Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m starting a new job in January, but once again, my generosity has outdone my commonsense and I’ve spent all of my money on Christmas gifts. Please help me find some affordable work shoes.


Manolo says, as always the Manolo gives the same counsel, to not buy the cheap shoes of pain and suffering and the fake leather, but to save your moneys and buy the high quality shoes of comfort and stylishness. Beautiful shoes will make you stand straighter and feel more confident, the exact qualities desired by the employers.

Yet, how well the Manolo knows what it is like to have the bank ruptured after the spending spree of generosity, and thus be the poor person who is forced to fashion his own super fantastic employment shoes out of the cardboard wrapping paper tubes and the crumpled credit card receipts.

Thus the Manolo would commend to his friend the shoes of the Franco Sarto as being among the most stylish of the affordable shoes, shoes that will do the job until sufficient capital is accumulated for the truly wonderful feetwear.

Look here is the Impala by Franco Sarto, the handsome professional pump with the understated feminine detail.

Impala by Franco Sarto   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is available at the website of the Express of the Washington Post. Today’s topic it is the shoes for the poor librarian.

Dear Manolo,

I work in a library, so flats or small heels are the best. The one problem is that I have super fantastic shoe aspirations on a flip-flop budget. While I am saving up, are there any minorly fantastic shoes for me?


Manolo says, the librarians they are so smart, knowing that even if you are the poor girl you must save the moneys so that you can purchase the most super fantastic shoes.

Of the course, even while they are saving the moneys the librarians they must have the shoes, as they cannot go barefeeted. No one wishes to see the toes while searching the stacks. It is distracting.

Yes, they could perhaps construct their own super fantastic shoes out of the pieces of the old card catalogs and the library paste, although, unless the librarians are as gifted as the Manolo in the fine art of improvisational cobbling the results they may not be pleasing.

This it is why the Manolo he would recommend for the fall, the pair of the low heeled boots from the Franco Sarto as being the shoes that are both attractive and attractively priced. Would they not look good with the right skirt, something for that moment when the horn-rimmed glasses are removed and the hair is undone?

Esquire by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Franco Sarto for the Poor Girl Summer

Manolo says, as is often the case, the email box of the Manolo it has been overflowing with the emails from the Manolo’s many internet friends asking the Manolo to help them find the affordable shoes.

“Please,” the internet friends of the Manolo say, “we are the poor working girls who must slave away in the hot office, hiding under the pasted-on smiles our simmering envy of the stylish women who have achieved greater success. Please help us, Manolo, we need the beautiful shoes to ease our pain, but we have no moneys. ”

As always, the reply of the Manolo it is the same, that the poor working girl she must save her moneys so that she may purchase the super fantastic shoes. Also, she should strive to not feel the envy of the successful woman; for all that we know she may suffer from her own disappointments and neuroses.

In the stead it is better to focus on obtaining the beautiful shoes, for owning all of the bargain priced feetwear in the world cannot replicate the feeling one gets when wearing the single pair of the truly refined shoes. It is sublime, similar to the religious experience, only for the feets.

At the same of the time, the Manolo he knows what it is like to be poor in the summer, so poor that you must fashion your own summery white buck shoes out of the discarded ice cream wrappers, cotton candy cones, and popsicle sticks that have fallen onto the sand beneath the cracks in the boardwalk.

And so the Manolo he will help his internet friends by recommending some of the summery light-colored shoes of the Franco Sarto, shoes which sell for under $100 of the American dollars.

Muro from Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

As we know the Manolo he has this season gone mad for the wedge heels, and this shoe, the Muro, it has the striking combination of the dark wedge and the white straps that the Manolo finds especially attractive.

Dimple by Franco Sarto      Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is another of the wedges, the Dimple, with the similar dark-below, light-on-the-top color combinations.

Orator by Franco Sarto     Manolo Likes!  Click!Orator by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Finally, here is the oddly named Orator, which is shown here in the white with the blue accents, and in the unusual but very attractive color known as the celedon, the light green. Is it not limitedly perfect in its own inexpensive way?

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

Again with the wedges!

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been visiting your blog this week and I’ve noticed that you’ve been featuring lots of beautiful, but very expensive wedges. Can you recommend something for the impoverished working girl?


Manolo says, as the readers of the Manolo’s humble shoe blog know the Manolo has been completely entranced by the most fabulous wedges of this season, and indeed if the super fantastic girl she has $400 of the American dollars to spend the possibilities they are endless.

Sadly, however, not all of the Manolo’s readers are so flush, and with them the Manolo cannot but sympathize, for the Manolo, he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic glittery wedge-heeled shoes out of the shards of disco balls and broken dreams you have recovered from the dumpster behind the Studio 54.

And so the Manolo has found for his many reader friends this beautiful high-heel wedge from the Franco Sarto selling for under $100 of the American dollars. He is especially fond of the pewter metallic finish, although it is also available in the bronze, the black, and something called the “tobacco waxy calf”.

Crete by Franco Sarto   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here, as the bonus for the readers for the Manolo’s blog, is another attractive and affordable wedge from the Franco Sarto.

Disbark by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Franco Sarto Suede for the Poor Girls

Manolo says, as is usual, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have recently begged the Manolo, “Manolo, please, please, please help us, we are the poor girls who cannot afford the most beautiful, but also most expensive super fantastic shoes.”

To this the Manolo he always offers the same reply. If you are the working girl you must budget your moneys, and save, as nothing in the world can compare to the truly wonderful shoes.

Yet, at the same of the time, the Manolo he sympathizes with his impoverished internet friends, because the winter it is almost here, and you can no longer go barefeeted in the park, to say nothing of the place of the employments.

