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Manolo the Columnist: Flash from Kate Spade New York

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

Dear Manolo

Do you have any super fantastic holiday shoe suggestions for those of us who are very pregnant and are therefore having to stick with flats this year or risk falling into a snow bank?

Anne

Manolo dances,
All the pregnant ladies
All the pregnant ladies,

All the pregnant ladies,
All the pregnant ladies,

All the pregnant ladies,
Put your bellies up
Up in the air, you just threw up
Got the queasy stomach
Wear them flop flips, but now you bout to trip
Cuz another shoe failed you
You up on heels, but then you off
Throw them in the compactor
Cuz you cried your tears, it’s the end of the year
Can’t wear the barefeets

Cuz its Christmas and you gotta put some shoes on it
Feet are swollen and you gotta put some shoes on em.
Office party, so gotta put some shoes on it.
Feet are swollen and you gotta put some shoes on em.

Wo oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh oh

Look! Here are the super fantastic spangly flats, the Flash from the Kate Spade New York, the sort of shoes that will make you want to strut your swollen stuff.

Flash Flats from Kate Spade New York

Aurele from Beverly Feldman On the Sale!

Aurele from Beverly Feldman

Manolo says, here is the Aurele from Beverly Feldman. The kicky ballerina flat with the charming little flower details that Manolo thinks would look most excellent with the black trousers.

This is the sort of shoe the Manolo considers the “transitional shoe,” something that will take you smoothly from the late summer into the early fall in the fine style. And look! It is on the sale, reduced $70 of the American dollars from its usual price.

Glitter Brogues from Marc Jacobs

Glitter Brogues from Marc Jacobs

Manolo says, there is only one proper response to shoes this fabulous

Hand the Manolo down his walking cane…

“So much rhythm, grace and debonair from one man…”

Black Patent Leather Flat Sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti

Patent Leather Flat Sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti

Manolo says, here is the sleek gladiator-esque-ish-y sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti that would look great with your summery items of linen clothing.

Vera Wang Nita Sandal For the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and the Manolo feels like death on the small piece of toast. Is this the place where the antibiotics finally kick in?

However, do not let the Manolo’s hacking, chest cold dissuade you from enjoying the full range of shoe-based entertainment, indeed, even from his sickbed the Manolo does not stop dreaming about beautiful shoes, does not stop looking at pictures of the beautiful shoes.

For the example, the Nita leather sandals from the Vera Wang Lavender Label

Nita Leather Sandals by Vera Wang Lavender Label

This is the sweet little summery shoe that will make you think of better weather and wonderful things.

The Louie Louie Loafer from Joie

Louie Louie Loafers by Joie

Manolo sings,
Louie Louie, oh baby, me gotta go!

A fine little shoe, she waits for me.
Me catch the ship across the sea.
Me sailed the ship all alone.
Me never think he’ll make it home.

Louie Louie, oh no, me gotta go, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby.
Louie Louie, oh baby, me gotta go.

Of the Moment: Studded Ballet Flats

Manolo says, what is one of the hottest and most surprising trends of this season?

Audrey+Brando= Studded Ballet Flats

The studded ballet flat!

Memphis Ballet by Be+D

The Memphis Ballet from Be + D.

The Dotsalot by Stuart Weitzman

The Dotsalot by Stuart Weitzman

The Marval by Daniblack

The Marval by Daniblack.

One of these too cute flats, paired with the skinny jeans, and the right attitude (think: vulnerable tough girl out on the town, fresh from yoga with the chai latte, kick-starting her 1946 Indian motorcycle) and you will rock.

Ankle Strappy Flat Sandals For the Spring

Manolo says, ankle strap flats, they are in the style this season!

Ankle Strap Flats with Charms from Marc by Marc Jacobs

Flat Ankle-Strap Sandals from Marc by Marc Jacobs Very charming, yes?

Illia from Kate Spade

The Illia from Kate Spade. Sort of semi-gladiator-ish, but not really.

