance approvingly at your feetwear.

Here is the Sevilla from Ecco, the open toe leather sandal that is reputedly comfortable and moderately stylish.

Sevilla by ECCO  Manolo Likes!  Click!

Shoes for the President’s Day

Manolo says, it is the President’s Day!

Celebrate by looking at the shoes named for the Presidents!

Washington by Ecco   Manolo Likes!  Click!
The Washington from Ecco

Lincoln from Weitzman  Manolo Likes!  Click!Lincoln by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo Likes! Click!
The Lincoln from Stuart Weitzman

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

Today, the Manolo receives the request from the young reader.

Dear Manolo,

I was wondering if you could help me pick out a pair of wedges. It’s kind of complicated because I am only 12 years old, soon to be 13. I am also mostly broke. I would love for you to reccomend to me a pair of springy summer wedges that I can afford and are not too expensive.

Sincerely, a Young Admirer,

Margo

Ayyyyyyy! This sort of the letter is is so very gratifying!

It demonstrates that the Manolo’s insidious scheme to implant the love of the super fantastic shoes into the hearts of younger generation, it is succeeding. Soon, legions of the pre-teens will be following the advice of the humble shoeblogger, stalking through the local malls looking for the boutiques of the Jimmy Choo and the Marc Jacobs.

Of the course, the Manolo he also loves this letter because it is so simple and innocent, and because it does not contain the laundry list of the various ailments and malformations of the feets.

Yes, it is true, even the Manolo experiences the compassion fatigue.

Sometimes he wearys of hearing about the bunions and the hammer toes and the questions that begin “does Christian Louboutin make shoes for my size 17 feet, which by the way, are also exceedingly flat and excessively wide?”

There is so much suffering in the world, and the Manolo can do so little to alleviate it.

But, look! It is now spring! And the young Margo needs the new shoes!

So, here is cute and affordable pair of the espadrille wedges from the Somethin’ Else by Skechers. Are they not, just like the letter from the Margo, adorable?

Gizmo from Somethin' Else by Skechers     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

It is in the City of the Washington, time for the festival of the Cherry Blossoms

Dear Manolo,

It’s time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, can you reccommend something appropriate?

Eve

Three of the four seasons of the Washington, they must be endured rather than enjoyed. The winter, it is drab and too often cold. The fall may be pleasant physically, but every other autumn brings with it the spiritual torture of the political campaigns. And summer, ayyyyyyy! Summer, it is in Washington the sticky hot death, with the side orders of the mosquitos.

But spring in the District it is the glorious season of light, and renewal, and happiness. It is the season of the cherry blossoms!

And so to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, you must to the wind throw the inhibitions, and wear the super fantastically fun shoes, shoes of frivolousness and happiness, shoes that are girlish and colorful, and make you want to dance on the sidewalks.

Thus the Manolo he would recommend to you the 263627 from the Kenzo, as being suitable for the celebrations of the spring. The Takada Kenzo, he is Japanese, like the Cherry Blossom trees, and these shoes they have the cherry color, and the little flower detail, and they are the wedges, which as the many reader friends of the Manolo know, are indeed the most vernal of all the shoes.

263627 From Kenzo     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo the Columnist!

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! Today, the Manolo he is now the newspaper columnist!

If you are in the area of the Washington, District of the Columbia, you must get the copy of the Washington Post Express so that you may read the Manolo’s column on the shoes. In it he discusses, briefly, the flip-flops. He even reccomends the pair of the Kenzo sandals!

Manolo the Columnist? Truly this it is the best of all possible worlds.

The Walmart Manolo

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend the Fat Mike has put up the amusing article under the title “Walmart Manolo” in which the Fat Mike he discusses his love of the shoes and the thinness of his wallet.

Although there is much that amuses the Manolo about the Fat Mike’s view of the wearing of the shoes by the men of size, there is one part that is especially pertinent for blog of the Manolo. In his post the Fat Mike has included the list of the ten types of the shoes that he believes every man he should own. Here it is.

The Guys Essential Pairs of Shoes — a list:
1) The black work/weddings/funerals/court appearances shoes
2) The city walkers
3) The workout shoes
4-6) The drivers — dark, tan & light
7-8) The sneakers — dark & light
9) The sandal
10) The shit kicker boots

Manolo says, this it is not the bad list, although the Manolo he would have the very difficult time limiting himself to just ten (or even 20, or 30, or 40) pairs of the shoes.

And, of the course, many of the Manolo’s shoes, they would be the custom made. Nothing is there that can compare with the custom made shoes for the man.

Yet, there are three or four places on the list where the Manolo he would reccomend the shoes that were not only not custom made, but were indeed surprisingly affordable.

#3 The Workout Shoes.

Manolo says, the shoes of the workout, they must the first and the foremost be practical. This is not the time for the crazy spring-loaded shock-absorbing air-bag-cushioning techo-shoes. You want the shoe that does the most with the least amoung of the fuss. And likewise, you cannot be swaning about in the fancy designer shoes, after the all, is not the first word in the workout the “work”?

This it is why the Manolo loves the shoes of the New Balance.

New Balance - M 603 (Navy)  Manolo Likes!  Click!
He himself has owned three consequtive pairs of the New Balance 603s.

#8 The Light-colored Sneakers

The Manolo he has recommended these before, but it must be said again, the Adidas Rod Laver, it is the classic sneaker shoe of the casual wear.

adidas - Rod Laver (White/Navy Nylon/Mesh) - Men's    Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Manolo he has lost the count of the number of the pairs of the Rod Lavers he has owned. Above the dozen, at the least. (Yes, the Manolo he is somewhat the creature of the habits.)

#2 The City Walkers

As for the shoes for the walking in the city, the Manolo he has become increasingly disposed towards the Mephistos. This monk strap, it has the beautiful classic styling that the Manolo appreciates.

Mephisto - Perino (Dark Brown Smooth) Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he has made a more lengthy and complete response to the Fat Mike at the Manolo’s Manolo for the Men Blog.

The Shoes for the Jeans

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

I am currently searching for the shoes to wear with the jeans. I already have the super fantastic calf-high boots (including the Fryes), but the shoes, they are hard to find. I am a bit of the tough chic, so they must not be, how you say, too girly. I want the shoes of the substance with the sophisticated silhouette (the ankle boots, they are okay, if you can recommend any). Also, they must have the bit of the heel, as I cannot walk in the flat shoes or the wedge soles.

Manolo says, there are many shoes that the Manolo would reccomend for the wearing with the jeans, however, if you are looking for the “tough chic” shoes of the quality, the Manolo he would recommend the shoes of the Donald J. Pliner.

Donald J Pliner - Metro (Black Soft Kid/Stretch Nappa)    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Frequently, too many of the peoples, when they talk of the tough girl, they think of the clunky shoes, but this one above, it is chic, it is tough, but it is also most stylish. It even has the matching handbag.


Donald J Pliner - Larain (Black Stretch Nappa/Soft Kid)    Manolo Likes!  Click!

This ankle boot from the Pliner it the no-nonsense shoe, indeed, the super fantastic girl who wears this boot would brook no interference from the gallery of the peanuts.

Manolo says, by the way, the Manolo he has talked before about the tough girl boots of the Donald J. Pliner. They are indeed super fantastic.