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Manolo's Shoe Blog: Shoes, Fashion, Celebrity, and Manolo! - Part 32

Internet Famous!

Manolo says, apparently, the Manolo is famous in Romania!

Cel mai celebru blogger anonim al momentului este „Manolo the Shoe Blogger“. Nimeni nu ştie cum arată, de unde vine sau ce vârstă/culoare are dar se presupune că este latino-american. A mărturisit într-un interviu că a locuit în Argentina şi îşi încheie e-mail-urile cu „Besos“. Manolo, oricine ar fi el cu adevărat, a reuşit să-şi construiască un personaj hazliu de tip bufon care nu-i va plictisi prea curând pe miile de cititori strânşi din 2004 încoace. Marca sa înregistrată: folosirea articolului hotărât „the“ în faţa numelor de persoane şi vorbirea la persoana a treia singular. Este cu siguranţă unul dintre cei mai vânaţi bloggeri anonimi din lume.

The Manolo has only the most limited idea what is actually being said, still, it is nice to be recognized by kindly peoples in distant places, no?

And look! There were also the few paragraphs about the Manolo, last year, in the Forbes Romanian edition.

Ayyyyy! The Manolo says, to all of his Romanian internet friends, Salut!

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.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Joan Rivers Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Joan Rivers!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Carole, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s annoying celebrity of note.

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Damiana from Enzo Angliolini

Damiana Wedge from Enzo Angiolini

Manolo says, what is not to like about the cork-heeled wedge sandal that is selling for less than $50? Marked down nearly 60% from the usual price? This is the sort of inexpensive shoe that would work well in the closet of the fashionably inclined teenager.

Run, Run

Not so much the artistic statement, as the naked threat.

Madonna has the gun.

As the Manolo noted, following the debacle of the Super Bowl, the Madonna phenomenon has entered the terminal, fascistic period, in which we are urged to join the Material Girl cult of personality at the point of the gun.

Continue Reading…

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.


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.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

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.

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.

Manolo the Columnist: Halen from Vince Cumuto

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

Dear Manolo:

Now that the warmer weather is here, I’d love to start wearing sandals again–unfortunately, what’s stopping me is my very unattractive bunion. I need a cute, boho-style sandal that will hide this eyesore!


Manolo says, ayyyyy, it is the attack of the bunion, the reprehensible growth that can disfigure even the most aesthetically pleasing of feets.

Indeed, one day your feets are looking so svelte and ladylike and the next, it is as if some medieval peasant has shucked off her muddy hobnailed boots and revealed to the world her monstrous deformity, the writhing, throbbing, veiny growth that promises the swallow up entire villages, leave husbands widowered, and children orphaned.

Well, perhaps the Manolo has exaggerated for the effect.

But, still, to those unfortunates who have developed the bunions it certainly feels as your briefly youthful summer as the sandal-wearing, hotty-momma has reached its end, and henceforth it will be nothing for you but the sort of sensible orthopeadic shoes favored by aging nuns and stout, middle-school PE teachers who are forced to dress up for graduation.

Again, the Manolo has exaggerated.

Actually, bunions, although painful, are not the end of the world. Many very stylish, famous young women, such as Victoria Beckham, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, and the super model Iman, are be-bunnioned, without seeming to affect their ability to show their feet in public.

Here is Halen from Vince Camuto, the hotty-mamma, espadrillish, platform sandal that will cover up your shame.

Halen from Vince Camuto

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Minnie Driver Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Minnie Driver!

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

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?