Professional Pumps

I am a tax attorney in a formal office. I work with charming elderly gentlemen who might drop dead if they encounter a naked toe at work. However, spring is passing towards summer here in New Orleans, and even my affection for my colleagues cannot compel me to wear pantyhose. Can you find an office-appropriate shoe that is not too warm but does not reveal my lower digits? — nola

Manolo says, the Manolo has often noted that, strangely, even the most staid lawyer can be driven mad by the glimpse of succulent toe flesh, which is why sandals have never been considered to be the proper business attire.

And yet, our young tax attorney, who is undoubtedly slaving away in the corporate salty-tear mines as the countdown to the infernal April 15th nears, will soon be needing something truly glorious — high-heeled, bejeweled and open-toed — to celebrate her temporary release from the bondage.

In the meantime, she must concentrate on rendering unto Caesar and the senior partners that which is due them, to be defined as 3,000 billable hours a year. Because of this, beautiful, beautiful deserves beautiful office shoes, the tiny daily consolation for her mighty labors.

Here is the Pargata Buckle-Toe Rafia Pump from the Maestro Manolo Blahnik ($745, Neimanmarcus), the perfect, super-sophisticated, summery shoe!

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