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Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is now available for the downloading at the new website of the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,
I am getting married in Key West and I want to buy a pair of shoes for my wedding that are not typical wedding shoes. I am looking for a strappy, heeled sandal. And I want them to be blue. Can you suggest anything?


Manolo says, the wedding in the Key of West? Of such things are the dreams of the lifetime made!

Well can the Manolo imagine the high-spirited sort of the ceremony that may take place in this eccentric and tropical location.

As the steel drum band strikes up the wedding march, we see the bride, well-attired in her head-to-the-toe ensemble of Caribbean Lagoon Blue, being escorted across the beach and down the makeshift aisle on the arm of the doughty neighbor, the genius Jimmy Buffet.

Awaiting her at the altar is her husband to be, himself the lovely shade of Sargasso Sea Green, the result of the previous evening’s extensive bachelor party barhop during which he attempted to “raise the ghost” of the Papa Hemingway.

The guests include the usual Key West assortment of smugglers, pirates, treasure hunters, and interior designers, and at the least two, rival Cher impersonators.

To the Manolo this it sound so lovely that he can only pray that he is invited.

As for blue shoes for the feets of the bride, the Manolo would recommend the Refine by the Charles David. The are strappy. They are blue. They are indeed not the typical shoes of the wedding.

Refine by Charles David   Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Kate Spade Summer of Fun

Kimora by Kate Spade   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this sandal, it is the Kimora from the Kate Spade. To the Manolo this it is so cute and fun, and perfect for that warm day strolling down the boardwalk in your summery sun dress.

So Beautiful!

763480 by Pucci    Manolo Adores!  Click!

Manolo says, some of the time, Pucci makes the gasps!

Yes, this shoe it indeed most costly, but is it not also most beautiful?

Vera Wang on the Sale

N5054 by Vera Wang   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here is the beautiful and understated strappy gold sandal from the Vera Wang, and look, It is on the sale! 65% off of the usual price, the savings of over $250 of the American dollars!

The Leopard

Leopard Print Sandals from Brian Atwood    Manolo Likes!  Click!Leopard Print d'Orsay from Brian Atwood   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he cannot keep his eyes off of these beautiful and exotic Leopard print shoes from the Brian Atwood. They are magnificent!


Manolo says, look, the calculating hippie devils behind the Birkenstocks, they enjoy the abuse heaped upon them by the peoples of sensibility and style.

“Nothing says, ‘I want to tell you how to live your life’ more than Birkenstocks,” said Jason Reitman, the director of the film, which is to open in New York, Los Angeles and Washington on Friday. “The visual registers immediately. There’s something about the shoe that is universally understood that makes it so funny.” The sandals are emblems of liberal do-gooderness, he said, and the senator — a villain in the movie — wants to “regulate the world.”

Though real Birkenstock wearers may come in all political persuasions, using the sandal to represent the pushier side of liberalism is a long-running joke. As it turns out, Birkenstock doesn’t mind at all.

“He’s wearing the Vermont costume,” Scott Radcliffe, the marketing director at Birkenstock Distribution USA, said of Mr. Macy’s character. Mr. Radcliffe said that the “Birkenstock-wearing, granola-crunching, Volvo-driving fill-in-the blank stereotype” emerged in the broader culture without any doing on the company’s part. The company finds it entertaining, he said, that the sandals have reached the kind of status that qualifies them for movie close-ups, even disparaging ones.

“To me a Birkenstock fan looks at that, laughs and is not alienated,” he said.

To me, the Manolo, the person who looks at the Birkenstock and is not horrified is the person who cannot be trusted.

But, chacun à son goût, everyone has the right to look as stupid as he or she chooses.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s old friend the Wayne for the link to this story.

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

The topic? Mandals!

Dear Manolo,

My husband and I are about to head to Mexico. He is a very stylish man, and we are stymied by his beach options. Most mandals are either unmanly or hopelessly granola. Is there anything for the self-respecting man who doesn’t appreciate the flip-flop?


Manolo says, this it is the new delimma for the mens who are travelling in the regions of the tropics: what to wear now that the white linen suit, the panama hat, and the white buck shoes are no longer in the fashion?

Sadly, what has replaced this dignified and classic look is something that may perhaps be described as the “Robinson Crusoe Tatterdemalion”, with the raggedy-baggity board shorts, the stretched-out, stained tank top advertising Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax, and the flip flops that appear to have been constructed of the plastic palm fronds and coconut fibers.

In place of this garish and juvenile “getup”, the Manolo proposes that you take as your mantra, WWTJBD? What Would The Jimmy Buffet Do?

