Next week, my sister and her two grade-school sons are coming for a Fourth of July visit. They’re going to do all of the sights, from the White House to the Smithsonian. I’m going with them on a couple of these jaunts, so there will be lots of walking in the unrelenting D.C. heat. Can you suggest some very comfortable sandals that don’t look a fright? — Ellen

Manolo says, in the Manolo’s opinion, the Fourth of July is the best time of the year in the Washington, D.C., for the simple reason that no one looks at you askance for being the super-patriotic flag-waver who expresses the ardent love of country.

You are free to enjoy the fireworks and the brass bands, the happy crowds and the monuments, as if you were the little kid who has just memorized the preamble to the Constitution.

To have the company of actual children will make these simple pleasures doubly sweet.

Unfortunately, at this time of the year, the Washington weather is not the most salubrious, for, indeed, such heat and humidity are rarely found outside of the Turkish sauna.

On the other of the hands, the congress persons have departed the District, leaving only the mosquitoes to feast upon your very essence.

Look! Here is the Julia-82330 from Think! ($155) in the brown leather and the cork. It is comfortable and not unstylish.

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