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Roberto Cavalli Satin Sandals for the Monday

It is Monday, and you are back at your desk eagerly awaiting your two weeks of vacation, which you are certain will arrive….any….minute…..nooooooooooow.

Actually, the vacation of the summer, it is still three weeks away, but you are so eager for it that you can hardly contain your visible impatience with your coworkers at the InEmTechCo, Inc.

For the example, just this morning you came that close (holding fingers one micron apart) to almost telling off Angry Anna the IT Girl, which would have been very bad indeed, as it is Angry Anna who must summoned when something goes wrong on your floor.

But, you restrained yourself, although your were mightily provoked, and now you are back sitting in your chair staring at the wall calendar of hunky firemen you keep stashed in your desk drawer, onto which you have marked with the big red “X’s” each passing day.

The saddest thing of all, is that you really don’t have that much planned for your two weeks off; partly the staycation, partly the few days at the beach. Nothing spectacular, like WhatzHerName in Accounting, who is still dining (lunching) out on her trip to Angor Wat two years ago.

Fat chance getting Gary to go to Angor Wat!

“Argentina, Babe. For the steak,” he said, when you asked where he wanted to go when you finally won the lottery, “Or Mike Ditka’s in Chicago, ditto.”

Look! Here is something that will make you put Mr. Fireman June back into his desk drawer, shoes!

Roberto Cavalli Satin Sandal Pumps

The gorgeous, deep-purple, Satin Sandals from Roberto Cavalli!

Happy Fathers Day!

A. Testoni Cap Toe Lace Up Oxford

Manolo says, to all of the Fathers, Dads, Pops, and Pas, the Manolo wishes you the happiest of the Father’s Days!

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Jerome C. Rousseau Glitter Platform Pumps

Jerome C Rousseau Platform Glitter Pumps

Manolo says, here is is the little disco reward for your late night devotion to the blog of the Manolo: the glittery platform pumps from the super fantastic from Jerome C. Rousseau, which they are marked down nearly 50%!

Shoe Personalities: Ronnie Boot from Jeffery-West

N.B. Manolo says, because psychologists have proven what we already know, that shoes reflect the traits of those who wear them, the Manolo challenged his internet friends to say what sort of people would wear three different shoes. This shoe below is the third of three.

Number 3:
The Ronnie Men’s Boot from Jeffery-West, selling for the $545.

Jeffrey-West Ronnie Boot

Your name is not Sergio, but you wish it were. Your real name is Barry. You are 34 years old, and during the weekdays you work as the limo driver, taking businessmen back and forth to the LaGuardia and the JFK.

You live in Queens, with your widowed mother, the 74-year-old, would-be cat hoarder, who collects Madame Alexander dolls and suffers from the mild case of OCD. You would move out and get your own place, but as the only child you’re “all she’s got, know what I mean?”

Happily, your life is not all limo trips and repeatedly making sure the stove has been turned off.

On the Saturday nights you like to jam yourself into your pair of the too-small Armani Exchange jeans, and head downtown, to hit the clubs…although, over the past few months, your increasing inability to get past the doormen has almost not made it worth going. “Hey, back behind the rope, champ.”

Happy Bloomsday!

Manolo quotes,

Her shoes were the newest thing in footwear (Edy Boardman prided herself that she was very petite but she never had a foot like Gerty MacDowell, a five, and never would ash, oak or elm) with patent toecaps and just one smart buckle at her higharched instep.

Bloomsday, we are informed, was June 16th, 1904, thus we wonder, what sort of shoes might our Gerty MacDowell have been wearing?

Shoes 1905

From 1905, these dainty, pumps give you the idea of what was the fancy fashion at that moment.

More work-a-day, from the same period, is this 1905 advertisement below for the Sorosis Safe Shoe.

Sorois Safe Shoes, 1905

Notice the patent toe cap.

Christian Louboutin Troisronds Platform Sandals for the Weekend

Manolo says, it is the TGI Friday. Time to cut loose, cut up, and cut out early from the place of employment, the better to get home to tart yourself up for the fantastic night of Friday evening fun.

But first, before you leave the desk, one last look at what the Shoebloggering Manolo is up to, because, the Lord knows, when you get home you will not have the time to look at the computer, what with all of the demands placed upon you by your extensive regime de toilette. (Ayyy! Just getting into the foundation garments will take the half hour.)

And so, to send your on your way, here is what the Manolo has planned for your weekend…

Troisronds Leather and Chain Platform Sandals from Christian Louboutin

The Troisronds Leather and Chain Platform Sandals from the Christian Louboutin.

Imagine how much more super fantastic your Friday night would be with these on your feets!

Manolo’s Friday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few things to amuse and entertain…

I liketa died. This isn’t a formal place but there’s a difference between laid-back professional and going The Full McConaughey. I wonder what they thought about what message they were sending by arriving in their Bonnaroo best.My guess is they didn’t think at all.
(Words of wisdom. You must read the whole thing.)
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Is this the world’s ugliest shoe?
(The Manolo says, no, it is not.)
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Mr. Arenella tries to recreate the Jazz Age in his life through his music, clothes and home surroundings.
(Of this, the Manolo thoroughly approves.)

