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confessions of a vog-aholic: two years and a new site later


A gal never forgets her first love….

To really understand my love of Fluevog shoes, it’s best to start at the beginning. So let’s start here. I purchased my first pair of Fluevogs in 2010 during International Fluevog Day. I had been stalking the site because Madam Shirley had introduced me to the shoes about a year earlier. In sifting through the site, I fell in love with how quirky and gorgeous the shoes are. At the time, I thought dropping $200-$300 (or more) in shoes was just insane. For as much as the shoes spoke to me, I thought that there was no way in hell I’d ever get a pair. Well, May 15, 2010 (actually, it was May 14th because we wanted to avoid the crowds) all of that changed the moment my feet graced the Minis: Dollface in turquoise.

A lot has happened since that first pair. When I say that Fluevogs changed my life, I mean it. Eventually, I cleaned out my closet and got rid of shoes I clung on to for far too long. I did the same with clothes and accessories. Over time, I re-built my closet with things that I loved and felt highlighted the best of me. In short, those first Vogs helped me understand my fashion personality. To find my fashion personality, I had to make peace with my body. This meant working with it, and not against it. I’ve become smarter with my clothing purchases and I’ve made friends with the local alterations lady. A great seamstress can make all the difference. My wardrobe is less “fast fashion” (as Gladys describes) and more “me style.” Admittedly, I love exploring the different facets of me.

It’s over two years later and after sharing a love of vogs with some near and dear friends, a few of us have decided to join forces and present the blog that you see before you. Initially, the basic idea behind this blog was for the four of us (a.k.a. the Fluevog IV or the MotleyFlue) to share our love for our favorite shoe designer. However, after many conversations and ideas, we decided that this blog would be about more than just shoes. (Let’s face it. Four Filipinas talking about shoes is just so… Imelda!) The four of us are very different, but we’re all intellectually inclined. That’s just a fancy way of saying that we think deeply about the world around us. Along with footwear, we talk about the contours of our lives, our personal take on fashion, our love of art, and the fun adventures we embark upon while wearing the best shoes around. Though we share our love of vogs, this blog is also our love letter to life. I hope you enjoy what we have to offer.

Living life feet first.



Author: jlrondilla

Joanne L. Rondilla, is a scholar, writer, and educator (not necessarily in that order). She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her B.A. in Art Studio and Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on beauty, race, gender, the body, and colonialism. She is the co-author of "Is Lighter Better? Skin Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans" (with Paul Spickard) and the co-editor of "Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific" (with Paul Spickard and Debbie Hippolite-Wright). Born and raised in Dededo, Guam, Joanne considers the San Francisco Bay area home. Outside of the academy, she has more than twelve years of work experience in the cosmetics industry as a skincare specialist and make-up artist. While she's not an Imelda Marcos fan, Joanne does love her Fluevogs!

3 thoughts on “confessions of a vog-aholic: two years and a new site later

  1. I keep thinking of this line: “Let’s face it. Four Filipinas talking about shoes is just so… Imelda!” So true! Lol. And trust me, I would never EVER before have thought of myself in the same category as Imelda!

  2. Well, yes and no. One can argue that we are Imeldific in terms of loving the shoes. But (1) I highly doubt that Imelda would EVER be cool enough to wear Fluevogs. (2) While Fluevogs are technically shoes, let’s be real. They’re too magnificent to be considered just “shoes.” They’re in a class of footwear or foot-art or Flue-art on its own. (3) With that, I’m left to believe that even Imelda herself could never touch the Motley Flue with respect to footwear greatness;)

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