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hope for healthy calves

I have a 16-inch calf. Unfortunately, Vogs rarely cater to legs like mine. Other than the Hotcakes, I haven’t really met a knee high boot that suited me. However, I did recently learn about a boot alteration that is quite promising.

Recently, I acquired a vintage pair of Bordens in red. Monika (dealer extraordinaire) mentioned that the calves are generous on these. When these popped up on eBay at an excellent price, I jumped on them! When they arrived and tried them on, this happened:

The photo on the left is from the eBay seller. The photo on the right is how they originally fit.

The photo on the left is from the eBay seller. The photo on the right is how they originally fit. Tears. They couldn’t zip up. As you can see, the gap is quite big.

Much to my heartbreak, they didn’t zip up. I needed about 3-inches (if I wear boot socks) to make them work. Since they were an eBay purchase, a return wasn’t an option. I’m too lazy to re-sell, and I really didn’t want to give these beauties up. With that, I explored my options.

Option 1: Take it to the dealers and have them stretched. I emailed FlueDaddy Denny and he said to hold on to them til I came back to Cali. Stretching the leather does miracles. Problem: I couldn’t wait. Also, I was concerned that stretching would affect the stitching. Three inches is a lot and I couldn’t imagine the leather stretching that much.

Option 2: I headed straight to the local cobbler. Years ago, a dear friend had a leather gusset added to her black Fluevog boots. They looked and fit great. I figured I would explore the same option. With the assistance of yelp, I found Broadway Shoe Repair, which isn’t far from campus. I brought the boots and explained my situation. Randy, the cobbler, explained that yes, he can add a black elastic gusset. It will change the look, but it’ll fit. He suggested that the gusset be added to the back, and not the side (where the zipper is). After some pondering, I agreed to the alteration. He said that I needed to come back for a fitting before the final stitching was done. To gain a sense of what adding a gusset looks like, check out these photos I found online:

Image can be found here: http://www.bysonrepairs.co.uk/Work.htm

Image can be found here: http://www.bysonrepairs.co.uk/Work.htm. As you can see, a simple alteration can make those dream boots a reality. For this alteration, a yellow leather gusset was added to the inside, attached to the zipper.

When I came back a few days later, I wasn’t feeling really good about the black elastic. Luckily, the trusty cobbler was thinking the same thing. For my fitting, the back was undone and he used paper tape to measure (his initial estimates were a bit too big). He said that he didn’t like the look of the black elastic and decided we’d be better off installing a red leather gusset. Though it won’t match exactly, it’ll look better. This meant more waiting and another fitting. (No problem! I’m so happy we were thinking the same thing!)

The "draft": this is part of the leather lining. It was glued for the fitting and then adjusted.

The “draft”: this is part of the leather lining. It was glued for the fitting and then adjusted.

When I came in for the fitting, I was surprised to see a beige gusset. However, the cobbler explained that the beige leather was the lining and the finished product would be topped with the read leather. Again, the initial estimates were a bit big, so we made adjustments. I was glad to find that we were able to taper the top. Otherwise, to use a true triangular gusset would leave huge gaps.

In total, the process took over three weeks. Please note that this isn’t the standard turnover at Broadway Shoe Repair. This particular project took some time because we had to wait for the red leather to come in. To ensure a proper fit, I had to come back twice for measurements. In the end, the wait was worth it. The alteration was also incredibly reasonably priced! (It came out to $45. However, each alteration is different, so do talk to your cobbler about price.) Plus, I now have my dream Wonder Woman tribute boots. I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the final product:

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Some post-alteration notes: The boots fit perfectly. However, if I had to do this with another pair of boots, I would not put the gusset in the back, like they did with these red boots. Instead, I’d have the cobbler put it on the side, where the zipper is, just like the photos with the yellow boots. This is because the alteration forces the zipper to shift a little bit. For the red boots, they shifted toward the front. When I put them on, I have to stand in the boot and pull the leather to make sure the zipper lines up further back. Otherwise, the zipper shifts toward the front, and that’s no bueno.

Another great alternative for those of you with healthy calves is the Boot Band. However, I opted for the gusset over the Boot Band because your cobbler can taper the gusset, and you don’t have to deal with gapping.

Hope this info helps and gives knee-high boot hope those with healthy calves!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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Thirty-four? Time for inventory

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Mini | Qtee

Three months have passed … In November 2012, I shared in 50 by 50? Countdown to Halloween 2013 that I have thirty-four Fluevog shoes/boots, however, I LISTED only thirty-three. CLARIFICATION – I do indeed have thirty-four pairs.

