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more on spring 2013

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Confession: A few months ago, the Haight Street dealers gave a few members of the MotleyFlue and friends a small sneak peek at the spring 2013 offerings. While there were various ooohs and aahhhs that came about, my first instinct was to hold back. Generally, I’m not a spring person. I love color, but I’m more interested in the deep, rich colors of fall. Also, I never really know if or how much I like a Vog until I actually try it on. For those of you who order strictly via the internet, hats off to you, as I would totally be lost in making those decisions!

Before I continue with my FlueReview, I’d like to mention a few things. First, different strokes for different folks. What I like isn’t necessarily what you like (and vice versa). I’m okay with this, and I hope you’re okay with that too. For reference, size 9 is what I consider my baseline size (as it’s what I usually am). From there, I go up or down depending on what kind of shoe I’m buying and how a company or style is sized. I have really flat feet (in running shoes, I opt for a double wide width) and possess Morton’s toe (actually, my condition is even stranger than Morton’s toe because my second and third toes are longer than my big toe). I have typical island-style legs, which means they’re thick all over. (In fact, I’m thick all over. Therefore, a stable Vog is important to me.) Okay. Enough about me. Here are some pics and notes from my most recent visit to the Haight Street store. Many thanks to Monika and Rachel, the lovely dealers who helped me. You ladies rock!

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Mentor2

Truth be told, Fluevogs are pretty much the only shoes I wear. The only exceptions are the occasional casual slipper or workout/running shoe. About a year ago, I decided that I’d put my collection to use and wear Vogs on a daily basis. With that, I also decided to build a collection for everyday use. This is why I was drawn to the Mentor. Since I have a no doubles policy, my heart is slightly broken because I won’t allow myself to purchase any of the Guides in the gorgeous pastel colors they now come in. Granted, the Mentor is nothing like the Guide. However, the Mentor does have that slight curve at the top and it comes in this lovely aqua color. These are a great daily flat, are comfortable, and are super practical. I had to size up to 9.5 in these. Even then, they were a little snug, but I figured they would eventually break in nicely. They are really flat, so admittedly, they look a little off with my super-flat feet. While they are not at the top of my wish list, they are a great shoe. Note: These are not Manpanion approved. I can’t even describe the sourpuss face he made when I asked Rachel to let me try them on.

Overall, I rate them: nice to have; will add to my collection if the price and need are right; you should try them on because you’d be surprised at how much you’d like them.

PostmodernSlushy2

A few weeks ago, the MotleyFlue received an email from Gina D., who lives in Australia. She kindly asked if we could try on the Postmodern Slushy because she wanted feedback on sizing. Though Gina already consulted FlueDaddy Denny and decided she HAD to have them, I decided to try them on for shits and giggles. (Btw, Gina D. loves her new Postmodern Slushy!)

There are a few important notes I’d like to make. First, these are sized quite large. I tried them on I size 8 and they fit really well. I did notice that my left foot fit a little more snug than the right, but that’s easily fixed with minor stretching. If you’re opting for these, I suggest going down a size. Second, the pointy top is pretty much empty space. This means that minor adjustments on how you walk will need to be made. Otherwise, you might find yourself tripping over yourself. Note: I’m clumsy, so that last warning was for me:) Third, though they seem high, I was surprised at how comfy they were. I could barely tell I was walking on a heel. Finally, I’m not a fan of the pointy toes because they emphasize how wide and flat my feet are. Of course, Mr. Fluevog would know how to make a pointy toed shoe that doesn’t emphasize wide feet. While  the distinct toe and open window sides make this a fantastic Vog, the Postmodern Slushy just isn’t me. They’re gorgeous and unique, but I don’t have the personality or wardrobe to pull them off. For someone who does have the personality to pull this off, these are a total gem!

Overall, I rate them: absolutely gorgeous and unique; surprisingly comfortable and fashionable, even for the wide-footed; if they’re you, jump on the NOW because I’m not sure how long they’ll last.

Spur2

After trying on the Steady and not really felling the Fluegasm, I wasn’t really interested in checking out the Spur. The Steady had a really odd fit and I was expecting the same with the Spur. However, when Monika (dealer extraordinaire) described them as “Jem shoes,” I couldn’t help but be transported my 80s childhood, where I spent mornings watching the popular cartoon. The geometric shapes, bright spring colors (as a kid, I loved the pink/purple/turquoise combo), and cartoon nostalgia (I’m also thinkin’ My Little Pony) make these irresistible. Much to my surprise, these fit a lot better than the Steady and were more comfortable too! I typically have to go up half a size to 9.5 in this family. Yes, these babies made me feel “truly outrageous” and are Manpanion approved. However, I can’t really think of anything in my wardrobe that would do these justice.