Thong Flat Ankle Strap Sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti

Thong Flat Ankle Strap Sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti. This one is the favorites of the Manolo, as the color is perfect for virtually any of your outfits, and is something you could wear until the very start of fall.

Manolo the Columnist: Elsbeth Brogue from J. Crew

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


Dear Manolo,

Do you have any suggestions for a young, super queer college kid looking for nifty brogue shoes? I’d like to find shoes that are non-bulky and have lots of detailing to add to my small footwear collection. Unfortunately, the only brogue shoes I can find for ladies tend to have towering heels attached. These, like almost all of the trappings of modern femininity, make me deeply uncomfortable in a place near my pancreas. Please help.

Anna

Manolo says, the Manolo’s Sapphic friend probably does not read the fashion magazines (those pancreas-paining bastions of retrograde femininity), for if she had, she would know that we are currently in the middle of the brogue moment.

Indeed, the various street fashion blogs are replete with photos of waifish girls in mannish shoes and rolled-up jeans, androgynously going about their business.

And this is how fashion works. One minute you are the sensibly shod, butch girl, the next you are the leading edge of the fashion parade. But, do not be disturbed by this. If fashion follows true to form, by next week it will be onto something else, like dainty ballet slippers or wooden clogs.

Here is the Elsbeth leather oxford from J. Crew, the non-bulky brogues with beautiful cap-toe detailing

Elsbeth Leather Oxford from J. Crew

The End of the Highest of High Heels?

Manolo says, the Manolo has been predicting the end of the ultra-extreme towering heels for many months now, and at last it has come to pass, as announced by Leon Andre Talley himself.

Designers with an obsession for towering torture chambers, often poorly designed for the well-being of the foot, must get a reality check. I, for one, am over the mania for the high, high heel. Too many career women look like a herd of fashion beasts, aping one another in impractical shoes . . . Can’t anyone take a cue from First Lady Michelle Obama, in the elegant low-heeled shoes she always wears? A flat would be nice.

Of the course, the reason that the First Lady wears the flats has less to do with the comfort and more to do with her amazonian stature.

Be that as it may, the Manolo agrees that the heels had gone beyond what was both advisable and attractive. It was time for the predictable reaction, the return to more practical shoes.

Thus, the old hotness.

Ridiculous shoes in which you cannot walk.

Versus, the new hotness.

The Low Heels of High Spark Girls.

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I am in an existential crisis. At 40, I am about to be divorced, I am mother to a nearly 6-year-old son, and I am a lawyer. I need a pair of shoes that will lighten the stresses on my soul, that will feel ever-so-slightly frivolous to put on. I need fun shoes. I need a pair of shoes that I can wear with Capri pants to the playground, that will tell the other mothers that, even though I am an underpaid, overworked, single mother, I still rock in my soul.

Monica

Manolo says, ever since the Manolo wrote about the curative power of shoes the few weeks ago, he has been receiving letters such as this one. And, all because Dr. Manolo, consulting specialist in the medicine of the broken heart, refuses to put the sugar-coating on the bitter pills he prescribes. He tells it like it is, to wit, if you wish to wash that man right out of your hair, first you must go shoe shopping.

No time to wallow in self-pity, do as the Manolo’s friend Monica has done, and rush the patient to the nearest shoe sale, stat! Make way, people! This is the medical emergency! Can you not see that this woman needs shoes?

Here is the Vera from Kate Spade, the frivolously fantastic pom-pom skimmer in white tumbled leather, just in time for summer. Dr. Manolo says, take two of these and call your best friend in the morning to gloat.

Vera by Kate Spade.   Manolo Likes!  Click!

BCBGirls for the Wednesday

Manolo says, it is only Wednesday, but already you have begun to think about the long weekend ahead, causing your workday productivity to plummet.

What to wear on the first Saturday of summer? Hmm, something casual, and yet with the little bit of style; something that says, I am the creative person, relaxed and unpretentious, perhaps the little tiny bit hippyish, yet without the overpowering stink of patchouli.

Jessy from BCBGirls    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Ah, perfect! The Jessy from BCBGirls, the toe-ring sandal that meets all of the criteria with some verve.

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