Beautiful and Rare


…and each one is at least 70% off some seriously hefty (as in $1000+) price tags.

These five unique offerings are available in extremely limited sizes, but if they’re your size and your style, you’re in luck.

Salvatore Ferragamo Berg sculpted wedge sandal
The question is not are they too Bianca Jagger; it’s are they Bianca Jagger *enough*?

The sculpted precision of the cut-out keeps these bisque suede wedges from being just another pair of campy kicks. For an absolutely horrible variation on the curvilinear theme hop on over to the other blog to play Is It A Shoe? Hint: I don’t really think it’s a shoe.

Ralph Lauren Collection Hannie riding boot
I don’t know who’s doing the accessories behind good ol’ Ralphie Lipschitz these days, but they knocked this one out of the park. Ralph Lauren Goes Horsey is Ralph Lauren at his best. I’m also pretty sure it’s the name of a mail-order-only DVD that comes in discreet brown packaging.

Ralph Lauren Collection Jearra t-strap sandal
I love vachetta leather the way nicer, less interesting people love their kids. Traditionally you’d have to wait for time and the elements to give your vachetta its characteristic patina, but it looks like the clever calzolai in Lauren’s Italian workshop have not just tooled the quarter and the platform but treated it, too.



Donna Karan Curvy Heels

Curvy Heel Suede Sandals from Donna Karan    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, it has taken the Manolo the better part of six months, but he is finally beginning to see the worth and beauty in this curvy heel trend which was fully exploited by the Miuccia Prada on the runway last year.

This shoe above, the soft suede sandal with the curvy heels from the Donna Karan is one of the best of exemplars of this trend. It is quite pretty in its way, and the Manolo now begins to see what all of the fuss was about.


Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I know how you feel about there being no season for white shoes, but what about suede? Can I wear a suede sandal year-round?


Manolo says, suede in the morning, suede in the evening, suede in the summer time.

The Manolo loves the suede; it is one of his favorite materials for the less than formal shoes. Durable, tactile, frequently luxurious, often beautiful, this is suede at its best.

Yes, it is true, some peoples who live in the distant past of white gloves and pinkie-sticking-out tea parties believe that suede is suitable only for the fall and winter, that it is roughly the inverse of the white shoes, which supposedly may only be worn in the summer.

To these peoples the Manolo says, “if the shoe looks good, wear it.”

As for his friend’s question about the suitability of wearing the suede sandals around the year, the Manolo can only say, use your best judgment. If one lives in Miami or Los Angeles, it is fine, but if one resides in International Falls, Minnesota, you may wish to see if your health care coverage includes “fashion-inflicted frostbite” before leaving the house in mid-January.

Look, here are the gorgeous buff-colored suede sandals from Donna Karan.

Suede Sandals from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Holiday Shoes 2007, V

Andle Strap Peep-toe Pumps from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here are the spirited and sexy ankle strap pumps from Donna Karan, shoes that would make any occasion festive.


Donna Karan Strappy Sandals for the Thursday

Strappy Sandals from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here for your long holiday weekend, is the beautiful pair of the strappy sandals from the Donna Karan. Supposedly this color is known as “Smog Oxide”.

Do not ask the Manolo.

He does not write the official descriptions, he merely reports them.

Still, this is the very pretty shoe, and one which is also worth the wearing in the more comprehensible color of “Copper Oxide”.

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband has informed me that we will be going to his company’s holiday party this year, and that I should “dress up”. I’m thinking a new pair of shoes will ease my psychic pain. Please help.


Manolo says, it is time again for the annual corporate holiday party, when we all gather in the office park near the airport, at the Marriott Towne Centre Suburban Chain Hotel Function Room.

Look! They have decorated!

There is the magnificent Christmas tree that the ladies from marketing have decked with the leftover corporate logo key chains. See how they sparkle in the light cast from the menorah Morty in accounting has brought from home.

Ayyyyy! They have even included the festive wiccan pentacle out of consideration for the stout girl who wears the black nail polish, what is her name?

No, no. The new name.

That is it! Astreal Ravenscroft!

Truly the spirit of the solstice season is upon us!

Of the course, you would be wise to dress up in your holiday finest, as one of the traditions will be when your spouse forces you to meet the boss’s boss, the exalted semi-divine personage who’s very gaze, legend has it, can scald interns to death.

When the moment of meeting arrives, these black suede shoes with the gold trim from the DKNY, they will make you appear statuesque and stylish, the perfect companion for the rising corporate star.

Kailey by DKNY   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Interveiw with the Vampire’s Throwrug

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy! Something is sniffing at the divine Bernadette Peters!

