Jerome Rousseau Two-Tone Loafer Pumps for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk doing that thing that you do to earn that money that you need. Yes, working at the place of employment is not the favorite way to spend your weekdays, but it is better than the alternative, which involves living under the overpass and pushing the stolen shopping cart filled with plastic soda bottles.

Ayyy! The Manolo exaggerates. If you lose the job you will not be living under the overpass.

No, your fate will be much, much worse.

You will have to move back in with your parents!

Thus, it is better to buckle up and/or down and work hard, so as to avoid that terrible fate.

And, if you work very hard, perhaps soon, when the economy turns around, maybe in the not too distant future, before the robots take over, you can afford the beautiful shoes.

Jerome C. Rousseau Two-Tone Loafer Pumps

Shoes like this Jerome Rousseau Two-Tone Loafer Pumps.

Manolo the Columnist: Missmadison from Stuart Weitzman

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

Dear Manolo,

What is your opinion of office romances? There’s a super cute single guy in my workplace whose attention I wish to attract. At the same time, I need to maintain my professional demeanor. Can you recommend something that is subtly seductive and yet appropriate for work?

Maya

Manolo says, unlike most of the other so-called “career consultants”, the Manolo is very pro office romance.

Yes, there is the strong danger that the affair may go awry leaving you obsessed with the jerky-jerk-face ex-boyfriend whom you will encounter each time you go to the copy machine.

Indeed, you may become so obsessed that you could spend all of your time at the office weeping, eating junk food pilfered from the communal refrigerator, and plotting this man’s return to your embrace and/or gruesome death (as the case may be).

As you spiral downward, you could begin to confide inappropriate personal romantic details with important clients and janitors, your personal hygiene could suffer, and pajama bottoms might begin to seem like the good choice for professional attire.

And, lickity-splitity, you could be out on the street living in the cardboard box, unemployed.

But, these dangers, as real as they are, pale in comparison to finding true love, no?

Here is the Missmadison from Stuart Weitzman, the scarlet suede pump, that when paired with the dark-colored business attire could get the job done.

Missmadison from Stuart Weitzman

AUG
2010
27

Manolo the Columnist: My Charm by Salvatore Ferragamo

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m starting a new position this fall as the director of a private Montessori elementary school. All day long, I’m on my feet dealing with parents and students, so I’d like to maintain a certain air of authority. Also, despite the standing image of Montessori education, we’re not a bunch of hippies, so I’d prefer something sophisticated. Please help.

Michelle

Manolo says, the Manolo, who is the fundamentally irresponsible person, could imagine few jobs more taxing than being the director of the elementary school. Of the course, it is not the children whom the Manolo would find most taxing, for indeed, children have the capacity to be both charming and naughty in equal measures.

No, it is the parents who are the problems, with their incessant demands that you prepare their kindergartners for early admission into Harvard while supporting their untenable, sugar-based system of childhood behavioral modification.

“We find that Olivia responds well to Snickers bars. Perhaps you could have Ms. Sarah integrate them into Olivia’s daily work.”

And heaven forefend you must at some point offer mild rebuke to the little snowflakes of such families.

Look! Here is the My Charm from Salvatore Ferragamo, the modest, mid-heel pump that commands respect. The Manolo likes this grey color called “grigio cenare”, although it is also available in blue, and black, and the intriguing brownish-grey colored termed “vulcano”.

My Charm by Salvatore Ferragamo

Dolce & Gabanna and the Big Cats

Manolo says, Meow!

Dolce & Gabanna Leopard Print PumpsDolce & Gabanna Leopard Print T-straps

Two Leopards

D&G Ocelot Peep-toe Pumps

And the Ocelot!

AUG
2010
06

Manolo the Columnist: Acrea by Tsubo

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

Dear Manolo,

Unfortunately, my summer is almost over. Soon, it will be time for me to go back to standing at the blackboard several hours each day, teaching math to high school students. Can you recommend some affordable, comfortable shoes that might match my style? I consider myself to be a moderately hip, somewhat quirky thirty-year old.

Charise

Manolo says, ah, how well the Manolo remembers his own algebra teacher, Sister Benedicta, otherwise know to the children as “The Slide Rule”, not simply for her mastery of the numbers, but also for the manner in which she wielded said instrument as the tool of classroom order.

The Manolo still has the slight dent high on the crown of his head, which may be used, the barber of the Manolo claims, to perform the limited number of logarithmic calculations.

But such stern discipline was always the rule at Our Lady of the Flaming Spleen Country Day School, the institution whose motto remains, “The Wrathful Word Turneth Away Evil.” You may be certain that there were no moderately hip, somewhat quirky personalities among the teaching sisters…well, except for Sister Inocenta, who not only taught the auto shop classes but was also president of the local Frankie Avalon Fan Club.

