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Vincenza from Abel Muñoz

Vincenza from Abel Muñoz

Manolo says, from the Manolo’s friend Abel Muñoz’s Fall-Winter 2012 collection comes this most super fantastic flat, the Vincenza! There is something sweet about this elegantly simple, tasteful flat, something that speaks to our desire to be both sophisticated and innocent, as if such the thing were even possible.

Manolo the Columnist: Calypso from Ancient Greek Sandals

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

Dear Manolo,

I need a pair of really fun sandals to wear, something to help me get through the DC summer. I should mention that I’ve been told I’m a bit quirky.

Delilah

Manolo says, ayyyyy! Summer has officially started and it is officially the first big heat wave. How do we know this? Just this morning, on the television, the Manolo saw Al Roker melting into the puddle on the sidewalk outside the NBC studios, screaming over and over, “the fire! It burns, it burns!”

Or, perhaps not.

Every year, the residents of the Washington D.C. go through the same ritual: decrying the first intensely humid and heatful day , calling it “unprecedented”, as if the Washington summers had never before been hot.

“What’s this,” says the average newcomer to the District, “It’s going to be 95 degrees outside? Why was I not informed about this oppressive climate?”

Thankfully, we live in the age of ubiquitous air conditioning, when we can scamper from the house, to the car, to the office with only the few seconds exposure to nature’s blast furnace. And yet, strangely, these few seconds are enough to cause widespread lamentations among the citizenry.

So, what does the quirky girl wear when the weather turns hot? Something Hellenic (it is frequently hot in Greece), such as these marvelously amusing sandals, the Calypso from Ancient Greek Sandals. With these on your feets you would be impervious to fire!

Calypso Sandal from Ancient Greek Sandals

Amphirite from Ancient Greek Sandals

Manolo says, from Sappho.
Amphirite from Ancient Greek Sandals

And their feet move
rhythmically, as tender
feet of Cretan girls
danced once around an

altar of love, crushing
a circle in the soft
smooth flowering grass

The Amphitrite from Ancient Greek Sandals, would look good with the white jeans and the flowy top, or perhaps the light colored peplos and himation combination.

Cordy

Cordy from Stuart WeitzmanCordy from Stuart Weitzman

Manolo says, it is summer! Do something fun, like wearing these lighthearted sandals, the Cordy from the Stuart Weitzman, while strolling this evening down by the waterfront with that young swain you met at the farmers market.

Serafina from Loeffler Randall

Serafina Flat Sandal from Loeffler Randall

Manolo says, here, to make up for the two previous posts, is the Serafina flat sandal from the Loeffler Randall, the charmingly yellow, summery, innocently cheerful sandal that can restore your faith in humanity and it its accomplishments.

With these on your feets, how could you be anything less than happy?

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Olympia from Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade Olympia LoafersKate Spade Olympia Loafers

Manolo says, at 45% off of the regular price, it would be foolish to pass up these thoroughly practical, thoroughly handsome loafers, the Olympia from the Kate Spade New York. These could easily become one of the staples of your workaday wardrobe.

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: 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

Manolo the Columnist: Gwyneth from Sam Edelman

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to spend Memorial Day Weekend with my boyfriend’s family
in the Hamptons. The trouble is, I’m a poor working girl. Can you please
recommend some summery flat sandals that will look good enough to impress
these people without bankrupting me?

Molly

Manolo says, as always, the Manolo suggests saving your monies and buying the most super fantastic shoes one can afford, for such purchases will give the most satisfaction over the long term, in comfort, beauty, and admiration from those who know quality when they see it.

But the Manolo also sympathizes with the poor girls, who must work the double shifts at their dismal dreary jobs in the new media sweatshops, posting on the corporate blogs and twittering and facebooking all day long for the Man.

Indeed, the Manolo knows exactly what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic, impress-the-rich-people-in-the-Hamptons sandals out of strangely colored shells and tangled fishing line you have collected near the wastewater outlet pipe that discharges near the pier under which you are sleeping.

