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Happy Anniversary! Six Years of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog!

Manolo says, it was six years ago this very day that the Manolo first began his humble shoeblogging. Who could have imagined in 2004, that the Manolo would still be here, feets firmly planted in the interwebs, still sharing his love of shoes with the world?Gucci Boots, Fall 2004

Back in the day, lo these many years ago, there were precious few blogs devoted to matters fashion, and none which considered the beauty and import of the shoes. Hence, the decision of the Manolo to start his shoe blog and to bring the small bit of joy to others.

What is most remarkable about this, however, is that by the end of the first year after the Manolo started, it was apparent that the world had changed, and that the relationship between the fashion hierarchy and the media and the consumers had been fundamentally upended. And now, with the rise and triumph of the fashion blogs, we have entered the period when fashion and fashion reportage has been democratized, when any aspiring designer and any new blogger can, through hard work, talent, and the savvy sense of theater gain attention for her efforts.
Prada Pumps, Fall 2004
Of the course, the Manolo is delighted to have played the small, miniscule part in this revolution, as the fashion blogosphere’s greatest lover and promoter of the shoes, and as it’s reigning clown prince, ridiculous in his majesty.

Naturally, the Manolo could not have succeeded as well as he has without the help of his fellow Manolosphere bloggers, Christa, Twistie, Miss Plumcake, Mr. Henry, Glinda and the Raincoaster. All of these peoples, together with the other friends who have helped in the past, are amazing writers, and amazing peoples who have the Manolo’s unending gratitude.
Pucci Pumps, Fall 2004
The biggest share of the gratitude, however, goes to you, dear reading friend, for your kindness, your generosity, your indulgence , your intelligence, and your attention. Without you, the Manolo would be nothing more than the tiny voice echoing into the darkness. But, with you, the Manolo has blossomed and flourished, like the flower watered with the distilled essence of love. And for that, the Manolo thanks you the thousand times the thousand. You are indeed, most super fantastic!

P.S. The Manolo adorned this post with three of the shoes he recommended in that first month, October of 2004. From the top to the bottom, Gucci boots, Prada golden pumps, Pucci!

Gary Busey: The Real Piece of Work

Gary Busey, Nuttier than the Bucket of Squirrels.

Manolo says, behold! The snippet of the actual conversation between your internet friend Manolo the Shoeblogger and the Young Clerk Girl at the Malibu Kitchen and Country Market, Summer, 2009.

Manolo: Bill and Deli Guy appeared to be quite angry with Gary Busey, yelling at him to put away his cell phone, and stop trying to cut into the sandwich line.

Young Clerk Girl: Yeah, he’s a real piece of work.

Manolo: So the Manolo has gathered.

Young Clerk Girl: Yeah, a real piece of work. He’s always demanding that we triple bag everything.

Next Week on the Manolo: The Famous Guest Blogger!

Manolo says, please be sure to visit the humble shoe blog of the Manolo next week, starting on Monday, as for the first time ever, the Manolo will be joined by the guest blogger.

“Manolo, who is it,” you may naturally be asking.

To which the Manolo would reply, “It is the super fantastic famous person, whom you will immediately recognize.”

And that is all the Manolo is saying at this time, although you are free to speculate who it may be in the comments below.

The Manolo on Facebook

The Manolo politely reminds you that he has joined the world of Facebook, where he occasionally now airs his thoughts about life, dining, and fashion…

Manolo on Facebook

Naturally, he would be most honored if you would consider making him one of your special Facebook friends.

P.S. You may also wish to follow some of the Manolo’s more banal and ephemeral pensées on the Twitter.

Happy Easter!

Manolo says, from the Manolo to all of his peeps…

Happy Easter!

The Manolo on Facebook

The Manolo reminds you that he has finally become part of the social media revolution, the one in which the whole world becomes BFF through the medium of the electronic “wall” postings.

Manolo on Facebook

Naturally, he would be most honored if you would consider Facebookically befriending him.

The Manolo on Facebook

The Manolo reminds you that he is now on the Facebook.

Manolo on Facebook

He would be most happy and honored if you would consider making him your special Facebook ‘friend’.

The Manolo on the Facebook

The Manolo politely reminds you that he is now become part of the Facebook Nation.

Manolo on Facebook

You may ‘friend’ him if you wish, and the Manolo will certainly befriend you back, provided you are not one of the various bots, viruses, or simulacra which are reputedly infesting the Facebook.

Many Apologies

Manolo says, apologies from the Manolo for abandoning you today. The Manolo has been under the weather with the hacking chest cold, and he spent much of the day in bed.

The Top Fashion Blogs

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friends at the Wikio have provided the Manolo with the sneak peak of their latest rankings of the top fashion blogs (which will be announced formally tomorrow).

And look! The Manolo, he has almost cracked the top twenty!

1 The Sartorialist
2 Style rookie
3 FABSUGAR — Sugar Team
4 On the Runway
5 Fashion Week Daily – Chic Report
6 The Bag Snob
7 Luxist
8 Decor8
9 The Purse Blog
10 Oh Joy!
11 Style File
12 Second City Style
13 TheFind blog
14 A Shaded View on Fashion
15 The Shophound
16 Altamira
17 Coquette
19 Fashionista.com
20 {this is glamorous}
21 Manolo’s Shoe Blog
22 Madison Avenue Spy
23 {frolic!}
24 Bloesem
25 TheShoeGoddess.com
26 Bag Bliss
27 Daddy Likey
28 Glamour – Slaves to Fashion
29 The Scented Salamander

Proposed by Wikio

One thing the Manolo can say with great certainty is that his humble shoe blog is the oldest blog on this entire list, having seen the first light of day in October of 2004.

“Ancient and Frivolous, Still Barely Relevant,” that is the motto of the Shoe Blog of the Manolo.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Manolo says, today as the Manolo gathers with his friends and family to give heartfelt thanks for the true blessings that Divine Providence has bestowed upon him, you may be assured, dearest internet friends, that you will be counted among the foremost of these blessings.

Allow the Manolo to now wish upon you the happiest of all Thanksgivings.


Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! The Manolo has dropped his glasses this morning and they have broken! And the super glue, it cannot fix them! (Unless the Manolo glues the lenses to his face, hmmm, they are the rimless sort.)

Please excuse this technical difficulty which will delay the production of this day’s blogging.

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