JUN
2012
21

Amphirite from Ancient Greek Sandals

Manolo says, from Sappho.
Amphirite from Ancient Greek Sandals

And their feet move
rhythmically, as tender
feet of Cretan girls
danced once around an

altar of love, crushing
a circle in the soft
smooth flowering grass

The Amphitrite from Ancient Greek Sandals, would look good with the white jeans and the flowy top, or perhaps the light colored peplos and himation combination.

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Stuart Weitzman Bridal

Hiturn Sandal from Stuart WeitzmanLouLou Sandal from Stuart Weitzman

Manolo says, yes, perhaps you are not, at the moment, the bride, but perhaps you know the bride to be, or are the mother of the bride to be, or the bridesmaid to be, or whatever, these two dyeable satin sandals from the Stuart Weitzman, the LouLou and the Hiturn, are the bargains almost too good to pass up. 90% off the regular price, only $29.99!

Cordy

Cordy from Stuart WeitzmanCordy from Stuart Weitzman

Manolo says, it is summer! Do something fun, like wearing these lighthearted sandals, the Cordy from the Stuart Weitzman, while strolling this evening down by the waterfront with that young swain you met at the farmers market.

JUN
2012
20

Miu Miu Gingham Taffeta Sandals for the First Day of Summer!

Miu Miu Blue Gingham Taffeta SandalMiu Miu Red Tafetta Gingham Sandals

Manolo says, today the summer officially arrives, and what could be more summery than these ridiculously cheerful and cheerfully ridiculous taffeta gingham platform sandals from the Miu Miu?

Too often are we required to wear serious clothing that conveys importance and sobriety. Too infrequently are we free to dress in ways that are expressive of joy.

It is summer, and we need the sort of happy-silly shoe that makes both the those who wear it and those who see it worn giddy with joy. Be joyful, wear happy shoes!

JUN
2012
19

Serafina from Loeffler Randall

Serafina Flat Sandal from Loeffler Randall

Manolo says, here, to make up for the two previous posts, is the Serafina flat sandal from the Loeffler Randall, the charmingly yellow, summery, innocently cheerful sandal that can restore your faith in humanity and it its accomplishments.

With these on your feets, how could you be anything less than happy?

JUN
2012
18

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!

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 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: 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.

Psychologist Say, Shoes Really Do Make the Person

Manolo says, once again, science proves that which we already knew to be true, that shoes tell us much about the person who is wearing them.

Researchers at the University of Kansas found that people were able to correctly judge a stranger’s age, gender, income, political affiliation, emotional and other important personality traits just by looking at the person’s shoes.

Lead researcher Omri Gillath found that by examining the style, cost, color of condition of the shoe, participants were able to guess about 90 percent of the of the owner’s personal characteristics.

And, we are supposed to be surprised by this? Seven years ago, our friend, the Miss Meghan published the very amusing book, The Perfect Fit; What Your Shoes Say About You that said exactly the same thing.

But, we must let the scientistic peoples have their say.

The 63 observers were then asked to look at each pair and guess the gender, age, social status and different personality traits of the owner, like whether the owner was an extrovert or introvert, liberal or conservative and the degree of their emotional stability, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness.

Researchers found that observers did well in guessing characteristics of the volunteers in almost all categories, and concluded that people do wear shoes that reveal their personality, whether they intend to or not.

Expensive shoes belonged to high earners, flashy and colorful footwear belonged to extroverts and shoes that were not new but appeared to be spotless belonged to conscientious types.

Science!

While some of the clues like the ones already described were obvious, other clues were more surprising.

Practical and functional shoes generally belong to agreeable people, ankle boots fit with more aggressive personalities and uncomfortable looking shoes were worn by calm personalities.

Participants were able to most accurately judge a person’s age, gender and income followed by their emotional stability and agreeableness.

In psychology, emotional stability is an umbrella term that includes a person’s fear of abandonment, rejection issues and the ability to handle different kinds of relationships.

