A Fashion Dubai

May 25, 2012

At the end of June, I’m going to Dubai for a conference. For the meetings, I’m going to be in business attire, but afterwards, I plan on dressing up and hitting the malls and restaurants. What I need is a pair of sandals that will look great for both shopping and dining out afterwards. — andrea

Manolo says, what could be better than Dubai in the summer? Where the outside temperature at noon is 615 degrees, Celsius! Ah, but inside the Dolce-Gabbana-Prada-Gucci-Tiffany megastore, where the richy-rich oil sheikhs pay for their purchases with suitcases of gold bullion, the air is conditioned down to the very lovely 72 degrees, American.

Indeed, who else but the oil sheikhs would build something in the desert as crazy-beautiful as the Ski Dubai, the giant indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates, where the temperature is always just below freezing and the bunny hill beckons.

Of the course, one must celebrate such ostentatious defiance of Mother Nature with beautiful shoes, although, buying the new shoes to go to Dubai is like building the indoor ski resort in Siberia. The shoe shopping in Dubai is perhaps the best in the world. Everything is available from the most humble sandals, through the best Louboutins, Blahniks and even the bespoke shoes can be ordered.

However, if you must have the shoes before you go, the Manolo suggests this DSquared2 platform sandal ($555, Zappos.com), the Gladiator Maine in the brick color.

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