Here is the Acrea from Tsubo, the quirky and comfortable shoe of moderate price and good looks.

Acrea by Tsubo

The Red Shoes

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

I am in a quandary re. red shoes. I can find amazing evening ones, but not respectable daytime ones. I know red is hardly respectable, but it seems to give a nice jolt to a day outfit, if only one can find the right pair. Any thoughts or suggestions? Or should I just stick with red evening shoes? Thank you!

Dana

Since the Manolo does not know whether these hypothetical shoes of the daytime jolt are to be worn casually or professionally, the Manolo will make the three suggestions to cover the range of possibilities.

Petra by Donald J. Pliner

This is Petra from Donald J. Pliner, the wonderfully tomato red casual loafer of reputed comfort that would undoubtedly look good at the bottom of your legs, which could be wearing either the pants, the shorts, or the sporty skirt.

Lacross from Stuart Weitzman

If the red shoes of the Pliner are too sportif, and not enough joltif, then perhaps these flame colored patent leather wedges, the Lacross from the Stuart Weitzman, would be more to your liking. Not only are they sufficiently attention gathering, but they are also on the sale, reduced more than $130 of American dollars.

Peep-toe Pumps from Marc by Marc Jacobs

Finally, if your intentions are to perhaps stun your officemates into the state of heightened alertness, the Manolo would recommend these peep-toe pumps from the Marc by Marc Jacobs (also currently on the sale) as being suitable for wearing to the place of employment.

Of the course, as everyone knows, red shoes have the complicated history of dangerousness. They have long been the symbol of excessive vanity and frivolity, and yet, they are also irresistible to those of us who have eyes to see.

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Manolo the Columnist: Now from Franco Sarto

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

Dear Manolo,

I love all the fabulous shoes you recommend, but as you know, things are tough out there, and I’m just a poor working girl. Could you suggest some office shoes that would look great for the fall, but not cost me an arm and a leg?

Layne

Manolo says, although it is true that one should always buy the super fantastic shoes of the best and highest quality, in the current recession of economic disastrousness, the monies for such beautiful shoes may not always be available.

And because one cannot go into the office with the bare feets, lest the managing director see your toes and become distracted, one must sometimes settle for shoes of lesser fantasticness.

As always, the Manolo understands and sympathizes with such plights, for he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic shoes out of the empty cat food cans and the condemnation notices the marshals have been tacking to the front door the “abandoned” building in which you have been living for the past month.

Here is Now from the Franco Sarto, the very reasonably priced work shoe with the pleasing details. It is available in the variety of colors and finishes, although the Manolo favors the black suede for this fall.

Now from Franco Sarto

Pique Prive Patent Pumps from Christian Louboutin for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk doing that thing that you do for that money that you need.

Normally, this would be the cause of mild discomfort and soul-weariness, as who would not prefer to be away from grindstone?

However, given how roastingly hot it is out of the doors, you do not mind being in the air conditioning during these most Doggish Days of Summer. And, even the better, your boss, along with two or three of the office troublemakers, are away on their vacations, allowing all of the remaining worker mice to play, or at the least to somewhat chillax.

And so, you will spend much of the morning locked in conversation with your cubemate/frenemy Dina, whom you like/dislike in that way peculiarly reserved for the co-workers.

“Did you see what Snooki was wearing yesterday,” begins Dina’s conversational gambit. (She is obsessed with the reality shows.)

“I don’t watch that,” you lie, trying to maintain your image of aloof intellectualism.

“Oh, don’t fib. I saw you friending the Situation last week.”

“It was not the Situation,” you fib, “it was Jonathan Safran Foer.”

“Honey, Jonathan Safran Foer’s pectoral muscles do not look like that.”

And so it goes, exhaustingly inconsequential tittle-tattle conversations about minor celebrities and their doings. It is almost enough to make you wish for the untimely return of your boss-lady…almost.

Look! Beautiful shoes from Christian Louboutin.

Pique Prive Patent Leather Pumps from Christian Louboutin

The Pique Prive Patent Leather Pumps from Christian Louboutin are more than enough to remind you that, in general, life can be pretty good.

Manolo the Columnist: Court by Stuart Weitzman

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

Dear Manolo,

I have a question about shoe etiquette. I recently attended a funeral for a work acquaintance, and was shocked to see that many of the younger women present were wearing sandals. I’ve always assumed that this was inappropriate. Your thoughts?

