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more on spring 2013: part II

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Previously, I posted a review of the Vogs I tried on during my first spring break visit to the Haight Street store. Since I couldn’t get enough, I went back a second time and tried on a new batch Vogs! Many thanks to Ed for his warmth and kindness. I’d also like to send big hugs and kisses to Monika, who has been holding down the fort while FlueDaddies Denny and Jim are away. No matter how crazy things are, the Haight Street dealers always treat me like family. For that, I totally love them!

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Hopes: Promise. Let’s start with my new Wish List item. Hello Promise! Typically, they’re not something that would catch my eye. However, during visits to the Haight, I always ask the Manpanion if there’s anything he’d like me to try on. It’s fun to see what he’d dress me in. Confession: His selections aren’t always ideal. I once let him choose a few dresses for me to try on at the neighboring Bettie Page Store… (cough) Let’s just say that he will never choose my clothes. Fluevogs on the other hand, are a different story. He selected these because I don’t have anything like these in my collection. These are sized a bit small, so I went up to a 9.5. The blue and cream combo is really easy to match, and the low heel make this an all-day wearable Vog. Also, the cut-outs are great when you’re wearing a bright-colored sock. Though I was initially hesitant to try these on, I totally fell in love! It’s all in the details, I tell you. Great choice, Manpanion!

Overall, I rate the Promise: a surprising find. These have been around for a while, but this color combo with the F-cutouts are so cute! Plus, you can’t go wrong with the comfort of this family:) The more I drool over them, the more I see the wardrobe possibilities.

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Pointy Begins: Woop Woop. Since I tried on the Mentors during my last visit, Monika brought out the Woop Woop to check out. Typically, they’re not something I’d be interested in. However, these immediately reminded me of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. If that iconic white suit were a shoe, the Woop Woop would be it! The tiny V-opening with the simple shoelace detail reminds me of a Johnny collar. Add the wing tip and these everyday flats sport some subtle flair. Just like the Postmodern Slushy, these pointy-toed shoes are friendly for the wide-footed gal. Unfortunately, I have extremely flat feet. Without arch supports, the Woop Woop look awkward on my feet. If you don’t have this problem, then these flats may be calling your name. They kind of remind me of a subdued Pilgrim. I can’t remember if I tried these on in a 9 or 9.5. Please call your favorite dealer for sizing info.

Overall, I rate the Woop Woop: a comfy, everyday shoe that has some great details. The pointed toe does not emphasize a wide foot (an awesome surprise). However, a flat-footed person may need to think twice before investing in these. Either way, these are definitely an all-day, happy feet, kind of Vog.

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Provogs: One-O-One. I’m not typically a sneaker person. At some point in my life, I’m sure I owned a pair or two of Chuck Taylors because (1) I wanted to be cool and (2) I was trying to impress a crush. Other than that, sneakers are reserved for workouts or days when I know I’m going to be doing a lot of running around. When Monika suggested I try on the One-O-Ones, I figured I’d amuse myself. Besides, these are a Vintage re-issue and I’m all about playtime!

Though these are not screaming my name, there are a few things one could really love about the One-O-Ones. The all-latex soles feel awesomely squishy. I’m loving the electric blue this season, and the bumble bee variation is cool too. (Yeah Transformers fans, I’m talking to you!) For those of you who have been looking for a street shoe, you may have found your match in these. I tried them on in a size 9, and they were really roomy (note: I wasn’t wearing any socks, so that should fix any fit issues). However, if you’re a half size, I suggest sizing down.

Overall, I rate the One-O-Ones: a great street shoe with a lot of bounce! Vintage Provog fans will be happy that their beloved shoe is back and comfy as ever. As with many Vogs, it’s all about the details such as: the D-ring lace loops, the springy sole, stand-out colors, and the super soft suede. (Note: I’m not a fan of suede, but these have a really soft suede, unlike the hard, waxy suede on the new CBCs.)

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Minis: Zaza in green and purple. A while back, I lamented on the greatness of the Zaza, and I still stand by that. The Zaza is not for the faint of heart. It’s a whimsical, Alice In Wonderland shoe, which means folks will either love or hate it. Regardless, they’re a Vog that people will always notice. The new green and purple colorway for the spring is no different. Though I have a no doubles policy, I wanted to see what the Zaza looked like. I’m in the market for some green and I wanted to see what I was missing out on. As with many of the other Minis, I take the Zaza in 8.5 (as opposed to my standard 9). The green on these is lighter and more pastel than on the Elif (which is more lime), and the purple detail is more grey than I was expecting. Alas, if you’ve been eyeing the Zaza, this spring colorway is gorgeous.

Overall I rate the Zaza: as fabulous as anything else in the Mini collection. If you’re shy or don’t like to draw attention to yourself, you may want to avoid these. (But you’re a Voger. You’re used to the attention.)

