Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Angelina Jolie in the trench coat and beautiful shoes

Manolo answers, the Angelina Jolie!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend the Cat who got the answer straight away.


Wednesday Afternoon Flats

Hip-Hop by French Sole     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here from the French Sole is the oddly named Hip-Hop.

It is pretty and school-girly, charmingly feminine and prim, with its pleated vamp and crisp white color. It reminds the Manolo of the freshly laundered cotton shirt.

But, “Hip-Hop”?

Sometimes the Manolo wonders what goes through the brains of the shoe designers and their marketing peoples.


Tsubo on the Sale!


Manolo says, Not only are the peoples at Tsubo sponsoring this week’s edition of the Build the Outfit contest, they are also offering the Manolo’s internet friends the big discount on the shoes, 25% off of the usual price!

This is good through Sunday, July 25th. Be sure to use the checkout code, manolo25tsubo.

Whose Shoes Wednesday


Manolo asks, whose shoes?

This Makes the Manolo Sad

Manolo says, ayyyyyyy! Say it ain’t so, Miuccia!

Miuccia Prada, as one of fashion’s most innovative designers, is no stranger to being copied. Recently, however, it seems that she’s turned the tables and is doing a bit of copying of her own — or at least a member of her accessories team is. Check out these shoes from Prada’s Miu Miu line:

Not only does the style recall the patent leather, peeptoe pump that the brilliant shoe designer Christian Louboutin elevated to fashion ubiquity over the last few seasons (see both platform and standard versions below), but Miu Miu has imitated the red Louboutin sole as well.

Ayyyyyy! The worst part of this affront is that the Miu Miu version does not look half as good as the Louboutin.

Look, here are the two shoes together, the Miu Miu on the left.
Black Patent Leather Pump from Miu Miu.   Manolo is Appalled!Black Peep Toe Pump by Louboutin     Manolo Likes!  Click!

This side-by-side comparison shows the clear influence of the Louboutin.

It is also is demonstrative of something the Manolo often talks about, of how the slight variations in shape and material can reduce the sublime form to something more pedestrian.

In all, the Manolo is sadly disappointed with the Prada, something which has been too common of late.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friends the Susan for spotting this, and to the Ella for alerting the Manolo to it.


Manolo says, the Manolo is mentioned in the article in the technology section of the London Times by his internet friend the Problogger, Darren Rowse.

Darren Rowse has managed to make blogging a business. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Rowse started blogging when he was the minister of a church. Now he still ministers, but as a volunteer, instead drawing his income from his blogs, including Pro Blogger, and from related activities such as consulting, speaking and running a blog network. In an e-mail, he said one common mistake that he sees bloggers make is to get obsessed with one particular element of their blog at the expense of others. “A successful blog needs a number of things going for it at once, including good content, usable design, a marketing strategy to find readers, search engine optimisation” and other things.

That said, it’s clear to Rowse that the blogosphere rewards the quirky. A case in point: Manolo’s Shoe Blog, which mixes footwear advice, criticism, and celebrity sightings.

Footwear advice, criticism, celebrity, and Manolo!