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purple bliss

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As mentioned before, I’m totally excited about fall. After visiting our friends at Haight Street, I have a lot of great info to share in the upcoming weeks. Today, I’d like to start with members of the Prepare family.

This season boasts a gorgeous purple color found in the two Vogs below. The Map and the Leader also feature gorgeous blue accents that we saw previously on the Rosy. Though subtle, these details really make a difference!


Though the Map previously came in black and a brown/mustard combo, this is the first time I’ve tried them on. These are a size 9 and they seem to run true to size. However, since I like lots of wiggle room, I would likely get a 9.5 in these. (Please double check with your local dealers to verify size.) Like everything else in the Prepare line, these are very comfy and give some great height without painful feet. I love the double laces and think switching it up with different laces (perhaps satin or any other thick lace or ribbon) would be equally gorgeous.


Technically, adding these to my collection does not violate my no doubles policy. The Leader is not the Guide (even though they look alike). For those of you who have the Guide, you know this is an all-day, comfy Vog that you can wear everyday. Naturally, the Leader is no different. I’m told that the Leader runs true to size. I’m wearing a 9 in the photo. For me, they’re snug. However… my feet are weird and require different sizing for both the Guide and the Leader. Here’s why….

I have wide feet and like wiggle room in the toes. The Leader and Guide curve a bit narrow on the top. In my blue Guides (size 9.5), my outer toes hit up against the toe box. Not a big deal, but if I could do it again, I’d opt for size 10 in the Guide. In the burgundy Leader, the 9.5 was a much better fit for me, but I had the same outer toe issue. After trying the 10, the toes were perfect, but the footbed was slightly long. Between the two, I’d likely opt for 10. Again, contact your local dealer for sizing, as my feet are weird.

On both of these Vogs, the blue heel is a great detail and the purple is a unique neutral.

For the love of Fluegasms,


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!

One thought on “purple bliss

  1. Fluevog had that boot in a brighter purple and it was sold in Europe (Amazon had them). I asked on the Fluevog Facebook page but they answered they didn’t know whether they’d make it again. Now I see that they did, but the colour is different, I much preferred the other purple although I like the bit of blue on the sole on these ones. I bought the Prepare Map boots in black during the sale a few months ago, but sadly they didn’t work for my personal style so I sold them on the Fluemarket.

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