Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Diane von Furstenberg Gladiator Love-Knot Sandals for the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday and you are back at your desk, following the long weekend in which you did little more than complain about the weather and your husband Gary’s loutish insensitivity.

But, who could have predicted, back in October when you offered to host your Sunday afternoon book club, that the Jets of New Jersey were going to advance so far in the playoffs of the National League of Football?

Certainly not Gary. He claimed to be as surprised as anyone, just as he claimed to have forgotten all about your previously scheduled book club afternoon. Which is why he felt free to invited his drinking buddies over to watch the game on the big screen TV down in the Gary Cave.

And so, while you and the ladies were up the stairs discussing Eat, Pray, Love — which you found to be deeply, annoyingly, monumentally narcissistic, in that whiny way that only well-educated, bourgeois women can manage, but, of the course, you did not say this directly, as most of the other, less-perceptive members of the book club loved, LOVED!!! this tedious piece of Bovary-ism — Gary and his friends were down the stairs in the basement hooting and hollering at the football game.

And what made you so angry with Gary was that while you were listening to these women drone on about this awful book, written by this awful woman (who, it must be admitted, writes beautifully), you realized that you would much rather be down in the basement with Gary and his friends, shouting at the television, enjoying this convivial and unpretentious fellowship.

Sigh…the things we do so that others will think well of us.

“Hey, Babe,” said Gary when he finally emerged from the basement, looking somewhat disheveled and happy, “How was the book club?”

“Shut up,” you explained, giant glass of chardonnay in hand.

Look! It is the Gladiator Love Knot Sandals from Diane von Furstenberg. the antidote to all that angsty self-absorption.

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The perfect description of the happy marriage!


Manolo the Columnist: Valley from KORS by Michael Kors

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

Dear Manolo,

Last week, my very frugal husband became so fed up with this interminable winter weather that he went out, without my knowing, and booked us a week long cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, leaving the second week of February. And now, I need some sandals appropriate to warm weather.


Manolo says, long ago, when the Manolo was very poor, he spent the few seasons living in the place with the very cold, very snowy winters. It was during this period of poverty, while the Manolo was forced to trudge many miles to obtain his daily crust of bread, that he grew to dislike excessive displays of winter frostiness.

Indeed, the Manolo clearly remember the moment when, caught outdoors in the storm of sleet, he vowed to exact his revenge upon Señor Jacque Frost.

“To the last,” the Manolo shouted Ahab-like to no one in particular, “The Manolo grapples with thee; from Saint-Tropez’s heart the Manolo laughs at thee; For hate’s sake, the Manolo sips his last piña colada at thee!”

Of the course, the wind did not listen, but still, the shouting was moderately therapeutic, although, certainly not as therapeutic as going to Cozumel. Nor, as therapeutic as the Valley from KORS by Michael Kors, the summery cork-heeled, platform wedge sandals available in the rainbow of colors, although the Manolo is most partial to white for the beaches of Mexico.

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Alexander McQueen Sandals on The Sale

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Manolo says, the sparkly, electric blue-ish, turquoise-like, gladiatoresque sandals from Alexander McQueen are exactly what is need to chase away the winter doldrums, an look, they are on the sale over 55% off of their usual price.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Jodie Foster's Sensible Shoes

Manolo says, it is the Jodie Foster!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend the fabulous Ruth, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s personage of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Spectator Shoes from Shorpy

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked him the question.

Dear Manolo,

I was wondering if you know of a manufacturer of a shoe similar to the one in this photo?

Classic Womens Spectator Shoes



Ayyyy! This photo is from the Shorpy, and the Manolo loves the Shorpy blog, as should anyone who loves looking at pictures (and the clothings) of the past. Indeed, in some ways, the Shorpy is the Manolo’s favorite street style blog. And as for the fabulous retro-antique-classical clothings found there, well, one of the Manolo’s bestest of friends is at this very moment attempting to manufacture the jacket designed from the Shorpy photograph.

Naturally, however, it is the shoes that draw the eye of the Manolo, and this lady’s spectator shoes are most super fantastic indeed. Look, here is the more detailed picture for your consideration.

