When I invest in Fluevogs, there really isn’t any room for hasty decisions. I have to absolutely love and/or need the shoe if it is going to be a coveted member of my collection. Too much of my valuable youth was wasted on unattractive, low quality, uncomfortable shoes. When I became a Voger, all of that changed. Of the many things that factor in to deciding what I will add to the collection, FIT is definitely high on that list. Note: fit and size are two different things to me… but that’s another blog post for another time.
In truth, not every Fluevog family fits like a glove. Confession: I’m happy with that because I’d be in BIG trouble if that were true. For me, the Minis fit like a glove. I can walk out of the store and wear these with absolutely no break-in period needed. The Fellowship family is also one of my faves. It’s such a shame that they don’t make more shoes in this family. All the other families are a trial-by-fit for me.
Bottom line: if the Vog doesn’t fit, it’s not coming home with me.
Pretty simple logic, yes? Well, fit can be tricky because sometimes a Vog won’t fit right off the bat. But with a little altering or stretching, the Vog will indeed, fit. For example, when the Meera came out, I immediately fell in love. I tried them on and they were simply gorgeous! However, my toes were a bit smushed and I was worried about shoe muffin top. Luckily, Jim (expert dealer) assured me that the shoe could be stretched to give my toes some wiggle room, and that my shoe muffin top worry was all in my head:) Alas, he was right. The Meera fits perfectly:)
I’m a big believer in the power of stretching your shoes. In fact, I have my very own shoe stretcher (a purchase I made over ten years ago). I also have a boot stretcher at home. These are essentials for a wide-footed gal like me. FYI. Your local Fluevog store will stretch your Vogs at no charge. Just consult with your local dealer. If you don’t have a Fluevog store nearby, then yes, invest in the boot stretcher (if you had to choose one)! Your toes will love you for it! Also, if you happen to have bunions, then this is a worthwhile investment. (For more on caring for your shoes, I highly recommend this site.)
Another option is to bring your Vogs to a local cobbler who can stretch your shoes as you like. However, at roughly $10 (more or less, depending on the cobbler)/pair, you’re better off just investing in your own stretcher (imho). Other than some basic stretching, I try not to jury-rig the shoes. If it doesn’t fit, it’s my loss. My motto is to just move on to the Vog that actually fits.
Fit is really important to remember during sale time or when you find an awesome deal on ebay. It’s easy to get persuaded to purchase a Vog in the less-than-ideal size/fit when the price is right. However, when I find myself in this situation, I remind myself that Vogs are an investment. Like any investment, it has to be a good one – one that I won’t regret. A too-good-to-be-true price can (unfortunately) trump other levels of sensibilities. With that, be sure to try on the Vog and walk around in them a bit. If you’re buying from ebay, talk to the dealers about sizing and fit. Remember, if the Vog doesn’t fit, move on and invest in the next pair that fit fit fits!
For the love of Fluegasms,