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To Caravaggio or To Not Carvaggio…that’s not the only question, by the way!



On Dorothy: WTF?


On Dorothy: FTW!

Who can say no to the Generalissa? Nobody can! I know I can’t, which is why I’m doing a post on the Caravaggio (wink wink to the Generalissa). 😉

Last season, I fell in love with the Burgundy Caravaggios. Aside from them being named after a Baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio  (sorry BUT Mr. John Fluevog, WHY not name a shoe after Artemisia Gentileschi, in my mind, the FAR more skilled and talented Italian Baroque painter but I digress), I was attracted to the sheer beauty and frills of the overall design. Not exactly kick off shoes (i.e., two mary jane buckles) but I have been eyeing them ever since. The bows are ridiculously feminine but, surprisingly, they look even better on. I highly recommend watching the bows. Make sure they don’t snag on anything AND if you have pets…KEEEP THESE SHOES away. The polygon heel serves as yet another unique feature. As for fit, they are comfortable but, technically, they are pumps and not heels. They won’t do damage on your back or wreak havoc on your feet. They fit true to size with a little room so consider getting a pad or half insole for the balls of your feet if you plan on wearing them all day.

Okay, I’m not gonna lie, I dislike pink (a lot) but when I saw the Caravaggio come out in pink for the Spring, I was (visually) smitten. Then…I tried them on. Wah wah wah…

While they are comfortable (yadda yadda yadda, read the first paragraph), the new Spring color didn’t fly with me. When I tried the pink pair, I felt like…like I needed pantaloons and a mini-harpiscord at my feet with a powered white wig! There’s no denying the elegance and aesthetically pleasing design but with this shoe, color IS everything. But this particular shoe can easily make or break your outfit. Trust ME…if you know that your wardrobe cannot handle a lighter, pastel colored shoe, don’t do it. Stick with old faithful and get the black or burgundy in these beauties if you want versatility. If you have money to burn (trust me, I think the pink pair look amazing on Desert Vog aka The Addict), you may want to snag the lighter Spring color(s) of this design but be mindful of your wardrobe…PLEASE!

That said…my next post will be on my new stilts…the Malibus! I know. I know…they’re knee high platforms and how practical are platforms? Probably not very practical BUT black and Silver are my power colors and they will help me save the world from utter art ignorance, shape and shift culture, and tons of other great things. Until next time, my Vog friends.

Hearts and Stars,

The Artful Voger

PS: The Addict has now made me consider trying on the Espadrille: Martin…in Copper. Eeeeep! My goodness…


Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. In the fall of 2017, she will be a doctoral candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Real Life Magazine, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship.

7 thoughts on “To Caravaggio or To Not Carvaggio…that’s not the only question, by the way!

  1. omg this post made me crack up! and you gave me ideas for a great halloween costume: pink caravaggios with pantaloons and a powdered wig! lol!!!

    thanks for the kind words, my dear. yes, the pink are definitely a little … frothy. they look like presents with all the pink ribbons. excellent advice on keeping one’s wardrobe in mind. i admit i have some things in my closet that could work with these shoes, but nevertheless they aren’t ME shoes, as the generalissima would say. i just wish the WHOLE baroque family came in size 5! if you’re reading this, mr. fluevog, i’m asking nicely, pretty please with a big burgundy cherry on top! merci!

    • LOL! I was hoping to get at least one laugh. Thank you, my dearest Gladys!! You redeemed me. Seriously, I really thought I would like them when I tried them on but I was sadly mistaken. With this family, the color actually matters especially because it is such a dressy shoe. One can easily mess up an entire outfit wearing this just taking into account the cute factor of the bows. Bows do NOT look cute with everything! Hee Hee.

      • very true about the bows and color! hmm, i wonder if the pink bows would have worked with a taller shoe … a thin heel rather than a pump, to give it a bit of an edge…?

  2. Agreed. This post is hilarious. I was there when D tried on the Burgundy Caravaggios and they were really cute on her. Personally, I’m not really into big bows. While I can appreciate the girlier styles, I just can’t seem to pull them off most of the time. (Okay. I understand that the Minis are girly, but they have a certain edge that makes them my-kind-of-girly.) However, the bows on this are so cute. With the cool heel, they really suited D.

    Wink right back at ya!!

    • i think that rich, wine-dark burgundy is very much a “dorothy color” and complements the vogs i know she has as well as her wardrobe. this post definitely plays into your post about “ME” shoes.

  3. What about the beige ones? they would look awesome on your tanned skin! I know they are on my list.
    I have them in black and in burgundy and love them. Very comfortable and the black ones are kinda dangerous looking, even with the bows! they remind me of the Spanish court, daggers and intrigue 🙂

    • Hey Dany! I haven’t tried the beige ones on (yet) but I’ll give them a go. I love your thoughts on the black pair – “Spanish court, daggers, and intrigue.” You’re making me want to grab the a pair (or two). 🙂

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