People with “attachment anxiety” or people that were most worried about their relationships generally had brand new and well-kept shoes. Researchers suggest that this may be because they worry so much about their appearance and what others may think of them.

Not surprisingly, liberal thinkers, who many think of as flip-flop wearing hippies, wear shabbier and less expensive shoes.

And now the drum roll, please, for the grande finale conclusion….

“Shoes convey a thin but useful slice of information about their wearers,” the authors wrote. “Shoes serve a practical purpose, and also serve as nonverbal cues with symbolic messages. People tend to pay attention to the shoes they and others wear.”

Ta-Da!! “People pay attention to the shoes they and others wear!”

Scientia omnia vincit!

And, now, the Manolo challenges you, using your newly discovered scientific super powers, tell the Manolo what sort of person would wear each of these three shoes…

Number 1:
Giuseppe Zanotti E20274 Platform Sandal

The E20274 Platform Sandal from Giuseppe Zanotti, retail price $1,150!

Number 2:
Super Birki White Flower Clog

The Birki’s Super Birki White Flower Clogs, with the retail price of $79.95

Number 3:
Jeffrey-West Ronnie Boot

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

Tomorrow, the Manolo will tell you correct answers to the question, what do these shoes say about their wearers.

Cork Platform Sandals for the Summery Fun!

Manolo says, for some reason the Manolo has the cork platform sandals on the brain this afternoon. Perhaps it is the onset of the summery weather, that causes his thoughts to turn to such things, for the cork platform sandals bespeak of the summery good times, of the sun dresses, and the iced tea, and the picnics, and the hilarious watermelon-seed-spitting contests.

And so, here are three such sandals that the Manolo finds worth the wearing…

Clare Wedge from Jack Rogers

From the preppy stalwart Jack Rogers comes the Clare Wedge, the sort of limey greenish shoe that would look good at the relaxed garden party.

Gabor Cork Wedge Sandals

There is something about the shape of the flowers on the 45.744 Wedge from Gabor that makes the Manolo happy.

Ava from Kork-Ease

And if you are having the retro-summery feelings, you will need to have Ava from Kork-Ease, for nothing says cork platform like Kork-Ease.

JUN
2012
12

Rockport Dailana for the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, and you are thinking furiously about the strange variety of odd topics, the shoes and ships and sealing-wax, as it were, and the cabbages and the kings, but mostly, especially, about the shoes.

How could it be otherwise?

Science (Science!) has just proven that the average woman thinks about the fashion almost five times more often than the average man thinks about the more elemental matters.

According to an online study, women have fashion on the brain 91 times in a given day — that’s more than four times the amount that men think about sex.

Online retailer Very.co.uk surveyed British women to see just how many times from sunrise to sunset their minds wandered from the task at hand to fashion, taking into account things like window shopping, perusing online retail sites, noticing a stylish item and even simply daydreaming about that dress you should have bought during Kim Kardashian’s eBay sale.

This explains why you spend so much time thinking about such things as what you should wear to the annual Father’s Day Steak and Beer Brunch Blowout at the Elks Club (the tradition which your father has passed on to your husband).

Such fashion questions are never easily answered, indeed, they are difficult and demand your full concentration.

For the example, the average age of the crowd down at the Elk’s Club is nearly 113 years old. (The way they gnaw at those T-bones is the testament to the heroic achievements of the modern restorative dentistry.) Thus, because it is the older crowd, after church, you would wish to dress up the little bit, but then how much is too much? How much is too little? And because the kids are going, you also must think about finding your big-feeted daughter the perfect pair of wide shoes from Wide Fitting Shoes online.

Yes, such thoughts may fall under the category of fashion trends, but they are also very practical. How one dresses oneself and one’s family are important social concerns, hence it is only natural that one must devote sufficient time to their consideration.

Look! Cutey cute sandals, perfect for the late-Springy Spring Sunday!

Rockport Dailana Sandal

The Dailana from Rockport, so you know it must be comfortable in addition to being cute.