Manolo says, this week the Manolo has been thinking much about the gladiator sandal trend, to the point that tomorrow his column will be dedicated to the topic. However, today he wishes to show you these, the Gladio from Stuart Weitzman, which are undoubtedly the most delicate gladiator sandals ever made.
Manolo says, here you see above one of the most appropriately names shoes the Manolo has ever seen, the Delovely from the Stuart Weitzman.
Simple, elegant, charming, de-lovely!
Manolo says, it is time again for the Academy Awards, and thus also time for the shoe designer Stuart Weitzman to unveil his annual Million Dollar Shoes, which this year will be worn to the ceremony by Diablo Cody.
The “Juno” writer, a former stripper, has been chosen to wear footwear designer Stuart Weitzman’s million-dollar shoes to the big event at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
The “Retro Rose” shoe features two Kwiat diamond roses, fixed to 1940s-style beige metallic T-strap high heels.
More than 1,800 Kwiat diamonds weighing 100 carats were used to make the roses and 400 of them have been incorporated into the design of the shoe, which is worth over $1 million.
Shoe mogul Weitzman has also created a ballerina flat with a similar diamond-like design, which Cody will change into after she walks the red carpet and kicks off her high heels.
This is the first time Weitzman has created a changeover pair of shoes with a matching design element for use at the Academy Awards.
The Manolo loves these shoes, they are glamorous and retro and pretty. Perfect for the stripper-turned-screenwriter Cody, who gives off that self-consciously quirky, tatooted, 1940s pin-up girl vibe that is common among the indie alt-rock crowd.
UPDATE: Ayyyy! Maybe Cody Diablo, er Diablo Cody, will wear the shoes, and maybe she won’t wear the shoes!
Manolo says, here are the two shoes that properly celebrate the Day of the Presidents.
Above is the Washington from Betsey Johnson, shown here in the color of the silver dollar George Washington threw across the Potomoc River.
This is the Lincoln from Stuart Weitzman, the shiny-penny-colored driving moccasin.
Manolo says, one of the Manolo’ s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.
Please help! I’m beginning to think I’m on an impossible quest. I’m about to start a fabulous new job, and i just found out I have a cracked sesamoid bone in my foot. Which means I have to toss my entire collection of gorgeous stilettos and fun wedges, and start from scratch. According to my doctor, I must only wear flats with rigid soles. And, they must be wide, in order to avoid adding any additional pressure on the afflicted area. In fact, my doctor actually uttered to words “Buy ugly shoes.” To make things even more difficult, I’ve been on the job hunt for a while, and my bank account is showing the ill affects, so I can’t afford to spend much on these new shoes. I’m only 26, please save me from a lifetime of doctor-prescribed “ugly shoes!”
Your doctor has recommended that you purchase only the ugly shoes?
The Manolo shouts, QUACK!
Clearly, this “physician” is the peddler of snake oils and patent medicines, who needs to have both his gypsy wagon and his medical license confiscated. He has neglected the obvious and important medicinal benefits that accrue to those who wear beautiful shoes, chief among which are happiness, psychic well-being, and the sexier, sexual sex life.
Firstly, the Manolo recommends getting the second opinion, preferably from the doctor whose accreditation comes from somewhere other than the crazy old crone with the herbs, who lives in the shack in the haunted forest.
Second, the Manolo would tell you that there are many beautiful and interesting flats available to the young super fantastic girl with the feets problems.
For the example, here is the Borneo from Stuart Weitzman.
Stuart Weitzman has many such flat shoes of quality and taste, perfect for the young woman who is building the professional wardrobe.
Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
Valentine’s Day is coming next week and my husband is taking me out to a romantic dinner at a very expensive restaurant. I’ve got my little black dress, but I need some shoes that are suitably sexy. Please help.
Manolo says, Ayyyy! It is the Day of Valentine, one of the most potentially dangerous and depressing days in the entire calendar.
Those who do not have the beloveds are cast down into the pits of gloomy morosity.
While those who do have the beloveds sail dangerously close to the rocky shores of gift giving. Both the gift that is sent and the gift that is received reflect upon the character and depth of the relationship, and any error in judgment results in pain and suffering for all.
Woe be to the simple working man who brings home to his beloved the gift of cheap chocolates and small kitchen appliances. And woe be to the devoted woman who does not understand the necessity of providing her good man with the soft looks, the exposed flesh, and the physical enthusiasm demanded by the votaries of Eros.
Look, here is the Eiffel from Stuart Weitzman, the silver strappy sandal with the French name, so you know it must be romantic, no?
Manolo says, above you see the handsome dark navy and cream, mary jane pump from the Marc by Marc Jacobs.
And yes, the Manolo has already announced that 2008 will be the “Year of Color“, but as is so often the case, there is the counter trend to the main trend, running in opposition. So, for the example, the vertiginous platform heels of the last spring were countered by the Torey Burch ballet flats.
This year the counter trend to the colorful shoes are the shoes which combine white with black (or navy and cream, or other variations).
Here are the other example, the Stuart Weitzman peep-toe pumps.
Manolo says, here is the simple, elegant, evening sandal from Stuart Weitzman. What more is there to say, except that it is indeed most gorgeous!
Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
I’m going to my mother-in-law’s for Christmas, and I know that I’ll be receiving the gift of clothing I don’t want. Last year’s present was a holiday sweater with snowmen and reindeer. As a reward for my good and uncomplaining behavior I plan on giving myself something special later. What would you suggest?
Manolo says, this is one of the eternal questions, how to deal with unwanted and unattractive gifts from those we love and/or must tolerate?
Oh, how many times has the Manolo heard stories of gifts gone awry, of presents that can only be purchased at the Quick Stop late on the afternoon of December 24th, such as the loganberry scented candles in toadstool-shaped holders, and the toxic yellow hat and scarf sets, and the Britney-Spears-themed perfumes which smell of wild musk and cantaloupe rind.
One must accept these offerings in the spirit of love and/or desperation in which they were given, with the graciousness and good humor that honors this season of joy.
Of the course, there is nothing preventing you from going out later and getting yourself exactly what you really wanted, and pretending it is from your beloved, such as these beautiful sandals, the Hardcandy from Stuart Weitzman.
Manolo says, so it is not even officially winter yet, and already you are sick of the snow and the cold and the slippery ice on every surface, to say nothing of the incessant playing of “Silver Bells”.
So, what must one do?
The Manolo suggests visiting the Stuart Weitzman Spring Trunk Sale at Nordstroms, where you may look at the beautiful shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Spring Collection, 2008, and imagine that the first crocus has just emerged, signaling the return of warmer weather, and gorgeous sandals.
By the way, if you have the gigantic wide foot, these beautiful shoes are available up to the size 14 EEE, but only if you preiorder for spring delivery.
Manolo says, there are already several entries in this week’s Build the Outfit Contest
With theses sheos, this is the especially difficult challenge, but the Manolo knows that his internet friends are up for it. So, go now and build the outfit and submit it to the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Forums for judging. The top prize is $100 from Zappos!
I believe this is also the 6th BtO where the featured shoes aren’t made in size 11. Why do shoe companies hate tall people?
Let it never be said that the Manolo did not rise to the occasion in style…
Behold, the Mercurypipe from the Stuart Weitzman, available not only in the size 11W, but also in the size 12W! The four inch heel, cognac-leopard-hair-calf-bootie, super shoe!
And now, the question from the Manolo to his readers is what to wear with them?
Yes, your inclination might be to super sexy it up, with the hottest of the hottie clothes, but the Manolo cautions restraint, as these shoes are speaking volumes already. No need to shout.