Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Valentino Two-Tone Runway Pumps for the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday and you are back at your desk, looking forward to this final weekend of the summer. Indeed, you are ready for the summer of 2011 (or as you have titled it, The Summer of Disappointment) to be finished.

This past week was the final straw. For two weeks, you had been preparing for the big cookout and family gathering at the seashore, only to have the Hurricane Irene derail everything at the final moment.

Worse, when you got up on Sunday morning, there was Geraldo Rivera standing (well, leaning into the stiffish breeze) on your front lawn declaiming loudly to no one in particular that conditions were “horrific.”

Two seconds later, you made Gary put on his rain slicker and go out into the “hurricane” with the shovel and chase Geraldo away from your property, as if he were the importuning raccoon.

Is it fall yet?

Look! Autumnal shoes, in the hottest color of the season, bordeaux.

Valentino Two-Tone Runway Pumps

The Two-tone Runway Pumps from Valentino, shoes which have transcended the ordinary with the addition of the unusual ankle-strap birdcage thingy.


Manolo the Columnist: Original High Gloss Boots from Hunter

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

Dear Manolo,

This is a question of pressing importance. What do you suggest in the way of stylish rain boots, something that can stand up to the demands of a category four hurricane?


Manolo says, ayyyyy! 2011 is turning out to be the annus horribilis, the Latin technical term which sound like the unpleasant personal condition, but actually means the “Year of Horrors.”

Our horrific year began with the succession of the late winter Snopocalypses, each one colder and snowier than the last. This was followed by the chilly, soggy, and disappointingly brief spring, which gave way to the summer of successive and unprecedented heat waves.

And that was just the weather!

The Manolo has not even mentioned how our politics and economy and society have all simultaneously gone cuckoo crazy. Up is down and backwards is forwards, what with the flash mobs, and the rioting, and the stock market crashing, and the unseemly political wrangling.

And this week….Ayyyy! It is not enough that we have just had the major earthquake, but now there is the hurricane forcasted to barrel down upon us by the weekend.

What next? Meteors?

In light of this, the Manolo recommends the original high gloss Hunter rain boots in the candy pink (one of nine available colors). At the least, you can wear somthing fun and girly as you wade to the corner Quikmart to loot the Kardashian wedding issue of People from its ruins.

Hunter Orignal High Gloss Rain Boots

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Daryl Hannah in the Ugg Boots
Manolo answers, it is the Daryl Hannah!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Stella, for being the first to correctly identify this week’s crunchy granola nutbar star, whom the Manolo always sees at the Santa Monica farmer’s market dressed exactly as you see above.


Miss Plumcake

Things Look Good at the Villa Plumcake

Manolo says, our dear friend Miss Plumcake is back from the vacation and en fuego!

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Claudette Ankle Boots from Elie Tahari for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday, and your long family nightmare is over…the children have returned to school!

Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Celebrate with beautiful shoes….

Elie Tahari Claudette Ankle Boots

Today, while your young ones are schlumping dejectedly throgh the halls of the Dr. John T. Grabble Charter School for Exceptionally Amazing Gifted Children, you will be kicking up your heels in these Claudette Suede and Snake-Print Peep-Toe Ankle Boots from the Elie Tahari, your reward for the long, long summer.


Manolo the Columnist: Luann from Charles David

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

Dear Manolo,

I work on Capital Hill with a boss, who though brilliant and
well-intentioned, likes to yell loudly at the staff. As a consequence, the
office is often a place of tension and unhappiness. Of course, I can’t
quit, because not only do I believe in the work my boss is doing, but I need
this job. Please suggest some shoes to make me feel better.


Manolo says, the Manolo has long noticed that the Congresspeoples are like
the willful and badly-behaved children who must be encouraged in proper
behavior by by the adult members of their staff.

“No, Congressman Jimmy, you may not have another gin-and-tonic juice box.
You’ve already had two, and besides, It’ll spoil your dinner with the

“Jimmy want! Jimmy want! Jimmy want!!!”

“No, Congressman. You can have another one when we go to your playdate
with the lobbyist from the Sewage and Solid Waste Industry Association.”

“Jimmy no like poo people! No! No! No! No!”

“Please, Congressman, get up off the floor. Now is not the time for a
tantrum! The press will be here shortly and you’ve got to do your homework
for the Environmental subcommittee.”

What is needed is the effect system of remedial correction and education
for the impolite and immature behavior on the part of our elected
officials, something that perhaps involves public humiliation, physical
pain, and the throwing of overly-ripe fruits and vegetables.

Look! Here is the Luann platform sandal from the Charles David in the
yellow and beige that would certainly lighten the mood in your office!

Luann from Charles David


Bottega Veneta Lace and Patent Leather Ankle Boots For the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday and you are back at your office, wondering what has happened to the summer. You had such fun plans for the season, including the minor remodeling of the patio.

And then, in the first week of June, these plans was thrown into chaos by the sudden heatwave, when the triple-digit temperatures and the outrageous humidities kept you in the doors next to the air conditioner, watching televised golf and thinking about relocating to Seattle.

It was during this period of forced inactivity, when the plans for the patio metastasized into something much grander. (Let us stipulate that ordinary peoples should not be allowed access to graph paper and back issues of Sunset.)

Finally, when the weather cooled slightly, you began work on the new version of your outdoor living space.

And, so how has it gone?

Let us just say that the pile of bricks, bags of concrete mix, and the half-finished, combination outdoor-kitchen-and-adobe-pizza-oven-and-argentine-parilla which occupies much of the backyard are testimony to your pharaonic ambitions.

Who could have predicted that the bricklaying and the concrete-pouring would require such intense physical labor? Indeed, you have learned that such difficult things are best broken into manageable portions, which is why, at your current rate of production, the new patio should be completed sometime in July of 2044.

Ayyyy! What better way to wash away the bitter taste of failed home improvement projects than with beautiful and refined shoes?

Bottega Veneta Lace and Patent Leather Ankle Boots

Here is the lace and patent leather ankle booties from the Bottega Veneta, the sort of shoe that can only exist in the world in which skilled craftsmen can be hired to do and/or undo the things which we thought we could accomplish on our own!


Manolo the Columnist: Kenna from ECCO

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

Dear Manolo,

What would you recommend for a 33-year-old mother of four very rambunctious boys? I want something that’s sporty, but also is a little hipper and less matronly than tennis shoes.


Manolo says, what would the Manolo recommend? Boarding school!

Ha! The Manolo jokes!

Actually, seeing the young peoples with the large families always makes the Manolo happy, for they recall to him his own blissful childhood as the next-to-the-youngest of fourteen tatterdemalion gypsy children.

Such joy in numbers! Never did the teeny Manolo have to wait for his mother, Maria Jesus de Carmen, to arrange for him the “playdate” with the coddled child with the strangely Scottish first name, such as MacKenzie, or McIntosh, or McDuff. No, there was always someone available to kick the ball, or skip the rope, or catch the lizards and dress them in the little tin foil shoes which the Manolo had designed for them.

Of the course, the family of the Manolo was not rich. And more than once the fourteen children of the Maria Jesus de Carmen and the Gustavo went to bed without the meal. But such privations are nothing compared to the joy the Manolo experienced on those infrequent days when it was finally his turn to wear the family pair of shoes!

Manolo says, the driving moccasins should be the staple in the wardrobe of any stylish woman. Here is the Kenna driving moccasin from Ecco in the burnt orange color. It is also available in the seasonally appropriate “crispy white”.

Kenna from Ecco

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Tilda Swinton Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Tilda Swinton!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Stella, who was the first to guess this week’s oddity of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?