Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is now available for downloading at the Express of the Washington Post.
Today, the Manolo discusses one of the horrors of modern life, the “comfort shoes.”
Can you please recommend some stylish comfort shoes for me?
Manolo says, ayyyyy! Few things in the language of the English can inspire such cold dark horror in the breast of the Manolo as the phrase “the comfort shoes.”
More atrocities have been committed, by the comfort shoes than all of the Mongol hordes, the oil tankers, and the chainsaws combined.
It is the truism of the Manolo that the word “comfort” allows the shoe companies to believe that they can foist upon the peoples the most hideous sort of the shoes; shoes that appear to be constructed out of the rubberized burlap and dried dung, shoes that would not have been tolerated by our cave-dwelling ancestors.
This it is not to say that the comfort and style are incompatible, indeed they are not.
But rather it is to note that those shoe companies who market only based upon the comfort are, to the mind of the Manolo, equal to the Big Tobacco in the damage they are doing to the tender and gullible soul of this nation.
If you wish to see the shoe that is stylish and comfortable, but emphatically not the “comfort shoes” then the Manolo would present to you the Physical by the Stuart Weitzman; simple, atrtractive, classical, and designed to be worn on almost any occasion.
To this the Manolo can only add that this past weekend, the Posse Manolo tried on the wedge variation of the Physical by the Stuart Weitzman, and to the woman, they characterized it as being among the most comfortable shoes they have ever worn.
Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is available for the downloading at the website of the Express of the Washington Post.
Today, the topic it is the shoes for the pregnant lady.
I’m expecting a baby in early October. This is lovely and wonderful beyond words, but I’m not looking forward to enduring my third trimester and the inevitable swelling of the feets. Any suggestions for low-heeled, fashionable, office-appropriate shoes that will not look and feel like torture devices when the edema hits?
Manolo says, the Manolo he has so much sympathy for the working pregnant ladies he occasionally encounters on his strolls around the big city.
Often he wishes he could spirit the most oppressed looking of these women away to the African resort country of Namibia for the final trimester of gestation. There they could luxuriate in the pampered comfort, while being served the exotic meals of the macrobiotic ice cream and the holistic pickles in the company of the hunky Hollywood dimwits, who would provide the frequent foot massaging using only the finest of the crocodile-based unguents.
But, sadly, the Manolo he does not possess such extravagant resources, and so all he usually does is to suggest to these uncomfortable ladies of pregnancy that they “take it easy, deary”, the same advice provided by generations of the elderly Jewish grandmothers.
As for the shoes, the Manolo must sadly inform his friend that her feets they will never be the same again, that although the swelling will recede after the birth, they will always be somewhat larger. And so, prepared with this knowledge, the Manolo would recommend the quality shoe that can be worn postpartum, such as this classic loafter, the Linkedperf from the Stuart Weitzman, which is available in the wider widths for the swelling feets.
Manolo says, even though the Manolo was travelling much of the previous week, he still found the time to write his column, which is available for the downloading at the new website of the Express of the Washington Post.
Summer is here, and I long for lovely, special, summer shoes. It is difficult, though, to find the shoes that make the heart sing without making the other attorneys say “WHY is she wearing THOSE?” Can you perhaps recommend something lovely, yet not too obvious/ostentatious, for summer for the working girl?
The heart of the Manolo, it goes out to those spirited young peoples, like the Ruby, who have found themselves in the legal profession, and who must now everyday push the giant stack of documents up the steep hill, the stack that everyday only grows larger while the summit only recedes further into the clouds.
Worse, what makes the futility doubly painful it is that while the young lawyers are pushing on the stack of papers, just outside the building, visible through the gilded windows of the senior partner’s corner office, it is the glorious warm day that is dying without them.
Is it the wonder then that so many of the lawyers fantasize about the escape, usually through such ridiculous and magical means as the writing of the best-selling legal thriller, one that will, quote, “make the Grisham look like Mary Poppins.”
Do not despair, young lawyers, the Dr. Manolo has the prescription for the feeling of ennui brought on by the knowledge of legal entropy…it is the shoes!
The Manolo suggests the Hampton from the Stuart Weitzman, it is the light, coolly sophisticated shoe in the neutral tones that will sooth your lawyerly estrangement from nature.
Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading. Today the topic it is the shoes for the maid of the bride.
I am going to be a bride’s maid in my best friends wedding. She wanted all of us to get different shades of pink dresses, and me being the loud friend, I went with fuschia. But now the inevitable question – what color shoes do I wear with a fuschia tea length dress?
