Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Sergio Rossi Platforms for the Day after the Memorial Day

Manolo says, it is the day after Memorial Day and you are back at your desk, complaining to yourself about the system that requires you to be invisibly chained to your means of production.

Yes, you are fairly compensated for your mighty efforts on behalf of InEmTechCoCom, Inc, but still, humans were not meant to spend so much time engaged in concentrated labor.

Hard work was meant to be seasonal, during the planting and the harvesting, when we worked long hours in the fields. The rest of the time we should be free to collect pretty rocks from the mill stream, chase the fireflies, and swap tall tales with the old men of the village. We are creatures made for wholesome work and honest leisure, not beasts of burden to be lured with the paycheck carrot and whipped with the performance report stick.

On the upside, the modern economy allows us, if we are lucky, to purchase beautiful and impractical shoes such as these…

Sergio Rossi Platform Sandals A41720

Sergio Rossi Platform Sandals, perfect for the summer months.

The Manolo predicts, in the future, when the robots have taken over, we will all be free to enjoy life without labor….or, perhaps, be exterminated like vermin. It is 50/50.


Manolo the Columnist: Gladiator Maine from DSquared2

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

Dear Manolo,

At the end of June I’m going to Dubai for a business conference. For the meetings, I’m going to be in strict business attire, but afterwards, I plan on dressing up and hitting the malls and the restaurants. What I need is a pair of sandals that will look great for both shopping and dining out afterwards.


Manolo says, what could be better than Dubai in the summer? Where the outside temperature at noon is 615 degrees, Celsius!

Ah, but inside the Dolce-Gabbana-Prada-Gucci-Tiffany mega store, where the richy-rich oil sheikhs pay for their purchases with suitcases of gold bullion, the air is conditioned down to the very lovely 72 degrees, American.

Indeed, who else but the oil sheikhs would build something in the desert as crazy-beautiful as the Ski Dubai, the giant indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates, where the temperature is always just below freezing, and the bunny hill beckons.

Of the course, one must celebrate such ostentatious defiance of Mother Nature with beautiful shoes, although, buying the new shoes to go to Dubai is like building the indoor ski resort in Siberia. The shoe shopping in Dubai is perhaps the best in the world. Everything is available from the most humble sandals, through the best Louboutins, Zanottis, and Blahniks, and even the bespoke shoes can be ordered.

However, if you must have the shoes before you go, the Manolo suggests this DSquared2 platform sandal, the Gladiator Maine in the brick color.

Gladiator Maine from DSquared2

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Edie Falco Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Edie Falco!

This week, none of the Manolo’s internet friends was able to correctly identify the Showtime celebrity of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Manolo the Columnist: Gwyneth from Sam Edelman

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to spend Memorial Day Weekend with my boyfriend’s family
in the Hamptons. The trouble is, I’m a poor working girl. Can you please
recommend some summery flat sandals that will look good enough to impress
these people without bankrupting me?


Manolo says, as always, the Manolo suggests saving your monies and buying the most super fantastic shoes one can afford, for such purchases will give the most satisfaction over the long term, in comfort, beauty, and admiration from those who know quality when they see it.

But the Manolo also sympathizes with the poor girls, who must work the double shifts at their dismal dreary jobs in the new media sweatshops, posting on the corporate blogs and twittering and facebooking all day long for the Man.

Indeed, the Manolo knows exactly what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic, impress-the-rich-people-in-the-Hamptons sandals out of strangely colored shells and tangled fishing line you have collected near the wastewater outlet pipe that discharges near the pier under which you are sleeping.

And so he would recommend that you Gwyneth from the Sam Edelman as being the moderately priced, cutely blingish flat sandals that will keep the people of the Hamptons moderately appeased.

Gwyneth from Sam Edelman

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Marlene Dietrich Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Marlene Dietrich!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, kjuliek, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s old-timey celebrity of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?


Sergio Rossi for the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, and sometime within the next few weeks, your children will be released from the school for the summer, and then, the fun will begin, yes?

In the meantime, why not assuage that free-floating anxiety about expensive summer camps and home-alone children by looking at the crazy colorful shoes from Sergio Rossi?

A38790 Sandal from Sergio Rossi

On the one of the hands, artificial uppers.

On the other of the hands, super fantastic colorful plastic!


Manolo the Columnist: Nealla from Pour la Victoire

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

Dear Manolo,

After four years of hard work, I’m finally graduating next week with a degree in Renaissance Studies. Happily, I have already managed to find a lovely job that starts three weeks after graduation. (Yeah me!) Can you recommend a pair of shoes for the graduation ceremony, something fun?


Manolo says, it is the time of the graduation, when the adult peoples don the ridiculous medieval gown and cap, and listen to the speeches about boldly seizing the future.

“Today, as you go forth from this place to boldly seize the future, remember what you have learned here in this institution, both in the classroom and out of it. Indeed, some of you will never forget what you learned just two weeks ago, during the aftermath of Fraternity Row’s Monster Spring Bash and Riot.

“And now, let me take a moment to give a special welcome to our official guests sitting among you in the audience, the sheriffs deputies, parole officers and bail bonds men, whose recent tireless efforts have made this joyous occasion possible.”

Ayyy! The life of the mind!

As for what shoes to wear, because your graduation outfit will be covered by the black gown of drabness, you will need something that “pops” as you walk across the stage, the statement shoes that that will help you boldly stride into the seizable future.

Here is the Nealla from Pour la Victoire in the bold lilac. It is also available in coral, and taupe for those who may be more timid.

Nealla from Pour la Victoire


Manolo the Columnist: Maia Lush from Bernardo

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

Dear Manolo,

For Mother’s Day, I’m planning a big afternoon brunch in my back yard for my mother and couple dozen assorted siblings, aunts, and cousins. So I’m looking for a pair of flat sandals to go with the simple sun dress that will be under my apron. No thongs, please, as the shoes need to stay on my feet as I go back and forth to the kitchen.


Manolo says, ayyyy! The Dia De La Madre, it is only the one week away! What are you going to do to honor that most special lady in your life, the mother?

Will you settle for the traditional bruncheon of the Artichoke Crab Legs Benedict at the Lobster of Redness? Or will you attempt something more ambitious, such as doing the special celebratory meal with the family on your recently completed patio?

On the one of the hands, all you can eat cheese biscuits.

On the other of the hands, have you made the hollandaise sauce from the scratch recently? And do you have the number of the poison control taped to the refrigerator?

Whatever the case, nothing says “I Love You, Mom, “ quite like the Sunday brunch, unless it is the giant, lace-bedecked greeting card with the endearingly floral scene on the outside and the finest rhyming doggerel about the long-suffering nobility motherhood on the inside.

Here is the Maia Lush from Bernardo, the cute flat sandal in the dove color, with the intriguing hook-and-eye details on the strap.

Maia Lush from Bernardo

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Kim Basingers Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Kim Basinger!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Lanzarote del Lago, for being the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity of note.