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breaking in the Manpanion


Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate this day of love, I’ll share the story of how I got the Manpanion to get his first Fluevogs. Enjoy!


I did it. I put my foot down and finally told the Manpanion that the reason why we haven’t set a wedding date is because I REFUSE to marry someone who is not going to wear Fluevogs on our wedding day….

He thought I was joking….

I wasn’t.

Okay, not all of that is true. As I have mentioned before, the Manpanion is a Fluevog supporter. He often accompanies me to the Haight Street store to look longingly at all the pretty things. However, he has never really had any real interest in owning a pair… until recently.

For the Manpanion’s birthday (last November), I decided I would contribute money to his first Fluevog purchase. He has been talking about finally buying a pair and I thought I would help out. During one of my  visits, we headed over to Haight Street. It was a moment that Le Dealers had been waiting for. Here are scenes from the adventure.

The first pair that caught the Manpanion’s eye were the Guardian Angel | Lucas. He tried these on before and really liked them. Since he’s been scouting the site, he declared that he likes the multi-toned shoes. I thought for sure we were going home with these.


Guardian Angel | Lucas (currently on sale).

However, I couldn’t let him leave the store without trying on the Guardian Angel | Andrew. They’re so beautiful and have all the basic colors in the Manpanion’s wardrobe. Much to his surprise, he found them more comfy than the Lucas. (Note: The Manpanion wears a size 10. He found these slightly pinchy, but says that they have since broken in nicely.)


Guardian Angel | Andrew

Since we didn’t know when the Manpanion would ever try on Fluevogs again, FlueDaddy Denny just had to make him try on a “dare” pair. I was not surprised when Denny brought out the Signatures | Prince George. Luckily, the Manpanion was a good sport and tried them on.


If you want to know what true love looks like, here it is:


Poor guy! He couldn’t balance and was so uncomfortable in these heels. I had to snap this pic quickly because these Vogs came right off. Lesson learned: when men try on an actual pair of heels and experience their discomfort, it forces them to automatically love and respect you more… and think twice before suggesting heels with an outfit.

He had so much fun trying on Vogs that he decided to try on this last pair:


Prophesy | Ernst

The Manpanion has been wanting a pair of casual boots for a long time. He was immediately attracted to the buttery leather and blue stitching of the Prophesy | Ernst. He said that the stitching matched with blue jeans, so he could see himself wearing these regularly. Personally, I think he liked these because it reminded him of something the Star Trek crew would wear!

The final verdict? He came home with these:


That night, he sported the Prophesy | Ernst to my cousin’s rehearsal dinner. The next evening, we attended their wedding as one snazzy Fluevog couple:


Maraming salamt (many thanks) to the Haight Street dealers. The Manpanion is one happy camper and wears his Fluevogs on a near daily basis. Though we haven’t set an exact wedding date, we’ve narrowed down the month and year, and will start looking at venues.

Oh what a difference Fluevogs make:)

For the love of the Manpanion and the people who love our 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!

4 thoughts on “breaking in the Manpanion

  1. omg how did i miss commenting on this post?? i must have been off the internet that day. anyway, LOVE his choices! and is it true that he got the tiptons on sale as well? because i just purchased the tiptons (in brown) for my own S.O. :-)))

    • Yes! Jose bought the Tiptons and I wasn’t there to enjoy the moment. It was so cute because he had been scouting the site and looking up you tube videos on men’s fashion. He is the king of matching colors, but he’s been looking at pairing contrasting colors and such. He’s such an addict. And yes, Jose got the brown ones too!

      • that buttery brown leather on the tiptons is gorgeous. excellent choices all around!! 🙂 love that jose is now buying his own fluevogs — definitely an addict. he has surpassed my S.O. on that (as you see i’m still the one buying vogs for him, lol).

        • Well, it kinda would be unfair if took buying his shoes. Luckily, he’s smart about his purchases. I’m enjoying that Jose I’d finally treating himself to some nice things.

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