Manolo the Columnist: Calypso from Ancient Greek Sandals

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

Dear Manolo,

I need a pair of really fun sandals to wear, something to help me get through the DC summer. I should mention that I’ve been told I’m a bit quirky.

Delilah

Manolo says, ayyyyy! Summer has officially started and it is officially the first big heat wave. How do we know this? Just this morning, on the television, the Manolo saw Al Roker melting into the puddle on the sidewalk outside the NBC studios, screaming over and over, “the fire! It burns, it burns!”

Or, perhaps not.

Every year, the residents of the Washington D.C. go through the same ritual: decrying the first intensely humid and heatful day , calling it “unprecedented”, as if the Washington summers had never before been hot.

“What’s this,” says the average newcomer to the District, “It’s going to be 95 degrees outside? Why was I not informed about this oppressive climate?”

Thankfully, we live in the age of ubiquitous air conditioning, when we can scamper from the house, to the car, to the office with only the few seconds exposure to nature’s blast furnace. And yet, strangely, these few seconds are enough to cause widespread lamentations among the citizenry.

So, what does the quirky girl wear when the weather turns hot? Something Hellenic (it is frequently hot in Greece), such as these marvelously amusing sandals, the Calypso from Ancient Greek Sandals. With these on your feets you would be impervious to fire!

Calypso Sandal from Ancient Greek Sandals

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: 6568 Ankle Bootie from Sigerson Morrison

Sigerson Morrison 6568 Ankle Bootie

Manolo says, what is that you are saying?

“But Manolo, it is hot outside, and I do not need the leather ankle bootie.”

To which the Manolo responds, does not the fall follow the summer, like the night after the day? By which he means, this high-quality,classic leather bootie, selling at less than one-third the regular price (only $99.97!) is the bargain too good to pass up, especially if you are the forward thinking girl who can buy this and put it away for the next three months.

Manolo says, one secret to smart shopping is buying the shoes when they are out of season.

Things That Confuse the Manolo: Cantaloupe Belts

Cantaloupe Belts, LOL WUT?

Manolo says, they do not look like they will fit around the average-sized cantaloupe.

Manolo’s Thursday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few items which may amuse…

Ignorance of your buyers is not an excuse. I mean, this is a major shoe for the S/S 2012 season. Do your buyers just not follow the fashion news and world or are they actively looking for “inspired by” pieces?
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She’s always up-to-date and she always knows what to wear.

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Smith paid a $1.8 million worth of charges to American Express for private jet charters; $715,000 for commercial airfare; $600,000 for lodging, cruise charges and misc. travel expenses; $32,500 for a luncheon for six people prepared by Food Network star Ina Garten at her barn in East Hampton, NY;

How Many Shoes Do You Own?

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friend, the delightful Virginia Postrel, has asked the Manolo to conduct the little impromptu survey. The question to be answered is: How Many Shoes Do You Own?

Paula Abdul's shoe closet

Paula Abdul Loves the Shoes!


For the Manolo, this is the exceedingly difficult question to answer. Indeed, the first problem is whether or not the Manolo should include shoes he does not, nor could ever, wear, such as the several dozen shoes which form the core of the Manolo’s personal “Historic Shoe Collection”. These are not so much “shoes” as “objets d’art” (or perhaps “holy relics”), and as such they occupy the special place in the heart of the Manolo.

Then, should the Manolo include in the count shoes which he has received through the mail as part of his career as the shoeblogger of note? He usually gives these away, but there are often several pairs sitting around. Does he own these shoes? Or, they as ships passing in the night?

Ayyyy! This problem, it is too complex! Let us just say that the Manolo owns many shoes, many, many, many pairs of the shoes. More one hundred, less than one thousand (maybe). In the other words, too many to count.

And, now it is your turn: How many shoes do you own?

P.S. Please be so kind as to leave your answers in the commenting section below.

Things That Make the Manolo Laugh: Tom Jones and Luciano Pavarotti

Manolo says, just because it does.

Kristen Stewart, Anti-Glamour

Nice Hair

Manolo says, behold, the highest paid actress in Hollywood!

$34.5 million dollars for looking drippy in Balmain and Ed Grimley’s hairdo; $34.5 million for affectless performances that could be better done by the department store mannequin with the midget inside.

At least the mannequin-midget would look good in the clothes.

Speaking of which, the Manolo does not wish to be harsh, but girlfriend does not know how to wear the clothes, indeed, she seems uncomfortable in anything that does not have the drawstring. Slouching, scowling, muttering her way down the red carpet, at one movie premiere after the next; woe be to the designer who thinks he has found the perfect celebrity showcase, for Kristen Stewart’s anti-glamour makes everything look bad.

But, on the plus side, unlike the last highest paid actress, she will not be stealing Brad Pitt away from his woman.

And now the few examples, to prove the Manolo’s point…

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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.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Katherine Heigl Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Katherine Heigl!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, and multiple-time winner, Carole, for being the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity of note.

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.

Manolo’s Wednesday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few amusing things to help you while the time…

Manolo is one of our people. (Manolo loves the shoes!)
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I’m not some pathetic football widow, jumping on her boyfriend’s sports bandwagon though. Many moons ago, I waitressed at the Highbury football ground and served David Seaman and Thierry Henry a drink or two.
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Pastels, platforms and intricate, swirly flourishes in rich suede dominate the whimsical collection. These are definitely not shoes for the shy.
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