Recently, I was in Seattle for an academic conference. When I pulled up my trusty yelp app, I was so excited to find out I was staying three blocks away from the Fluevog store. Wa-hoo! (Me doing the happy dance.) Fun fact: Did you know that the Fluevog store made a cameo appearance in Sleepless in Seattle? Yup! Watch it and leave a comment to let me know if you found it! Anywhoo….
I want to say THANK YOU to Amanda W. who is now the proud owner of the red Todas that I posted on the FlueMarket. May they bring you lots of joy:) She and I arranged an in-person meeting at the Seattle Fluevog store for the transaction. Must love fellow Voggers – especially if you are the same size. I also want to say HELLO to the lovely Brenda B., who leads the Seattle team. She helped me try on some of the new offerings at the store. Speaking of which…. I couldn’t help but notice that the Amie came in new spring colors! Hello lilac and aqua (accompanied by the neon orange). Though I didn’t try them on, I still think they’re so cute!
Prepare | Portage: I’m a fan of the Prepare family and I was glad to see these. Purple is my favorite color, so I had to try these on! I had to go up half a size to 9.5. They fit pretty good, but I may need to try them on again to make sure my toe doesn’t hit the shoe funny. I own the Guide in blue. While I love them, sometimes I have toe issues (damn that Morton’s toe). True to the Prepare family, these are really stable and the buckled straps makes this a really secure Vog. If you already own something in this family, you know that it’s super comfy and easily a go-to, daily Vog. I’m not sure how I feel about the style, but I really love how the lilac looks against my skin tone. (Note to self: I need some sun!)
Garden of Enjoyment | Rita*: According to the Seattle folks, these are a limited edition Vog that is available in the following stores: San Francisco (Union Square), Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York. They’re now available online. If you’re drooling over these babies, ya best contact one of these Fluevog stores stat! Despite the fact that they possess everything I try to avoid (pointy toes, thin heels, and they look uncomfortable), I couldn’t resist trying these on. They’re so cool and sexy, and kept calling my name!
In terms of sizing, they seem to run true to size. I’m sporting a size 9, and they were a perfect fit. I was surprised at how stable they were. In moving forward and back, these were really steady. If you have a nervous tick that prompts you to wiggle side to side, then you may experience some instability. I’m not into the smaller heels, but this one was secure, even for my heavier frame. In fact, they felt a lot like the Summertime | Dig (which I happened to be sporting during the conference). I can’t imagine wearing these all day long, but they will definitely allow you to stand around for around 4 hours (I think), which is a pretty good time frame. Because my foot is wide, I did feel that the pinky toe area was a little pinchy (this could be remedied by some stretching). Also, I’m sure that I was experiencing what Gladys calls “muffin side,” but just didn’t notice or mind.
This blue color is brilliant (and makes my red nail polish totally stand out)! I love the grommet detail (okay, I’m not sure what they’re called, but grommet was the closest thing I could think of), as well as the double buckle. Though I’m not into pointed toes, the tapered shape at the top is alluring! At the end of the day, they’re not me. However, if these are you, they’re an incredible find!
For the love of Fluegasms,
* This section was edited to update the information.