for the love of vogs

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these boots were made….

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I have an obsession with boots. Don’t ask me why. Perhaps it’s because I’m from Guam and for the first thirteen years of my life, anything that was not in the slipper family had no place in my life. When I moved to California, my cousin sold me my first pair of boots (they were too big for her and were past the return date). They were knee high, black suede boots from Sears or JC Penney. I wore those babies to the bone. Not only were they sleek looking, they helped define my eventual love of boots. Over the years, I have had only a handful of boots. Another memorable pair were my very first (and only) Doc Martins. It was the 90s:)

I consider Fluevogs to be the golden standard in boots. There’s a boot for everyone and every occasion. Heck, I even own a pair of knee-high boots that fit by muscular calves. Every season, I look forward to seeing what new boots are part of the collection. They just make me weak in the knees. Here are some of this season’s boots….

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.


Radios | PLR. Size 9 in Floral. These were the pair I had my eye on. I have the BBCs in brown and I really love them. However, they can be a little tricky. The women’s sizes run more narrow and  long because of my wide stubby feet. I’m curious about the men’s size 7 in the PLR and will likely try them on when I’m in the neighborhood. Otherwise, they’re comfy and with some wear, really settle in nicely. I like this print, but I also have my eye on the turquoise.


Baroque | Murillo. Size 9 in Grey Paisley. (cue in the angelic music) OMG. These are pure perfection. I previously stated that these were my pick for the season. Yes. I still feel that way. I couldn’t stop looking at my feet in these. They’re just like the Devere, but with the hexagonal heel. I love the chunky heel and for me, they felt like a flat with ample toe room. Sigh. Drool. Filling out my Wish List.


Living | Malcolm. Size 9 in brown. Confession: in the photo, I have on the size 10 which are way too big. Since they fit true to size (but if you’re in-between sizes, go down), I’m going to need a 9 in these. They fit like the Radios but have that awesome weathering and slouching in the leather. This is the other one on my wish list… as soon as it comes in a color I want.

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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