Holiday Heels

We’re having Thanksgiving at my house this year. I’ve ordered the turkey and tried out various pumpkin-and-Indian-corn centerpieces, but now I need some shoes, something comfortable enough for the kitchen, but attractive enough for the dining room. —Kelly

Manolo says, once again it is time for the peculiarly American festival of Thanksgiving, when we honor our Puritan ancestors and give thanks to the God in the Heaven by committing at least three, and possibly four, of the Seven Deadly Sins (Gluttony, Pride, Sloth and, if the traditional holds, Wrath).

This year, the conversations around the table should be especially fun, given the fact that 51 percent of the people present will be gloating about the recent election, while

49 percent will be working through the five stages of electoral grief.

Cooking Tip: For best eating results, one should brine the turkey for at least 24 hours before the cooking. The Manolo the Chef suggests using the equal portions of kosher salt and the crushed quaaludes, just to give the tryptophan that extra boost that will prevent your relatives from quoting Rush Limbaugh and Paul Krugman at one another during the time-outs of the football game.

Here is the Tiffany from the Kate Spade New York ($206, Zappos.com), the midheel peep toe that has the right amount of oomph to distract guests from the topic of the politics.

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