Lady's Spectator Shoe

Unfortunately, off the top of his head, the Manolo cannot come up with anyone making ladies shoes in this exact style. Certainly, the low-heeled spectator shoe has been revived by several top designers in the past decade, most notably the Prada, although none have produced anything as interesting as this shoe. If the Manolo is not mistaken, this casual, sporty (sports?) shoe has the crepe rubber sole.

Sad to say that unless one of the Manolo’s internet friends has the idea, this shoe, with it’s labor-intensive stitchery and fantastic styling would have to be produced by the custom shoemaker, and is not available ready-to-wear in this century.

Diane von Furstenberg Dahlia Feathered Flat Sandals For the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, having slogged through the snow and the sleet and the arctic-freezing-the-polar-bear weather to make it to work.

And now you wish it was summer already–come on, hurry up and get here–so you could wear these Dian Von Furstenberg Dahlia Feathered Sandals

Diane Von Furstenberg Dahlia Feathered Sandals   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Fun, flirty, summery!

Manolo for the Home

Manolo says, if you have not been paying attention, our good friend Never teh Bride continues to demonstrate that is one the most diligent and entertaining house and decorating bloggers on the intertubes. (Do you know that she has been with the Manolo almost five years! Five years?!? That is like 37 in Internet years!)

Manolo the Columnist: Festivity from Stuart Weitzman

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

Dear Manolo,

This year, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get my legs in better shape by St. Valentines day, so I can wear some stunning heels when I go out with my boyfriend, just in case, he, you know…pops the question, or something. Can you suggest a pair of red shoes for me to wear on the big day, something I can use as motivation to stick with it.


Manolo says, needless to say, the Manolo approves of using the promised acquisition of beautiful shoes as the carrot to spur oneself to greater accomplishment. Of the course, if one were really serious about the resolutions, one would also use the stick to enforce compliance with the new regime.

Imagine how much more motivated you would be if you swore to all your friends that if you did not meet your goals you would appear in public, at the fancy restaurant for the Dia de San Valentino Festival of Amour, in the bright orange Crocs.

For the Manolo the shame of having to wear plastic dork shoes on his feets that would certainly keep him on the Stairmaster.

As for the beautiful red shoes, the Manolo recommends the Festivity from Stuart Weitzman as being the suitable, and suitably named reward for your efforts.

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Miss Plumcake Is On The Tear

Manolo says, for those who enjoy outrageously good blogging, allow the Manolo to suggest there is much entertainment to be had this week at the Manolo for the Big Girl Blog.


Fashion Rain Boots and The Däv

Manolo says, sometimes the shoe trends slip past the Manolo’s highly tuned shoe radar, such is the case with the rise and popularity of the Däv rain boot, which the Manolo only became aware of last week when dining with the friends.

“Manolo,” said the Manolo’s super fantastic friend, “I really want to get a pair of those fancy rain boots with the high heels. They look like fashion boots but are rubber.”

“Yes, yes, the Manolo loves the Pucci rubber boots with the wedge heels. Pucci makes the Smiles!”

Pucci Rubber Rain Boots!  Manolo Loves!  Click!

“No, no, Manolo,” she continued, “not those boots, the ones I want are less expensive, but still super fantastic. I can’t remember what they are called.”

“The Marc by Marc Jacobs with the pink hearts,” said the Manolo, “Those are on the sale at the moment.”

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“No, no, no. These are new, they have a funny name. Oh, oh, I can’t remember.”

“Funny name,” said the Manolo, “such as the Sporto

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“or, perhaps the Kamik.”

Kamik Rubber Boots!

“No,” she said, “it’s got a funny name with an umlaut, sort of like Børn, but different.”


“Däv,” she shouted, “Däv! Däv! Däv!”

Dav Raindrop Boots - Bubblegum - WomenDav Victoria Boots - Scot - Women

“Ah,” said the Manolo, “those are very nice.”

“Nice! Those are really great. I want a pair!”

“Well,” said the Manolo, “chacun à son goût.”

And now, allow the Manolo to suggest to you, his dear readers, his own personal must-have favorite, the Sperry Top-Sider Sausalito, in the Cherry Red.

Sperry Top-Sider Sausalito in Cherry Red   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Super fantastic!