Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Tonie from Elie Tahari

Tonie from Eilie Tahari

Manolo says, here is the Tonie from Elie Tahari, the dramatic high-heeled evening sandal that is guaranteed to make any entrance grand, and look! It is on the sale, 70% off of the regular price! The savings of more than $350!


It is the Jossy for the Spring!

Jossy Sandal by Elie TahariJossy Sandal from Elie Tahari

Manolo says, here is the Jossy from the Elie Tahari, the fun, flirtatious, super-fantastic, low-heeled sandals that would be perfect for the warm afternoon of strolling through the carefully-tended botanic gardens. Choose your outfit correctly, smile demurely, and let the stray strand of hair fall over your forehead, and that hunky man who invited you may try to steal the sweet kiss behind the hydrangeas!

Manolo the Columnist: Kaplam Pump from Elie Tahari

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve finally been promoted to detective after almost a decade as a patrol officer and I need some shoes. While I’m obviously happy to be rid of those clunky, black cop shoes, I’m stumped as to what would look good with the stylish pantsuits I would like to wear. The regulations specify “professional, closed-toe shoes, with heels no greater than two inches high.” Please help.


Manolo says, ayyyy! You will be like Angie Dickinson, going undercover in the hot pants and go-go boots to bust the ring of white slavers!

Or, perhaps not. The new version of the police lady life, as shown on the network television, seems to involve less of the fist fighting, and more of the science. One minute, you are flirting shamelessly with the very witty Simon Baker, and the next you are poking the decomposing corpse with the spoon.

Or perhaps not. From what the Manolo has heard, the actuality of being the copwoman in the real world is more mundane, involving overbearing bureaucracy, bad coffee at strange hours, and close contact with reprehensible peoples who do not look like this week’s celebrity guest villain.

Still, despite the fact that your boss looks more like the Ernest Borgnine than the Mark Harmon, there must be great satisfaction in knowing that you are performing the necessary and important job for society, protecting the weak and unwary from harm.

Here is the Kaplan Pump from the Elie Tahari, the sharp looking business shoe that will keep the evil-doers quaking in their much less attractive boots.

Kaplan Pump from Elie Tahari


Claudette Ankle Boots from Elie Tahari for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday, and your long family nightmare is over…the children have returned to school!

Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of the year!

Celebrate with beautiful shoes….

Elie Tahari Claudette Ankle Boots

Today, while your young ones are schlumping dejectedly throgh the halls of the Dr. John T. Grabble Charter School for Exceptionally Amazing Gifted Children, you will be kicking up your heels in these Claudette Suede and Snake-Print Peep-Toe Ankle Boots from the Elie Tahari, your reward for the long, long summer.


New Elie Tahari Wedges for the Spring

Manolo says, earlier today, while the Manolo was sitting in his usual cafe, enjoying the kir royale and the most beautiful spring afternoon, he could not but help notice two young women nearby who were wearing the shorty skirts and the Uggs.

“Please,” bethought the Manolo, “you are both 27. You should not be dressing as if you were waiting for the Justin Beiber tickets. And it is spring, which is not the season for the Uggs!”

“So, Mr. Dandified Smartypants,” retorted the girls in the mind of the Manolo, “what should we be wearing?”

“Beautiful spring wedges from the Elie Tahari!”

Robin Wedge from Elie Tahari

The Robin Wedge.

Wedge from Elie Tahari

The Rita Wedge.

Alicia Wedge from Elie Tahari

The Alicia Wedge


Manolo the Columnist: Olympia Sandal from Elie Tahari

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

Dear Manolo,

Can you recommend some sexy shoes for Valentines Day? Something that will make my husband of ten years sit up and take notice?


Manolo says, the Day of San Valentine’s, it approaches! And woe be to the man who does not sit up and take the notice!

The wheels of womanly justice grind exceedingly fine, and the man who fails to make proper obeisance at the shrine of romance will be doomed to have it brought up to him, yea unto the seventh generation.

Thus, the Manolo says to the men folk, unleash your inner Fabio!

No, this does not mean to grow your hair long and go about the house with your pirate shirt undone to the navel.

In the stead, it means that you must act as if you were the brutishly sensitive hero on the cover of the novel of romanticness, one who would, on the way to consensually ravish the maiden, stop off at the florist for the bouquet of roses and the extra large box of the Russell Stover’s chocolate.

Of the course, if the lady is dressed in the proper romantic novel fashion, which the Manolo would describe with the phrase “the stays on the corset are popping loose”, the man will not even notice if she is wearing the shoes.