Dear Minis, please forgive me for the oversight of not including my SF Qtee heels on my November 2012 list. As I took inventory this Feb 2012 and saw four Minis grouped together on my shoe rack, I also saw that I only listed three Minis (Gorgoeous, Elif, Zaza) in my Nov 2012 inventory.

REFRESHER – GOAL:
Acquire 50 pairs of Fluevogs
by the time I turn 50 years old in October 2013.

Forty-one on Valentine’s Day … Inventory done. I am inching toward my goal of 50 by 50. Since November 2012, I have acquired seven more shoes/boots. Here is a quick collage (with a pics poached from the web) of my Fluevogs in order of purchases.

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Fluevog Shoes and Boots 1-30 (over here)

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Fluevog Shoes and Boots 31-41 (over here)

With the Mini | Qtee as part of the thirty-four, the additional seven (with the most recent first) since November are listed below. (Note: Some links  – describing the shoe family – are redirected to the Fluevog facebook page or website.)

And among the recently purchased, the one-of-a-kind-sample-sale boots were certainly a find (and quite comfortable!), of which Generalissima definitely contributed to the eye-spy a find! Interestingly, as a result of emails, spam (not me), and timing, luck also was on my side.

Let’s not forget three accessories … and I shall not forget my three accessories, for which my Eddie Weekend Bag certainly has seen its share of being stowed under airplane seats, overhead compartments and car trunks, as well as occasionally serving as a not-so-comfortable cushion of sorts during airport layovers.

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Fluevog Accessories

My red Operetta and brown Silvana clutches are not as frequently toted around, so I’ll change that up this year.

COUNTDOWN
… Mar – Apr – May – June – July – Aug – Sept …
9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 …


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a love story

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This post is inspired by a recent conversation with Miss Stacey K. (The woman so fabulous that a Fluevog was named after her.) When she and I first met, the subject of significant others and Fluevogs came up: What happens if you’re dating someone who doesn’t understand your love of Vogs? 

In truth, I never really considered my Flueddiction as a factor in romantic relationships. Then again, I’m not a relationship expert. However, as someone who is very much in love with the Manpanion, I definitely treasure and understand the importance of a solid relationship… that includes a mutual understanding that to love me is to love my love of Vogs:)

Admittedly, I’m a lucky gal. Though the Manpanion does not wear Vogs (gasp! the horror!), he does appreciate an awesome shoe. Confession: The Manpanion is the type of person who checks out people’s shoes. It’s a miracle he agreed to go out on a second date with me, as I was wearing the ugliest clown striped rainbow rain boots on our first date. Not knowing this, I wore those same ugly rain boots on our second date. I’m still thankful for his forgiving nature:)

These days, the Manpanion supports my Flueddiction in terms of moral support. During our regular trips to visit the dealers, the Manpanion gives me advice and suggestions on what to try on and what to invest in. No. He doesn’t pay for my shoes. Unless it’s a gift, the Manpanion is not my Fluevog sugar daddy. It’s a personal policy of mine: my Flueddiction, my money.  Visits to the Haight Street store consist of me trying on shoes while he chit-chats with the dealers (he and FlueDaddy Denny share a love of documentaries) and/or gets comfy in the corner king’s chair, located near the front window, sometimes sipping on hot coca from the place a few doors down. A partner who is friendly with the dealers and accompanies me to Fluevog store visits is definitely a keeper!

On Sunday mornings, the Manpanion often wakes up to me browsing the ‘net gazing at Fluevogs online. On cue, he jokes about catching me looking at shoe porn. He supported the MotleyFlue by allowing us to use his photographic skills (he took the current banner photo).  When out and about on various adventures, he takes Vogunteer-esque photos of me, just because. Another thing I love about the Manpanion’s support is that while he lets me know what he likes and doesn’t like, he does not have the final say of what I take home. He respects my decisions – even if he may disagree with me. (Note: This applies with everything in our relationship, not just Fluevog decisions.) In the silliest, frilliest, cavity-inducing ways, with my heart and soul, I truly adore the Manpanion.

Meet the Little Js. They are the best stand-ins a couple could ask for!

Meet the Little Js. They are the best stand-ins a couple could ask for!

