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Flats! Fast!

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

My dearest Manolo,

It seems that my daily run combined with “excessive” (according to my doctor) wearing of stilettos have given me both a heel spur and plantar fascitis, which makes walking feel very much like there is a very sharp dagger stabbing me in the heel. I am prohibited from wearing anything but flats for (gasp!) at least a YEAR. To make matters worse, I have to wear an orthotic heel cup, so anything that doesn’t cover the Cold War Era Soviet utilitarianistic hideousness of said cup, is out of the question. I should be somewhat excited to be shopping for an entirely new shoe wardrobe, but I feel so limited.

I need flats for every occasion/ensemble (ie. cocktails, barbeque, lunch with the girls, running errands, semi-formal occasions, night on the town, etc.) and I need them fast. Style-wise, I’m very much into classics with a twist of attitude. I am currently wearing tennis shoes with everything, and it makes me feel very housefrau. Please, please, please help. Please. Please. (This is me, with the begging.)

Your faithful,


Ayyyyyyy! To be limited by the painful circumstances to only wearing the flats would truly be the fashion emergency. Happily, the Manolo stands ready to make the few suggestions to ease his friend’s trauma. You can always do the TOMS free shipping, as well as these trendy flats.

Albany by Pedro Garcia    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Here is the attitudinous satin flat from the Pedro Garcia in the color called “pewter”, which would be good for the wearing during the evening, either dressed up or dressed down.

7045 by Sigerson Morrison    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Three words: Red Patent Leather!


Prada Flair City Drivin Mocassin  Manolo Likes!  Click!
For the more casual times the Manolo likes this driving moccasin from the Prada.

And, finally, for the barbeques, the Manolo gives you the perfect shoe…

For-Real by Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!
These from the inimitable Beverly Feldman are so cutesy with the raffia and the gingham fabric and the cloth berries. Are they not exactly what you would wish to wear with the the capri pants while enjoying the afternoon out in the backyard?

By the Light of the Silvery Tods

Tods Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2007  Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, Your silvery beams, will bring love dreams.

Flats for the Spring

Manolo says, the New York Times has announced the “first” shoe trend of the new spring!

The snow hadn’t disappeared from the streets of New York and already the first trend of spring could be seen up and down Madison Avenue: the revival of flat ballet-style shoes. In the 1950s, they were a popular alternative to spindly high heels; designers of calf-length full skirts showed their fashions with ballet slippers made by Capezio. At the time, such shoes were not commercially available. But today many manufacturers produce variations of the ballet flat.

The “first trend”? Hardly. The ballet flat has been stylish for at the least the past three seasons.

None the less, here are the few pairs the Manolo finds most attractive.

Work-dt by Delman   Manolo Likes!  Click! Work-Dt by Delman   Manolo Likes!  Click!

These flats from the Delman have the most wonderful springy colors.
Passport by French Sole   Manolo Likes! Click!

These are from the French Sole and have the unusual quality of being both elegant and cute. Who knew such the thing was even possible?

Charleston by French Sole    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is another of the shoes of the French Sole, this time in the patent leather, which is also the trend of the season.

Delman for the Spring!

Delman Work-Pp    Manolo Likes!  Click!Delman Lane-Gpm   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, tomorrow it is the first day of spring! And what better way to celebrate than with the beautiful and flowery shoes from the Delman!

The blue wedge, with its exuberant floweriness, especially makes the Manolo happy.

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m a work-at-home mother who enjoys fashion but also requires comfort. I need a shoe for the spring that’s not a sneaker; something I can wear to the playground but also out among adults.

Manolo says, the Alice is the woman after the Manolo’s own heart, one of that ever shrinking minority of peoples who wishes to dress like the adult person and not the teenager or the infantile child.

This is not to say that the Manolo is opposed to the sneaker as the suitable casual wear, indeed he himself has been known to rock the pair of the old school Adidas Rod Lavers.

Rather, it is to note that the Manolo has been recently appalled by the adoption of silly and childish feetwear by the peoples who should know better.

Indeed, the Manolo suspects that it is only the matter of time before his banker, his accountant, his lawyer, and all the justices of the Supreme Court begin to sport the orange plastic clogs, at which point the Manolo will probably give up the things of this world and become the Tibetan monk. Om mani padme blahnik.

Until that time, the Manolo will wage the good fight, recommending shoes like this cute moccasin, the Donna Cyndi 3 from Geox.