Nevermind, it is only the Donna Karan in the jumpsuit and Portuguese-water-dog pelt combo.

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s column in the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading. This week’s topic, it is the not boring shoes for the super fantastic professional girl.

Dear Manolo,

The new year is almost here, and I’ve resolved to be more fabulous in my choice of footwear for the coming year, especially for what I wear to work. I’m an accountant, so I need lots of help.


Manolo says, Every year, the Manolo he makes the same resolutions he has always made, to be ever more super fantastic than he was in the preceeding year. This it is not easy, especially as the Manolo he has grown into the age of the middle, when the battle against the forces of nature must be fully engaged.

However, this it does not mean you should not make the valiant attempt to achieve super fantasticness, even if, unlike the Manolo, you toil in the professions that are perhaps not known for their fabulousness.

Indeed, the problem for those in the occupations of respectablitiy, such as the accountants and the lawyers, it is that you must maintain the gravitas suitable to the job, so that the clients they will not be frightened away by your taste for the avant garde.

Sadly, the hot pink Puccis on the accountant they do not make the smiles in the person facing the IRS audit.

And so, the Manolo he must counsel his seriously-employed friend to express her office-based super fantasticness with the shoes that are conservative in style and color, but have the luxuriousness of the first-rate material and workmanship,

954690 by Christian Lacroix   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Thus, the Manolo he would recommend this smart suede shoe from the
Christian Lacroix as something that embodies the qualities the Manolo has mentioned.

Christina Desk to Disco by Donna Karen  Manolo Likes!  Click!

Likewise, if the friend of the Manolo wishes to “sex it up” the bit the Manolo would have her consider the “Christiana Desk to Disco” from the Donna Karen.

Suede, Lots of the Suede

Donna Karan Alexis Knee Length Suede Boots       Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here from the Donna Karan is the suede, lots of the suede. This color it is called “mulberry”, which appears to the Manolo to be some sort of the very deep, dark, appealing green, although it is also available in the black.

It is exactly the sort of thing the smart girl she would wear in the evenings during the late autumn, perhaps for dining at the La Goulue after the stroll up Madison Avenue from the galleries.

Even the better, the dinner it could be her treat, as this boot is on the sale, 51% off of the usual price, the savings of over $300 of the American dollars!

Donna Karan 80% Off!

Donna Karan Alexis Ankle-strap D'Orsay Pump    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he has in the past recommended this beautiful ankle strap d’orsay pump from the Donna Karan, however, it was never 80% off the regular price, the savings of over $550 of the American dollars!

Shoes for the Affair of the Black Tie

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

I am chairman of a black tie charity ball to be held in a few weeks…I love the charity, but I’m not the black tie type and have trouble putting together a look, beyond a pair of 501’s, white t-shirt, and tretorns.

I will be wearing a beautiful (albeit a few seasons old) couture Jill Sander evening gown, (bought after a drunken lunch in SF) black silk sheath w/ boatneck, 3/4 sleeves, gorgeous fit…(reminds me of Jackie Kennedy)…I do have a nice pair of Weitzman silk pumps, but they look too staid with such a conservative dress… could you recommend a pair of evening sandals or pumps that could “sex up” this dress? The dress is really fitted, and pretty hot, even with the sleeves and covered bosom.

Manolo says, this it is exactly the sort of the question that the Manolo he can really sink the teeth into. Picking the beautiful shoes for the fancy party, it is perhaps one of his most favorite things to do in the whole world.

Here are three of the choices that the Manolo thinks would add the sparkle to the simple, but stunning sheath dress by the Jil Sander.
Claudia Ciuti  Otis     Manolo Adores!  Click!

This gorgeous shoe by the Claudia Ciuti it has been christened with the ridiculous name of “Otis”, like the town drunk in the Mayberry RFD. However, despite this, this shoe it is in the humble opinion of the Manolo the perfect thing for the party of the black tie.

Charles David Crystal   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the simple but most beautiful shoe from the Charles David. The ring of the crystals on the strap will add the needed sparkle to the black ensemble.

Donna Karan Alexis   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Finally, the Manolo he must recommend this stunning shoe from the Donna Karan. Notice how the addition of the simple ankle strap “sexes” this shoe up. Not only is it most beautiful, but it is now on the sale, it is still not “cheap” but it is 50% off of the usual price.

The Manolo he is most certain that his friend she will indeed be the belle of the charity ball!


Donna Karan on the Sale

Manolo says, this beautiful pair of the Donna Karan boots, it is on the sale, reduced nearly $600 of the American dollars.