for the love of vogs

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designing your collection: fit. fit. fit.


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,



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 “designing your collection: fit. fit. fit.

  1. Fit is very important. There have been many impulse buys on my part which in turn end up making me sell, sell, sell.. You have a very good point.

    • I’ve definitely been there too! I think it’s part of the Flueddiction process:)

      • yes, i have come to this realization after several years of addiction purchasing … most of the vogs i have actually do fit nicely, but i have made my share of poor purchases because of the great price (or the amazing color or whatever). like marisol, i’ve had to sell and still have to sell more. incidentally, i went through the same process with buying cheap clothes on sale at Old Navy and other such stores. thanks for this well-written reminder to be more aware of our purchasing tendencies, j-ro.

        also, i had no idea you had a shoe stretcher at home! what a fascinating contraption. i had no idea they were affordable for home use.

        • Yes! I purchased my shoe stretcher when I got my cosmetics job at Nordstrom back in 2000. When I did my research in the Philippines, it pretty much stayed in storage until recently. I decided to invest in the boot stretcher because of my boot collection. Though the dealers will stretch for me, I like having the power to crank up the stretching to my liking:)

  2. Hey there! Just wanted to ask someone’s opinion on the fit of the Operetta Mirella boots. You ladies seem to be quite knowledgeable about Fluevogs! I am wanting to eventually find a pair of these, and just not sure if they fit true to size or not. Don’t want to end up with ill fitting Fluevogs!
    Thanks! And I am enjoying this blog by the way 🙂


    • Hi Sharen,

      Welcome! For me, the fit on the Operettas vary from true to size, to having to go up half a size. Your best bet is to call your nearest dealer. However, both Gladys and Dorothy have the Mirella, so I’m summoning them to reply. They know that Vog better than I do:) Ladies, can you help a sista’ out?

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