FEB
2010
05

Jimmy Choo Embellished Ankle-Wrap Sandals For the Friday Night

Jimmy Choo Embellished Ankle Wrap Sandals

Manolo says, the Manolo admits to having had the mostly blah reaction to the recent rise of the ankle-bootie-sandal trend. Perhaps this is because the Manolo had not yet seen these spectacular Jimmy Choo Embellished Ankle Wrap Sandals!

Are they shoes? Are they booties? Are they sandals? Who cares! They are gorgeously super fantastic!

FEB
2010
05

Manolo the Columnist: The Elegant from Annie

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

Dear Manolo,

Prom is approaching, and I’m currently looking for a pair of shoes to fit my wide feet. I’m having the worst time trying to find wide shoes that are HOT. I don’t want to look like a frumpy old lady at my prom now do I? Please help!

Christina

Manolo says, ayyyy! How well the Manolo remembers his own prom, the event which in hindsight should best be forgotten. Sadly, the memory of the the Manolo standing alone outside the gymnasium, dressed in his Edwardian finery, glumly making the sarcastic comments about the other students to no one in particular, is forever etched in his brain.

However, just because the Manolo suffered the prom-based psychic disaster does not mean that others should not have the bestest time ever, with their fancy gowns, rented electric blue tuxedos, and stretch Hummer limousines, which will ferry them from the Olive Garden to the gym. Once there, they will shake their groove thang to the latest dance craze, be it the Soldier Boy, or the Hustle, or the Watusi, or the Charleston.

Unfortunately, the Manolo’s high school friend has just learned one of life’s painful little lessons: wide feet and sexy hot shoes, like oil and water, do not readily mix, at least not at the decent price.

Here is the Elegant from the Annie, the very reasonably priced, moderately HOT, satin dress sandal that goes up to the EE size.

The Elegant from Annie for the Big Feets

Burberry Tonal Check Perspex Sandals…Um…Wha?

Burberry Tonal Check Perspex Platform Sandals   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, behold! Beautiful and unusual platform sandals from Burberry in the handsome dark nickel color, but that name? What does it mean? Tonal…Check…Perspex?

It sounds less like something you would wear on your feets and more like the DARPA super secret squirrel project.

FEB
2010
04

Oh Noes!! Madonna and Jesus Luz Call it Quits!

Modern Day Coolie: The Life of the Personal Assistant

Manolo says, in perhaps the saddest and most unexpectedest news since the Fall of Rome, the timeless romance of the ageless pop-goddess Madonna and her one true love, Brazilian philosopher and savant, Jesus Luz, has come to the close.

FEB
2010
04

The Top Fashion Blogs

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friends at the Wikio have provided the Manolo with the sneak peak of their latest rankings of the top fashion blogs (which will be announced formally tomorrow).

And look! The Manolo, he has almost cracked the top twenty!

1 The Sartorialist
2 Style rookie
3 FABSUGAR — Sugar Team
4 On the Runway
5 Fashion Week Daily – Chic Report
6 The Bag Snob
7 Luxist
8 Decor8
9 The Purse Blog
10 Oh Joy!
11 Style File
12 Second City Style
13 TheFind blog
14 A Shaded View on Fashion
15 The Shophound
16 Altamira
17 Coquette
18 SASSYBELLA.com
19 Fashionista.com
20 {this is glamorous}
21 Manolo’s Shoe Blog
22 Madison Avenue Spy
23 {frolic!}
24 Bloesem
25 TheShoeGoddess.com
26 Bag Bliss
27 Daddy Likey
28 Glamour – Slaves to Fashion
29 The Scented Salamander
30 MISTER MORT

Proposed by Wikio

One thing the Manolo can say with great certainty is that his humble shoe blog is the oldest blog on this entire list, having seen the first light of day in October of 2004.

“Ancient and Frivolous, Still Barely Relevant,” that is the motto of the Shoe Blog of the Manolo.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Keira Knightley's Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Keira Knightly!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Mark T. who was the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity personage of note.

FEB
2010
03

Prada Cutout Espadrille Wedge for the Wednesday

Prada Cutout Espadrille Wedge   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the espadrilles they have returned to fashionability, and this one, the Prada Cutout Espadrille Wedge has the modern edge that lifts it beyond the usual espadrillic baggage (such as rum-based drinks, peasant skirts, and vacation trysts gone awry).

FEB
2010
03

Kanye Gets His Rant On

Yo Chinchilla I'm really happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but ermine is the best fur ever.

