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Manolo the Columnist: Demi from Coach

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

Dear Manolo,

Can you recommend a pair of office-suitable flats for the impoverished working girl who’s just started her first job?

Erika

Manolo says, as always the Manolo gives the same advice, to not purchase the cheap shoes of suffering and pain, made from the dubious petroleum-and-asbestos-based products that is advertised as being “leather-like”, but to save the moneys and invest them in the high quality shoes of great comfort and super fantasticness. For it is the well-known fact that beautiful shoes that are well-made and fit properly will make you stand up straighter and feel more confident, which will, in the turn, make your bosses recognize you as someone with whom to be reckoned.

And yet, how well the Manolo knows what it is like to be the impoverished young working person. Indeed, when the Manolo began his career in the shoe industry, so many years ago, as the eleven-year-old Second Assistant Shoeshine Boy in the shop of the Mercurio Albornoz y Bahamonde, he was paid in empty aluminum cans, lunchroom leftovers, and whatever spare change fell from the pockets of the customers. (Oh, you should have seen the magnificent scramble whenever the 100-peseta coin struck the ground!)

Thus, the Manolo sympathizes with his friends who find themselves working for The Man for wages that would not support the pigeon who lived rough in the park. Here is the Demi from Coach, the two-toned ballet flat which is on the sale for $99!

demi-from-coach

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Ash Shoes from Brand Boudoir

Manolo says, from the Brand Boudoir comes the many end-of-the-season bargains on the Ash Shoes, the French brand made in Italy, for the example…

Lucy Kitten Heel from Ash

This is the Lucy from Ash, the Cleopatra-inspired, kitten-heeled sandal that is selling for 57% off of the usual price.

Or, if you wish the flat heel…

Lui Flat Sandal from Ash

The Lui from Ash, silver flat sandal, selling for 60% off.

Both of these are the sort of sandals which will likely never go out of the style, and thus can be worn for many years to come.

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Prada Gold-Tone Logo Loafer

Prada Gold-Tone Logo Loafers in White

Manolo says, yes, this magnificent specimen of Park Avenue Prada-tude is the little bit old ladyish, but the Manolo should not have to remind you that, according to the Times of the New York, this is the year of the frump. Which means that if you cannot wear these handsome shoes now, when can you? When you are the dowager countess?

And look! They are on the sale, more than $470 off of the usual price!

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Rupert Sanderson Ankle Bootie

rupert-sanderson2Rupert Sanderson Ankle Bootie

Manolo says, from Hervia, comes the magnificent bargain on the Rupert Sanderson high heel ankle bootie, 70% off of the usual price.

Yes, this is last season’s shoe, but look at it. Is it not beautiful in its simplicity? This shoe is the sort of shoe that will fast become the staple in any super fantastic girl’s wardrobe. It is the classic of shoe design, the versatile shoe that can be worn almost anywhere, with almost anything.

Speaking of the great bargain, here is the Rupert Sanderson high heel cutout pump that is also 70% off of the usual price.

Rupert Sanderson Cutout Pumps

At the end of the fashion season, the judicious shopper can find many bargains on shoes which will remain very wearable for many years to come.

Vertbaudet for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, happily surfing the interwebs, clicking on the links and looking at the funny cat pictures, when you suddenly remember that you have to be buying the gifts for the teeny peoples of your acquaintance.

Ayyy! So many children needing the gifts, with so little time to get them.

Why, just in the past year, alone, your hipster friends have had the babies with such trendy names as Atticus, Annabel, Brooklyn, Clementine, Dixie (reserve her the spot in the roller derby team of 2031), Hopper, Juniper, and Otis.

It is almost too much, these trendy names.

Whatever happened to the old-fashioned, traditional names, like those the people of of the last generation gave their children, such as Alexis Carrington Jones, Sonny Crockett Smith, and Remington Steele Johnson?

Now it is all Lulu and Rufus, Leopold and Maisie.

Ayyyy! Look! The Verbaudet is having the end of the season clearance sale!

Vertbaudet  End of the Season Sale

Here are the super cute baby slippers

Cute Baby Slippers

These are exactly the sort of thing that any mother, however hipsterish, would be happy to put on the feets of her precious Sadie or Max.

If the shoes are not the right gift, then how about the nursery bedding from Vertbaudet, or….

Pink Donkey Teddy

The pink Donkey Teddy!

Manolo the Columnist: from Stuart Weitzman

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

Dear Manolo,

After many re-heelings and much tender loving care, my favorite pair of super-practical, low-heeled, black leather ankle boots have finally given
up the ghost. These are boots I’ve worn a least once a week for almost a decade, so I’m pretty broken up. Can you please help me find a new pair?

Margot

Manolo says, oh, how well the Manolo knows the six stages of the shoe-loss grief–denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and shopping–
however, it is the personal letters like this that bring home to us the tragedy of losing the dearly beloved one after the long slow decline.

