Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Sigourney Weaver's Shoes!

Manolo answers, it is the Sigourney Weaver!

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


Shoe Shopping in Madrid

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

I will be in Madrid and Barcelona in February and wonder if you or Patricia could give some suggestions for shoe shopping in those cities. I love Spanish shoes! Any other recommendations (for clothes, jhewelry, great restaurants) would be appreciated as well. I know you’re not a travel blog but any direction you could give a shoe and fashion lover would be great! Thanks!

Nearly three and the half years ago, the Manolo answered the same question, and the advice he gave at that time, to go shoe shopping on the Calle Augusto Figeroa near the Plaza Chueca, is still perfectly cromulent. And, likewise, the Manolo continues to recommend the Bodega Angel Sierra for the vermouth, Bocaito for the tapas, and Cafe Bardemcilla (whose owner has only gotten more famous in America) for the celebrity spotting.

By the way, when the Manolo lived in Madrid, lo these many years ago, he lived exactly one half the block from the corner of Augusto Figeroa and Libertad, in the very heart of the shoe shopping district, which is one of many reasons why he can make these recommendations with complete assurance.

And now, because the shoppingistas have embraced the ever-improving interweb technology for videos, there are even videos discussing shoe shopping in Chueca!

Truly we live in the age of vicarious wonders!

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


If Jenny Could Turn Back Time

Manolo says, she would undoubtedly reconsider her attempt at becoming the world’s most pathetic Cher imitator.

The Spanish Shoe Blogs

Manolo says, here are some of the Manolo’s favorite, super-fantastic, Spanish shoe blogs.

El Blog de Patricia
The Manolo loves the Patricia! She is probably the first Spanish-language shoe blogger, has the marvelously eclectic fashion sense, and is one of the three peoples the Manolo hired to help him at his (currently dormant) Spanish fashion blog, Manolo Moda. (Do not worry, it is only sleeping.)

Zapatos con Estilo

¡Quiero Esos Zapatos!


TACÓN Zapatos

Zapatos y Complementos/


Nina Patent Platform Sandal from Jimmy Choo For the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, and the party is over and you are back at your desk, and already you have broken one of your Resolutions of the New Year.

No, it was not the one about avoiding the doughnuts that the IT guys bring in every morning to share with the office (part of their calculated but hopeless policy of buying the love of their co-workers). No, thus far, two days in, you have kept away from your pastry frenemy, the cream-filled bismark. (Perhaps you should celebrate with the peanutty Payday bar from the vending machine?)

No, the resolution you have broken, which in the hindsight was perhaps not the wisest to make, was the one in which you resolved to gossip less.

You made it through yesterday gossip-less, but only because your best-friend-at-the-office, Julia, had been delayed returning from vacation because of the security turmoil at the airport.

But, there she was this morning, filled with news about the co-workers and the minor celebrities, and before you knew what was happening you were deeply embroiled in discussion about the various Kardashian trollops, and–Boom!—forty-five minutes of your life, and your boss’s time, down the drain. And all you have to show for it is the head filled with talk of Kim, Kourtney, and Khaaan (or whatever her name is), and the profound guilt you are experiencing about how you have betrayed the principles embodied in that Phi Beta Kappa key you keep discretely hidden in your purse.


Oh well, al least you know what can make you feel better…Shoes!

Nina Patent Platform Sandals from Jimmy Choo   Manolo Likes! Click!

Look! It is the Nina Patent Sandal by Jimmy Choo


The Top Chef Effect

Manolo says, Mr. Henry speaks the truth…

The question remains: why must chefs insist on overpowering the palate with contrasting and, too often, conflicting flavors? Why can’t they let ingredients speak for themselves?

…and includes provocative photographs of Padma Lakshmi!


Happy Shoe Year, 2010!!!

Happy Shoe Year, Key West Style!

Manolo shouts,

Happy Shoe Year, 2010!!


May you have the bestest year ever.