The Column of the Manolo

Manolo says, here is the column of the Manolo that appeared in the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,
Please tell me your take on the emergence of the flip-flop as the shoe of choice for any and all occasions.

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyy! Like the Bubbles, the Manolo he is indeed most offended by the ubiquity of the rubber flip-flop. It is as if the whole world it has gone mad for the shower shoe, wearing what is suitable only for the locker room onto the mean and filthy streets of the big city.

Trust the Manolo, this it is the prescription for the disaster. As the genius Jimmy Buffet once sang in his masterwork, “stepped on the poptop, blew out the flip-flop.”

But fear not, the Manolo he is here to guide you. If you must wear the flat sandal he recommends to you the Kenzo 253157.

This happy shoe it will cheer you with its most unusual and stylish design. Even the better, your feets they will be cool, comfortable, and protected from the most vicious of the urban poptops.

Kenzo 253157    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he must thank his internet friend the Bubbles for the most amusing and timely question.

And now the Manolo he asks his readers in the Washington of the D.C. if they enjoyed the column of the Manolo to write to the editor of the Express of the Washington Post to tell this person how much they liked reading the Manolo’s humble column.

Of the course, if you are not in the Washington, it cannot hurt to email your local papers to tell them of the Manolo and his many fans.

Flipping and Flopping in the House of Whiteness

Manolo says, many of the Manolo’s internet friends have emailed the Manolo about the story of the college girls who wore the flip-flops to meet the Mr. President.

Before visiting the White House, Kate Darmody carefully planned her outfit. She bought a sundress from Ann Taylor. She put on a strand of white pearls.

And then she slipped on flip-flops to meet the president. So did about half of her teammates from the national championship Northwestern University women’s lacrosse team, invited to the White House last Tuesday after a 21-0 season.

She didn’t think twice about the footwear until she got an e-mail – in all capital letters -from her brother.

“YOU WORE FLIP-FLOPS TO THE WHITE HOUSE????!!!!” he wrote after checking out the picture on the team’s website.

What can the Manolo possibly say to this, except to note, as he has noted in the past, that we live in the sadly debased era, when the standards of the proper dress and the fit comportment have become the mere suggestions, to be observed or not observed at the whim of the individual.

These girls they do not know–their mamas have not taught them–that properly dressing according to the occasion, it is about the respect; respect for the occasion, respect for the other persons present, and respect for the self.

Yes, the Manolo he is most happy we live in the age of democratic informality, when the humble need not bow and scrape before the mighty, when free peoples may greet each other in the spirit of amity and concord as equals. Yet, at the same of the time, he cannot help but think that we have gone too far in this process of the levelling.

To the mind of the Manolo, the somewhat exaggerated politeness and more formal dress of the previous era gave the dignity and proper sense of self to even the most humble. To put on the suit and tie and shined shoes, to wear the dress and stockings and pumps, these things they recalled one to correct behavior, and demanded of others the respect.

Now, we wear the flip-flops and the shirts of the Hawaiians to the church, and to the funerals, and to meet the Mr. President in the House of Whiteness, and we think that this it is fine, but this it is only because we have forgotten the pleasures and social benefits to be had in dressing properly.


Ubi Sunt

Claudia Ciuti - Nika (Mimosa(Yellow)Kid)   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the summer it is slipping through the fingers, and soon we must begin to prepare for the neiges of the winter,

Happily, there is yet perhaps the time to contemplate, to celebrate, the cheerful and simple beauty of the summery yellow shoes.


The Flowers of Bronze

Charles David - Balance (Bronze)    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here you see, in the single pretty shoe from the Charles David, the two of the seasons trends–the flowers on the shoe, and the color of the bronze–together.


Shoes for the Island Girl

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

I am a girl and I work in an office on a small tropical island. My dress is casual, living on an island as I do, and I like to wear shoes – sandals – that I can walk around in easily. I also like to wear shoes that have big platform soles, as I am not exactly what you would call a big girl. Indeed, you might even call me petite.

