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oh Ralphie!


Hello Hotcakes! Warning: If you don’t like attention, please don’t bother wearing these beauties.

Here’s the story of when j-ro met the Hotcakes…. I saw these online and immediately fell in love. I have hearty calves and unfortunately, Mr. Fluevog  doesn’t make boots that fit a thicker leg. Confession: my wallet is thankful. It means less Vogs to consider. Anyway… when I saw these, I couldn’t wait ’til they finally hit the stores!

The Manpanion and I headed over to Haight Street and Allan ended up helping me. I explained my large calf issue. He asked if I had tried the Sugars. I told him that I did, during a trip to L.A. and it was a complete failure. My calves are so big that there isn’t enough lacing to reach all the way to the top.  Since Allan’s special Boo has the same calf issue, he says that he’s the go-to guy if you need advice on knee-high boots for large calves. (Btw, I met Allan’s special Boo this weekend. She is, indeed, lovely!)

During that trip, I tried on the Hotcakes in a size 9. They fit PERFECTLY! I loved that they really defined by calves and they were comfy too! I had only tried them on one leg because I didn’t want to trouble the dealer any more than I already had (I knew I wasn’t going to buy them yet. That visit was a “try it on” trip.) I wobbled around to look at the Hotcakes in the mirror. Out of nowhere, the Manpanion rose from his “king’s” chair and grabbed my shoulder. I turned and he asked me to stop wobbling. He then reached over to caress my leg. I thought it was weird. Then, Allan turned to him and they both shared a “guy” moment. Allen then told the Manpanion, “I know what you mean. I like nice calves too.” The scenario made me laugh and it reminded me of A Christmas Story. Do you remember when the father wins the leg lamp and Ralphie starts groping the leg? In case you forgot, look at the video below, specifically at 1:39 and 3:48. You’ll get the picture:)

Recently, I explained what a Fluegasm is. I forgot to mention that the people around you can have a Fluegasmic moment too – at least that’s what I’d say the Manpanion had when he pulled the Ralphie on me. I should ammend my original post by stating that. Admittedly, the Manpanion’s reaction totally sealed the deal for me. I invested in the Hotcakes for his Fluegasm, not mine;P

Since the Hotcakes cost a pretty penny, I needed to figure out a good Flue-nancial plan. Within a month, I was back and I put those babies on layaway! It took a while to pay off, but they have and continue to be well worth the investment. I’ve been stared at and stopped randomly on the street because of these Vogs. For those of you who are contemplating the Hotcakes, I say DO IT! (Yeah Marisol, I’m talking to YOU!) You’ll be happy you did:)

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!

6 thoughts on “oh Ralphie!

  1. So happy to have discovered your blog, J-Ro!!!! I think it’s the universe speaking to me that I MUST add these to my highly coveted collection. Why? Here are the signs:
    1. While packing for a move yesterday, I found my long lost Fluevog gift card AND gift certificates from my much loved husband (whoo hoo!!)
    2. Drool worthy like all Fluevogs, but this one induced a Fluegasm on mere sight. Hot dang!
    3I literally just got off the phone with Victor from one of the Vancouver Fluevog stores chatting about the Hotcakes and such (lucky for my husband that we leave 5 hours away from the nearest store!) when I discovered your blog.
    4. Your “Oh Ralphie” post was dated TODAY of all days!
    5. I love the Christmas Story so I completely understand the reference!!

    Not that I needed any more convincing (oh well – it’s just a minuscule decrease to the reno projects in the new home – lol!), but your post was so helpful! I too have trouble finding boots that fit my calves thanks to years of sports.

    Can’t wait to welcome Hotcakes to the family!!

  2. Hi Melissa! The MotleyFlue welcome you to our blog!

    YES!!! You must get the Hotcakes! From the look of it, it seems that the FlueGods agree. These gorgeous shoes DESERVE to the honor of gracing your beautiful body!! When the Fluegasm calls, you must answer. Besides, you don’t want to suffer from FlueBalls, do you?!

    When you get them, please let me know how you like them!

  3. FlueBalls! (that term still makes me crack up, lol) Yes, Melissa, you must avoid it at all costs! And it looks like all the stars are aligned. Maybe you can send a photo when you get your Hotcakes!

    J-Ro, that clip also made me crack up, thinking of your SO doing that to your leg. But yeah, totally understandable. Those shoes are MAGNIFICENT. I still haven’t seen you in your glory wearing the Hotcakes — if there was ever a reason to replace Wonder Woman’s shoes, these would be it — maybe it’s time for a photo??

    • I’ll post photos as soon as I have the sense to actually take a photo when I wear the boots. Actually, I wore them last week at the NWSA and got quite a few stares. The stares ranged from “awesome boots” to “that bitch thinks she’s all that!” What can I say… haters gonna hate! The strangest reaction I had while wearing the Hotcakes was when I happened to catch one of the Berkeley Farmers’ markets. This hippie chick said, “Cool boots! I’m not sure if those are considered hooker boots, though.” Um, how does one respond to that?!

      YES, Melissa! The MotleyFlue would love to see a photo of you sporting the Hotcakes!

  4. I echo the request: Pictures please!!!

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