for the love of vogs

where the MotleyFlue gather

some kind of Lover


Apologies! I can’t believe it’s been about three weeks since I’ve posted. I guess I needed a bit of a break in order to settle back in to Phoenix and start the new school year. Alas, I know I’ve got some catching up to do. Ahem. I’m sure the other ladies of the MotleyFlue do too. Hello! Anyone out there?! Yeah, Shirley and Dorothy. I’m talking to YOU!  We haven’t heard from you in AGES! (Yes. I believe in public humiliation:) Anyhoo… Here goes this week’s post:)

I am a huge fan of the Mini family. For a long time, I have been wanting to add the Mini | Lover to my collection. However, they are only available in black right now. Though black will always be a classic, I just don’t need another pair of black Vogs (over 25% of my collection is black). For the last three years, I’ve been waiting for the Mini | Lover to come out in a different color.

Alas. No go.

However, the Fluevog gods must have heard my prayers because recently, I found these gorgeous Lovers in my size on eBay. (doing the happy dance)


Until now, I didn’t have anything pink in my collection. I have been drooling over the fuchsia Guides, but didn’t get them because I already have them in blue. (Remember my no doubles policy?) While I like the Liz in pink, that pink is a little too salmon for my liking. But these… these are perfect! I’ve never seen the Mini | Lover in this color combination. According to FlueMama Monika, this combo was around for about a year. I found this gorgeous pair while browsing eBay listings on my phone. Given the awesome price (you’d cry if you found out how much these were), I jumped on them right away.


After receiving them in the mail, I learned an important lesson… buying from your smartphone is tricky because the photos are so small. When I received them, I was surprised at how scuffed they were. I went back to look at the listing and yes, after looking closely, the scuffing was in the photos, but it was faint. Also, the seller didn’t describe the physical condition of the Vogs. Instead, the listing stated that the Vog is gorgeous, rare, and if interested, you should buy ASAP because they’ll go fast. (I’m such a sucker!) Granted, the price was great and there is still a lot of life in these. But I was slightly disappointed with the scuffing.

I wondered if I could re-furbish these myself. (Confession: I was feeling too cheap and too lazy to drive to Pioneer Renewer. Please don’t judge.) The first thing I did was take it to the ‘net to find out if I could clean the scuffing myself. Turns out, you can remove majority of the dark scuffing with simple household things such as toothpaste or Vaseline. You learn something new everyday:)


Using an old toothbrush, I scrubbed the scuffs with some toothpaste. Surprisingly, this removed most of the scuffing without damaging the leather. From there, I followed with some leather lotion. They already look amazing! After doing some research, I discovered that there are items available at the local cobbler that can more effectively remove the scuffs. Be sure to talk to your cobbler because some of the solutions out there are very strong and can actually remove the color of the leather.

After removing most of scuffs, I polished the Lovers with pink shoe polish that I purchased from the Haight Street dealers. Did you know that your local dealers carry a selection of Fluevog shoe polish? Well, now you do! A few days after polishing, I treated the shoes with leather dressing. They look gorgeous now!


I’m loving these equestrian socks!

For the love of Vogs,



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 “some kind of Lover

  1. thanks for sharing the story on these! what a find.

  2. Yes. They were definitely a great find. Sadly, the Phoenix heat has been preventing me from taking these babies out. Though it was definitely hotter last year at this time, it’s still not cool enough to wear such awesome boots. Tears.

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