We’re just three weeks into the new year, and I’ve got the doldrums. Maybe it’s the weather; maybe it’s the let down after the holidays; maybe it’s that I’m stuck in a nowhere job. But whatever the reason, I need a pick-me-up. Can you find a shoe to get me out of this funk? — Amanda

Manolo says, it is the statistical fact that the third Tuesday in January is the saddest day of the calendar, the single day of the year when you are most likely to be down in the dumps.

Now is not just the middle of the winter, but the exact time when the Christmas credit card bills begin to arrive, reminding you of your profligacy in buying your father that gold-plated nose-hair trimmer. $199.95! What were you thinking?

Worse, it is around the beginning of the third week of January when your ambitious New Year’s resolutions start to fall by the side of the road, like the crumpled receipt for your unused gym membership, blown from the window of the leased Lexus.

“I’ve lost four and a half pounds on the Low Carb-Cabbage Soup/Maple Syrup/Grapefruit Cleansing Diet,” you said to yourself as you stepped off the scale this morning. “Time for a celebratory doughnut!

What is required now to ease the pain is shoes: colorful, ridiculous, happy shoes such as these yellow, daisy-print, platform sandals from RED Valentino ($450, Saks Fifth Avenue). Ayyyy! They are so cheery!