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Cork Platform Sandals for the Summery Fun!

Manolo says, for some reason the Manolo has the cork platform sandals on the brain this afternoon. Perhaps it is the onset of the summery weather, that causes his thoughts to turn to such things, for the cork platform sandals bespeak of the summery good times, of the sun dresses, and the iced tea, and the picnics, and the hilarious watermelon-seed-spitting contests.

And so, here are three such sandals that the Manolo finds worth the wearing…

Clare Wedge from Jack Rogers

From the preppy stalwart Jack Rogers comes the Clare Wedge, the sort of limey greenish shoe that would look good at the relaxed garden party.

Gabor Cork Wedge Sandals

There is something about the shape of the flowers on the 45.744 Wedge from Gabor that makes the Manolo happy.

Ava from Kork-Ease

And if you are having the retro-summery feelings, you will need to have Ava from Kork-Ease, for nothing says cork platform like Kork-Ease.

Rockport Dailana for the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, and you are thinking furiously about the strange variety of odd topics, the shoes and ships and sealing-wax, as it were, and the cabbages and the kings, but mostly, especially, about the shoes.

How could it be otherwise?

Science (Science!) has just proven that the average woman thinks about the fashion almost five times more often than the average man thinks about the more elemental matters.

According to an online study, women have fashion on the brain 91 times in a given day — that’s more than four times the amount that men think about sex.

Online retailer Very.co.uk surveyed British women to see just how many times from sunrise to sunset their minds wandered from the task at hand to fashion, taking into account things like window shopping, perusing online retail sites, noticing a stylish item and even simply daydreaming about that dress you should have bought during Kim Kardashian’s eBay sale.

This explains why you spend so much time thinking about such things as what you should wear to the annual Father’s Day Steak and Beer Brunch Blowout at the Elks Club (the tradition which your father has passed on to your husband).

Such fashion questions are never easily answered, indeed, they are difficult and demand your full concentration.

For the example, the average age of the crowd down at the Elk’s Club is nearly 113 years old. (The way they gnaw at those T-bones is the testament to the heroic achievements of the modern restorative dentistry.) Thus, because it is the older crowd, after church, you would wish to dress up the little bit, but then how much is too much? How much is too little? And because the kids are going, you also must think about finding your big-feeted daughter the perfect pair of wide shoes from Wide Fitting Shoes online.

Yes, such thoughts may fall under the category of fashion trends, but they are also very practical. How one dresses oneself and one’s family are important social concerns, hence it is only natural that one must devote sufficient time to their consideration.

Look! Cutey cute sandals, perfect for the late-Springy Spring Sunday!

Rockport Dailana Sandal

The Dailana from Rockport, so you know it must be comfortable in addition to being cute.

Manolo the Columnist: Halen from Vince Cumuto

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

Dear Manolo:

Now that the warmer weather is here, I’d love to start wearing sandals again–unfortunately, what’s stopping me is my very unattractive bunion. I need a cute, boho-style sandal that will hide this eyesore!

Paula

Manolo says, ayyyyy, it is the attack of the bunion, the reprehensible growth that can disfigure even the most aesthetically pleasing of feets.

Indeed, one day your feets are looking so svelte and ladylike and the next, it is as if some medieval peasant has shucked off her muddy hobnailed boots and revealed to the world her monstrous deformity, the writhing, throbbing, veiny growth that promises the swallow up entire villages, leave husbands widowered, and children orphaned.

Well, perhaps the Manolo has exaggerated for the effect.

But, still, to those unfortunates who have developed the bunions it certainly feels as your briefly youthful summer as the sandal-wearing, hotty-momma has reached its end, and henceforth it will be nothing for you but the sort of sensible orthopeadic shoes favored by aging nuns and stout, middle-school PE teachers who are forced to dress up for graduation.

Again, the Manolo has exaggerated.

Actually, bunions, although painful, are not the end of the world. Many very stylish, famous young women, such as Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, and the super model Iman, are be-bunnioned, without seeming to affect their ability to show their feet in public.

Here is Halen from Vince Camuto, the hotty-mamma, espadrillish, platform sandal that will cover up your shame.

Halen from Vince Camuto

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Minnie Driver Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Minnie Driver!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Carole, for being the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Ingrid Glitter Sandals from Jimmy Choo for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday, and you are back at your desk, where you have realized that your life is too complicated and hectic. It is always with the running, to the store, to the dry cleaners, to the PTO meetings, to the church, to the entertainment venues, to the this and to the that. Running, running, running, complicated, complex, running.

Oh, to have live the simple life of relaxation and quietude.

But, such is the fate of those who choose to live in the modern world.