Here is the Olympia Sandal from Elie Tahari, the shoe with the subtly romantic sexiness that will make you feel like one of Barbara Cartland’s more wanton heroines.
Olympia Sandal from Elie Tahari


Elie Tahari Edita Boot on the Sale

Edita Boot from Elie TahariElie Tahari Edita Boots

Manolo says, if you are looking for the good quality, handsome, equestrian-style boot from the designer the Manolo admires, than you could not do much better than the Edita from the Elie Tahari.

Nor could you get it at the better bargain: $150 off of the regular price, the savings of more than 30%!


Thursday Glam: Lola Sandal from Elie Tahari

Manolo says, whatever the Lola wants, the Lola gets!

Lola Sandal from Elie Tahari

This is that rare sort of cage sandal that actually captivates!


Manolo the Columnist: Carmella Wedge from Elie Tahari

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

Dear Manolo,

Your recent column in which you mentioned the trend for barefoot brides and bridesmaids has struck a chord with me. My son is getting married in May, to a wonderful if somewhat quirky girl. Not only are they going to be married out of doors, at a friend’s farm in Northern Virginia, but the entire wedding party will be barefooted. I would rather not be barefooted, as I grew up on a farm and know a thing or two about them. My dress will be a simple linen shift in a pale blue, please suggest some shoes appropriate for the clothes and setting.


Manolo says, the Manolo’s friend is right to be apprehensive about her son getting married with the bare feets, in the Appalachian foothills, out by the hog troughs. (And here the Manolo will forebear to make the jokes about chittlin canapés and moonshine toasts given by the best man.)

In fact, the Manolo is at the stage now where he applauds any young couple who opt out of the mega-marriage madness, events that can consume many tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary wedding folderol. Better the smaller, good-humored celebration filled with love, family, and friends. Such joys cannot be purchased at any price.

Here is the Carmella Wedge from Elie Tahari, understated and elegantly casual.

Carmella Wedge from Elie Tahari

Stella McCartney Mutant Birken-Heels Monster

Manolo says, perhaps it is time for the Manolo to revive the Gallery of the Horrors

Stella McCartney Cork and Faux Leather SandalsStella McCartney Cork and Faux Leather Sandals

These are not just the simple Birkenstocks-which-have-mated-with-stilettos-thus-violating-all-that-is-holy , but rather the pleather Birkenstocks-meets-the-stilettos, and not just made-from-faux-leather Birken-stilettos, but also the $625 fake leather, mutant Birken-heels.

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, $625 American dollars can get you these….

Jimmy Choo Suave Satin Sandals

The Jimmy Choo Suave Satin Sandals, with almost enough change left over to buy these…

Elie Tahari Carlise Flat Sandal

The Elie Tahari Carlise flat sandals.

Of the course, the Manolo would never object to paying this much for beautiful shoes. But for ugly shoes which pay homage to the crunchy granola shoes for pretentious peasants, and which are made of petroleum by-products? Never!

Via the New York Daily News


Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been surprised to see that gladiator sandals continue to be trendy, long after one would have thought that they would have gone out of style. In fact, I confess that I’m now powerfullly tempted to get some for myself. So here’s my question: are gladiator sandals appropriate for a woman of “certain age, “ and if so, what would you recommend?


Manolo says, the Manolo is also surprised that the sandals of the gladiators contiue to be fashionable long after the empire waist of the previous seasons had declined and fell.

But such is the state of the world in which we now find ourselves; fashion retailers avoid taking risks on unproven items by selling subtle variations of the previous seasons’ winners, just as consumers are more concerned with getting their money’s worth out of costly items, thus wearing things longer than would have been usual in our recent and richer past.

As for whether or not adult women can wear the gladiator sandals, the Manolo says yes, but only with some careful thought. One should avoid pairing the full-out knee-length gladiator sandals with drapery, lest one look like Cato the Elder denoucing Carthagenian aggression from the floor of the Senate.

For best effect, ladies of the certain age should perhaps wear sandals that are more evocative of the Ancient world rather than literal. Here from Elie Tahari is the Ava Sandal in the gold metallic leather. More Diana, Mistress of the Hunt, than Russell Crowe, Mister of the Colosseum.

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Tahari Tuesday

Elie Tahari Brielle Thong Sandals    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, it is Spring! And what could be springier than frivolously fantastic sparkly pink thong sandals from Elie Tahari?