And so he would recommend that you Gwyneth from the Sam Edelman as being the moderately priced, cutely blingish flat sandals that will keep the people of the Hamptons moderately appeased.

Gwyneth from Sam Edelman

Manolo the Columnist: Flora from Delman

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

Dear Manolo,

Although the weather has been unseasonably warm of late, I’m worried that it could still take a turn for the cold. It is still March, after all. So, I’m not quite ready to let it all hang out and wear sandals, just yet. What would you recommend as a sort of intermediate shoe?

Kelsey

Manolo says, it is true, we are in the period between the winter slush and the vernal warmth, that strange demi-season — one minute too cold, the next too hot, rain followed by sunshine followed by hail– the period when we are virtually guaranteed to leave the house wearing exactly the wrong thing.

Despite this inconvenience, late March should be the period of anticipatory joy; the blooms are loaded into the flowers, and the green fuse is lit. Soon, we will wake up one morning, step outside and be happily stunned by the explosion of new life, by the flowers flowering, the birds birding, and the bees being their wonderfully bee-ish selves.

If there is within us any feeling, we will skip and caper, and sing happy little songs of welcome to the new season. We will be called to remember that we, too, are animals, who have the sacred duty to celebrate the arrival of spring. Indeed how can we be dour when nature has put on her finery and is demanding to be acknowledged, like the pretty woman in the flowered dress?

Here is the aptly named Flora from Delman, the perfect lacey ballet flat for the arrival of the new season. Fear not the occasional blast of cold, spring is here!

Flora from Delman

Diane von Furstenberg for the Spring

Manolo says, it is wet and gloomy today where the Manolo is, but that has not stopped him from thinking about the imminent arrival of the spring. Soon, soon, soon, the weather will break and we will be plunged into the most clement of all seasons, when the birds bloom and the flowers sing, when the young lady’s fancy turns to thoughts of shoes!

Here are three shoes from the Diane von Furstenberg which will help you usher in the new season.

Klee from Diane von Furstenberg

If you are especially brave, maybe you will break out the shorts, in which case you will need the The Klee, the fun toe-ring flat sandal perfect for helping you shiver through until the real spring arrives.

Opal from Diane von Furstenberg

Although, maybe your desire to to show off your wintery legs to good advantage is not as absolute as you first thought, or, perhaps you want to distract viewers downward, away from your holiday remnant thighs, either way the Opal is the sort of snazzy-juicy platform that would look super-fantastic on the first day of the new season.

Botswana from Diane von Furstenberg

Maybe, on careful reconsideration, your legs would be better covered with the seasonalish capri pants, in which case The Botswana, available in eight safari-themed finishes.

Manolo the Columnist: Milly from Patricia Green

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

Dear Manolo,

I am going on a romantic vacation to Venice this spring. I’d like a pair of shoes both comfortable enough for walking all those canal sidewalks and glamorous enough to impress my sweetie. Oh, and I’m not taking a very big suitcase, so it would be helpful if they were versatile, too. And maybe grippy rubber soles? I’m asking for too much in one item of the feetwear?

Nell

Manolo says, perhaps the long recession is finally over, for just this past week the Manolo has received nearly the dozen letters from peoples who are travelling soon to Europe. England, France, and Austria are all mentioned in these happy missives as intended destinations, but it is Italy, Bella Italia, that is by far the preferred spot for the post-recessionary vacationers. Why should it not be thus? Italy is beautiful, and romantic, and historic, and the thus the perfect place to enjoy what may, or may not, be the return of prosperity.

And what about the Venice? How can one not love this amazing city in the springtime, when the weather is pleasant, the flowers are blooming, and the famous odors of Venice — fetid canal water, dead fish, and unwashed boatmen — have not yet reached their full summertime fluorescence. So romantic!

What is needed here, are the jaunty Italian-style driving moccasins, such as the Millie from the Patricia Green. Available in six handsome colors, the Manolo’s two favorites are the camel and the red.

Milly from Patricia Green

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