The First Winner!

Manolo says, the Tylia of the San Carlos, California, (who may be known to some of you as the commentor BisNation) she is the first winner in the Manolo’s contest!

Her name it was selected at the random by the Manolo to receive the copy of the Jane Eldershaw’s very amusing book Heart and Sole : The Shoes of My Life. (The Jane Eldershaw she is of the course, one of the judges of the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Essay Contest.)

Over the next few weeks the Manolo will be giving away many more of the prizes, like the books and the shoe boxes and the various other fantastic things. So, make the Mama proud and enter the contest soon!


No Poncho Day

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have been emailing the Manolo to tell him that today, on the new show of the Martha Stewart, it was the Poncho Day.

Perhaps it is the time to renew our vows to the Manolo’s No Poncho Pledge.

And to remind you that the fashion mania for the Poncho it is now over.

What the Manolo is…

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




The Manolo’s recent adventure in the Philadelphia it has inspired the Manolo to read about the Ben Franklin. Yes, you know that the Ben Franklin he was the American genius, worthy of our admiration and emulation, but perhaps you did not know that the Ben Franklin he invented the Kiteboarding?


Our Patroness

Saint Imelda, Patroness of Shoe Buyers

Manolo says, here you see the blessed patron saint of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog. Is she not resplendent?

Manolo in the City of the Brotherly Love

Manolo says, please forgive the Manolo as he had to briefly step away from the blogging this weekend to attend the fancy semi-society wedding on the Main Line in the Philadelphia. The best man he was the New York muy famoso.

Of the course, the trip it included the visit to the King of the Prussia Mall for the shopping extravaganza with the Posse Manolo. It is not the secret that the Manolo he rarely enters the malls, but there are the precious few (The Mall of the Short Hills, the Galleria in the Dallas ) for which he will make the exception.

To the mind of the Manolo, this pair of the daring shoes of the Giuseppe Zanotti, was the best purchase of the trip. (That and the little something the Manolo he had to purchase for the Manolo himself.)

This shoe it good because it is on the exact border between the trashy and the classic, where, as the long time readers of the Manolo know, the true fashion lies.

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Once in the while the truly fashionable girl she must cast out the book of the rules and chart her own course in the matter of the footwear, she must defy the convention, and the staid and the stultifying rules of the mob.


The Word Count

Manolo says, the Manolo he must remind you that if are submitting the story to the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Essay Contest you must adhere to the restriction of the no more than 300 words. It is the rule, not the suggestion.

Yes, the Manolo he recognizes that there is perhaps the irony in the fact that the Manolo he has just rejected one of the hoary old rules about the wearing of the white shoes, but in this case, the rule about the word count it is both practical and necessary.

Already the Manolo he has received nearly 50 entries to his contest and it is only the second day! Also, imagine if you will the uproar from the legalistic peoples if the Manolo he were to give the award to someone who wrote the essay of over 1000 words! Ayyyyyyy! The headaches.

So, in the conclusion, please keep your stories under the 300 word count.

The ShoeBuy

Manolo says, one of the major sponsors of the Manolo’s Super Fantastic Essay Contest is the (to whom the Manolo he is eternally grateful) they now have their own Official Shoe Blog!

The Fashion Blogs

Manolo says, Ayyyyyy, the Times of the New York they have done the article on the fashion blogs! And there is the picture of the Manolo’s internet friend the Barneys Girl, and she is indeed most beautiful and super fantastic.

With names like Fashionologie, Kiss Me, Stace, Shoewawa and Now Smell This, the more popular fashion blogs are compelling enough that “to ignore them is to run the risk of seeming out of touch,” said Brandon Holley, the new editor in chief of Jane, the young women’s style magazine. Readers identify with bloggers’ idiosyncratic, rebellious voices, said Ms. Holley, who has added two online diarists to her stable of contributors. The blogs, which are updated weekly, daily and sometimes hourly, are a platform uniquely well suited to fashion news, she added.

“Fashion moves so fast, ” Ms. Holley said, “that readers find the blogs keep up better than even the tabloids like Us Weekly.”

Writing with a candor not often glimpsed in the pages of that celebrity weekly, or in W, InStyle or Harpers Bazaar, bloggers form an opinionated, informed and spirited community. They may be a long way from displacing Vogue as a fashion authority, but they are steadily gaining clout with consumers and marketers.

“In coming months we can expect that fashion blogs are probably going to have the same kind of influence that we see in widely read blogs about gadgets and high tech toys like BoingBoing,” said Bob Wyman, the chief technology officer and a founder of PubSub, a search engine that offers a weekly rating of a blog’s popularity based in part on the number of links that appear in the content and also the number of postings.

This it is exactly what the Manolo said many months ago in this very blog.

