This month, I’m taking a series of exams, the final portion being an oral defense of what I wrote in the written exam concerning marriage in Rome, Latin poetry, necromancy and the Goddess Hecate. It’s very frightening. I want to wow my professors, but I need the confidence that can only be gotten from fabulous shoes. — Betsy

Manolo says, on the one of the hands, what else would one wear to take the exams about the world of Rome than the handsome pair of the gladiator sandals?

But, on the other of the hands, that would be too obvious, would it not?

And yet, on the third of the hands, the professors who are doing the examining are probably the Romanophiles and so would certainly be amused by your choice of the feetwear.

Although, on the four of the hands, probably not.

Still, on the fifth of the hands, the sandals of the gladiator are comfortable, yes?

Besides, on the sixth of the hands, it is February, and cold and wet, even in Rome itself.

Ultimately, on the seventh of the hands, you must project the aspect of confident seriousness, not frivolity, and so the Manolo recommends the

Vivian from Kors Michael Kors, in the Taupe Kid Suede ($109, Zappos). It is also available in 11 other finishes. Not exactly Roman, but when in academia, one must do as the academians do.