It is not easy letting go and moving on, knowing that you will never again experience the pleasure of your dearest footwear friend.

And, yet, as the writer of the Ecclesiastics reminds us, “to every shoe there is the season … the time to wear, and the time to closet; the time
to keep, and the time to cast away.” The message is simple, when your shoe has reached the end, it is the mercy to let it go and ease its
passage out of your closet and into the recycling bin as painlessly and with as much dignity as is possible.

Do not worry, dear lady, undoubtedly your old boots would want you to be happy, would want you to find the new boots to cherish your feets.

Here are the Step from Stuart Weitzman the low-heeled boots that will perhaps ease the aching heart, especially as they are on the sale!

Step from Stuart Weitzman

Vikki Wedge Sandal from Kate Spade for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your work doing that thing that needs to get done so that you do not slip into poverty and find yourself living in the sewers that run beneath the streets of your town, pushing the shopping cart filled with smashed aluminum cans and cat pelts.

Frankly, you would rather be sitting at home in your pajamas, reading the Agatha Christie novel and eating potato chips, but the cruel realities of the modern world have forced you to venture out into the daylight and interact with the bosses, the coworkers, and the clients, three classes of humans without whom you can perhaps do.

Well, at the least, you can spend the few minutes sitting at your desk, pretending to work, while trying to find deals online. Or perhaps, thinking about how to make your yourself look smarter for work with new dress from Ted Baker, maybe something flowery that will get you out of your mid-winter rut and into the spring time mood.

Speaking of the the flowers, those love offerings that spring gives to us each year, here is the Vikki Wedge from the Kate Spade in the rose gold, the perfectly wonderful flowered sandal.

Vikki Wedge Sandal from Kate Spade

And here is the coupon for the free shipping from the Jildor shoes to help you make up your mind.

Found in Translation

…with varying degrees of success.

Heels from Malene Birger, Reed Krakoff and Giambattista Valli all available on considerable sale from The Outnet.

Beautiful and Rare

 

…and each one is at least 70% off some seriously hefty (as in $1000+) price tags.

These five unique offerings are available in extremely limited sizes, but if they’re your size and your style, you’re in luck.


Salvatore Ferragamo Berg sculpted wedge sandal
The question is not are they too Bianca Jagger; it’s are they Bianca Jagger *enough*?

The sculpted precision of the cut-out keeps these bisque suede wedges from being just another pair of campy kicks. For an absolutely horrible variation on the curvilinear theme hop on over to the other blog to play Is It A Shoe? Hint: I don’t really think it’s a shoe.


Ralph Lauren Collection Hannie riding boot
I don’t know who’s doing the accessories behind good ol’ Ralphie Lipschitz these days, but they knocked this one out of the park. Ralph Lauren Goes Horsey is Ralph Lauren at his best. I’m also pretty sure it’s the name of a mail-order-only DVD that comes in discreet brown packaging.


Ralph Lauren Collection Jearra t-strap sandal
I love vachetta leather the way nicer, less interesting people love their kids. Traditionally you’d have to wait for time and the elements to give your vachetta its characteristic patina, but it looks like the clever calzolai in Lauren’s Italian workshop have not just tooled the quarter and the platform but treated it, too.

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Manolo’s Late Night Bargains: Marni Sandal Blowout

Manolo says, all of the smart, stylish, and very wearable Marni sandals shown below are selling at the 60% off of the regular price!

Marni Leather T-Strap Sandals

Marni leather t-strap sandals, 60% off!

Marni Canvas and Leather, T-Strap Sandals

Marni canvas and leather, t-strap sandals, 60% off!

Marni Chain-Embellished Canvas Sandals

Marni canvas, chain-embellished sandals, 60% off.

Marni Canvas and Leather, Chain-Embellished Sandals

Marni canvas and leather, chain embellished sandals, 60% off!

Yes, it is the end of the summer, and so the season for the sandals is near the end, but the Manolo asks, will the summer not come again? And when it does, will you not be glad that you were wise enough to have stocked up on handsome sandals made in Italy for beautiful Italian ladies of great stylishness?

It is the good deal, and there are many more styles the Manolo has not shown you, and at 60% off the regular price they will be hard to resist.

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Lace Up Oxford from Fratelli Rossetti

Fratelli Rossetti Lace Up Oxford

Manolo says, luxurious lace up oxfords for the man, from the Italian shoemaker Fratelli Rossetti, on the sale! 50% off of the regular price, the savings of more than $400 of the American dollars!

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Willemberg from Hunter

Willemberg from Hunter

Manolo says, here is the Willemberg from Hunter (the maker of the famous boots), the smart leather flat that would work with your casual knocking about the town wear. And what is this? They are on the sale, reduced nearly 60% off of the regular price!

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