Overall, I rate them: a must try-on; perfect for spring and gives you a sense of nostalgia; very comfy and secure when on.

Assured2

When I first saw the press release for the spring line, these were one of the few pairs that really took my breath away. Initially, I wanted to try them on in the aqua. However, the Manpanion suggested I try on the camel because I don’t have anything in that color. When I noticed the blue detailing, I realized that I liked the contrast between the two colors better. I’m a huge fan of the Hopefuls family. Unfortunately, I don’t own anything in this family (yet).  As with other members of the Hopefuls family, these are absolutely comfortable. In terms of sizing, I had to go up to a 9.5 (in the Rosy, I have to go up to a 10, so definitely try them on!). These are definitely on my wish list. Between San Francisco and Phoenix, I can wear these all year long:)

Overall, I rate them: a simple Vog that can pretty much go with anything; gorgeous details; an all-day comfy shoe!

Rushmore2

The Rushmore was the definite surprise for me. I learned the hard way that I’m not really a clog gal. They’re heavy and hard to walk in (don’t get me started on the disaster that resulted in trying on the Halfmoon). Therefore, I wasn’t really interested in checking these out. However, since I’m in wedding planning mode, all I could think of is how these were “something new” and “something blue.” With that, I asked Rachel to bring these out for me to try on. Much to my surprise, they were light and easy to walk in. I’m clumsy and can trip easily and these were nice and steady. Given the platform, I can see how these are an all-day shoe. In the store, I tried on a size 9, which fit well. However, in looking at these photos, I see that the foot bed is a little short. I’ll have to go back and try on the 9.5. For now, I think these run true to size. Yes, these are on my wish list.

Overall, I rate them: a comfy clog that’s easy to move in; an all-day Vog; gorgeous color!

Liz2

It seems that the Liz is the hot Vog of the season, and I’m not here to tell you differently. It really is amazing! They took a simple mary jane and coupled it with a re-tooled Wearever heel to create something sensational. Note: I’m not a Wearever person. I lean toward larger, chunkier heels like the Minis. This is why I wasn’t sure if I’d like Liz. Also, after last year’s International Fluevog Day, I issued a ban on black shoes in an effort to spruce up my collection. However, the details on this are divine! How cute is the hot pink F-sole and the white trim?! (Ahem. Very.) In terms of sizing, most people are going up half a size. For me, I needed to go up a full size to a 10 because my toe kept hitting the top in the 9.5. They’re (dare I say) more comfy than the Minis (because of the lower heel), but equally steady. I can’t wait to see what else they develop in this family!

These are #1 on my wish list. In fact, the Manpanion immediately asked me how much they were and if I was going to put them on layaway. It’s rare for him to get that twinkle in his eye when I try on shoes, so that should tell you how incredible these Vogs are! I could swear he was almost ready to buy these for me:) Alas, my size was out.

Overall, I rate them: a MUST have! If I saw someone wearing the same exact Vog, I’d give her a high-five for impeccable taste! This is a Vog that anyone could fall in love with. In fact, Liz in black may be the one Vog that all four members of the MotleyFlue possess. Only time will tell.

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Thanks for you time, everyone! If there is a specific Vog you would like the MotleyFlue to rate, please don’t hesitate to email us at fortheloveofvogs@gmail.com. We’ll do out best to give a full and honest review.

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro

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 currently works in Arizona, but considers the San Francisco Bay area home (and goes back as often as she can). 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!

3 thoughts on “more on spring 2013

  1. your feet look amazing in the assured. with your extra special morton’s toe, the shoes look like they were made for your feet. that’s it: you need to wear more open-toed sandals!

    while i tried on three of these, i’ll need to go back and try the rest. they look so fun! i confess, the swordfish scare me a little, lol. i think i need to get out more.

    • Only a good friend would laud my super duper Morten’s toe. Hahaha! Currently, I have an odd toenail, so I’m avoiding open toed shoes until it grows out. (You didn’t need to know that.)

      In truth, I wouldn’t have tried on the Postmodern Slushy if Gina D. hadn’t asked. They’re a surprising shoe, just like the Petrea. However, I just can’t see them getting the mileage they deserve. Alas, playtime is always fun. I’m going back tomorrow to try on 3-4 more pairs, just so we have a more thorough review of the spring line. Of course, I’ll post soon:)

      • odd toenail? um, join the club! i’m going to get at least one excellent pedicure this season, and then try to keep it up through summer. just so i can wear open-toed vogs! 😀

        i will try on the slushy and petrea if they’re still available in my size at the melrose store. i agree about not being able to give them mileage, but at least i can try them on! looking forward to your new post. i think between the four of us and our recent visits, there should be a whole series of reviews for the season. yay!

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