Manolo on the Go

Manolo says, the Manolo apologies to his internet friends for the paucity of posts. He has been traveling this weekend, enjoying the Southern hospitality in the most pleasant (although very humid and full of cicadas) city of Nashville.

While you are waiting for the Manolo to return, here is the pair of Stuart Weitzman platform sandals the Manolo saw on the feets of the Southern lady yesterday.

Stuart Weitzman Root

The preppy Southern espadrille, perfect for the Belle Meade ladies!

Miu Miu Patent Leather Mary Jane Pump for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, and today you are ready to go! You woke up early, the fire for success in your belly, rumbling like the spicy burrito of accomplishment to come, pushing you forward to success.

Coffee! Coffee! Shower! Coffee! Clothes! Coffee! Go!

Must get to office to do that thing that will get you that promotion that will result in worldly success!

“Get out of the way,” you shout to the cars that are impeding you on the turnpike, “I have places to go, dammit!”

You arrive fifteen minutes early to the office, the testament to your diligence and can-do-it attitude. You leap from the automobile and race through the lobby, past the Ed the Security Guard.

“You go, missy!” he says genially to your back as you hit the elevator at the run.

“No time to talk, Ed,” You shout over your shoulder.

Up to the 6th floor, into your seat, boot up the computer, ignore the emails, and buckle down for the meaningful session of work. Ten minutes later the boss arrives, he nods his head, clearly happy to see you there at your desk.

Mission accomplished!

And now, you can click over to the real internet, to enjoy the first day of the week as is customary, by looking at gossip sites and beautiful shoes.

Miu Miu Patent Leather Mary Jane Pump

Look! Miu Miu Patent Leather Platform Mary Jane Pumps, with the bow!

APR
2011
28

Burberry Platform Sandals for the Thursday

Burberry Leather Platform Sandals

Manolo says, the weekend, it has almost arrived, and you have the big plans, oh yes, you, Little Miss Quiet-in-the-Corner, have the big plans, very big plans, indeed: dining, dancing, canoodling, the whole romantic magilla.

But, you will need shoes, beautiful simple shoes that will perfectly accent the simple pale dress you have selected for this evening of amour.

Look! Burberry platform sandals, in the mysterious “smoked trench” color! Perfect!

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers…

Bianca Jagger Platform Heel, Backstage Pass

As the Manolo said, this has turned out to be one of the most interesting and difficult Whose Shoes Wednesday challenges ever.

It is perhaps not surprising that no one identified this week’s celebrity of note, as we do not think of Bianca Jagger as being the comfort shoe lady, but that is what she has become.

Bianca Jagger and Dasha Zhukova

Bianca Jagger and Dasha Zhukova

Like many of us, she has tragically developed the bad feet.

APR
2011
12

Tassel-lations

While previously reserved for hanging off of graduation caps and stripper pasties, the tassel has become one of this seasons hottest fashion accents. Fringe has been dangling down the Spring/Summer runways at Gucci and Louis Vuitton in the form of earrings, necklaces, bags, and of course…shoes.

I think the tassel accent brings a playful energy to any footwear collection. We aren’t talking about what dangles off of your grandmothers couches or the rope that ties a small town’s community theater curtains together. This fringe is updated, fresh and aimed at your ankles.

Vena Cava Ankle Tie Platform

These Vena Cava Ankle-Tie Platforms feature white leather tassels. It’s like ornaments for your feet.

 

Jeffrey Campbell MaryLou Ivory

Perhaps you’re a fan of something a little more bold and adventurous? Check out these Jeffrey Campbell Mary-Lou Ivory Suede Wedge Bootie. With both suede front fringe panels and dangling tassels, these booties really take the trend into overdrive.

 

Miu Miu Woven Leather Platform

These Miu Miu Woven Leather Platforms are an interesting consolidation of many recent trends. The smooth leather tassels dangling from the braided canvas ties bring the multimedia look of the shoe together.

So next time you hear the word “tassel”, don’t think of the dangling distraction hanging from a high schooler’s used car rear-view mirror, but rather the fashionable accent swinging around this season.

MAR
2011
29

Jeffrey Campbell: Would You, Could You?

If anybody has mastered the perfect Summer shoe it is Jeffery Campbell. With bold designs and inspiring shapes, I can’t even glance at his collection without wiping the drool from my chin. While compiling my Summer must-haves list, I stumbled upon these bold little ditties:

jeffrey campbell salvatore
A bit loud and extremely eye catching, I think these Jeffrey Campbell Salvatore Wedges are perfect for adding color to the gray scaled mundanity of everyday life. These wedges are a wonderful homage to honor the late great Italian designer Salvatore Ferragamo (specifically his 1937 wedges, worn by Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn), whose lovely designs can be seen here. With each step you take it’s like you’re punching the day in the face with a rainbow. Available in nude and silver, these wedges are so bright and lovely, it is as if they were dyed using the blood of a unicorn. I love them, I’d wear them. Would you?

