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designing your collection: can they be me?


In my previous post for this series, I addressed the question: Are they me? As a follow-up (with special thanks to Miss Stacey K.), I’d like to explore the question: “Can they be me?” To do this, I’d like to share my Summertime story. It all started with the Summertime: Dig. When these babies went on sale, I was a newbie and didn’t really have a sense of what I actually liked. This family runs about 4″ high and has a platform. Given its height, I wasn’t really interested in trying them on. However, I’m all for shits and giggles, so I agreed to try on the Digs in black. I knew they weren’t me, but play time at the Fluevog store never hurt anyone.


When I put them on, I felt like a rockstar! (I even wore them to Rock of Ages in LA!) They didn’t feel like a 4″ heel at all. They were stable and made me feel incredibly tall. I fell in love with the extra studded strap and the thumping noise it makes when you walk is cool too! Fortunately, there was an amazing sale on these (they were marked down TWICE) and I brought them home. The Digs are an excellent example of a shoe that I didn’t think was me, but ended up being absolutely me! A shoe like this is the reason why it’s always good to try on new things. You never know what suits you unless you actually try it on!


I loved the Digs so much that I opted to add the Ashbury to my collection as well. (Totally scored a sale on those too!). It has the same stable platform and again, they make me feel like a rockstar!


For the love of Fluegasms,



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!

5 thoughts on “designing your collection: can they be me?

  1. It all has to do with trying shoes on and feeling them out. If you don’t try on a shoe, then you will never know if it’s the shoe for you. If I remember correctly, you didn’t have the same effect with the CBCs. You liked them after trying them on BUT I don’t think you were still wondering if they were for you. The fact that they come in purple was a plus but not enough to push you over into falling in love with the shoe. Good question though.

  2. now that i am in the process of thinning out my collection, i am of the opinion that “me” vogs will change over time as i personally change and grow into a different person with different tastes/styles that i’m comfortable and happy with. i recall a brief conversation on FB that the generalissima and i had a while back, about how creating your vog collection is a process much like editing a paper. edits here, edits there, until you get to a good place … and i would add that if you go back to it later sometimes the whole project has changed!

    anyway, i’m wondering if the CBCs might one day in the future be “me” shoes for joanne…. one never knows!

    • Agreed. The “are they me” question will definitely change over time. Case in point: the Restitutions. These brown 40th anniversary clogs are fantastic and I fell in love with them. However, I just came to realize that I’m not a clog person. I love the look of the Restitutions, but right now, they’re not “me.” This is why they’re going to the FlueMarket!

      With respect to the Radios family, I’m not sure the CBCs will come to me anytime soon. I’m still swooning over BBCs. If the ARDs fit my calf, I totally would have invested in the green ones! Oh well. A gal can’t have it all, can she?

      • i know, so sad! wish we could have it all!

        however, i feel that a pair of Radios NEEDS to be in your collection. i know you’ve been acquiring shoes on eBay, but are you saving for the BBCs?? i myself am lusting over the BLTs and wish they came in women’s sizes.

  3. I have the BBCs on my wish list. Admittedly, while the spring collection is gorgeous, there isn’t anything I’m absolutely DYING to get. Perhaps I’m just a fall gal at heart. Who knows? Also, I’ve been really into the vintage stuff lately. With eBay hunting, it’s like a silly game I play – how can I get the most awesome shoes at even better prices? Anyway… I haven’t made any decisions regarding my post FlueLent yet. It may very well be the BBCs. I wish the ARD was built for big calves. Sigh.

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