Manolo the Columnist: Layla from Beverly Feldman

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

Dear Manolo,

My lovely fiance and I are getting married at our favorite tiki bar in May. I am wearing a short, toga-ish, one-shoulder white dress; my fiance will be wearing a Hawaiian shirt (and pants). I’m looking for fun, cute shoes that will look good with this dress – and that will also be comfortable for running around enjoying the wedding. Any suggestions?


Manolo says, Ayyyyy! The tiki flavored wedding at the tiki bar! It is the perfectly whimsical solution to the problem of the enormous costs of the modern ceremonies. Instead of the surf-and-the-turf sit-down meals, pu-pu platters and poi for everyone!

Of the course, such things are not without the danger. For the example, the Manolo does not fully remember his own last visit to the neighborhood tiki bar, Trader Melvins, the exotic realm of giant Styrofoam stone heads, bongo drums, and the rampant Polynesiana.

All the Manolo can say with confidence is that the evening began with the giant clam shells of Mai Tais, together with the long straws for everyone at the table, and ended many hours later with the Manolo hula dancing wildly to the sound track of Blue Hawaii.

And after that, the Manolo vowed never again to drink the rum.

Here is the Layla from the Beverly Feldman, the mid-heel sandal in silver with the South Sea pearl-type accent.

Layla from Beverly Feldman

Holiday Shoes 2010: Beverly Feldman Enchanted

Beverly Feldman Enchanted

Manolo says, just in time for the final round of holiday parties, the aptly named Enchanted from Beverly Feldman!

Aurele from Beverly Feldman On the Sale!

Aurele from Beverly Feldman

Manolo says, here is the Aurele from Beverly Feldman. The kicky ballerina flat with the charming little flower details that Manolo thinks would look most excellent with the black trousers.

This is the sort of shoe the Manolo considers the “transitional shoe,” something that will take you smoothly from the late summer into the early fall in the fine style. And look! It is on the sale, reduced $70 of the American dollars from its usual price.


Manolo the Columnist: Gumball from Beverly Feldman

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

Dear Manolo,

I work at a fairly large software company, and happily I managed to survive the past year without getting laid off, in fact, I actually seem to be (possibly, maybe, keeping fingers crossed) in line for a promotion. Now, however, it’s time for the annual holiday party, a minefield of potential social disasters. What do you suggest?


Manolo says, congratulations to the Manolo’s friend who has prospered in this most difficult of economic conditions!

And now, all of this progress could all be lost in the single moment of unbridled holiday enjoyment/drunken revelry/wardrobe malfunction, when you decide that your black-clad, hipper-than-hip CEO who works from the desk in the democratically open office (when he is not private jetting off for Nepal or Cupertino), must be forced into joining the spirited rendition of “Grandma Got Run Over by The Reindeer.”

“Come on, Jeffy, baby! I know you know the words! You look just like Weird Al!! Wheeee!”

What is that? You say, you did not know that the nog in “Trekkie Brad’s Special Egg Nog” was 151-proof rum?

But, at least you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you looked great in your moment of disgrace, especially if you wear these sandals, the Gumball from Beverly Feldman. On sale at Zappos for only $148!

Gumball by Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Beverly Feldman for the Friday

Manolo says, it is Friday in late July and you are itching to get yourself out the door of your office and to the weekend. But you cannot, because your Boss, Mr. Napoleon H. Stalin, is standing there asking you to work hard on his useless tasks until quitting time. The nerve of that man!

And you would like to shout, “Talk to the hand, you petty tyrant!” to be accompanied by the appropriate hand and/or finger gestures.

But then, you know that if you do that you will be out on the street looking for work in this economy, which you will probably not find. And then, slowly your savings will be eaten away, and you will fall behind on the bills and the mortgage, and then your house will be foreclosed upon and your entire family will be forced to move in with your parents. The fate worse than death!

And so you suck it up, and drive on, doing exactly that which your boss has specified, even if you can feel your soul slowly draining down into your toes.

What you need right now is to look at some fancy lady shoes! And the fanciest ladyest shoes are from Beverly Feldman!

Here are three shoes that will cheer you.

Milady from Beverly Feldman     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Above is the Milady, the flowerly suede number that makes the Manolo smile.