Can you recommend a nice sandal that is comfortable to walk in, is good-looking enough to be seen in, is suitable for a casual though professional workplace, and is entallening as well?

The first piece of the advice the Manolo he would have for his friend is that as the girl of petiteness she should not wear the too big of the platform shoes, lest she risk looking like the Minnie Mouse.

Then, having said that, here are three pairs of the shoes that the Manolo likes for his friend.

Charles David - Adjust (Camel Kid)     Manolo Likes!  Click!

This shoe from the Charles David, it has the “micro” platform, and the Manolo he has the opinion that the beige it is suitable for the islands.

Circa by Joan & David - Pazzo (Coral)   Manolo Likes!  Click!

This sandal from the Joan and the David, it is in the color “coral”. Is this not most appropriate for the islands?

KORS by Michael Kors - Pearl (Luggage Vacchetta) - Women's

Finally, the Manolo he would recommend this from the Michael Kors, with it’s wood and leather as the natural materials for the natural surroundings.

Normally, the Manolo he would not recommend such things for the office of the work place, but in this case, the island breezes they blow casual.


Caovilla for the Weekend

Rene Caovilla gold satin rhinestone ankle wrap sandles   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, it is the Friday, and the Manolo he felt the need to see something luxurious and sexy. This shoe from the illustrious Rene Caovilla, it fits that description perfectly.


The Flats of Bling

Beverly Feldman - Boom-Boom     Manolo Likes!  Click!Beverly Feldman - Tiffany Flat Sandal    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, as the Manolo he has noted on several of the recent occasions, the faux bling on the flats it is in. Happily, no designer knows how to put the rhinestones on the shoes like the Beverly Feldman. Perhaps this it is the reason that the Manolo he has found himself increasingly f0nd of her work. Of the course, next season…


JP Tod’s for the June Gloom

Tods Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2005     Manolo Likes!  Click!Tods Womens Shoes Spring - Summer 2005    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the June Gloom it is especially thick this morning, but that does not mean that the sun it cannot be commanded to appear, but only if we wear the most summery of the shoes, like these sophisticated sandals from the J.P. Tods.


Not So Cheap for the Beach

Claudia Ciuti Nilo  White    Manolo Likes!  Click!Claudia Ciuti  Nilo  Orange   Manolo Likes!  Click

Manolo says, if perhaps you are the fancy girl from the Staten Island, who would not be caught deceased in the Dr. Scholl’s, the Manolo he would recommend to you this attractive shoe from the Claudia Ciuti as being the suitable replacement.


Cheap for the Beach

Dr. Scholl's Flat Out   White      Manolo Likes for the Beach!  Click!Dr. Scholl's Flat Out  Green   Manolo Likes for the Beach!  Click!Dr. Scholl's Flat Out   Yellow   Manolo Likes for the Beach!  Click!Dr. Scholl's Flat Out   Black   Manolo Likes for the Beach!  Click!

Manolo says, it is no secret that for the past week the Manolo he has been spending much time at the beach. And so it is only natural that his attention it has been turned towards the shoes that are suitable for the wearing at the beach, like this most inexpensive yet amusing sandal from the Dr. Scholl’s.

The Manolo he has recently seen this on the feets of several of the stylish young women of his acquiantance, yet it is selling for below $50 of the American dollars! Who could imagine such the thing?


Pucci Makes the Smiles

Pucci 753566  Gold Calf       Manolo Likes!  Click!Pucci 753566  Silver Calf        Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo he woke up this morning feeling the need for something outrageous and happy-making. He could think of only one thing….Pucci!


Another from the Lilly Pulitzer

Lilly Pulitzer - Beeper (Hibiscus Pink/Multi Flower) - Women's Designer Collection

Manolo says, here is another of the flirty and fun sandals from the Lilly Pulitzer. This one with the flowers and the heel, it begs to be worn to the garden party.