Boots Made for Walking

September 30, 2011


I would like to ask for your expert advice and opinion. I bought a pair of tight-fit blue jeans, and I need a nice pair of brown or black knee-high (or a bit lower) walking boots that are comfortable, orthopedic and at the same time stylish to wear with them. I want to wear them for years and years and still love them. — Olivia

Manolo says, this word “orthopedic,” it is to the shoe connoisseur what the garlic-dipped crucifix is to the vampire, the object of loathing and terror.

How could it be otherwise?

To be the devoted lover of the shoes is to invest our emotions in objects of beauty and impracticality. The Louboutin with the 4-inch heels can never be orthopedic. It is simply impossible. They are as water and oil.

And, yet, because we are not the vampires, but merely people of aesthetic discernment, we must sympathize with those who cannot wear the beautiful and impractical shoes.

To have the painful feets is the greater curse, and so the Manolo, as the man of feeling and humanity, must master his revulsion for orthopedia and help these poor peoples in their time of needs.

Yes, it is true, the Manolo is the humanitarian.

Look! Here is the Stefanie from La Canadienne ($365, Zappos), the knee-high boot that is not only stylish and comfortable (perhaps even orthopedic) but also weather-proof, just in time for the autumn.

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