Fire-Isle from Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the Fire-Isle, the kitten heeled thong sandal with the exuberant adornment.

And finally, here is the aptly-named Stunning from Beverly Feldman
Stunning from Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Did the Manolo mention that all three of these marvelous shoes are currently on the sale, nearly 40% off of the regular price? Indeed they are, as are many shoes at the Zappos!

P.S. Do you know that sometimes the super fantastic Beverly Feldman herself leaves the comments on the humble shoe blog of the Manolo.


Beverly Feldman Khloe for the Tuesday

Khloe by Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, yes, it is only Tuesday, and the recent economic news has been gloomy, but that does not mean that one cannot start thinking about what to wear this weekend. Look, here is the Khloe by Beverly Feldman, the elegant and luxurious ankle bootie with exactly the right amount of rhinestone bling.

What’s this? The Dow Jones Average had it’s single best day ever? Happy Days are here again! Celebrate in beautiful shoes!


Beverly Feldman for The Spring Time

Manolo says, this spring, the Manolo has decided that he (along with many of the major shoe designers) will be all about the beautiful, flowery, girly sandals.

Ondine by Beverly Feldman    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Obviously, the Manolo’s friend Beverly Feldman has taken this message of blossoms and boughs to heart, for here is the Ondine, the super cute, super fantastic, kitten heel flowery sandal. It is wonderfully cheerful, no?

Flats! Fast!

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

My dearest Manolo,

It seems that my daily run combined with “excessive” (according to my doctor) wearing of stilettos have given me both a heel spur and plantar fascitis, which makes walking feel very much like there is a very sharp dagger stabbing me in the heel. I am prohibited from wearing anything but flats for (gasp!) at least a YEAR. To make matters worse, I have to wear an orthotic heel cup, so anything that doesn’t cover the Cold War Era Soviet utilitarianistic hideousness of said cup, is out of the question. I should be somewhat excited to be shopping for an entirely new shoe wardrobe, but I feel so limited.

I need flats for every occasion/ensemble (ie. cocktails, barbeque, lunch with the girls, running errands, semi-formal occasions, night on the town, etc.) and I need them fast. Style-wise, I’m very much into classics with a twist of attitude. I am currently wearing tennis shoes with everything, and it makes me feel very housefrau. Please, please, please help. Please. Please. (This is me, with the begging.)

Your faithful,


Ayyyyyyy! To be limited by the painful circumstances to only wearing the flats would truly be the fashion emergency. Happily, the Manolo stands ready to make the few suggestions to ease his friend’s trauma. You can always do the TOMS free shipping, as well as these trendy flats.

Albany by Pedro Garcia    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Here is the attitudinous satin flat from the Pedro Garcia in the color called “pewter”, which would be good for the wearing during the evening, either dressed up or dressed down.

7045 by Sigerson Morrison    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Three words: Red Patent Leather!


Prada Flair City Drivin Mocassin  Manolo Likes!  Click!
For the more casual times the Manolo likes this driving moccasin from the Prada.

And, finally, for the barbeques, the Manolo gives you the perfect shoe…

For-Real by Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!
These from the inimitable Beverly Feldman are so cutesy with the raffia and the gingham fabric and the cloth berries. Are they not exactly what you would wish to wear with the the capri pants while enjoying the afternoon out in the backyard?

Gladiator Variation

Pristine by Beverly Feldman   Manolo Likes!  Click!
Manolo says, here from the Beverly Feldman is the attractive variation on the very “with it” gladiator sandal.

This one, with the green jadeish ornamentation, it whispers to the Manolo of the forbidden romantic intrigue with the hunky novus homo who has just risen from the proletariat .

In the other words, it is simply the perfect shoe to feed your Colleen McCullough fueled fantasies.

Beverly Feldman for the Spring

Topaz by Beverly Feldman    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Manolo says, the spring it is icoming! Sing cuccu nu, sing cuccu!



Loop-Di-Doo by Beverly Feldman     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, this beautiful and classy shoe from Manolo’s friend the Beverly Feldman, it is perfect for dinner and dancing on the Saturday night of amusement with your dependable steady, the handsome man who still tickles your fancy.