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Shoes Lift the Spirits!

Manolo says, the Manolo’s good friend Linda Grant has pointed us to the article about the surrealist Prada shoes in the Telegraph, which contains the wonderfully brilliant observation, one which accords perfectly with the beliefs of the Manolo.

What, exactly, is the point, you might well ask? You probably won’t be able to walk very far in these shoes, and you certainly can’t run in them; so what is one meant to do with them? Put them on a mantelpiece, like a quirky sculpture? This is always an option – a perverse one, I grant you – but I have a theory, borne out by years of personal practice, that if you love a pair of beautiful shoes, however fantastical, you are miraculously able to dance in them. Thus the right heels – and you know them when you find them – will lift the spirits as well as the feet.

Finally, the statement which sums up the totality of the Manolo’s existence: Beautiful shoes make you happy!

Prada Camoscio Deco Platforms for the Monday

Camoscio Deco Suede Platform Sandal from Prada

Manolo says, here it is the first Monday in March and Old Man Winter is still battering away at your resolve and sanity.

“Any day, now,” you keep saying to yourself, “the sun will break through, the snow will melt, and Spring will be here.”

But then you get up in the morning, and leave the house, only to be assaulted by freezing rain, or hail, or snow, or some deadly combination of freakish weather that leaves you cursing the weatherman and his ignorant ilk.

Oh for the simpler days, when all that was necessary to make the sun shine was to throw the few sacrificial captives into the gaping maw of the bottomless limestone hole that led to the subterranean realm of Gaa’agkai, the God of Inclement Weather.

“First to the edge of the sacrifical hole,” you shout at the heavens, the stinging rain whipping across your face, “Al Roker!”

Oh well, at least when you get to the office you can look at the beautiful vernal shoes, like these Camoscio Deco Suede Platform Sandal from Prada. It even has the spring flower on the insole!

Prada Corallo Oro, Summer 2008

Prada Golden Flat Sandals    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, winter still has its icy fingers around our collective throats, but that is not reason to dream of the day when you will be free of this pestilential weather. And when that blessed day arrives, you will walk out onto the warm sand, in shoes that make you feel like the Greek Goddess, shoes such as these beautiful Corallo Oro sandals from Prada.

Prada Sandals for the Middle of the Winter

Prada Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2008

Manolo says, yes it is only January, and the spring is still decades away. How you long for the coming of the summer, when you can wear beautiful, strappy sandals from clever designers without feeling conspicuously out of place.

Look! it is the new Summer 2008 sandals from Prada! Is that the ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds?

Prada Linea Rossa T-Strap Sandal

Vernice Linea Rossa Silver Sandal from Prada    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, it is odd, but when the Manolo looks at this beautiful Prada Linea Rossa t-strap sandal the first word that leaps into his mind is “honesty”.

Yes, this shoe is beautiful, but it is not frivolous. It does not try to beguile you with false charm and needless frippery. It simply stands there before you, unadorned, possessed only of the natural beauty of its clean lines.

It is like the handsome woman in the full-bloom of middle age, demanding that you judge her not by the shallow and popular standards of our day, but by that which is eternal and unchanging. That there are many who will not recognize her beauty does nothing to diminish it.

Stuart Weitzman’s Does the Prada Ombre Knockoff

Prada Womens Shoes Fall - Winter 2007/08  Manolo Likes Click!

Manolo says, remember these beautiful and unusual Prada Ombre shoes from last season, with the sfumato gradient effect?

It seems that Stuart Weitzman does

Sensual by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo Likes!  Click!

In the coming months you will undoubtedly see more modestly priced shoes with this same look.

Prada Spring-Summer 2008

Manolo says, speaking of the Miuccia and her ways, the Manolo could not help but notice that the latest Prada show in Milan presented shoes that swerved wildly away from the previous look. Remember those beautiful, restrained, and unusual Prada sfumato shoes which we were all so recently praising?

These are emphatically different…

Organic and whimsical, these shoes are not unpleasing, although they have perhaps too much of the Magical Shoe Fairy Cottage about them for the taste of the Manolo.

However, he appreciates the effort.

More to his taste are these colorful shoes below…


Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers, it is our muse, Miuccia!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Miranda, who was the first to guess whose shoes.

She is adorable, and those calves are so muscular!

The Making of the Prada Shoe

Prada Ballet Flats    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo asks, how are these beautiful Prada ballet flats produced?

This little movie is like the Holy Relic for the Manolo.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s friends at the Shoeflyer for this.

Prada for the Monday Morning

Aluminum suede sandals from Prada   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the weekend is over and now you are back at the desk slaving away for the “man”. Do not worry, he may temporarily have your person in thrall , but he can never have your feets! Especially not if they were clad in these super fantastic, aluminum-colored, patent leather strappy sandals from the Prada.

The Shoe Sale at the Bluefly

Manolo says, look! The Bluefly is having the giant one-day 15% off sale on the shoes!

Now through tomorrow morning (May 9th at 6AM) all of their designer shoes are reduced the addtional 15% from their usually low prices.

Nino by Jimmy Choo    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the flirty little Jimmy Choo sandal which was already 32% off, and now, for the next day, it is reduced the extra 15%. Amazing!

Prada Wedge Sandal    Manolo Likes!  Click!

And here is the fun ivory-colored Prada wedge sandal with the wooden geegaws! It too was already 32% off of the retail price, also now reduced 15% for the next few hours.


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?

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