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Yay! Papers are graded and while the spring semester is officially over, I do have a TON of work to catch up on – including posting here on a regular basis. I’m glad to be back in the San Francisco bay area, where my friends at Haight Street are a mere twenty minutes away. Wa-hoo! (me doing the happy dance) Anyway… here is the first of my reviews. Hope you find them helpful!

Note: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me.


Sopranos | Carey. Size 9.5 in tomato. These were a definite surprise for me. In the past, I have tried on other members of the Soprano family. While I like the look, I definitely did not like the fit of the older versions of the Sopranos – they felt very high and there was a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot. However… Mr. Fluevog must have done something different with Carey because these feel just like you’re wearing the Malibran. The fit and feel of these really made me re-think adding these to my collection. This season’s tomato color is simply adorable. They contrast with blues so nicely! With the Minis going bye-bye, I wonder if this is one of the families that will fill in that gap. Hmmm…


Bellvue | Laura Evans. Size 9 in tomato & navy. They fit true to size and are sheer perfection. My college BFF Mae loves this family. Personally, I’ve been trying to avoid trying them on because I just don’t want to fall in love. However, FlueDaddy Denny just had to bring these out. Lara Evans has been around for a while, but this color combo is just stunning! You gotta love the tomato with navy blue accented with the white buckle. Typically, I gravitate toward larger more chunky heels, which is why this family is not part of my collection. However, despite the smaller heel, it’s low and totally wearable. I’m in love.


Immortal Perfection | Milla. Size 9.5 in rust. Milla was another FlueDaddy Denny pick. I’m not typically big on suede. However, I really love this rust / burnt orange color. Like the tomato color, I think this burnt orange really accents blues well. Also, it’s a color that can take you well into the fall. Just like the Audrey, I like how flexible the sole is. These did fit a little snug, so to accommodate my wide feet, I’d probably opt for a size 10 in these (unless you know something about the way suede stretches that I don’t). By the way… who doesn’t love that sole?!


Passage | Torii. Size 9 in brown. Again, I’m really loving this burnt orange color. Because of the leather, I found these a little pinchy and a little long. If I were to add this to my collection, I would need to try on a 9.5 or 10 just to be sure. The fit reminds me of the Adriana | Luna, which I always wished I sized up. Otherwise, these are more comfy than the Luna. Again, I love this orange because it can transition into the fall/winter nicely.

So what’s your favorite color this season? Please post to comments.

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!

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