Shoe Personalities: Phluff Daddy from O’Neill

N.B. Psychologists have proven what we already know, shoe tell us much about the wearer

Phluff Daddy from O'Neill

The Phluff Daddy from O’Neill, $18.

Your name is Kenny. Not Kenneth, Kenny, and you own only four pairs of the long pants, two of them blue jeans.

Your best friend in the whole world is the chocolate lab named Bo, who wears the red bandanna around his neck, limps from the little bit of doggy arthritis, and is the sort of chick magnet (although he seems to mostly draw only single-mom divorcees who work in diners, and college girls studying recreation science).

You spend most of your time riding your mountain bike around town, reading undergraduate philosophy books, or hanging out at the indie coffee shop downtown, talking to college girls who are studying recreation science.

You’re 36-years-old and you’ve never left this town. Why should you? You were born here, went to school here, and graduated from college here (English, ’98). You even live in the tiny, two-bedroom house your grandmother left you up in the Avenues, stretching out that legacy into infinity (if you can keep your expenses down).

Some mornings, while you’re eating your bacon and eggs in the harvest-yellow kitchen with the avocado green stove, you look at the newspaper and think that maybe you should sell that house and get out of that town.

But then Bo hobbles in and puts his nose on your bare leg beneath your cargo shorts, and you think “Not yet, boy. Now while you’re still around.”

JUN
2012
25

The Saddness of Ms. Jenner, Your 7th Grade Girls Gym Teacher

Manolo says, she was such the nice lady, the bit rough around the edges and liked to yell, yes, but fundamentally nice. And she could throw the softball! Ayyy! Like the cannon!

But then she got involved in the complicated relationship with this horrible overbearing person

I think we know who the 'man' is in this relationship.

With the screaming, and the manipulating, and the awful horrible children from the previous relationship. And frankly, the Ms. Jenner, she was the simple lady who liked sports, k.d. lang, and the occasional beer. She does not need all this drama queen nonsense.

Now, whenever you see her at your daughter’s school, she looks like she’s ready to break out in tears…

Will somone please give Bruce a hug.

And you just want to give her the hug, and tell her ditch that manipulative woman. But you cannot, because it is none of your business. So you keep your mouth shut and hope for the best.

P.S. For reference purposes..

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JUN
2012
25

Callie T-Strap Sandal from Jimmy Choo for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday, and you are back at your desk, and frankly, “discontent” does not even begin to describe it.

You had such the nice weekend. The neighbors at the end of the bloc, Bob and Karen, came over for the cookout on Saturday evening. They are so nice, and the weather was perfect. You had some little canapé things from Trader Joe’s, gin and tonics, potato salad, and Gary made the best St. Louis style ribs on the grill. Best of all, for whatever reason, the normally ravenous mosquitoes of late June, which usually come down like the wolves upon the fold, largely left you alone.

And the whole time, you thought to yourself: this is what life is really about, warm weather, convivial conversation, good food, fine drinks, and few invasive pests. What more do we really need?

And now, today, you had to go back to the corporate salt mine; loading your 16 tons of data into the computer on your desk, and what do you get?

Sigh.

Look! Shoes!

Callie T-Strap Sandal from Jimmy Choo

If the dramatic Callie T-Strap Sandal from the Jimmy Choo cannot take your mind off of your first-world problems, nothing can.

JUN
2012
24

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Matrix from Bernardo

Bernardo Matrix Flats SandalsBernardo Matrix Flats Sandals

Manolo says, the Manolo has often recommended the Bernardo sandals, for the reason that they are simple, elegant, high quality summer sandals, that convey delightfully Mediterranean insouciance.

So, imagine the Manolo’s joy when he learned that the Matrix from Bernardo was selling at more the 50% off of the regular price!

Guest Posting at the Shoe Blog of the Manolo

Manolo says, now that the Manolo has revived his formerly semi-moribund shoe blog, he would like to invite his internet friends to consider contributing the guest post or two.

It does not matter if you are the fashion blogger, or the non-blogger, the Manolo would love to see what his internet friends have to say about such topics as shoes, runway trends, shoes, fashion history, shoes, celebrity misadventure, shoes, indeed almost any topic that is not overtly political, or overly controversial. All the Manolo asks is that the contribution be thoughtful and moderately entertaining to his readers.

