Manolo the Columnist: Prive from Calvin Klein

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

I need some shoes for my big Valentine’s Day night out with my beau. The problem is that I’m a poor college girl and don’t have money to buy the sort of shoes I’d really like to own. Please help.


Manolo says, frankly, the Manolo is surprised to learn that the college girls still have the boyfriends who are willing to escort them out for the Dia de San Valentino’s night on the town.

Recently, while travelling, the Manolo dined at the moderately expensive restaurant in the large Midwestern college town. While there, he could not help but notice that nearly all of the other tables were occupied by groups of well-dressed college girls, with nary the man to be seen. Meanwhile, outside the windows of the restaurant, the endless parade of college boys schlumped by in their blue jeans and novelty t-shirts, baseball caps jammed backwards onto their heads.

The Manolo’s dining companions assured him that this was the new paradigm, that young people no longer date in the old manner. In the stead, the girls get dressed up, and the boys do not, then they go out for the night in their gendered packs. Sometime later in the evening, fueled by cheap beer and flaming Jagermeister shots, the various groups collide to the pulsatingly inane rhythms of Lady Gaga.

So, congratulations to the Manolo’s friend on maintaining the more pleasant and enjoyable romantic tradition.

Look! Here is the Prive from Calvin Klein, the elegant, black suede, platform sandal that will look appropriately sophisticated at the reasonable price.

Prive from Calvin Klein   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Ugg Believable

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has disagreed with the Manolo’s stance on the Ugg Boots.

Dear Manolo,

I came across your Ugg response to the mom. Can’t say I disagree more. I went to a recent award show where P. Diddy was honored (yes fab) He told this tear jerking story about how his mom worked 3 jobs to take care of her kids including caring for adults with cerebral palsy – getting only 3 hours of sleep a night. To think I had always judged Mama Combs so harshly for her red carpet fits which included cleavage and lots of fur. After hearing her story I say she can wear whatever she wants. Where do we get these silly ideas that women after a certain age can’t have fun anymore. Men continue to wear their silly shorts with their bony pale legs way into their sixties. Yet us girls must be age appropriate. I say ‘Mom” if you wanna wear some Uggs go for it, not with a mini skirt, but definitely with some non-mom jeans and a cute warm sweater. Hopefully you’re raising a great kid – so hey you deserve it.

30 year old Ugg wearer

The Manolo believes that just because one makes the bad fashion choices does not indicate that one is the bad person, indeed, there are beautifully tailored men and stylish women who are loathsome, just as there are kind, cheerful, and humane people dressed in outlandish or shabby costumes. One is not necessarily connected to the other.

The reason the Manolo singles out the Ugg boots usage among the older ladies is that such things send the wrong message (“Look at me! I’m trying desperately to be youthful!), and because it is the opportunity missed.

If you are the lady of the certain age, there are so many better things to put on your body. Indeed, it is more fun for the fully grown woman to get dressed up in something beautiful, surprising, flattering, and age-appropriate than it is to ape the childish and attention-getting fads of the teenagers. ( Tattoos of SpongeBob the Square Pants may be cute when you are 19 and stupid, but when you are 50, they are just sad.)

And so the Manolo objects to the Uggs because wearing them prevents one from dressing in better things, things that can indicate you are the person of sophistication, intelligence, and, yes, fun, such as this this, the Quinn from Donald J. Pliner

Quinn Boot from Donald J. Pliner   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked whose shoes?


Manolo answers, it is the Ethel Merman!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend EdeVM who was the first to correctly identify this week’s brassy personage of note. And, the special shout out to the Manolo’s internet friend Poppy who did not say the name, but recognized the magnificent boots shown above were from the Annie Get Your Gun.


And 14 Makes 22?

Mel Gibson and his new baby mama, Nadya Suleman, shown in the lull between the Teh Crazy!

Manolo says, wait the second, when did Mel Gibson start dating the Octomom?

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Giuseppe Zanotti Embellished High-Heeled Sandals for the Continued Winter Weather

Giuseppe Zanotti Embellished Sandals,  Manolo Adores!  Click!

Manolo says, the weather out side is frightful, but these sunny, over-the-top, fantastically embellished, Giuseppe Zanotti high-heeled sandals are delightful, in the sort of ridiculous, wacky, child-like way.

Manolo for the Food

Manolo says, if you are looking for the entertaining thing to read this afternoon, allow the Manolo to recommend to you, the food-based pensées of the most amusing Mr. Henry.


Valentino Couture Bow Slingbacks For the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk doing that thing that you do, and what is up with the never ending weather.

Yes, it is winter, but that is no excuse for the abysmal weather which does not seem to relent, throwing you in the seasonally affected disorder which can only be alleviated by looking at beautiful shoes, such as these…

Valentino Couture Bow Slingback Pumps

The Couture Bow Slingback Pumps from Valentino!

If this is not the cure the for the winter-time blues the Manolo does not know what is.


Plastic Super Fantastic!

Hasselhoff wishes to seduce you with his eyes, and plastic suit.

Manolo says, The magnificent David Hasselhoff wishes to seduce you with his eyes, and plastic suit.


Manolo the Columnist: The Gissella from Ugg

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

At Christmas, I broke down and bought my 16-year-old daughter a pair of Classic Ugg boots, and now she wears them everywhere. And I have to admit, she looks super cute in them. Which has got me to thinking, perhaps I should buy myself a pair, they look so warm and toasty. What’s your opinion?


Manolo says, the Manolo’s opinion of the Classic Ugg boot has always been the same: if you are sixteen and super cute, then the Classic Uggs are “da bomb”. You may wear them everywhere (even with your sweat pants) and people will still think you are the cutesy cute cutey.

If , however, you are the forty-two year old woman of sophistication, then the Classic Ugg boots look silly with almost everything you try on.

Sweat pants? Sloppy!

Faded blue jeans? Trying too hard!

Shortish skirt? Trashy!

The truth is, the Ugg Classic boots, like the dirty ripped blue jeans and the whale-tail thong, are the young person’s fashion. They were designed by the youthful Australian surfers for wearing after the energetically youthful day at the beach, not for women of the certain age to slip on for the day on the town.

Happily, there are the Ugg models which can be worn by elegant ladies. For the example, here is the Gissella, the casual, wedge-heel ankle boot with the Aussie flair.

Gissella from Ugg    Manolo Likes, Even Though it is the Ugg!  Click!

The Shoe Bathtub

Manolo says, now this is indeed most super fantastic in the sort of Danish modern way!

Super Fantastic Shoe Bathtub!

…although, not as absolutely, luxuriously super fantastic as this shoe-shaped bathtub unveiled in May.

P.S. The tip of the Manolo’s homburg to the Manolo’s fabulous internet friend, Rondi.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Cameron Diaz's Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Cameron Diaz!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, Chimchim, who was the first to correctly guess this week’s personage of note.