But even if you would, that doesn’t always mean you could (e.g. me running a marathon or Jennifer Garner making a good movie). This concept is also perfectly illustrated by these interestingly gorgeous Jeffrey Campbell Benched Cut Out Platforms:

Jeffrey Campbell benched cut out
Jeffrey Campbell really wins the prize for beautiful originality with these. To me they look like a pair of Picasso constructed high end rocking horses that you wear on your tootsies, but in the best way! There’s no doubt that these shoes are interesting and exciting…but are they wearable? Arch support is nearly entirely eliminated, and I fear the worst when it comes to issues of rubbing your soles the wrong way. Then again…the beautiful earth tones, the sleek vintage style with an overdose of originality, they seem like they would go with anything and everything and can’t help but want them! I just don’t know if I could actually wear them. Could you?

Alexander McQueen Samurai Strappy Sandals for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk agitated and annoyed by your coworkers, which, given the nature of the modern working place is not unusual.

On the one of the hands, the actual work itself would be made immediately better if most of your coworkers were magically transported back to the Jurassic Age.

On the other of the hands, you are something of the social animal. Who would you eat lunch with if not your friends Jenny and Jane? Who would bring you the gossip from the accounting department circus if not the Brenda? How would you make it through the day if Deadpan Mike did not make his hilarious quips?

And then you get out the piece of paper, draw the line down the center, and write two words at the top of the page, on the left, “Lifeboat”, and on the right, “Sharks”.

You write Jenny, Jane, Mike, Brenda, Nice Greg from IT, and six or seven more names of those who should be allowed to join you in the Dunder Mifflin corporate lifeboat.

On the right, the chum list immediately grows to unsustainable proportions, 30 names in the first instant, and growing. It is so bad that you are reduced to using the nicknames and silly descriptions because you do not even know the names of the doomed: Curly Surly Girl, Mr. Bigshot, The Dinky Dork….

And while you are engrossed in this most satisfying exercise, someone unexpectedly steps into your cubicle.

“Hey, whacha doing?”

You hurriedly flip the page over, and look over your shoulder. Oh, thank goodness. It is just the Deadpan Mike.

“Looks like a corporate restructuring,” he says.

“It was just a, er, um, um…”

“I couldn’t really see. Did I make it into the lifeboat?”

You turn the page back over and point to his name.

“Oh, good. Don’t forget to feed Frankly Fran to the sharks.”

Frankly Fran! This is why the Deadpan Mike has earned his place in the lifeboat, because he both extra observant and extra funny. Who else but Mike would have noticed that Frances the World’s Most Annoying Actuary had the verbal tick which involved starting most sentences with the word “frankly”.

And then you have the unorthodox idea that perhaps it is the aggravating people who make your job somewhat interesting, by providing fodder for amusement.

“Nah.”

Look! Ridiculously tall shoes from the Alexander McQueen…

Alexander Mcqueen Samurai Strappy Sandal

The Samurai Strappy Sandal from Alexander McQueen with the six inches heel and platform combination that is almost silly, and yet somehow compelling.

Sergio Rossi to Fabulous Up Your Day

Blue High Heeled Peep-Toed

Manolo says, what better way to brighten your Thursday than with the pair of the over-the-top fabulous, blue suede, gold bedecked Sergio Rossi platform sandals?

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato Patent Leather Pumps For the Day of San Valentine

Manolo says, it is the Day of San Valentine and you are back at your desk thinking it is the no big deal. Although, as you say this to yourself, you know perfectly well that if your man fails to come across with the goods this evening the day will end on the note of sourness.

And what are these “goods” of which you speak?

If you were honest with yourself, you would say the absolute best would be the hand-written letter of love, in which your husband of many years produces poetry which will rival that of the Robert Herrick.

But, it seems unlikely that the same man who yesterday changed the oil on your car and then spent six hours on the couch in the basement watching college basketball, would be suddenly graced with greatness by the immortal muses.

Indeed, somewhere in the attic, secreted away in your chest of treasures, reside the examples of Gary’s previous poetic efforts, written when you were both young and in the first flush of love. As you recall, the word “forsooth” figures prominently in them.

And so, as the years have progressed, you have readjusted the definition of the “goods” downward, in inverse proportion to gifts required for the anniversary of the wedding. In anniversary terms, the first year is paper, the fiftieth is gold. In Valentine’s Day terms, the first is florid original poetry hand-written on parchment, the fiftieth is that he remembers your name as he gums his heart-shaped bowl of tapioca.

You are now at the stage midway between these two poles, which means that if Gary wishes to remain in good odor, he will fork over the large card into which he has handwritten the words “I Love You”, along with the box of decent chocolate and/or the bouquet of roses. He will then complete the evening with the dinner at the House of the Outback Steak, where he not wait for dessert to express his undying love to you, but will utter such words no latter than the moment when the remains of the Blooming Onion are cleared away.

And so it is written, and so it shall be.

Look!

Beautiful sexy red shoes from the Christian Louboutin!

