Metropolitan Railway Boots, 1916

Female Conductor on the Metropolitan Railway, 1916

The Female Guard on the Metropolitan Railway in 1916

Manolo says, the Manolo loves these boots on the English railway guard lady, so feminine and flattering, indeed, the entire costume is most super fantastic!

From the site of London Transport Museum

During the First World War, the Metropolitan Railway, like other services serving the City, was effectively taken over by the government. Its trains were extensively used to transport troops from London to the Channel ports. To replace its employees who left to fight, the Met began employing women for the first time in positions such as porters, ticket inspectors, and guards.

Here is another picture of these boots and uniform on the different woman…


Friday Web Snob

Manolo says, here are the items from the Manolo’s web snob friends…
Stiletto Jungle is shopping sale-priced Jimmy Choo shoes — over 140 styles, all 20% or more off.

It’s Razzie time! Allie is Wired has the best of the worst movies of the year.

If you’ve got things to do, like Bag Snob, and cannot be slowed down with a heavy load on your arm, then the Crossbody can be your new best friend!

This Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel at Beauty Snob is awesome because you can apply the gel without your fingertips irritating that sensitive region.

Coquette heralds the return of the poncho and celebrates it’s new modern look.

Win at pair of Tory Burch Travel Socks from The Jet Set Girls!

KRISTOPHER DUKES is wanting Hermès “So Black” Kelly Double Tour Bracelet.

Keep your resolution (or just look even cuter at the gym) with cheap workout gear for under $30. It’ll make you actually WANT to go the gym.

Second City Style editors share their fashion predictions for 2011.

Shopping and Info loves these chic Donna Karan flat black boots on sale for 60% off.

Are you bored with your winter wardrobe already? StyleBakery has some ideas to perk it up

The Beauty Stop has the beauty hits and misses from the 2011 People’s Choice Awards.

The Shoe Goddess gets a sneak peek at the Walter Steiger Spring 2011 Collection!


L.A.M.B. Devin on the Sale

Devin from L.A.M.B.Devin from L.A.M.B.

Manolo says, the weekend draws nigh, and you will need shoes in which to party down, beautiful and sexy shoes that will have all of the men wishing to with you become more closely acquainted.

Here is one such shoe, the Devin from the L.A.M.B. (And now, allow the Manolo to praise the Gwen Stefani, whom the Manolo believes to be the best of the celebrity “designers”.)

Not only are these strappy sandals perfect for the night out on the town, they are also on the sale! The black version is reduced the amazing $165, more than 50% off of the regular price! (The very attractive natural finish is reduced the still very good $98.)

More than Cheese

Manolo says, our friend Christa Terry gives sound advice at the Manolo for the Brides, on how to compose yourself for the photos.

How many times have you come across what would otherwise be a beautiful wedding photo… were it not for the fact that the bride is doing her best runway model impression? Personally, I love to mug for the camera, but when I try to play it serious, I end up looking constipated, not sexy or edgy. And I know there are others like me out there, who just can’t pull off the stern, smoldering look that is oh so popular nowadays. I mean, if you happen to look great with a frown on your face, then fantastic. But the fact is that most brides look more beautiful when they’re sporting a smile

Great Moments in Presidential History

President Barack Obama wearing flip-flops

'Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Dressed.' ~ George Washington

Manolo says, ayyyy! The President Dude is showing us his toes!

Historians agreed it was the first time they could remember seeing the leader of the free world snapped in a public setting, wearing nothing more than a flimsy strip of rubber on his feet.


Capping off his Hawaiian vacation, President Obama earlier this week sports an uber-casual look finished with a pair of flipflops, favored by his core demographic: college kids.

“I can’t say I’ve seen a president’s toes before. This could be a very usual thing,” said presidential historian Jane Hampton Cook, author of an upcoming children’s book “What Does the President Look Like?”

“But I don’t think this is a big deal. Your footwear belongs to the occasion. If you’re on the beach buying your daughter snow cones, I don’t think you can beat him up for this. Now if he’s wearing flip-flops to the State of the Union, that’d be different.”

Presidential historian Doug Wead concurred.

“In public, no. I haven’t seen the president’s toes,” he deadpanned.

And while most historians couldn’t think of an example of presidential appendages being on such display, most agreed it wasn’t necessarily the worst thing in the world.

Unless you one of those old-fashioned, fuddy-duddy persons who seeks to uphold the standards of dress and decorum.

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Manolo the Columnist: Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve just moved from the Midwest to Washington to take a job as a junior aide to a newly elected member of congress. I’m finding that this job requires me to do a lot more running from place to place than I expected. Can you please recommend some comfortable but good-looking work shoes?


Manolo says, every two years it is the same thing: the new crop of the congress beings is harvested in the American heartland and delivered shiny-faced, fresh and eager to the Capitol.

Each one of these civil servants assures us that he or she will “stand up to the interests of specialness, and do the business of the people,” as if they were the reincarnation of Franklin Mahatma Reagan-Washington.

And, every two years, the new group of idealistic aides arrives to lend assistance to these newly-elected, incorruptible men and women of civic-minded integrity. And for the first couple of the months, all goes well.

But then, one evening, the young aide is out with friends at the hidden bar in the Adams Morgan when in walks Mr. Integrity, arm-in-the-arm with the two notorious toxic waste lobbyists, one the tall square-jawed, fellow with the low golf handicap and the pocket full of cash-money campaign contributions, and the other, the very young woman with the impressively well-developed and well-displayed bosom, who cannot keep her busy hands off of your congress person.

Ayyy! It is like catching your boyfriend in the secret assignation!

Happily, there is one thing that will never let you down in this way, shoes. Shoes such as these Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump, the lovely and practical comfort shoe with the unlovely name.

Cole Haan Carma OT Air Pump