Of the course, the Manolo he also sympathizes because he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic huaraches out of the coffee cans you have laboriously flattened and shaped with the brick, and tied to your feet with the electrical cords.

And so the Manolo, he has picked out the few of the suede shoes from the Franco Sarto for his frugal friends to wear while they save the moneys.

Franco Sarto Jersey     Manolo Likes!  Click!

The Manolo he thinks this shoe it is marvelously stylish. Yes, the quality it is undoubtedly not perfect, but the shoe, it looks very sabroso, does it not?

Franco Sarto Fir    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the suede boot with the wedge heel that is both urban and urbane, and also very attractive.

Franco Sarto Cherub     Manolo Likes!  Click!
This round-toed, slingback pump, it is pretty and feminine. It is also selling for under $75 of the American dollars!

Increasingly The Manolo he is impressed by many of the designs of the Franco Sarto. They are very good. If only they could be produced in the Italy, instead of the Brazil.


Franco Sarto for the Poor Girls

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have been again emailing the Manolo, begging, “Manolo, please to help us, we are the poor girls who have no moneys but who need the super fantastic shoes!”

As always, the Manolo he would tell the poor girls to save the moneys carefully so that they may be able to purchase the true shoes of super fantasticness. Nothing can compare to this.

However, at the same of the time, the Manolo he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic shoes out of the prison blankets and second-hand suits you have purchased for pennies at the store of thriftyness.

And so the Manolo he has selected three pairs of the autumnal shoes from the Franco Sarto that will hold the poor working girl until she is able to afford something wonderful.

Franco Sarto Cherub (Women's) - Blaco Kid Suede/Tejus

Not only are the shoes of the round toes comfortable, but they are this season in.

Franco Sarto Proud (Women's) - T. Moro Kid Suede/Coco Lizard/Gold Metallic

The colors of this shoe, the Manolo he found them appealing. And like many of the shoes of the Franco Sarto these they are strongly reminscent of the good shoes of the Bruno Magli, only executed in the China, with the inferior materials, and poor quality workmanship. (One gets what one pays for, which is why one should save the moneys and buy quality.)

Franco Sarto Iota (Women's) - Chianti Crocco/Espresso Calf

Here is another of the shoes of that would be good for the stylish working girl, perhaps the poor, just-starting-out professional who wishes to impress the hunky young FedEx man.


The Bridesmaid of Butchness

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

My sister has asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. As I am of the handsome butch variety of bridesmaid (think young k.d. lang or female Leo DiCaprio) I will be wearing trousers, while the other bridesmaids will wear skirts. This presents a problem though. What kind of shoes to wear underneath? They must be white. The trousers are periwinkle blue taffeta, flat-front, with a split ankle.I’d rather not have a very tall heel or overly feminine, but I need something which will look tasteful.

This question it is most difficult indeed. On the one of the hands, it is the opinion of the Manolo that if the person agrees to be the bridesmaid, that person is, to the great extent, in the hands of the bride with regard to whatever crazy costume the bride she decides to inflict upon her attendants. Yet on the other of the hands, the sister of the Manolo’s internet friend, the bride, she has consented to allow her bridesmaids the chance to chose something suitable to their individual styles.

This being the case, the style in question is indeed the one most difficult to satisfy and yet maintain the suitability for the occasion of festiveness. As the Manolo he considered this, he could only think of the following criteria: that the shoe it should be straight forward and plainspoken, like this friend of the Manolo, handsome but not “mannish”, yet with enough of the style to make both the friend and her sister happy. Below are three shoes that, although different from each other, are perhaps appropriate

To the mind of the Manolo, this shoe from the Franco Sarto, it is both simple, elegant, and handsome.
Franco Sarto - Pulse (Latte Opaco Calf) - Women's   Manolo Likes!  Click!

This shoe from the Hugo Boss, with the kitten heel and the pointed toe is suitable for the wedding, yet the fact that it is the variation of the loafer keeps it from being girlish. (It is also on the sale, almost 50% off the regular price.)
BOSS Hugo Boss - 92125 (White) - Women's   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Finally, if the friend of the Manolo she is not afraid of the slightly taller heel, or the open toes, this shoes from the Sesto Meucci has a strength of line that is most pleasing.
Sesto Meucci - Petra (Creta) - Women's   Manolo Likes!  Click!


Franco Sarto for the Poor Girls

Manolo says, once again many of the internet friends of the Manolo they are saying to the Manolo, “Manolo, you must help us. We are so poor and we cannot afford the shoes of super fantasticness!”

To these friends the Manolo he says, be not afraid.

Indeed, the Manolo he know what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic shoes out of the blocks of the scrap wood and the pieces of the rubber you have picked up alongside the road to the dump. And so the Manolo he has looked at the shoes of the Franco Sarto and picked out three of the pairs which are worth the wearing during the warm months, and that sell for under $100 of the American dollars.

Yes, these shoes, they are undoubtedly made in the China and are not of the highest quality, but they stylish enough to tide you over until you can save enough of the moneys to buy the truly super fantastic shoes.

Franco Sarto  Ceylon      Manolo Likes!  Click!

This “ethnicy” sandal, it has the flair that the Manolo finds attractive.

Franco Sarto San Trop Platform Sandal     Manolo Likes!  Click!

For the Manolo this chunky platform sandal, it has the borderline tacky tough girl look that would make it right for striding down the streets with the confidence.

Franco Sarto Drambuie    Manolo Likes!  Click!

The slide, it come in the variety of the colors including the pattern of the cheetah skin. It is pretty, but with the adjustable band also comfortable for wearing on the lazy weekends.

Yes, the shoes of the Franco Sarto they affordable and sometimes even stylish if one looks hard enough.