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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.


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.


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.

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

My boss has invited me and another coworker to spend Memorial Day Weekend at his beach house on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He’s a great guy, and his house is supposed to be quite comfortable but I’m still worried about making a good impression, since I’m from Kansas where people don’t have
beach houses. Please help.


Manolo says, how lucky to be invited to spend time in this fairytale land of crab cakes and picturesquely crusty old Chesapeake watermen (where they say “aboot” instead of “about”, just like the Canadians!)

Not as exclusive and stuffy as the coast of New England, nor (outside of Ocean City) as oppressively blighted with the mini-golf courses and gimcrack souvenir shops as further south, the Eastern Shore is the exact right blend of Atlantic Americana, sort of southern, kind of not.

As for what the Kansas girl should wear, the Manolo recommends going the little bit preppy. That sweater she has draped over her pastel-colored polo shirt will come in handy in the cool coastal evenings, just as those boat shoes, worn without socks, will keep her from falling into the water when she visits the rustic dock-side crab shack.

Of the course, being somewhat preppy does not preclude wearing cute thong sandals for the big Saturday night out at the femous crab restaurant, where you will dine like Maryland royalty on crab salad, crab cakes, and crab-berry shortcake.

Look here is the Mckim from Lilly Pulitzer. It is perfect, no?

Mckim from Lilly Pulitzer   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo the Columnist

Here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I’m terribly antsy for Spring to start. I’m ready for flowers, and green grass, and warm weather. Out with the March lion, bring in the lamb! Please recommend some spring shoes for me, so I’m prepared.


Manolo says, perhaps in England, or St. Louis, April is the cruelest month, but in Washington, D.C. it is March which breaks the heart with its alternating warmth and cold. One minute you are looking at the first buds of spring, and the next, sleet is knocking them off the trees and pelting you into the shelter of the nearest federal monument.

But then, it is only natural that Washingtonians should avidly wish for the arrival of Spring, for it is in the fullness of that season that the city is at its most beautiful, when the cherry blossoms bloom and the streets are finally cleared of the cars that crashed in the last snow storm of winter.

Of the course, spring is quickly followed by the Washington summer, and the less said about that the better.

As for the springy shoes, the Manolo recommends these super fantastic, super fun, patent leather purple skimmers from Belle by Sigerson Morrison. It is also available in suitably vernal yellow and green.

Patent Leather Skimmers from Belle by Sigerson Morrison

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

My boyfriend and I are going to Italy in March and I’m incredibly excited. I’ll want to look as good as possible while sightseeing, because 1) I’m in Italy! And 2) I don’t want to look like a tourist, and be easy pickings for the thieves. I’m going for dark colored trousers, a khaki trench, and some nice accessories. Of course, I’ll need good looking shoes that I can wear all day. Please help.


Manolo says, Ayyyy! To be going to Italy during the spring time, when the air is fresh, the flowers are blooming, and when the footpads, cutpurses, and pickpockets of Rome greet the new season with hopeful enthusiasm, because the tourist, one of nature’s wonders, has returned to his seasonal grazing grounds, bringing with him the bounty of cameras, loose cash, and unsecured personal belongings.

Of the course, as any competent thief knows, it is almost impossible for any tourist to look like the native without first buying the local wardrobe, getting the local haircut, and adopting the local hand gestures, however distasteful they may be.

The best solution thus is to buy the new shoes in Italy, but until you do so, try these Cole Haan Penny Air Loafers in the pinot noir color. Not Italian, but omfortable and stylish, nonetheless.

Cole Haan Penny Air Loafer    Manolo Likes!   Click!

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