Minding the Manolo

Manolo says, here from the NormBlog is the story of the consequences of not paying attention to the advice of the Manolo.

Once upon a time there was a young girl who every day read the blog of the marvellous person, the Manolo. She read it for its exquisite taste, its witty literary style and its humane and enhancing attitude to matters of everyday existence. But she was a bit of a foot-dragger when it came to actually following the advice contained therein: i.e. you must only ever buy the super fantastic shoes, and if you are the poor girl (which this girl isn’t, actually) then you must save up.

Such extravagant praise, it is enough to make the Manolo blush.


From the Bawdy Houses of the Outback

Manolo says, this it is enough to drive the lonesome cowboy back to the cattle.


Manolo’s Friday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few things that perhaps will amuse.

Shoe-perstitions (via the ever witty Shoe Sense)

Mr. Henry the Abstemious Foodblogger

The Stain Also Rises


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available.

Today, the Manolo takes you through the six stages of shoe-loss grief.

Dear Manolo,

For four years, I had a pair of black, beautiful, round toed pumps with a thin heel about 2 inches high. They were sexy and comfortable, and I wore them everywhere. And then a terrible thing happened, the strap holding the buckle broke. I can’t get them fixed. I’ve looked everywhere but I can’t find a suitable replacement.


Manolo says, how well the Manolo knows the six stages of the shoe-loss grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and shopping.

First there is the Denial: “It is not possible that the shoes they have become unwearable! Perhaps if they are allowed to rest under the bed for the week or two, they will get better on their own.”

Then comes the Anger: “Noooooooooooo! Estupido! Do you not know that I need you for the hot date!”

Next, the Bargaining: “I promise, please, if they are restored to give them the most luxrious shoe trees, and the special shoebox on the shelf of honor in the closet.”

After that, the Depression: “Today, instead of going to the place of work, I will lay on the coach and clutch my beloved damaged shoes to my breast.”

Then, the Acceptance: “The shoes, they are gone, and the new ones are now needed.”

Finally, the Shopping: “Huzzah!”

The Elenor, she is clearly at the final stage of shoe-loss grief, which it is why the Manolo would recommend to her the Sigerson Morrison 5046. They are the beautiful, suede, ankle-strapped, round-toed pumps, perfect for helping to cope with the loss of the loved ones.

Sigerson Morrison 5046   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Not The Trekkies

Manolo says, no, this pair they are not, as you may suspect, the King and Queen of the Trek Expo 2005.

In the stead, they are the Kiwi fashion designers, who with this picture are proving some of the theories the Manolo maintains about those who make the fashion.

Here is the Manolo talking about the Project Runway designers.

Indeed, many designers they will simply give up and dress themselves in all black all of the time, thinking that non-color will deflect from them the criticisms of their poor fashion choices.


So the making over of the designers, it is something the Manolo has longed to do, to transform them from the random shambling heaps of hair balls and cleaning rags, into something more like sentient beings.

In the best of cases this it would not be the easiest of the tasks as the designers of the Project Runway, they are not the handsome peoples.This it is not the handicap in the world of fashion, as it is also true that many of the famous fashion designers, they too are ugly.

The Manolo, he theorizes that this it is because the ugly they are naturally drawn to the beauty.

Yes, one does not wish to be overly cruel to those who are not beautiful, especially as the Manolo himself is not the prize sow at the state fair, however he cannot but notice that these things are often true.


The Next Carnivale of the Couture

Manolo says, the next Carnivale of the Couture it will be held at the very amusing Sense of Soot.

The Topic is Torturous Fashion, and not the kind you tried, hated, and discarded. Oh no, we’re going deeper into the dark corners than that, my dumplings. There is something you have owned, a style you have loved with a masochism unparalleled. We’d adore a picture of the wicked object of your agonized affection, but you must at least confess what fashion item hurt you, and why you continued wearing it in your twisted triumph and shame.

Excellent topic!


So Beautiful!

763480 by Pucci    Manolo Adores!  Click!

Manolo says, some of the time, Pucci makes the gasps!

Yes, this shoe it indeed most costly, but is it not also most beautiful?


Advice for the Climate Change

Manolo says, here from one of the Manolo’ s many internet friends, is the unusual question for the shoeblogger.

Hello Manolo!

Can you tell me with the warming of the globe will we all be wearing sandals 24/7 or just in the summer months? My husband is the shoe designer of the cold weather footwear here in Portland, Oregon so I am worried he might need to switch categories. Please advise.

Love you, love you, love you, Manolo!


Although the Manolo is the creature of the sun, who prefers to avoid the worst of the weather of the winter, he does not believe he would enjoy the perpetual summer. Indeed, variety, even the variety of the climate, it is the spicing of life.

However, if it comes to pass that the globe should warm, the Manolo would suggest to the Bridget and her husband that they should not change the occupations.

In the stead, perhaps, they should move to the north, maybe first to the Seattle, and then to Anchorage, and finally, if the warming it becomes too bad, to the Barrow. This should should the trick do.


The Third Butabi

Manolo says, look, even the brothers Butabi are appalled by these antics.

What the Manolo Is…

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




Listening to…

The Manolo has been moved by the Colonel Blimp to see all of the movies of the Powell and Pressberger.

Carnivale of the Couture #14

Manolo says, the latest Carnivale of the Couture it is now available at the Final Fashion!


The Stamps of the Maestro

Manolo says, this it is the photoshopped confection, however, is it not brilliant none the less?

P.S. Many thanks to the Magista who sent this to the Manolo the Shoeblogger, and many congratulations to the super fantastic Ivanas, who designed this marvelous tribute to the Maestro Manolo.