Pigalle Plato Patent Leather Platform Pumps by Christian Louboutin

It is the Pigalle Plato Patent Leather Platform Pumps. Red shoes to impress the crowd at the Red Lobster!

FEB
2011
07

Fendi Colorblock Platform Sandals for the Monday

Manolo says, it is the Monday, and you are back at your office fighting the good fight, although it is difficult to concentrate on good-fighting, when you are suffering the ill effects of your neighbors, Jimmy and Joan’s Annual Super Bowl Blowout.

Each culture has hedonistic practices specific to itself. Some, like the French, are hedonistic in matters of fine wine, and elegant pastries, and the affairs with the wives of governmental ministers. Others, such as the Germans are hedonistic in matters of sausage and beer and the oom-pah music.

Unfortunately, for the Americans, the American version of hedonism is now mostly all about the nachos.

Oh, perhaps you may also include the bratwurst and the barbeque and the mass produced lager in your festival of hedonistic Super Bowl partying, but really it is all about the nachos.

The more elaborate and ridiculous the nachos, the more likely we are to judge the Super Bowl party successful.

The next day, around the water cooler, no one will talk about the how nicely your home was decorated, or how elegant the gathering was, or how charming you were as the hostess …. but if you take thirty pounds of corn chips, and smother them in the artistic checkerboard pattern of melted Velveeta, guacamole, refried beans, pico de gallo, sour cream, and hot salsa, which are then topped with ten pounds of pork carnitas, and ten pounds of buffalo chicken wings, then you will have the peoples talking.

You will have achieved the sort of American hedonistic apotheosis.

And so it was that your neighbors, Jimmy and Joan, upped the ante in the race to the achieve the most memorably hedonistic Super Bowl Party nachos. This year, to the heap of chips, wings, carnitas, Velveeta, etc, etc, Jimmy and Joan added the fence of barbequed ribs around the outside.

That crowning touch– Ribs! Barbequed! Fence! — lifted the entire celebratory pile to the nachos hall of fame.

Of the course, you could not help yourself faced with such achievement, you ate and ate, and today you are feeling not so good.

Look! Unusual platform sandals which the Manolo finds strangely attractive, in the sort of fun and intellectual way.

Colorblock Platform Slingback Sandals from Fend

The Colorblock Platform Slingback Sandals from Fendi

JAN
2011
04

Burberry Bucklicious Platform Ankle Booties for the Tuesday

Burberry Leather and Suede Platform Ankle Booties

Manolo says, the Manolo cannot say exactly why, but the Manolo finds these leather and suede Burberry ankle booties oddly compelling.

Perhaps it is the au courant, militaristic, puttees-and-combat-boots look that the Manolo is responding to. On the one of the hands, the five inch heel is outrageous, but, on the other of the hands, the khaki leather with the straps and buckles is familiar and Burberryish, something that would certainly go with the iconic trench coat.

Burberry Black Buckle Platform Ankle Booties

Meanwhile, the black version of this shoe does not particularly move the Manolo to appreciation.

Yea, or nay, dear internet friends, yea or nay?

NOV
2010
22

Prada Suede Platform Sandals for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are frankly stressing out over the impending Thanksgiving-o-pocalypse which is now barreling toward you like the runaway trainload of the free-range heirloom turkeys.

Normally, Thanksgiving does not cause such excessive stress, but then, normally, you do the Thanksgiving at your home. Normally, you do not agree to get on the plane and travel to your in-laws on the other side of the country for the long weekend of family togetherness.

Of the course, you are not worried about the weekend, as it will undoubtedly be pleasant enough, filled with turkey, football, and the ordinary frictions of family visits.

No, what is worrying you is the strong potential for disaster as you pass through the security checkpoint at the airport, because your husband Gary, the normally level-headed person, has vowed that his junk shall go untouched.

“You’ve been listening to talk radio again, haven’t you?”

“Only Michael Savage,” he answers, the strange glint in his eye, “but I heard Amy Goodman say the same things this morning on Pacifica Radio.”

“You were listening to Pacifica Radio?”

“Fight the power, honey,” he says, as he gives you the clenched fist salute, whether ironically or not, you cannot tell.

And so now you are worried that your man will do something stupid at the TSA checkpoint, like making the offensive wisecracking about amateur proctology or not getting the romantic dinner before going to third base with the screener.

Worse, last night you woke up in the sweat picturing the airport crowds cheering as your husband is led away in handcuffs, wearing nothing but his underclothing, shouting loudly about the “intrusive fingers of the federal government”.

So this morning at breakfast, you confronted him over the cornflakes.

“Gary, promise me you won’t act up at the airport on Wednesday.”

“What do you mean by ‘act-up’?”

This evasiveness is not the good sign. What you need now are shoes…

Prada Suede Platform Sandals

Look! Elegant suede platform sandals from Prada!

Not even the knowledge that your husband might be intent on becoming the folk hero of resistance can reduce the sublime beauty of such shoes.