For this Valentine’s Day, I just wanted to take a moment share my love for the Manpanion. He may not wear Vogs (yet), but he does respect and support my strange quirks. Even better, the important people in my life adore him, and my life is better with him in it. Happy Valentine’s Day, my fellow Fluevogers! Don’t forget to give big hugs and kisses to the incredible people who love you and your love of Vogs:)

for the love of the Manpanion (and loving companions everywhere),

j-ro


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hello SoleSpace!

You can find this image on the SoleSpace Facebook page!

You can find this image on the SoleSpace Facebook page!

We just wanted to introduce you to some friends of ours. SoleSpace, a shoe store/art gallery/event venue is located in Oakland, CA. Here’s their address: 1714 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94612. (It’s public transportation friendly!) This shop is run by some awesome people who love Fluevogs (and other noted brands) as much as we do. Do check out the small collection of Fluevogs they carry, and help support a local business!

For Valentine’s Day, the folks at SoleSpace are running a giftcard special at 20% off. For more information, please click here. (Who says you can’t get new stuff on sale?!) If you want to see the newest Fluevogs they carry, please click here. Have fun shopping!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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friends that Vog together

Many thanks to Miss Mae for the photo.

Many thanks to Miss Mae C. for the photo. These babies went home with Cheryl D.

CONGRATULATIONS to my dear friend Cheryl D.! She finally treated herself to her first pairs of Fluevogs! Accompanied by another dear friend, Mae C., Cheryl D. made her first trip to the Melrose store and left with the Qtees and the Elizabeths (Note: She ended up exchanging the green Elizabeths for a burgundy pair because of sizing.). I have known these ladies since college and I adore that they, too, share a love for Vogs.

A few years ago, I was there to witness Mae C. pop her Fluevog cherry. It was a rare rainy afternoon in LA. Since we were the only people in the store, our dealer (a kind gentleman whose name I cannot recall) basically let us play. She decided on the DeVere in black paisley. That day, I learned that when Mae C. has her sights set on a particular Vog, there’s no stopping her. Those babies are comin’ home! We delightfully celebrated at The Coffee Bean nearby:)

Taken many moons ago at the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in southern California. L-R: me, Cheryl D., Mae C.

Taken many moons ago at the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture in southern California. L-R: me, Cheryl D., Mae C.

The three of us had been talking about Cheryl D. getting herself into a pair of Vogs for some time now. She scouted the site and took diligent notes of what shoes she wanted to try on. Ideally, we wanted to make it a girls trip. Unfortunately, with me working in Phoenix, an LA gathering of the ladies just wasn’t going to happen anytime soon. Therefore, they had to go without me. Though it wasn’t the same, Mae C. did text me in real time with photos and notes on Cheryl D.’s adventures. Since she’s a lawyer, I love that her decision making came down to: “Will these intimidate opposing counsel?” My response: YES! They will tear opposing counsel to shreds and make you the envy of LawAndOrderLandia. Case closed!

Of course, Mae C. celebrated her birthday with the Chapot in burgundy and the Bunny in navy/yellow. Wa-hoo!

Oh how I love and miss these gals! Cheers to our longstanding friendship and your new Vogs!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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Fall/Winter Collected Vogs

After all my FlueReviews, Joanne’s invitations to share our recent Vog acquisitions, Shirley’s awesome sock-and-Vog photos, and Dorothy’s most recent post on possible outfits for her verrrrry sexy new Malibus, I thought I’d post a little omnibus of my newest Vogs and the outfits I’ve come up with this past Fall/Winter.

I’ve been a busy buyer this past season — not as busy as some but very much so for me. After binge-buying in the first year of my Flueddiction (it started in late 2010), I thought I’d gotten a handle on it to the point where I would purchase at most two pairs a season. Well, apparently I’m back to my old habits, although now I find I’m so much more conscientious about filling the gaps in my collection, and much more strict about sizing and fit. I’ll admit, sometimes I would buy a pair of Vogs and wouldn’t get to wear them for many, many months down the road … and sometimes never wore them at all (I’ve sold a couple such pairs in the recent past). At a certain point, I realized this wasn’t how I wanted to build my collection. It’s hard because part of me feels like an ART COLLECTOR with all of these Fluevogs. But I don’t have unlimited funds, and I can’t even display my shoes in my house. So I have to make sure that function is the primary purpose of my shoes, as was the case with my most recent buys.

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Recent Fall/Winter additions the my Vog collection

Wow, looking at them all arrayed here … it’s a lot. Plus, I almost got the Radio: CBCs in yellow suede as well but decided against getting another pair of suede shoes. These were all purchased between the months of November 2012 and January 2013. By contrast, I only bought two pairs in summer/early fall 2012 (Mini: Qtees and Integrity: Amies). Here’s the story of why I brought these home with me.

