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Here is yet another round of FlueReviews. Again and again, I have to apologize. I tried on these gorgeous Vogs during my spring break in March. However, when life took over, the FlueReviews went to the back burner. Still, I do hope these notes help. Enjoy!

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.


NYC | Rockafellah. Size 9 in black. These are definitely not for the faint of heart. While they’re not me, they’re definitely a rockin’ woman’s Vog. I imagine that Donna Grantis, Prince’s guitarist is going to sport these! (Note: I don’t know this for sure. I’m just speculating.) For those of you who like the Swordfish shoes, but don’t like the pointiness, then THIS is your Vog. It’s also great for those with wide feet and who like to play with laces and hosiery options.


Bellvues | Molly Johnson. Size 9. Just like the Laura Evans, the Molly Johnson is true to size and fit like a glove. The turquoise with black make this a great spring/summer pick:)


KKBB | Joy. Size 9.5 in Black. Sigh. For those of you who have been pining for the Mini | Dollface and are kicking yourself for letting those lovelies go, I think Joy is the answer for you. It’s no secret that I’m a huge KKBB fan. I have the Viv and when the Liz comes in the right color (I’m keeping fingers crossed for the Air Canada grey/burgundy to make its way to the stores. Come on, Mr. Fluevog! Make my wishes come true!), she’ll be part of my collection too. Naturally, these just pulled at my heartstrings. I love the contrast piping on these and the turquoise sole is so cute! Of course, the fit is on point:) Going up a 1/2 size was perfect! My spider senses tell me this is only the beginning of Joy. If I’m right, then I’m waiting for the perfect color combo before adding her to my collection. Also, did I mention that my nickname is Joy?!

Ana Rita

AJ | Ana Rita. Size 9 in White. As you can see from the pic, the size 9 is a bit too snug. Since they only come in whole sizes, I’d have to opt for a size 10 in these. I was eyeing these as a potential wedding Vog. For those of you in the same boat, I suggest you check these out. Remember a few seasons ago Fluevog came out with the Arc? Well, me + the Arc = a recipe for disaster. I immediately tripped and didn’t like how heavy the Arcs were. It looks like the folks on the Fluevog design team took note because these have a similar sensibility. They are a platform that gives us shorties some major height. However, they’re very stable and light (cue in the angelic music). The weave pattern is a gorgeous detail and the buckle is similar to the ones on the Prepares.


AJ | Catrina. Size 10 in Black & White. These are simply a lace-up loafer. Please see my notes above about the Ana Rita. These are super cute, comfy, and light. Again, everything I wanted the Arc to be – but even better! Plus, there is a matching purse. Absolutely adorable!


Immortal Perfection | Audrey. Size 9.5 in Tan. FlueDaddy Denny picked these out for me to try on. They are a suede low-heeled lace-up with cut-outs. As I have mentioned before, I love Vogs with cut-outs because you can play with accent colors and such. The heel was low, making this a nice, comfy shoe that can be worn dressed up or down. Because of the narrow cut, I went up a 1/2 size. For those of you who are interested in these, the leather will stretch to accommodate any pinching. Also, I can see folks playing with laces of different colors/textures just for fun:) Note: When this post was initially published, the above photo had the wrong shoe name. It has been fixed. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Thank you for understanding.

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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