Manolo says, if you have not been paying attention to the celebrity news, Kanye West has had some things to say about the fashion bloggers and other playa haterz who have criticized him for wearing fur.

WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE, REMEMBER THE FEARLESS, REMEMBER THE DREAMERS, EMEMBER THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE GHETTO…THE FAIRY TALE OF NOTHING TO SOMETHING. I’M BRIEFLY SADDENED BY NEGATIVE COMMENTS, BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE ARE SCARED, INCAPABLE OR JUST PLAIN IDIOTS. WE ARE THE F*CKING ROCK STARS BABY. NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE MY NIGGAS!! NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE! IT’S FUNNY TO ME WHEN FASHION BLOGGERS DOWN OUR OUFITS AND THEN SUPER JOCK OUTLANDISH SHIT ON THE RUNWAY BUT THEN THEY DRESS MAD PRUDE AND DON’T LIVE FASHION. WE LIVE IT MAN. F*CK THAT, WE LIVE IT!!! WE LIVE IT SO HARD PEOPLE LIVE THROUGH US! WE REPRESENT YOUR INNER SPIRIT!! THE CHILD IN US ALL, THE BRUTAL HONESTY, THE NAIVETY, THE BRAVE WARRIOR, THE ADRENALINE THAT ALLOWS A MOTHER TO LIFT A CAR IF HER CHILD WAS TRAPPED UNDER IT! REMEMBER, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN EVERYBODY DISSED MICHAEL JACKSON EVERY CHANCE THEY COULD. IMAGINE THE PRESSURE OF BEING A TRUE ICON. VERY FEW HUMAN BEINGS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE CONSTANT HATE!!!

… and so forth.

Frankly, the Manolo does not disapprove of wearing the fur, but only if you have either a) gathered the animal from alongside the road where it has fallen following the unfortunate traffic accident, or b) you have killed the animal yourself in mortal combat, armed only with the most rudimentary stone tools.

If you have adhered to either of these conditions, then the Manolo thinks it is okay to convert your newly taken, all-organic pelt into the Louis Vuitton branded, combination muff and fanny pack.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

What the Manolo is…

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

Dear Manolo,
I am the Mary (well, not The Mary, but the Mary around here). I agree with you about Crocs, and you have done the Lord’s work there, and I appreciate your references to your affiliated blogs. I am a big fan of the Manolo.

What I miss are the Tuesday updates on what the Manolo reads, watches and hears. I have enjoyed many tips from these postings. I understand if it is too much work for the Manolo to be able to make these recommendations on a weekly basis, but I would appreciate semimonthly or even monthly reports.

Will you consider resuming them?

Your email friend,

Mary

Ayyyy! Such kind words for the humble shoeblogger. How can the Manolo possibly reject this request, not when it is so wonderfully asked, and certainly not when, within days of the Mary’s message, this letter arrived from another of the Manolo’s internet friends.

Hi Manolo,

It’s weird how I ended up reading your blog, think I was googling for a pair of Louboutins, but anyhow, I read a movie review you did where you mentioned the book The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker, I checked it out and it is a completely amazing book. Wanted to say thanks for alerting the public to a great piece of reading :)

Best,

Tiffany

The super fantastic Tiffany has makes reference to one of the Manolo’s Tuesday “What the Manolo is…” in which the Manolo discussed the movie Annie Hall.

And, now, in honor of Mary and Tiffany, the Manolo announces that it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…

Reading…

Watching…

Listening to…

The Manolo makes no secret of his admiration for the thespianic abilites of Robert Downey, Jr, and in this new Sherlock Holmes movie the Manolo is happy to report that he has not been disappointed in the least. Robert Downey, Jr. is excellent as Sherlock Holmes, unexpectedly excellent, wonderfully excellent.

Likewise, this is the first movie in which Jude Law’s more meager talents have been perfectly exploited. (Jude Law as the lead actor? Do not want. Jude Law as the elevated supporting actor. Yes, please.) He is the fine Dr. Watson, and as good as he’s ever been.

“But, Manolo,” you are perhaps saying to yourself, “what about Guy Ritchie’s transformation of Sherlock Holmes from the gray cerebral being (a la Jeremy Brett) into the bareknuckled Mr. Action Man? Does this not bother you?”

To which the Manolo replies, “Not in the least.”

Indeed, not only was the Manolo thoroughly entertained by the new slam-bang version of Sherlock Holmes, moreover he considers this to be Guy Ritchie’s greatest movie ever, well-crafted and briskly paced, and completely devoid of any touch of Madonna.