10,000 Zlotys!

One of the Manolo’s many internet friends has sent the Manolo this picture of the crazy Polish ladies which has been scanned from the Sports Illustrated Magazine, thus proving conclusively that there is the Eastern European mania for the high-heels racing.

Shoe Patents!

Manolo says, two of the Manolo’s internet friends, the Susan and the Nina, sent the Manolo the link to the most remarkable thing, the notice of the new exhibit at the museum at the United States. Patent and Trademark Office.

A new exhibit opened on July 13, 2006 in the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Museum. “Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet” highlights shoe technology past and present. Visitors to the museum can learn the history of patented footwear, view stylish innovations, and see how people customize their shoes for work. The exhibit is an entertaining view of all kinds of footwear that incorporates 19 th century models of patented inventions as well as recent accomplishments of today’s footwear industry, especially many brands in the areas of children’s shoes, work shoes, comfort and fashion.

“ This exhibit conveys the fact that even everyday objects like shoes owe much of their evolution to the intellectual property protection provided to their designers,” noted Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas.

Shoes can be practical, like the different types of shoes tailored to different working environments, or they can be great fun, like fashion shoes of high society. The exhibit shows what kinds of shoes a roofer, a chef, or a fireman might wear, and one can marvel at the size 23 work shoe of Shaquille O’Neal. Enjoy the sight of First Ladies’ fashion—from Mamie Eisenhower’s pink satin pumps to Lou Hoover’s gold velvet mules.

The Manolo he must go see this immediately!

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is now available at the website of the Express of the Washington Post.

The topic, it is the tribulations of the congressional aide.

Dear Manolo,

I’m an aide to a member of the House of Representatives and my job requires that I do lots of walking up and down the corridors of the Capitol. As you would imagine, I’m not very well paid, but I still need professional looking shoes. Please help me.


Manolo says, the Manolo he can think of few jobs more demanding and less appreciated than to be the assistant to the congressperson.

It is like being the governess for the very head-strong and naughty young child, whom you must continually retrieve from one potentially dangerous or embarrassing situation after the next.

You are in charge of so many important things, such as arranging all of the play-dates with the lobbyists, and insuring that the committee homework gets done on time. You must endure the silly temper tantrums graciously and make certain that the self-esteem of your congresschild is properly cultivated.

You must do all of this, and yet, you are under appreciated, under paid and may be discharged at any moment, on the merest whim.

This is why the Manolo thinks you owe it to yourself to have he beautiful and comfortable shoes, because if you do not reward you, who will?

Here is most fun and attractive new wedge-heel kiltie from the Stuart Weitzman, the shoe which will look very smart this fall as you go about your important duties.

Magnitude by Stuart Weitzman     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Thursday Sale Boots

Empire by Stuart Weitzman    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he reminds you that the best bargains they are to be found out of the season, and although it is swelteringly hot, the autumn it is coming.

Here are the beautiful pair of the suede Stuart Weitzman boots suitable for wearing when the night begin to turn chilly. Even the better, they are on the sale, 50% off of the regular price, the savings of over $240 of the American dollars!


Chinese Big Shoes

Manolo says, Ayyyyy! The Chinese they love the giant shoes!

Previous examples: Chinese Big Shoe 1, Chinese Big Shoe 2


Project Runway 3, Week 3

Manolo says, Ayyyyy! Chiquitita! Look at the little doggies!

The Manolo he loves the little doggies and thinks that this week’s challenge it was the excellent one. And the designers they seemed to rise to this challenge, as the outfits that were sent down the runway on the models and the dogs they were mostly quite good. Even the dopey stoner Bradley managed to pull together, in extremis, something worthy of wearing, thus briefly delaying his inevitable exit from the show.

At the ending, the Manolo he fully agreed with the choice of the winner. The dress of the Uli, it was beautiful and perfect and well-made and fully deserved to win. Likewise, the Manolo he completely agreed with the choice of the loser, and he was not sorry to see the schlumping whiney Katherine be sent away, if not for her blah-blah dress then for her passive-aggressive personality.

Better, the Manolo thinks, to keep the Angela, who has aggressive-abrasive personality, and designed the unusual, but unflattering balloon skirt and too tight top with the abundance of the wickety-wack. She is entertainingly annoying, and her outfit, it was at the least original (that is if one can discount the fact that the Angela, she was herself already wearing it).