Manolo the Columnist: Callie from Hive & Honey

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

Dear Manolo,

Wednesday I was informed that I have been accepted to study naturopathic medicine. I do have at least one quandary unrelated to how on earth I will afford the tuition: I want to rock the scrubs I will wear with some killer shoes. These shoes must be pretty and practical, comfortable and able to withstand a dissection lab, but also inexpensive enough for my now-medical-student budget. What do you suggest?

Sarah

Manolo says, what does the Manolo suggest to the new medical student who wishes to remain sartorially splendid while cutting into the corpses?

Frankly, this is the sort of question that has never crossed the mind of the Manolo, what does one wear to the dissection laboratory? Celine? Gucci? If one wishes to be outrageously lighthearted, maybe the JC de Castelbajac? Although perhaps the best choice would be the Gareth Pugh, if only for the effect it will produce in the other anatomy students.

Of the course, this point is moot, because aspiring doctors no longer wear decent clothing underneath their lab coats, but rather choose to dress themselves in the wholly functional, wholly drab, wholly shapeless scrubs, the sort of pajama-looking thingy favored by mental patients everywhere. And yet, as the Manolo’s friend has rightly noted, there is still room for expression below the ankles, in the choice of shoes.

Here is the Callie from Hive & Honey, the reasonably priced boot that will look great under the scrubs, or the jeans after class is over. Just what the fashion doctor, ordered.

Callie Ankle Boot from Hive and Honey

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Cleva from Donald Pliner

Cleav Cork Sandal from Donald Pliner

Manolo says, here is most super fantastic bargain, the hotty-hot, with-it, cork sandal, the Cleva from Donald Pliner. It is reduced 75% from the usual price! The savings of nearly $300 of the American dollars!

Shoe Personalities: Super Birki White Flowers

N.B. Manolo says, because psychologists have proven what we already know, that shoes reflect the traits of those who wear them, the Manolo challenged his internet friends to say what sort of people would wear three different shoes. This shoe below is the second of three.

Number 2:
The Birki’s Super Birki White Flower Clogs.

Super Birki White Flower Clog

Your name is Joyce, and you are the grandmother of three wonderful “grandbabies”, named Tyler, Braxton, and Kody, by your daughter Linda, the stay-at-home mom/part-time beauty consultant. (Your son, the disappointing Jerry, has not yet settled down at 38, the life of the beer truck driver apparently being unconducive to long term relationships.)

You and your husband Ron are both recently retired. You from 30 years as the relief school bus driver, Ron after 36 years down at the waste treatment facility, where he ended his career as the assistant supervisor.

Now you are ready to really live!

To that end you have purchased the lightly-used, 32 foot, Fleetwood Motorhome which you plan on using to tour this great nation of ours, from the sea to the shining sea! Just you and Ron, and your two Pekinese, Lucy and Ricky.

People do not generally know this about you, but you have the wild-child side, which sadly, now mostly expresses itself in the dishes you take to the potluck church socials, dishes such as Chickpea and Roasted Pepper Salad, and Tater Tot à la Bankok.

P.S. Shoe personality Number 1

Shoe Personalities: Zanotti Platform Sandals E20274

Manolo says, yesterday, the Manolo reported on the new study which revealed that which was already known, that the shoes say much about the wearers.

At the end of the article, the Manolo challenged his internet friends to say what sort of person would be suitable to each of the three very different shoes. Because the Manolo’s internet friends are the smart and witty bunch, there were many good answers left in the comments section.

But now, allow the Manolo to tell you exactly what sort of person wears this…

Number 1:
The E20274 Platform Sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti.

Giuseppe Zanotti E20274 Platform Sandal

Your name is Madison, but you go by Bambi. You are five feet ten inches tall, blonde, and have the surgically enhanced 38DDD bosom, and you are from Crawfordsville, IN, although you like to hide this last fact.

At the moment, you are “dating” the son of the oil sheikh named Samir who has the degree in finance from Arizona State University. You say “dating” because, while it is fun flying in the private jet with the zebra-leather interior to Monaco and Dubai and Singapore, you know that this relationship is not really going anywhere, indeed you suspect that Sam already has the first wife, if not the second wife, back home in Kuwait. But you keep these suspicions to yourself, because, well, because the last time you were in the Abu Dhabi, at the Mall of the Emirates, you went shoe shopping with Samir’s Black Card, and these Zanotti platform sandals were part of haul you brought back to the royal suite.

But maybe, sometimes, you think, it might not be worth it.

Sometimes, in those few minutes when Samir has stepped away from the VIP lounge, and you’re waiting for the waiter to deliver the next bottle of Dom Perignon, you wonder what comes next, and if you could ever really go home.

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Damiana from Enzo Angliolini

Damiana Wedge from Enzo Angiolini

Manolo says, what is not to like about the cork-heeled wedge sandal that is selling for less than $50? Marked down nearly 60% from the usual price? This is the sort of inexpensive shoe that would work well in the closet of the fashionably inclined teenager.