The Manolo he is confident in predicting that the fashion blogging, it is only in its infancy, and that it will grow in the importance over the coming two or three years. Indeed, look for more of the fashion industry insiders to begin their own blogs.

Of the course, this it was not the especially prescient prediction, but the Manolo he takes the pride in it nonetheless, and he notes that indeed the fashion insiders, like the Beverly Feldman, they now have their own blogs.

This article by the Ruth La Ferla, it is quite good, but, sadly, for some reason, the Manolo he was not mentioned. Happily, many of his internet friends they were!

White Shoes After the Day of Labor

Manolo says, here is the latest column from the Manolo, in which he answers one of the most difficult of the questions in the world of the shoes:

Dear Manolo,

White shoes after Labor Day, yes or no?


Manolo says, ah, the eternal question to which the Manolo he gives the eternal answer: yes, yes, the thousand times yes, the white shoes they may be worn after the Day of Labor.

Usually, the Manolo, he is the man of traditions, however, some of the traditions, such as this one, they are the vestiges of ridiculous rules made by the petty peoples.

Instead, the correct rule it is always appropriateness. It is indeed not appropriate to wear the flip flops to meet the Mr. President. However, it is most appropriate to wear the super fantastic white shoes anytime the weather it is clement.

If the shoe looks good, the shoe it must be worn.

These white sandals, the Hilton from the Nicole Miller, would they not look good, even in October?

The Manolo he does not shy away from the controversy!
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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is available for the dowload at the site of the Express of the Washington Post. The topic it is the wearing of the white shoes after the Day of Labor. Also, happily, the Manolo he is able to report that the editors, they have alloted to the Manolo sufficient space so that all of his column it will appear.

Later today, the Manolo he will post the column here.


One World, One Dream

Manolo says, one sad set of male models.

P.S. 0nce again the Manolo must note that in China the standards for the male modeling career they do not appear prohibitively high.

The Super Fantastic Essay Contest

Manolo says, AYYYYYYYY! let the contest begin!!!!

From today until the 10th of the October, 2005, the Manolo he will be accepting entries into the Super Fantastic Essay Contest of the Manolo.

Write the short essay about the shoes (not to exceed 300 words in the length) and send it to the Manolo at [email protected]. (Please to send the essay in the body of the email, as the Manolo he is justifiably chary of the attachments. For the complete rules click here.)

The essay it can be funny, or melancholy, or wry, or ridiculous, or absurdist, or anything you the writer of the essay think the Manolo and his judges would like. The winners they will be picked on the basis of originality, style, and overall super fantasticness.

Grand Super Fantastic First Prize:
(Total retail value over $1,000 of the American dollars!)
The $200 gift certificate from
The $250 gift certificate from Zappos
The $100 gift certificate from
The gift certificate for one pair of the super fantastic shoes from the incomparable diva, the Beverly Feldman.
The gift certificate for one pair of the super fantastic shoes from the Magnolia Shoes
The original signed cartoon art from the hilarious Donna Barstow.
One pair of the Boot Legs to help your fancy new boots retain their shape.
To store your new shoes, ten clear shoe boxes courtesy of the stylish and witty, Shoelover.
Books, books, and more of the books about the fashion and the style and the shoes, including: The Substance of Style, The Essence of Style, Heart and Sole, The Perfect Fit, She’s Got Issues, and Pretty City New York

Grand Super Fantastic Second Prize
(Total retail value over $600 of the American dollars!)
The $250 gift certificate from Zappos
The $100 gift certificate from
The $50 gift certificate from
The gift certificate for one pair of the super fantastic shoes from the Magnolia Shoes
Ten clear shoe boxes
One pair of the Boot Legs
Books! Many Books!

Grand Super Fantastic Third Prize
(Total retail value pretty good!)
The $250 gift certificate from Zappos
The $50 gift certificate from
The $25 gift certificate from
Ten 10 clear shoe boxes

More Prizes
Additionally, the Manolo he will be randomly awarding the small prizes during the course of the contest, books, shoe boxes, socks, and much more. There will even be the special secret prize for the many fans of the Manolo who love the knitting and the crocheting (or would like to learn the knitting or crocheting) from the Manolo’s internet friends at the Lion Brand Yarn!

The Judges of The Super Fantastic Essay Contest of the Manolo
The Manolo he has brought together two of the shoe-loving celebrity judges to help him pick the winners from among what is sure to be the many thousand of the entries: Jane Eldershaw, shoe lover and author of the very witty book, Heart and Sole : The Shoes of My Life, and the Meghan Cleary, shoe lover, television personality, and author of the most amusing, The Perfect Fit: What Your Shoes Say About You.

And now Manolo shouts, Let the contesting begin!

Click here for complete contest rules.