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.
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),