In the glory days of fashion blogging (2005 – 2009, in my opinion), I was addicted to one of the first of the genre: Manolo the Shoeblogger.
Manolo the Shoeblogger — who was NOT Manolo Blahnik the shoe designer — did have great taste in shoes, but it was his whimsical writing style (he called himself “the Manolo” and preferred “superfantastic” shoes) that made readers love him so. He even did this email interview in his classic Manolo voice. On the blog, the Manolo reviewed shoes and doled out advice to people with shoe questions. He branched out to create additional blogs and also wrote for a section of the Washington Post. But sadly, over the years, the Manolo became less active. His last few posts were in 2015.
For some reason, the Manolo crossed my mind this week, so I hit Poodle to search for an update. Success! The Manolo is (was?) H.D. Miller, chair of the Department of History, Politics and Philosophy at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Thanks to Ed Driscoll of PJ Media for satisfying my curiosity and explaining why the Manolo gradually abandoned shoe blogging.
To celebrate, I will share this sparkling Christian Louboutin pump that the Manolo suggested last year for Valentine’s Day … or, as he described it, “the most fabulous sort of shoe to wear to the mass of devotion to the Saint Valentine. And then, afterwards, to the muy romantico dinner tête-à-tête with that certain someone who has your heart locked up in their reliquary of love.”
If you ever want to come back, Manolo, it would be super fantastic!
UPDATED SEPT. 11, 2016, TO ADD: Thank you to Nancy Friedman for letting me know that the Manolo is blogging about food under his real name. As the Manolo used to say, “Ayyyy!”