Helen

Manolo says, frankly, the ways of the modern world continue to disappoint and frighten the Manolo, and nothing moreso than the casual manner in which we now treat all of the most important events in our lives.

All except for the weddings, that is, which are now routinely celebrated with bumptiously grandiose ceremonies worthy of the Mughal emperors. Unfortunately, everything else, from the weekly worship services, to the christenings, to the funerals, is attended by gangs of people dressed as if they were heading out for the day at the theme park, in khaki shorts, novelty t-shirts, sandals and fanny packs.

And although it is now no longer strictly necessary to wear the black clothing to the funerals, one should still always dress in the respectful manner, in modest clothing and muted colors, and with the closed-toe shoes on the feets. Leave the cleavage, both bosom and toe, for your next trip the disco. It is important to remember that you are not the focus of this event.

Here is the Court from Stuart Weitzman, the simple, respectful shoe, suitable for this solemn occasion.

Court by Stuart Weitzman

JUL
2010
02

Manolo the Columnist: Secret Love by Nanette Lapore

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

Dear Manolo,

Two years after a fairly painful divorce, I’ve decided that it’s time to get back out there and try again. In other words, I’m going out on a date with a gentleman I met online. (We’ve already met for coffee during the daylight hours, so the preliminaries are out of the way.) What I need for this date, however, is a good looking, feminine shoe with a bit of a heel, something that is not too overtly sexy. Please help.

Kristin

Manolo says, such are the mores and customs of the modern world! Once we relied upon the nosey neighborhood busybodies in colorful headscarves to find us our suitable mates.

“Ethel, I have found the perfect gentleman for your daughter,” said Mrs. Grabblefarb the Matchmaker, the stout woman who favored bright colors, and whom your mother most often encountered at the fishmonger’s shop.

“Oh, I do hope he’s better than the last one, Esther,” answered Mama, making reference to the recent attempt to pair you with the 54-year-old, never-married streetcar conductor.

“This one? He’s a podiatrist, and a widower. Such a catch,” she answered, fingering the large carp whose price had been greatly reduced.

Now, of the course, we rely upon computers to bring us outdated pictures of unknown peoples, safe in the knowledge that such advanced technology is clearly superior to the old ways.

Look! Here is the aptly named Secret Love from Nanette Lapore. Feminine and attractive without being crass.

Sercret Love from Nanette Lapore

Manolo the Columnist: Karolina by Kate Spade

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

Dear Manolo,

I am defending my dissertation next month. In other words, I’ll be on my feet for two hours undergoing the academic version of the Spanish Inquisition! I need a beautiful, professional shoe with a WHOLE lot of support. Can you recommend something that will help me feel confident, yet comfortable?

Harmony

Manolo says, Huzzah! The triumphant culmination of your twenty-five years of education approaches!

And to think, all it took was seven years of living on ramen noodles, stomach acid, and library paste. That, and the massive student loans that will only be eradicated by the violent act of God, such as the meteor strike or the sun going super nova.

Of the course, there is one minor teeny detail that must be taken care of before you can join the rest of the underemployed adjuncts down at the hobo jungle: your dissertation defense!

Yes, these things are supposed to be the semi-formality, the friendly gathering of fond professors ushering their prize student into the academic afterlife. But then you remember that Professor X will be there. Professor X, the sworn enemy of your advisor, the person who has publicly vowed to see your beloved Dr. Sweetheart “burn in the fiery pits of Hades, tormented for all eternity by vengeful demons” (Who knew people could get so worked up about Emily Dickinson?)

Ah, well, at least you will have the handsome and comfortable shoes, because you will be wearing the Karolina from Kate Spade, in the beautiful camel tan patent finish.

Karolina from Kate Spade

Alexander McQueen on the Sale

Manolo says, the Manolo was doing his usual surfing through the online shoe stores (because that is the way the Manolo doth roll), when he came across these beautiful Alexander McQueen items, all of which are selling at more then the 50% off of the usual price.

Alexander McQueen Flat Sandals on Sale!

These flitilicious little black, flat sandals are selling for more than 55% off of the regular price.

Alexander McQueen High Heeled Sandals on Sale!

For the Manolo these creative high-heeled sandals, which are reduced over $700 from the regular price, are exactly what you might wear to your next semi-fancy evening soiree, where you would undoubtedly be the envy of all.

Alexander McQueen Over the Knee Boot on Sale!

The Manolo does not know if last season’s trend for the over-the-knee, flat piratical boot will continue, or not, however, if you are intent on following that trend (despite perhaps sensible advice to the contrary), these Alexander McQueen flat boots are on the sale for 56% off of the regular price, the savings of over $900 of the American dollars!

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