Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Cole Haan Air Carma Open-Toe Slingback

Cole Haan Air Carma Open-Toe Slingback on Sale

Manolo says, what is not to like about this? The Cole Haan Air Carma Peep-Toe Slingback, the perfect patent leather work shoe with the comfortable technology built in, selling at 60% off of the regular price!

And here is the closed-back pump version at the same great price!


André Perugia Pumps

Andre Perugia Shoes from the 1920s

Manolo says, here for your midday shoe-viewing enjoyment are the embroidered red and black pumps from the master shoe maestro, André Perugia, shoes which currently reside in the Kyoto Costume Institute.


P.S. If you like looking at the historic clothing you should go to this blog, OMG That Dress, from which this photo comes, and follow the Manolo on the Pinterest.


Shoe Personalities: Zuden-6 from Miss Me?

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

Zuden-6 from Miss Me

The Zuden-6 from Miss Me?, $39.99.

Manolo says, hi, you’re Courtney, and you are originally from Alabama, from like this little town halfway between Cullman and Gadsden, and you were the salutatorian of your high school class, but now, at Vandy, that doesn’t really count for much.

You know, it is just these sorority girls from Atlanta, who all have the blonde hair and drive BMWs. That, or acerbic Northern girls with dark hair, from places you’ve never heard of in New Jersey and Connecticut, who always seem despondent but aren’t.

You really, really, really tried to fit in last year, but it was super hard. Let me tell you, those sorority girls spend money. When the Nordstroms opened at Green Hills, the Tri-Delts were lined up around the block, like it was the new cupcake store, or something.

So, in November, you saved up the little bit from what Momma and Daddy send you each month, and you bought some new clothes for the Rush Week, this sort of reddish patterned dress from Forever 21, and these shoes, which look vaguely like what some of the girls were wearing last fall.

You knew weren’t going to get into TriDelt or Kappa Kappa Gamma, because, you know, that’s crazy talk. A) Daddy is the soybean farmer, not the banker, and B) despite what your PawPaw says, you are not “the most beautiful sugar lump in the whole wide world,” especially not since you put on ten of the freshman fifteen.

But, you thought you had the good chance at one of the other houses.

You didn’t, not really.

It was probably the shoes, you know, they weren’t that comfortable, and they actually weren’t what the other girls were wearing by January.

Strangely, you were not as upset about not being asked back as you thought you would be. Your classes went really well last year, and you had the great summer back home. You lost some weight, and two weeks at the Gulf Shoes put highlights in your hair and freckles on your face, which you think look cute.

This year should be great, right?

Our Friend Virginia, Writing About the Shoes

Manolo says, our friend, the Virgina has written the column in the Bloomberg News on what the shoes say about us.

Like cars, shoes combine function and aesthetics, the promise of mobility and the pleasures of style. As apparel, they offer not only protection but transformation; as autonomous objects, they serve as “bursts of beauty that defy the mundane,” writes Rachelle Bergstein in “Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us.” Unlike cars, shoes are also inexpensive enough to permit people to build diverse wardrobes, changing footwear with season, circumstances and mood.

Whether Jimmy Choos, Pumas or Toms, shoes let us stand out as individuals while fitting into similarly shod social groups. The complex relationship between the social and the personal is why it’s so hard to tell much about a shoe’s owner from a photograph alone — and why shoes are so interesting. Their meanings require, and sometimes reveal, broader cultural context.

There is much more to be said about this topic, and the Manolo will say it shortly. In the meantime, go read the whole article, it is worth your time.


Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Lanvin Braided Thong Sandals

Lanvin Braided Thong Sandal, Summer 2012

Manolo says, this smashingly sophisticated, summer 2012, thong sandal from the Lanvin is now on the sale, selling for nearly 60% off of the regular price! Still costly, but the bargain for something so handsome.

Marc Jacobs, Spring 2011: Who Wore it Better?

Anna Wintour in Marc Jacobs at Wimbeldon Finals

It is the tossup, really

Manolo asks, who wore it better? Malevolent crone, or freakish-scary doll girl?

P.S. From the Red Carpet Fashion Awards


Things That Make the Manolo Laugh: Balmain Pricing

Manolo says, from the same people who brought you the $1600 artfully ripped, surplus t-shrt comes the $5,500 rayon, tuxedo jumpsuit.

Balmain Satin-Trimmed Tuxedo Jumpsuit

Your boyfriend, The Sheikh, will love it!

Ayyy! Made of 95% viscose, 2% elastane, 3% polyamide!

Almost as entertaining as the Veblen good, aspirational pricing, are the sizing descriptions at the Net-a-Porter.

Close fitting style, stretch finish
Those with a curvy figure may wish to take the next size up
Model is 177cm/ 5’10” and is wearing a FR size 36

The French size 36 = US size 4.

Balmain Tuxedo Jumpsuit

Your size 4 buttocks will look marvelous in this rayon catsuit.

Yes, yes, the peoples who can afford this do not care about the price, and the peoples who care about the price cannot afford this, but still, this is another of the Balmain pieces (as good looking as it is) that strikes the Manolo as overpriced for no apparent good reason except to maintain the façade of exclusivity.


TED Conferences: Night School for the Self-Satisfied Rich

Manolo says, the Manolo recently learned that the tickets for the TED Conferences–which produce the YouTubes of the obscure middle-brow “thinkers” and pop-media savants flattering the ricos–cost $7,500 per person!

Thus, upon learning this, the Manolo put together this Venn diagram of the average TED Conference attendee…

Venn Diagram for the Average TED Conference Attendee

The intersection of wealth, self-satisfaction and inanity.


Jean-Michel Cazabat Metallic Bow Sandals for the Monday

Manolo says, Monday? We do not need no stinking Mondays.

Give us Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays, and the occasional Thursdays. Wednesdays, if you must. But, emphatically, no Mondays! (As for Tuesdays, we are somewhat agnostic.)

Nothing good happens on those Mondays when you have to go back to work. Yes, you make like your job, or find it not intolerable, but even in such cases is still the great imposition to have to cease the pleasurable activities of the weekend and begin the less-than-pleasurable activities of the work week.

Less reclining in the hammock in the back yard, the copy of the pirate-based romance in hand, and more sitting at your cubicle working on things romantic pirates would have regarded as inessential to the daily romance of piracy.

Well, at the least, you can pirate the little bit of time from your villainous employer by looking at the shoes on the internet…

Jean_Michel Cazabat Metallic Slingback Bow Sandals

It is the metallic slingback bow sandals from Jean-Michel Cazabat, the exact sort of simple, romantic shoe you will want to be wearing when bare-chested Captain Hunkybreeches (who is terribly misunderstood by the authorities) captures your ship.


Leaf Me Alone from the Charlotte Olympia

Leaf Me Alone from Charlotte Olympia

Manolo says, the Leaf Me Alone from the Charlotte Olympia is perfect for the Sunday in the park, or, perhaps, more properly, for sitting on the restaurant terrace while sipping the glass of the 2002 Cristal and looking at the park.