Manolo says, the Manolo has noticed over the past three or four of the years that the dresses of the bridesmaids have grown slightly less hideous.
Where before, the young woman who agreed to be the bridesmaid of her friend could have relied upon the the poofy/frilly gown designed to minimize the bust and maximize the booty–the thing which well-suited the needs of the bride to be unchallenged in matters of attractiveness on her super-duper-I’m-the-princess-for-life special day–now the trend it has moved towards having bridesmaids who perhaps maybe look okay.
Still the eternal problem it is that the dresses must match the fantasy color scheme decided upon by the Bridezilla and her rampaging mob of wedding consultants and hangers-on. But because it is always the role of the maid of the bride to grin and endure such indignities, she must remember that she is the designer accessory more than the actual participant.
Thus the smart maid of the bride learns the value of having the good cobbler, one who knows about the dying of the shoes.
The secret then it is to purchase the basic white satin pump of the good quality, like the Temptress from the Stuart Weitzman, and to take it to the good cobbler together with the swatch of the material of the dress.
Manolo says, finally the Manolo has the picture of the super fantastic, super exotic shoes made by the Stuart Weitzman and worn by the Kathleen “Bird” York at the Awards of the Academy.
The Manolo he was expecting something spangly and bling-blingy, but in the stead, these they are wonderfully understated and rich, in the best sense of the word, and mosts luxurious indeed.
Every year the Stuart Weitzman prepares the special shoes for the celebration of the Oscars. Last year it was the shoes made from the jewels owned by the Marilyn Monroe.
This year, the Stuart Weitzman will be desinging the spectacular shoes using the gems of the Rita Hayworth which are currently in the collection of the Rita Hayworth’s daughter the Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. These shoes, which will be worth nearly $3 million of the American dollars are to be worn by the Kathleen Bird York.
These shoes above, they are also made by the Stuart Weitzman for the stars to wear at the Oscars. Sadly they do not include the shoes of the gems of the Rita Hayworth, but they do include the pair of the shoes with the M&Ms and the crystals, worth $10,000 of the American dollars.
Manolo says, the Manolo’s most recent column for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading. Today, it is the shoes for the super fantastic scientist.
I’m a scientist, and my work in the lab requires much standing and walking back and forth. When I was a grad student I wore sneakers, but now that there is a title next to my name, I’d like to wear something more elegant.
Manolo says, oddly, the Manolo he personally knows many of the brianiac scientists, and he would have to say that sartorially they are the sorry lot, perhaps second only to the mechanical engineers and the German fashion designers in terms of fashion faux pas per minute.
Thank goodness for the lab coat!
And so given the usual standards of dress which the scientists adopt, the Manolo he cannot but be cheered that his friend would seek out professional counsel in the matter of feetwear. It is with such minor victories that the battle against ugliness is won.
Of the course, this quest of the Manolo’s scientific friend, to find the comfortable but also super fantastic and affordable shoes, it is the search for the Holy Grail.
We who are but the humble servants of the shoe, we spend of our lives looking for this elusive and majestic relic, and she who has located it truly has found the “pearl of great price”.
The Manolo he does not say that these shoes from the Stuart Weitzman called the Buckminster (like the Buckminster Fuller!) are as unto the treasures of heaven, but they have the reputation for comfort, and they are in the opinion of the Manolo stylish enough so as to shame the scientific colleagues into wearing something better.
P.P.S. Engineer Chic!
Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.
I have been graciously given a few coupons to use at Zappos.com But they are the “act fast or expire” kind. So armed with my new bonus of $70, I would like to find some neutral (bone, taupe, tan,bronze) strappy sandals.
I can probably put a few extra dollars onto it (70+150 or so) but am wondering which of their lot is
1) not matronly
2) not too high
so I wonder, if the Manolo of the Shoeblogs.com would be so kind as to assist me.
Manolo says, the coupons! The friend of the Manolo is indeed most lucky. Here are three pairs of the super fantastic shoes that the Manolo thinks would be worth the wearing.
When the Manolo he thinks of the comfortable sandals of strappiness, he must indeed think of the Stuart Weitzman. This color, it is called the “gold matte lame”. Do not ask the Manolo how the “lame” it can also at the same of the time be “matte”. It sounds to the Manolo like the dangerous combination of the opposing materials, like the meeting of the matter and the anti-matter. Whatever, are they not indeed most pretty?
This one from the Charles David it is the simple and the classic choice, and in the color “camel kid” less dangerous than the “matte lame”.
Finally, here is this beautiful shoe from the Delman. It is the little more elaborate, but it is also, in the humble opinion of the Manolo, stunning.