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High Heeled Shoe Racing Comes to America

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Manolo says, the Manolo knew that it was only the matter of time until the Eastern European sport of stiletto racing arrived in America.

Happily, it is for the good cause, as Regis and Kelly and Dr. Scholls will be sponsoring the big race in New York City to benefit the March of Dimes. And you can keep your zlotys and rubles and euros, as the top prize is $25,000 of the American dollars!

High Heel Racing, Men’s Division

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Manolo says, the Manolo has long reported on the Eastern European mania for the sport of sprinting in the high heels. And now, finally, it has arrived in the United States.

The demand to see Hannah Montana, the TV alter ego of 14-year-old singer Miley Cyrus, has made the show the hottest ticket of the year, with seats reselling at an average of $240 — topping the Police, Bruce Springsteen or Van Halen.

With the 54-date “Best of Both Worlds Tour” kicking off in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday, local radio station Y98 offered dads the chance to be their daughter’s hero by putting on heels and racing 50 yards to win four tickets.

“We got a couple of hundred phone calls from people asking questions about where to get high heeled shoes big enough for husbands and about 150 men turned up in high heels,” Mark Edwards, director of programming at Y98, told Reuters.

He said the field for the “high heel derby” was narrowed down to 50 runners and won on Wednesday by Matt Austin, who was competing on behalf of his boss who has a young daughter.

This is not fair! The Manolo will now have to call upon the sport’s governing body to investigate whether or not it is legal to use “ringers” to compete!

P.S. From the Manolo’s internet friends at Wizbang Pop

Yet More High Heel Racing

Monday, August 6th, 2007

Manolo says, here is yet another video of the Eastern European sport of stiletto racing.

It is still madness.

High Heel Racing

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Manolo says, for those of you who do not follow the sporting pages, in Eastern Europe July is the month for the sport of High Heel Racing!

In St. Petersburg…

In Moscow…

In Berlin.

All of it madness!

Manolo the Columnist: Aprelle from Ugg

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

In mid-November, I’m attending a wedding in Montreal. I’ve already got my shoes for the ceremony and the reception picked out, however, I need something both stylish and warm to wear around town, while I’m there. What do you suggest?


Manolo says, the last time the Manolo visited Quebec, it was the few years ago, in the February, when the weather was clear, beautiful and freezingly cold, with the outside temperature hovering somewhere around seven thousand degrees below zero.

Of the course, this did not dissuade the Quebecois from racing their mobiles of snow through the woods at all hours of the day, wide-open throttle in one hand, semi-frozen Molsen beer in the other.

But such hardy outdoor pastimes are not for the Manolo. who, like the iguana, is the warm weather creature, one which prefers basking himself on the rock in the sun to having parts of his nose fall off from the icy bite of Señor Jack Frost.

But, to each his own, eh? Far be it from the Manolo to suggest that people who race snowmobiles and voluntarily eat the cheese-curd-gravy-and-french-fried dish known as poutine may in some way be slightly off.

Here is the Aprelle from Ugg, the wedge-heeled shearling boot that will keep you looking good and feeling warm until spring.

Aprelle from Ugg

Dior Intrigante Over-the-Knee Boots for the Monday

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Manolo says, it is Monday and you have only been at your desk for two hours and already it has been one of those sort of days. And the rest of the week does not look so good, what with the deadlines that are racing at you and your general sense that things are collapsing around you.

And then your boss comes in and drops the stack of files on your desk.

“Need it pronto. Like yesterday, if possible.”


Steven Slater, Hero of the Working Man

And suddenly you are looking around for the emergency exit chute. For if you could find that, together with the pair of beers, and access to the office public address system, your day would immediately be much, much better.

Well, such is the stuff of your Johnny Paycheck fantasies. Hey look! Reality television has come the knocking!!

According to website TMZ, Stone Entertainment, the company that has produced scores of reality TV such as The Mole for ABC and Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style for Bravo, has approached Slater’s attorney with an offer for Slater to appear in his own show.

[…] the show will feature Slater helping people quit their crummy jobs in as spectacular a manner as ever.

Well, this is certainly not the surprise. Perhaps you should give him the call so as to arrange your public exit.

Best case scenario? During the filming of your segment, your latent talent for improvisional humor will be revealed, prompting the producers to offer your own series on the Lifetime network, where it achieves the solid ratings. At which point you will get your revenge by returning to your old place of work, wearing these Dior Intigrante Over-the-Knee Suede and Leather Boots.

Dior Intigrante Over-the-Knee Suede and Leather Boots

Worst case scenario…???

Lizard Embossed Peep-Toes from Jimmy Choo For the Monday

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk working hard to insure that your family does not go without the latest cell phones, the newest laptops computers, and the new flat screen television in every room in the house (well, maybe not the three and the half bathrooms). Yes, you are leaving the house at seven-thirty every morning, and then trading away your precious time so that your family can distract itself to death, so that your teenagers can develop well-muscled, dexterous thumbs, and your husband can watch sporting events at any hour of the day.

Remember when you were the little kid and your uncles and aunts would sometimes get together at your grandparents’ house, where they would drink highballs and smoke cigarettes and entertain each other with funny stories and old songs?

Your relatives had these hilarious tales they would tell each other, properly embellished with wild gestures and perfect mimicry. Your Uncle Bill’s were the best. And even though all the cousins were racing around the yard, in and out of the house, playing various games, when Uncle Bill started talking about his time in the Army and his crazy friends, you sat right down on the floor and listened to him, because it was like the funniest episode of Sgt. Bilko ever made. Better even.