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Queen Transcendent: Elizabeth in green

First, and the subject of my very first FTLOV post here, are the spectacular Queen Transcendent: Elizabeth maryjanes in green. I got them because I fell in love with them at first sight, and I justified the purchase by saying that 1) they would be my Christmas present and 2) I would wear them to my husband’s annual company holiday party. This outfit is by far one of my most favorite that I’ve ever worn, all built from the shoes up. And both shoes and dress were a hit at the party.

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Radio: RTP in black suede/gray ankle strap

I honestly thought I was done with my fall purchases after Elizabeth, but I was SO wrong. Here is an outfit with the next pair, Radio: RTPs in black/gray, which were on clearance. I wouldn’t have known about them if Alice at the Melrose store hadn’t brought them out while I was picking up my Elizabeths. True, I didn’t buy them right away, but by the end of the following week I called up my dealers and gave them my credit card number. I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome they were. I am a Radio fan, being the owner of the PRI in purple and the CBC in bone, both of which I’ve worn lots of times with lots of different outfits. I’d been wanting a pair of black boots that I could wear out a lot — I actually own the F-Shoe: Cece boots in black but have worn them only once (see what I mean?). The Radios run a little narrow, but for some reason my feet like them a lot.

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Soprano: Inge in (sun-faded) teal … the color looks more like aqua

Again, I thought I was done. Then suddenly, in mid-December, came the early-morning texts from Joanne A.K.A. the Generalissima insisting that I check out a pair of vintage Soprano: Inges on eBay. And I’m not kidding about early morning. Try before sunrise. I believe she forgot about the time difference between Arizona and California. 🙂 But anyway, after getting advice from Haight Street Flue-Daddy Denny about sizing and quality, as well as feedback from Stacey K who has these boots in her huge collection, I went ahead and got these. They turned out to be quite sun-faded, which I couldn’t tell from the photos on eBay. It was disappointing at first, but I actually do love the aqua color. It worked so well with my dress and accessories, how could I complain too much?

My fourth acquisition this past season, the Attention: Paris in embossed black suede, hasn’t been worn out yet. I snagged the last size 5 when they went on sale in late December during the S.A.D. sale. I reviewed these shoes for FTLOV along with the Elizabeths all the way back in late October. I expected the size 5s to be completely gone before they went on sale (the pink/purple was gone in the 5), so I was elated to find out that not only were the blacks in 5 still available and on sale, but they were also at my nearest Fluevog store (Melrose) so I could pick them up right away, no shipping hassles or fees. I bought them because I have been looking for the right black pump for my shoe collection, to wear at more formal functions with little black dresses and other fancy attire. I was so thrilled when Fluevog started making the Paris in size 5! If the Elizabeth hadn’t come out at the same time, I probably would have bought these Paris pumps at full price. At the moment, they’re waiting for me to be invited to a wedding or a fancy dinner, or to decide to just dress up and paint the town red.

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World: Nzame in red

Speaking of red, here are my newest Vogs in action, the World: Nzame. Along with the Amies I purchased in October, these shoes fill the gap in my everyday wear. I wear both at least twice or three times a week each, which is a lot of wear for the Fluevogs I own. If I had an office day job, I could wear all my Vogs all the time, but since the only time I get out of the house is to take my son to and from school (plus errands when necessary), I usually opt for flats or easy-to-wear booties. Well, I got tired of the cheap, slippery (I slipped and almost fell on my face at a BJ’s restaurant wearing a pair of Blowfish booties!), and not-super-comfortable shoes I’d been using before. I needed the option to wear something more sturdy, pliable, comfortable, AND stylish for those days when I’d have a long day of appointments or errands, or when I needed to be at a field trip with my son. I can run in these Fluevogs, as well as dance in them. Enough said. 🙂

xo, Gladys


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Get Excited…someone is planning to pickup the Malibus!

Get Excited...someone is planning to pickup the Malibus!

Dear Vog Lovers,

Generalissa JRo “ordered” me to take one for the team and I gladly complied. The Malibus are one of the sexiest pairs of boots around. I will be picking up these beauties soon BUT I’m wondering if you all could send me some outfit ideas. I’d love to hear your ideas and maybe, just maybe, I’ll pick up your idea and wear the outfit to an art opening.

PS: JRo wanted me to post the picture of the fateful day I said ‘yes’ to the Malibus.

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