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Manolo the Columnist: Portman from Burberry

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

Dear Manolo,

My best friend since grade school is getting married for the second time, in Key West, in what she’s describing as a “very informal” ceremony. I know I’m supposed to wear sandals, but I need help with this. I’m not sure which kind.

Sarah

Manolo says, the Manolo cannot help it, but when the Manolo hears the words “Key West wedding “ he immediately thinks “gay pirate themed,” with the Right Reverend Captain Blackbeard the Bear officiating.

But, that is only the first problem, the second is that the Manolo hesitates to imagine what the phrase “very informal” means in the context of the Key West, where the physicians at the local urgent clinic have been known to greet the patients bare-chested, Papa Hemingway style, with the fruity daiquiri in the one hand and the stethoscope in the other.

Thus, the Manolo has many, many questions. For the example, clearly, the shoes will be optional at this wedding, likely the shirts, too. But what about the pants? Would cargo shorts be considered overly dressy? Will the swim up bar be hosted? Since the Manolo has been lead to believe that gay pirates are the mandatory part of the Key West wedding, is it okay if they only act as ushers, rather than as the groomsmen and bridesmaids?

Here is the Portman thong sandal from Burberry in the silverly color described as Metallic Trench, which since it is the end of the sandal season is half off the usual price at Zappos.

Portman Sandal from Burberry

Burberry Wedge Sandals for the Thursday

Burberry Wedge Sandal in BeetrootBurberry Wedge Sandal in Canvas Check

Manolo says, here is something to make your July Thursday afternoon more pleasant, the snappy wedge-heeled, espadrille sandals from the Burberry.

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Burberry Sp-Sum 2012 Sandals

Burberry Spring-Summer 2012

Manolo says, here is the handsome pair of the Burberry sandals, the exact sort of thing you would see down at the country club, on the feet of that toned, WASPy, blonde woman with the handsome blue-eyed children who excel squash. But look! It is on the sale, more than 40% off of the regular price! Soon, you, too, shall be able to call your eldest son “Biff” with impunity.

Burberry Platform Sandals for the Thursday

Burberry Leather Platform Sandals

Manolo says, the weekend, it has almost arrived, and you have the big plans, oh yes, you, Little Miss Quiet-in-the-Corner, have the big plans, very big plans, indeed: dining, dancing, canoodling, the whole romantic magilla.

But, you will need shoes, beautiful simple shoes that will perfectly accent the simple pale dress you have selected for this evening of amour.

Look! Burberry platform sandals, in the mysterious “smoked trench” color! Perfect!

Burberry Bucklicious Platform Ankle Booties for the Tuesday

Burberry Leather and Suede Platform Ankle Booties

Manolo says, the Manolo cannot say exactly why, but the Manolo finds these leather and suede Burberry ankle booties oddly compelling.

Perhaps it is the au courant, militaristic, puttees-and-combat-boots look that the Manolo is responding to. On the one of the hands, the five inch heel is outrageous, but, on the other of the hands, the khaki leather with the straps and buckles is familiar and Burberryish, something that would certainly go with the iconic trench coat.

Burberry Black Buckle Platform Ankle Booties

Meanwhile, the black version of this shoe does not particularly move the Manolo to appreciation.

Yea, or nay, dear internet friends, yea or nay?

Burberry Confetti Hearts Espadrilles for the Spring

Burberry Confetti Hearts Espadrilles

Manolo says, it is spring! Time for the espadrilles to return, just like the swallowing birds to San Juan Capistrano.

And if you wish to have fun on your feets, then these Confetti Hearts Wedge Espadrilles are the funnest of springy shoes, and completely unlike the usual thing from Burberry.

Tea Rose Wedge Espadrilles from Burberry

And if the hearts are perhaps too literal the expression of your joy, then these tea rose colored wedge espadrilles from Burberry may be just the thing.

Burberry Tonal Check Perspex Sandals…Um…Wha?

Burberry Tonal Check Perspex Platform Sandals   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, behold! Beautiful and unusual platform sandals from Burberry in the handsome dark nickel color, but that name? What does it mean? Tonal…Check…Perspex?

It sounds less like something you would wear on your feets and more like the DARPA super secret squirrel project.