Who better to turn to for the advice than the genius muse of the Gulf Coast, the man who has guided generations of the Parrotheads in constructing the entire pastel-colored, rum-soaked Margaritaville fantasy world?

And thus the answer to the question, it is do as the Jimmy Buffet does, by wearing the presentable khaki shorts, the untucked hawaiian shirt of the high quality, and the leather sandals of the manly shape and cut, such as the Capistrano from the Tommy Bahama. This sandal it is not childish, nor unmaly, and it savors not of the granola.
Capistrano by Tommy Bahama    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Beverly Feldman for the Spring

Topaz by Beverly Feldman    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Manolo says, the spring it is icoming! Sing cuccu nu, sing cuccu!

Samba! Samba!

Manolo says, clearly the peoples who say you cannot dance in the shoes of the high heels have never heard of the Samba!

It isn’t surprising that shoes are an obsession with the beauties who grace Brazil’s Carnival parades — they’re generally the biggest things they wear below the neck.

Dancers at Carnival, the pre-Lenten bash that starts this weekend and ends on Ash Wednesday, say the higher the better for their towering heels, worn with soaring feathered head-dresses and little else but glittery patches, strategically placed.

Patches of strategic placement and Samba!

Dancers say the platform sandals, preferably with shiny straps and buckles that snake to the knee, help prevent them from tipping over and injuring their ankles while dancing the lightning-quick gyrations of the samba.

“Platforms are safer,” said Iris Sol, 28, a dancer for the drum section of the Barroca Zona Sul samba club in Sao Paulo.

“I’ve paraded with samba troupes since I was six, but the truth is that I was dancing samba when I was born,” she said.

From the very birth, Samba!

Sandals with platform heels push body weight onto the ball of the foot, where the samba is danced. Samba platforms go as high as 17 centimetres, or 6.6 inches. Heels are extra-wide.

“Platforms make women more beautiful, elegant and taller, with better posture. They help you stick out your chest and butt a bit,” said Magaly Santos, 22, Sao Paulo’s 2005 Carnival queen.

The culture of derrieres is so big in Brazil that GNT, a popular cable channel, produced a show about them in preparation for Carnival this year. Its title? “The National Passion.”

Big butts and Samba!

A display of samba sandals by Fernando Pires, who designs for top dancers, included eye-catching designs like swirls of red, yellow and orange leather resembling flames, and black heels topped with lanyards of fake diamonds and pink beaded jewels.

Carnival dancers put almond oil on their feet to prevent skin from cracking and splitting. But they say blisters are inevitable during hours of late night dancing to thundering drums.

“It hurts. You get blisters and feel pain but you samba a lot because you don’t want to stop,” said Michele Eleuterio, 20, of the samba troupe Unidos do Peruche.

You must sacrifice for Samba!

Everybody Samba! Samba! Samba!

Gucci for the Blizzard

Gucci Womens Shoes Cruise 2006

Manolo says, what better way to celebrate the Great Blizzard of the ’06 than by fantasizing about the tropical places, and the beautiful shoes you would wear there?

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s most recent column for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading. Today, the Manolo he talks about the shoes for the Dia de San Valentino.

Dear Manolo,

Can you recommend a pair of beautiful sexy red shoes for Valentines Day, something to get my man’s heart racing.


Manolo says, if you want to get the man’s heart to racing you should perhaps purchase for the man the pair of the red running shoes!

Ha! The Manolo he jokes!

Yes, the Manolo he knows that the Dia de San Valentino it is the day during which many of the Manolo’s readers will undoubtedly attempt to crank the perceived sexiness up to the eleven, perhaps by involving the tight lingerie, and the liberal application of the Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds.

But, the Manolo he would tell his friends not to worry, as the men they are the simple creatures with the simple, animal desires. And so, his readers they should remember that subtlety of the feetwear it is not something that would normally be overly appreciated by the men, and if it is, perhaps it is time to worry, girlfriend.

And so, the Manolo he would recommend the red, high-heeled strappy sandal, with the little bit of the bling, so that the man he is dazzled by the shiny object.

The Faviola from the Two Lips it meets these requirements, and even the better, it is unusual enough in the shape and style so as to perhaps engage the shoe connoisseur in you.

Faviola by Two Lips    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Will’s Winter Bargain

Charlize by Will's Fancy    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, many months ago, the Manolo he recommended this shoe from the Will’s Fancy. Today, it is selling at the deep, deep discount, nearly 80% off of the usual price, selling for less than $55 of the American dollars!

The very beautiful black satin version, it is slightly more, but still 63% off of the usual price.

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