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Minis: Bee’s Knees. Oh Minis. How I’m a sucker for these! I’m a huge fan of the Momos, which are on my Vitange Wish List. However, for those of you who have come to accept that the Momos are gone, you may consider getting the Bee’s Knees. It’s a multiple-tone Vog with lacing on the side. Like the rest of the Mini family, the fit is fantastic! I tried these on in size 8.5, and they were great (odd because on anything boot-like, I usually opt for my usual size 9). Granted, you can never go wrong with the Minis. Thing is, I’m beginning to feel like my collection has an over-abundance of Minis. Plus, I have too much by way of color and style that would make these a neglected item if I did purchase them. Alas, a fabulous Vog, but my collection will have to wait for other color combinations.

Overall I rate the Bee’s Knees: as fantastic as they come. The colors are great (I love the schoolgirl look of the black and white combo. The teal piping and laces are a great accent!), and it has the signature Mini comfort. I hope to see this in other colors!

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Prepare Hi: Rappel. Madame Shirley texted a photo of these to me as a possible Wish List item. I opted out of trying them on during my last visit, but these babies just kept calling my name! The pink is a gorgeous spring color and the triangle cutouts are again, great for when you’re wearing a bright-colored sock underneath. As I mentioned before, my hesitation trying these on was my less-than-stellar experience with the Steady. However, I can now say that the fit on the Steady is just off. Period. It seems that the kinks were worked out with the Rappel because these fit great! The first thing I noticed was how LONG my legs looked! OMG! At just under 5’4″, these made me feel really tall and the heel was really steady and easy to walk in. (Note: The Manpanion was a concerned with my walk being a little off in these. However, I didn’t feel the instability.) At a size 9, these fit true to size for me. The only minor complaint is that the zipper was a little bothersome against my heels. With socks, I don’t think that’s a factor.

Overall I rate the Rappel: the ultimate tall girl shoe. It’s great for short gals who what that height, and for tall gals who want to be even taller! The 4″ heel is hardly noticeable, and the triangle cutouts can make for some fun color combinations with the right socks:)

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Whew! I’m exhausted! One last thing I’d like to mention is the bags! Though I didn’t review them this time around, there are a few that I think are just outstanding! In particular, I’m impressed by the Prepare Pouch. The one wish I have is that the inner linings be light-colored, making it easier to find things. It’s the only thing that makes me hesitate to invest in a bag.

Trying on the spring line was great! Though I’m not usually a spring person, after trying everything on, I’m really impressed! My spring picks are the Liz in black, the Promise in blue/cream, and the Assured in camel. Though I can’t quite afford all the Vogs I want, a gal can dream, right? Now that most of the spring and summer line has rolled out, what are your picks? Please post to comments!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro

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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 “more on spring 2013: part II

  1. ok, i know you don’t need to hear this, but you are a Mini grrl through and through. they just look *right* on your feet. that green is amaaaaazing.

    i briefly stuck my feet in the size 6 woop woop and size 6 rappel, and both were too big, sadly. but i wish i’d tried on the promise. they look great! i don’t know how i feel about the one-o-ones but that color is lovely.

    we have two of the same shoes/colorways in our top 3! (liz in black, assured in camel) great minds!

    • Thanks! I do love the Minis. However, do you remember the Vogunteer that wore almost all Minis for her month? Though fabulous, it’s also kinda my fear. I don’t wanna be that gal that ONLY wore Minis. With so many delicious Vogs, it would be a shame to wear one family exclusively. I should note that the color on the Zaza pic is slightly off because in person, it’s more pastel than it is in the photo. The purple carpet in the Haight Street store is a little challenging when taking photos. Next time, I should move to the cement entrance for the photos.

      Gladys, you MUST try on the Promise. It’s so cute! I’m really wanting something with a cut-out and those are it:) I blame the Manpanion!

      Yes, great minds!

      • yes, i do remember her. but she did have great shoes! i dunno, i love me a diverse collection, but when YOUR feet look that amazing in minis … let’s just say i understand that vogunteer’s obsession.

        i’ll put the promise on my list this week, along with the spring colorway guides. i also want to try on the polka-dotted 7th heavens. OMG!!! POLKA-DOTTED VOGS! seriously, can this season get any better?

  2. Could you please try the Laura Evans in black and white? Pleaaasee? There’s no Fluevog store in Edmonton, Alberta, and the only store that carries Vogs (Gravity Pope) does not have the colourful shoes and has a small selection.
    My wish list to see on someone’s feet to model are the Laura Evans, the Baroque Caravaggios in the new spring colours (cream and pink) and the Prepare Guides in the spring colours as well.
    I bought the Queen Elizabeths in green with the St Patrick’s discount. Shame we are having so much snow I can’t wear pumps for now.

    • FlueReviews for the Laura Evans and Caravaggio are coming up! We’ll see about the Guides soon.

      Congratulations on getting the green Elizabeths! You might notice that I love them too. 🙂 You’ll have to wear your Vog pumps all the time when true spring weather comes to make up for such a lingering winter!

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