Donna Cyndi 3 by Geox   Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Sale of Flats

Manolo says, here are the few pairs of the bouncy flats for the springtime which have been greatly marked down at the

Deana from Delman    Manolo Likes!  Click!
These beautiful brocade flats from the Delman they are 50% off of the regular price, the savings of over $160 of the American dollars!

Flower by Hollywould   Manolo Likes!  Click!
These golden flowery flats from the Hollywould are also 50% off of the usual price, the savings of over $120 of the American dollars!

554123 Flats from Givenchy   Manolo LIkes!  Click!
Finally, here are the flats from the Givenchy which have been reduced 75%!!! The savings of over $350 of the American dollars!

Yes, all of these beautiful shoes are from the previous season, but to the Manolo they still look just as fresh and as pretty as when they first appeared last year, and at these prices who could complain? Sadly, they are availble in the limited sizes, so hurry to see if they have yours in stock.

Missoni Thursday Night

FM 90D  from Missoni   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here from the Missoni is the colorful skimmer which may be relied upon to enliven up your wardrobe. Not only is it fun, but is has the very refined shape.

This combination of color, pattern, and line would announce the wearer’s sophistication.

Prada Spring

Manolo says, it is February and the Manolo is tired and sick of the winter, and so to hasten the arrival of the better weather he has decided to give you the early Prada Spring.

Prada Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2007Prada Womens Shoes Spring-Summer 2007 - BALLETS - COME WITH PRADA MATCHING BOX

Prada Womens Shoes - Spring-Summer 2007 - BALLETS - COME WITH PRADA MATCHING BOXPrada Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2007

Ayyyyyy! The colors, they are so pretty!

Shoes for the President’s Day

Manolo says, it is the President’s Day!

Celebrate by looking at the shoes named for the Presidents!

Washington by Ecco   Manolo Likes!  Click!
The Washington from Ecco

Lincoln from Weitzman  Manolo Likes!  Click!Lincoln by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo Likes! Click!
The Lincoln from Stuart Weitzman

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

What types of shoes should I wear with a long denim skirt and what is your opinion on wearing sneakers with a long skirt?


Manolo says, this is the rare question that presents two potential fashion disasters in the same sentence.

In answer to the first question, what to wear with the long denim skirt, the Manolo would answer “the house slippers”, as he would not want you to leave the home with this upon your body.

The long denim skirt says one of the two things to the Manolo: Yippee Ki Yay! Calamity Jane has finally come to town! Or this woman is the suburban matron on the way to her home canning classes.

As for the wearing of the sneakers with the long skirts, the Manolo would say absolutely not, unless you are a) the 18 year old hottie, in which case you may wear with impunity anything upto and including the burlap sack, or b) if you wish to look exactly like the Jan and the Dean’s “Little Old Lady From Pasadena”.

Go Granny, Go Granny, Go Granny, Go.

What should one wear with the non-denim casual long skirt? The Manolo recommends something like this charming “Work-V” flat from the Delman.

Work-V from Delman    Manolo Likes! Click!

Holiday Shoes 2006, Part VII

6102 by Sigerson Morrison    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have requested the holiday shoe in the lower heel…et voila! The beautiful gold skimmer from the Sigerson Morrison!

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

My high-school aged daughter asked me to ask you for suggestions to go with skirts. The child has to wear a back brace for scoliosis and wants something in low or no heels, with sure footing, and with a little bit of style.


Manolo says, ah, how the Manolo remembers his own traumatic few days in the high schoool, where the Manolo first discovered that not everyone on the football team appreciated the super fantastic shoes, shoes that the Manolo himself had constructed out of the old book bag he would not carry and the gym clothes he would not wear.

Children can be so cruel, and the gym lockers they are dark on the inside.

Still, such petty buffeting did not break the spirit of the Manolo, for he had learned that being super fantastic is as much the burden as the pleasure, and indeed the jealousy of the un-super fantastic swirled around the Manolo like the tails of the Edwardian frock coat he frequently wore to his algebra class.

Although, as the hulking Eduardo “El Bruto” Sanchez taught the Manolo in the schoolyard after class, sometimes it is better to wear the clothing that is appropriate to the time and place.

Here are the pair of the hip and sporty suede Mary Janes from the Lacoste that would be most appropriate for the high school girl who stands out but wishes to fit in.

Millie Suede by Lacoste    Manolo Likes!  Click!

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