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Faraday worship!


A few weeks ago, I met up with Miss Gladys, Cheryl D., and Mae C. at the Melrose store. I’m rarely in LA and to spend time with these gals was a total treat. In fact, Miss Gladys wrote about that visit here and here. Since you may have seen Gladys’s posts, you likely know that the four of us fell in love with the Big Presence | Faraday. Sigh.

A while back, I wrote this post about the importance of actually trying on a Vog before determining whether they are you or not. For those of you who wouldn’t bat an eyelash at the Big Presence | Faraday, I urge you to just take the plunge and try it on. It will change your life, I promise you!

I’m not one for pointy toes, small heels, sling backs, or laces on dress shoes. Given that, Big Presence | Faraday was not on my watch list – at all. However, the thing that really sold me are the steel toes. Oh my! When I put these babies on, I felt like I could take on the world. (Seriously. These felt like the kind of shoe I should be wearing when distributing grades. These Vogs scream: “I’m not taking anyone’s sh-t today!”) Not only were they easy to wear and comfy to walk in, they looked way better on my feet than sitting on the shelf. Big Presence | Faraday made me feel powerful. I love that in a Vog!


I eventually tried on both colors and am still debating on whether to add them to my collection. One reason why I hesitate is because I’m anxious for fall. It’s my favorite time of the year! Alas, Big Presence | Faraday is definitely high on my wish list. While both colors are beautiful, I’m partial to the white/nude pair.


I tried these on in 9.5, but I’m thinking that the 10 may suit me better. There’s not a lot of give on these things and my foot hits right at the edge. Also, there’s a hint of toe cleavage, which to me, indicates that the shoe may be a little snug. Another concern I have (and this is specific to my feet) is that I have a weird muscle thing going on with my right foot. When I wiggle my toes, that muscle looks like a heart is beating. It’s weird… almost as weird as Gladys’s “muffin side” thing. Alas, we all have our personal quirks, right?

Anyhoo… Mr. Fluevog, if you’re reading this, I’d like to kindly request more Vogs with steel pointy toes. In the meantime, I say check out the Big Presence | Faraday when you’re in Fluevogland. They’ll make you feel like a superhero!

For the love of Flugasms,



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!

3 thoughts on “Faraday worship!

  1. wonder woman shoes? 🙂 i think both styles look great on you. i have to figure out what outfit i’m going to wear with my ivory/taupe pair when i finally pay them off from layaway.

    i visited the melrose store recently, and my muffin side strikes again. the beautiful fellowship: sandras have that little scallop on the sides, right where my muffin sides are, so they scallops wing out and look weird. however, i was told by dealer anthony that it would be an easy fix to add a second set of maryjane straps, right on those scallops! now i have hope!

    • I know exactly what you’re talking about with the Sandra. They’re tricky with flat feet. Personally, I just use an arch support and it’s fine. The puckering isn’t as noticeable and they really are comfy:)

      Did you notice that the FlueBlog is slowly posting the fall collection? Sigh.

      • which arch supports do you use? i’m not sure i even know what they look like. all i know about are insoles and padding.

        and yes the fall collection is coming sooooooon! i adore the blue rubens they posted on vine as well. i want to see more of that beautiful blue this fall. (i seem to have moved from a green obsession to a blue one.) i’m still excited about the summer sale, though. i’m not quite done with this amazing spring. it’s just too bad putting sale shoes on layaway isn’t really allowed. my poor wallet is crying.

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