Confession: I’m a Flueddict. I got the Flueshakes BAD! When I first became a convert, I couldn’t get enough. I stalked the Fluevog site and cyber window shopped on amazon and eBay. It was insane. Granted, I didn’t buy anything. But I did exhaust a lot of time fantasizing about my next pair or wished that certain shoes would be reduced at the next sale. Admittedly, that first year, while I built a nice collection, it was definitely the most I had ever spent on shoes. EVER. Now, after getting a grasp of the shoes, the sales, and my personal style, I think I have my Flueddiction (somewhat) under control. With that, I’ll be posting a series called, “Designing Your Collection,” where I share some of the thought processes that go in to deciding which shoes to add to my arsenal. Every Flueddict (unless you’re super rich) has certain guidelines that she/he follows as a way to exercise restraint. Besides, even if you could afford every shoe all the time, how could you possibly sport the Vogs in a way that does it justice? Just sayin’. So here’s a peek into my thought process. Are they me? It’s easy to get lost in the awesomeness of a Fluevog. In truth, every shoe fits a different personality. An important question I always ask myself when shopping for a pair of Vogs is: Are they me? Case in point: I’m pretty sure that I am the only member of the MotleyFlue that does not own anything from the Radios family. Specifically, I know the rest of the gang own a pair of the CBCs (Gladys has them in cement; Dorothy in brown; Shirley in purple). At one point, I was going to invest in the CBCs. However, Agent Dorothy confirmed my hesitation when when she said, “I just don’t see you in these.” The Agent was right. I knew they wouldn’t get a lot of usage from me. They didn’t suit my wardrobe and I couldn’t imagine myself getting excited over them. I still admire from a far, though. The same feelings apply with the Angels. They’re a classic Fluevog shoe. Unfortunately, they’re just not me.
However, I am dying for a pair from the Radios family. I’m in love with the super cool and casual BBCs in brown. Can you imagine those babies with teal laces? The thought makes me weak in the knees! Alas, one day the BBCs and I shall become one. Someday, BBCs. Someday. Another shoe that I think is absolutely adorable is the Prepare Hi: Steady. I’m in the market for some yellow/mustard in my arsenal, and nearly fell over when I saw these on the site. However, when I went in and tried them on, they just didn’t scream “take me home tonight!” I can’t explain it. The Fluegasm just didn’t happen. I thought they were me, but they weren’t. I still think they’re adorable (and they’re currently on sale!). Alas, here are the Zazas. These are totally me! In fact, most of my collection is from the Minis family because they scream me all the way home! Admittedly, not everyone likes the Zazas. I once saw this on an “ugliest shoes ever” list. Men, in particular (especially the wrong men), are not a fan of the Alice in Wonderland-esque shoes. But I don’t care. These shoes are fabulous! Brightly colored, quirky, comfy and fun: they are totally me. That’s why I love them:) So ladies and gents… which Vogs scream YOU?! Please post to comments.
For the love of Fluegams,