And now he is gone. And so are your grandparents, and Dad, and the few others you desperately miss.

But that is the nature of things. You get old and you miss how things used to be.


Perhaps you need to look at some pictures of beautiful shoes. Something simple, understated and elegant, something maybe your grandmother, who was the great beauty, would have worn when she was younger.

Something like these classic Jimmy Choo Lizard-Embossed Peep-Toe Mary Janes.

Jimmy Choo Lizard-Embossed Mary Janes


Manolo’s Friday Miscellany

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

For me knock-offs are like tracing the images of comic books. Someone else did the hard work and you just traced it and didn’t have to come up with an original thought.


The thing is, I have absolutely no idea WHY I feel like someone locked me in a portapotty filled with angry badgers, I just do.

Bright Colors for to Hasten the Arrival of Spring

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Manolo says, winter, winter go away, bring the Manolo the fine spring day!

So that he may see these shoes on the feets of his friends.

Kayla from Elizabeth and James

The Kayla from Elizabeth and James in bright multi-snake yellow-yellow-yellow.

Lacross from Stuart Weitzman

The Lacross from Stuart Weitzman in sea patent aniline blue-blue-blue.

Estelle Wedge from Dolce Gabanna

The Estelle Wedge from the Dolce and the Gabbana in kelly-esque, sorta-MG-racing greeny-greeny-green.

And now, this is the time on the Shoe Blogs when the Manolo dances!

Manolo the Columnist: Sebbie from Kate Spade

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

My boyfriend and I have tickets to attend the Metropolitan Opera in December. We have very good seats, and I want to get dressed up, but I also don’t want to be cold or uncomfortable walking around New York on our way to and from the event. Do you have a suggestion for a pair of shoes that says “dress up” but also “winter”?


Manolo says, how nice to see that there are young peoples who are still taking the interest in the opera! The Manolo had begun to believe that it was only the fogeys of oldness, such as himself, who still cared.

Of the course, one of the minor pleasures of aging is being able to complain about the cultural philistinism of the young peoples.

You know, sort of like, “These truculent whippersnappers racing their jalopies down to the drug-store and getting themselves all het up over that Bing Crosby on the jukebox, thinking Jolson isn’t good enough for them. Why it’s the end of western civilization, I tell you!”

Although, the first opera whippersnappers undoubtedly had their coachmen race their carriages down to the opera house, where they got all het up over Mozart, and thought Gregorian chant wasn’t good enough for them.

Look! Here is the Sebbie from Kate Spade. The elegant black suede pump with exactly the right about of understated ornamentation.

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Manolo the Book Reviewer

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Manolo says, the Manolo has reviewed the The Towering World of Jimmy Choo for the New York Post. Here is opening part to whet your appetite.

Like all good fairy tales the story of the phenomenal success of Jimmy Choo shoes should, by rights, begin with the poor, but honest cobbler toiling tirelessly in his decrepit workshop. Such virtue should be then rewarded. But, this is the 21st century, and so this fairy tale, “The Towering World of Jimmy Choo,” by Lauren Goldstein Crowe and Sagra Maceira de Rosen, begins with naked pictures of a spoiled rich girl.The Towering World of Jimmy Choo

The spoiled rich girl is Tamara Mellon, the force behind the transformation of Jimmy Choo from the talented, persnickety, poor-but-honest Chinese-Malaysian-English cobbler, into the household name. The naked photographs, which are being auctioned off by Christies to benefit charity, are not just of Mellon, but an entire who is the who gallery of 21st century celebrity slatterns, including the queen bee herself, Paris Hilton, clad only in Cartier jewels and Jimmy Choo shoes. At the auction, “the [bidding] exchange continued until Walid Juffali, a Saudi Arabian billionaire, had spent £220,000 (or $396,000) for the naked Tamara. He beat out Flavio Briatore, the Formula One racing boss and one of Tamara’s old flames, who was seated in the front row next to Elton John. It was shy of the £270,000 ($486,000) that Juffali had paid for the naked Kate Moss moments before.”

Such is the raw material of the modern fable: wealthy nincompoops, grasping self-promoters, society page jackasses, bumptious oil sheiks and vaguely aristocratic, Euro-trash slimeballs, all jumbled together with more money than can be reasonably counted in one lifetime.

Now you must go read the whole thing.

What the Manolo Is…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…



Listening to…

The Manolo has come to the conclusion that it is impossible to make the fully satisfying cinematic adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Indeed, only the person who had never read the novel Persuasion could be content with the latest filmic version, staring the Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones.

Yes, there were portions of the production that were amusing, but the final fifteen minutes, which showed the Anne Elliot racing about Bath like the Sarah-Connor-style action heroine, were especially absurd. Likewise, the Manolo was annoyed by the frustratingly slow kiss which sealed the relationship between Anne and Captain Wentworth.

This is not how people in love behave, not even those who are fearfully constrained by the formal customs of their age. The Manolo calls these sort of cinematic scenarios “phoney-baloney movie love,” because they are more about the filmmakers wrongheaded notions of how lovers should behave, and are not drawn from life.

Perhaps the problem for the Manolo is that the works of Jane Austen live fully in his mind in ways that cannot be improved upon by the movie adaptation. And while there have been valiant attempts at translation to the screen, ultimately, they have all fallen short.

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