Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.
I will be going to Europe (London, Paris, Rome) for vacation and want to have a comfortable pair of walking shoes that are also not so boxy or ugly and which I can wear to a restaurant without shocking or offending.
Manolo says, somewhere, some wag has noted that the American abroad may be distinguished from the natives by his white sneakers, which he insists on wearing everywhere, even to meet the Pope.
And now, because of this slander, the American traveler worries about the quality of his feetwear, refusing to wear the sneakers out of fear that they will offend the delicate sensibilities of the Germans and the Greeks.
While the Manolo applauds anything that convinces the Americans to wear the better shoes, he nonetheless must note that the Europeans are notorious complainers, and better shoes on the Americans will not stop this.
Trust the Manolo, he knows this. He is European.
Still, it does not hurt to wear the handsome and comfortable shoes while traveling. In this case the Manolo would recommend the Cary by Mephisto as being suitable for the multitude of European situations. They are made in France, so you can be assured that your shoes have been pre-approved by the natives.