If you would be interested in doing this please to send the Manolo the email telling him what you would like to blog about.

JUN
2012
23

There are Few Words More Depressing Than “Utilikilt”.

Manolo says, this…

Kilted Connery

The reason the kilt was invented

Does not equal, this…

Yes, yes, the Manolo gets the idea. You are the unconventional, free-spirited, manly-dude, who wishes to show the world that you march to the beat of your own Iron John drum circle, even as you not-so-surreptitiously air your junk out in public.

However, the Manolo would like to point out that your self-conception is dramatically at odds with how the rest of the world sees you. As the Manolo’s internet friend, the Lori, put it, “What is it about utilikits that take all of the sexiness, majesty, and coolness out of the regular kilt?”

Exactly. In the other words…

Real Scottish kilt, worn properly = The Sexy.
Utilikilt, worn by you = The Dorky.

The Manolo does not care how handsome you are, trust the Manolo, you look like the dork in the utilikilt.

Even Fabio, who looks good in the loincloth, would look like the dork in the utilitikilt.

No, just no.

Please, sir, put your pants back on.

So, for the sake of the rest of us, confine your unconventionality to strangely shaped mustachios, carefully sculpted beards, thinning ponytails, and bowler hats with steampunk goggles on the brim. Do not show us your bony knees, and do not potentially expose us, should you slip and fall, to the sight of your hairy bottom.

For the rest of us, please, do not wear the utilitikilt.

JUN
2012
23

Shoemaker Saturday: How the Frye Boots are Made

Manolo says, the only problem with this video is that it is far too short to be fully satisfying.

Frye Smith Harness Boot

The Frye Harness boot, like the Levis, the motorcycle jacket, and the white crew neck t-shrt, is still one of the great American classics.

JUN
2012
22

Funky Shoe Friday From Finsk

Finsk Platform Sandal 116-107

Manolo asks, would you wear it?

The Friday Web Snob Links

Manolo says, here are the few links of interest from the Manolo’s Web Snob friends…

The Beauty Stop spills on the best new summer beauty product steals and freebies.

Stiletto Jungle explores the top options for creating a bright, white smile.

Kris Humphries claims Kris Jenner staged Kim Kardashian’s sex tapeAllie is Wired.

Coquette wants to brighten up her summer wearing a sunny shade of yellow.

The Jet Set Girls share their Summer Reading List 2012.

Second City Style won’t tell anyone if you feel the need to twirl in this Summer 2012 Trend: Skater Dresses.

Shopping and Info wants these Burberry black riding rain boots for summer rainstorms.

The Row $5,100 Python Bag Giveaway with NET-A-PORTER : A Snob’s Dream Come True! At BagSnob.

Read all about the Death of BeautySnob‘s Digital Perm and Return of Sleek.

JUN
2012
22

Manolo Social Media

Manolo says, Look! Social Media!

Follow the Manolo on Pinterest!Like the Manolo on Facebook!Follow the Manolo on TumblrFollow the Manolo on Twiter!Manolo's Super Fantastic Newsletter

P.S. If you are not following the Manolo on the twitter, here is some of what you are missing:

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Christian Louboutin Icone Translucent Sandals for the Friday Night

Manolo says, it is Friday and you are saying to yourself, “Huzzah! The weekend, she is here,” even though, technically, the weekend, she is not here, as you still have several hours of paid drudgery left to perform.

Still, what is required at this very moment is the little day dreaming, something to take you away from that which is oppressive and dull, to the glittering imaginary place where you are the Queen of the May!

And, what better imaginary coronation garb for your regal feets than the Icone Translucent Studded Sandals from the Christian Louboutin?

Christian Louboutin Icone Translucent Sandals

Ayyyy! So beautiful! So perfect!

For your robes, you will shun ermine and velvet, and wear only gossamer silk; your crown, the tiara of summer flowers!

JUN
2012
22

P’Trique

Manolo says, already more entertaining than most episodes of ANTM; Manolo votes P’Trique through to the next round.