Speaking of the personalities, it is not the secret that the Manolo he is the man of peace, one who is not given much to violence, but as he watched this episode, the Manolo could feel rising in his breast the powerful desire to jack-slap the smirk off the face of the Keith; he is so very annoying and smug and smirky. Yes, his dress it was beautiful, and he has much talent, but his utter disdain for the others makes the Manolo long for the preening insecurity of the Santino, makes the Manolo long to shove the Keith down the long flight of stairs.

Speaking again of the personalities, Manolo asks, where have you gone Micheal Kors? The nation turns its lonely eyes to you, woo, woo, wooo. What’s that you say, Mrs Garcia-son, Bitchin’ Mike has left and gone away, hey, hey, hey.

In the stead we again have the greatly reserved Vera Wang, she of the unflattering and dated hair-do. Yes, she is nice and smart, and knows the clothes, but nice and smart they are not really what is needed, are they?

As for the other celebrity judge, the Donald Trump’s not-so-Mini Me, Ivanka, what is there to say about her but that she is exceedingly well-groomed and has the deep Trumpish voice. Perhaps she is also the keen judge of the clothes, although the Manolo he would not know this, as every time she appeared on the television he was distracted by her glossy sheen, which may perhaps be likened to the fatty juices glistening on the well-marbled slab of prime rib.

Please, Micheal Kors, please come home to us soon. The Project Runway, it is just not the same without you and your catty, sharp-witted barbs.

Finally, the teaser preview of the next week, it has the Manolo sitting on the edge of his well-appointed seat, wondering who will be sent away and for what offense. Of the course, there is much good speculation over at the Manolo’s beloved Blogging the Project Runway.

The Blogs of Wore?

Manolo says, the Manolo he has been mentioned in the article about the fashion blogs in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Writing in his signature Latino accent, Manolo the Shoe Blogger (www .shoeblogs.com) says, “There are beautiful and alluring shoes for every sort of the foot, even those feets which are perhaps not so perfect.” Birkenstocks, however, leave him aghast: “Put together by the blind medieval monks for wear by the peasants of the mud.”

And here is something about the Manolo’s about the very astute and very funny Ms. Spirit Fingers.

On a good day, Spirit Fingers draws 3000 readers, evenly split between males and females, aged 20 to 40, and not all of them fashion compulsives. Alongside brides gone awry, the young Australian expat in Hong Kong, who prefers to remain anonymous, attacks Laura Ashley, monogrammed handbags and ill-advised outfits at Paris and Ukraine fashion weeks, while relishing products such as breast-enhancing chewing gum.

Warning her fans against donning head-to-toe logo-a-go-go attire, Spirit Fingers doesn’t consider herself an altruist. “I’d be quite surprised if readers construed my blog as fashion advice,” she says. “I don’t think I’m performing any great service to the community by giving shopping and fashion tips. I’m always willing to impart what little I know.”

You must go read the whole article.

What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, here is the list of the media which the Manolo is this week consuming, otherwise known as What the Manolo Is…



Listening to…

The India.Arie, is she not incredible and divine?

The Website of the Manolo it Crashed!

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy! This afternoon, the servers at the web-hosting company of the Manolo they failed and as the result the Manolo’s humble shoe blog and his email account they were unavailable for many hours.

Happily, everything it now seems to be working again. Many and profuse apologies for the inconveniences this may have caused to the many internet friends of the Manolo.


Fashion Week Tehran!

Manolo says, Ayyyyy! It is the fashion week in Iran!

High production values!

Very figure flattering, that.

She has got the Bette Davis eyes!

Where is the Five?

CAMPER - Women's 29895 Twins    Manolo thinks they are ridiculous!
CAMPER - Women's 29895 Twins    Manolo thinks they are ridiculous!

Manolo says, adding the whimsical numbers to the ugly shoes does not make them pretty.

The Carnivale of the Couture #24

Manolo says, the Kathleen at the Fashion Incubator she has posted several lengthy and quite impressive pieces connected with the latest Carnivale of the Couture. If you are at all interested in the creative process and how the aspect of technical complexity figures into the production of the pieces of fashion, you must go now to her site and scroll down to read all of these interesting items.

P.S. Because of the Manolo’s very busy schedule of travelling the Manolo has decided to temporarily put the Carnivale of the Couture on the hiatus, until the first week of the September. (Although, if the volunteer would like to relieve the Manolo of this duty during this period…)