Look! Simple, stunning shoes!

 Ingrid Glitter Sandals from Jimmy Choo

Ingrid Glitter Sandals from Jimmy Choo

Manolo the Columnist: Air Marcella Flat Sandal from Cole Haan

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband and I are ditching our DC Jobs, packing up our lives, and taking a year off to travel through Southeast Asia. It will be hot, probably messy, and we’ll be on our feet all day. And I will die if I am forced to wear Keens, Chacos, or other clunky sport utility sandal out of a lack of options that don’t sacrifice form for features. Are there cute, supportive, dare-I-dream even gladiator-y sandals for the REI-phobe packing heels in her backpack?

Kat

Manolo says, frankly, the Manolo does not fully understand the allure of the backpack travel.

“But, Manolo,” say the friends of the Manolo, “it is romantic and liberating. You can go where you want, when you want.”

To which the Manolo replies, “Yes, when you backpack you are free to travel like the wind, weighed down by nothing more than the ninety pounds of dirty laundry you are carrying on your back.”

Oh, how the Manolo wishes for the return of the civilized travel, when the people of gentle breeding were able to pack up several dozen changes of clothing, top hats, kid gloves, patent leather shoes, and spats into the steamer trunk.

Later, when we reached our destination, we would “rough it” by changing into our safari clothes while the native bearers carried the trunks to our first campsite, where the gin and tonics would be awaiting our arrival.

Now, instead of travelling like civilized peoples in barbarian lands, we travel like barbarians in civilized places.

Here is the Cole Haan Air Marcella Flat Sandal in black, the gladiator sandal with the comfort in mind.

Air Marcella Flat Sandal from Cole Haan

Young Billionaires, Then and Now

Then: The Young Howard Hughes…

Young Howard Hughes, so dashing!

Ayyyy! So dashing!

Now: The Young Mark Zuckerberg…

Who says that glamour is dead?

Manolo says, it is the shower shoes that really bring the ensemble together.

Whose Shoes Wednesday… The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Kim Novak Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Kim Novak!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Lanzarote del Lago, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity of notableness.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Sergio Rossi Platforms for the Day after the Memorial Day

Manolo says, it is the day after Memorial Day and you are back at your desk, complaining to yourself about the system that requires you to be invisibly chained to your means of production.

Yes, you are fairly compensated for your mighty efforts on behalf of InEmTechCoCom, Inc, but still, humans were not meant to spend so much time engaged in concentrated labor.

Hard work was meant to be seasonal, during the planting and the harvesting, when we worked long hours in the fields. The rest of the time we should be free to collect pretty rocks from the mill stream, chase the fireflies, and swap tall tales with the old men of the village. We are creatures made for wholesome work and honest leisure, not beasts of burden to be lured with the paycheck carrot and whipped with the performance report stick.

On the upside, the modern economy allows us, if we are lucky, to purchase beautiful and impractical shoes such as these…

Sergio Rossi Platform Sandals A41720

Sergio Rossi Platform Sandals, perfect for the summer months.

The Manolo predicts, in the future, when the robots have taken over, we will all be free to enjoy life without labor….or, perhaps, be exterminated like vermin. It is 50/50.

Manolo the Columnist: Gladiator Maine from DSquared2

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

Dear Manolo,

At the end of June I’m going to Dubai for a business conference. For the meetings, I’m going to be in strict business attire, but afterwards, I plan on dressing up and hitting the malls and the restaurants. What I need is a pair of sandals that will look great for both shopping and dining out afterwards.

Andrea

Manolo says, what could be better than Dubai in the summer? Where the outside temperature at noon is 615 degrees, Celsius!

Ah, but inside the Dolce-Gabbana-Prada-Gucci-Tiffany mega store, where the richy-rich oil sheikhs pay for their purchases with suitcases of gold bullion, the air is conditioned down to the very lovely 72 degrees, American.

Indeed, who else but the oil sheikhs would build something in the desert as crazy-beautiful as the Ski Dubai, the giant indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates, where the temperature is always just below freezing, and the bunny hill beckons.

Of the course, one must celebrate such ostentatious defiance of Mother Nature with beautiful shoes, although, buying the new shoes to go to Dubai is like building the indoor ski resort in Siberia. The shoe shopping in Dubai is perhaps the best in the world. Everything is available from the most humble sandals, through the best Louboutins, Zanottis, and Blahniks, and even the bespoke shoes can be ordered.

However, if you must have the shoes before you go, the Manolo suggests this DSquared2 platform sandal, the Gladiator Maine in the brick color.

Gladiator Maine from DSquared2