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fall 2014 findings

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Hello All!

I finally made my way to Haight Street to visit Le Dealers. It was a very quick visit because the Manpanion had to pick up his newly stretched Values | Gratitude boots (which he is in love with). We had a full evening ahead which included watching Journey at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Therefore, time was ticking and I didn’t get to try on everything I wanted to try on. However, I know there’s been a lot of FB buzz about the new fall collection, so here’s what I managed to see/try on. Please note that the new fall offerings are not online yet. This is why these aren’t labeled with names. Apologies. Again, it was a quick visit and I just wanted to take pix to share. I’ll do a more in-depth post when I have a longer and more proper visit. For now, if you call your favorite Fluevog store, they should be able to help you out with the new line.

On with the new stuff….

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I’m not sure what these beauties are called, but they’re a low bootie in the KKBB family. Someone posted this a few weeks ago on FB and I nearly died. SO CUTE!!

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These are the Hopeful | Vow. Again, I didn’t get to try them on, but I love the rich fall colors. They remind me of something out of the Hope family, but with a larger heel. This is it for the new stuff. As I was walking out, I did notice a tall black boot in the Soprano family. However, I didn’t get to take a pic and I was rushing out the door. (Sorry, Journey was waiting!) Again, I’ll try to make it back to try on stuff and share a full report!

There were a few existing Vogs in new colors that I thought folks would find exciting. Here it goes:

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KKBB Viv has a new color this fall. She’s absolutely gorgeous! Purple is my favorite color, so I was happy to see this. Sadly, I already have these in brown. My no doubles policy states that these will not be coming home with me. Sigh. That’s okay. I’ve made peace with that rule….

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I have never tried on the Fellowships | Erika, so this was exciting. I love the color combo and for those of you who are Fellowships fans, definitely give this a look! They’re comfy like most members of the Fellowships family. I love that they have added a new color to a classic favorite. I tried these on in size 9.5 and true to this family, sizing up half a size (from my regular 9) worked fine. My only issue is that the leather felt super stiff. For me, these babies will require a break-in period. No big deal, as they’re a lovely addition. (Note: Please don’t mind the weird sample nylon sock. They look horrible against my tan feet/legs. Gah!)

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The Fellowships | Sandra also have a new color combo this season. Is it me or are all of you as happy as I am to see Sandra available in so many lovely colors. Like the Viv, I also own a pair of these (in black). Therefore, these aren’t coming home with me (sniff sniff). Yes, I sized up to 9.5 in these too. The leather also felt quite stiff and I’m still getting that puckering issue. Oh well…. I’m sure someone will find these a great home!

Finally, I wanted to check out some sale stuff. The budget has been extra tight, and I’m really trying to streamline my collection. Therefore, I didn’t get anything at the sale when it started. I did, however, want to try some of the markdowns. Here they are:

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Miss Gladys is a HUGE fan of the Integrity | Amie and when I saw the berry color marked down, I HAD to try it on! I don’t own a ballet flat, so I was hoping this would be a first for me. Unfortunately, the back elastic hits my ankle funny and I could barely stand to wear these. The Manpanion noticed I was walking funny and I told him it’s because I felt like something was slicing the back of my ankle. While I know these are super popular, they just didn’t work for me. (sad face, happy wallet)

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The last pair I wanted to share with you is something that is not online and I’m told not all stores received these. Pictured here is the Queen Transcendent | Elizabeth in white. They’re marked down to an unbeatable $99! Though the wedding isn’t for a long while, I have been in the market for potential wedding shoes. At that price, I couldn’t say no. Also, my mom LOVES this family, so I know she’ll be happy to see me sporting these at my nuptials. I wore the Escarpin to my cousin’s wedding and she couldn’t stop looking at my shoes! I opted for a size 10 in these because my feet are so wide. The Haight Street dealers are stretching them as we speak. Though I haven’t bought my dress, I’m looking forward to the potential these Vogs have. Depending on the dress, I could have these babies dyed or embellished. Sky’s the limit!

So there. I did break down and bring something home from the sale:) Is there something you’re looking forward to this fall? Please post to comments. I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

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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!

12 thoughts on “fall 2014 findings

  1. Love seeing these in “real life” and not just the official FlueBlog pix! Are the toes of the Sandras grey or blue?

    Hooray on finding your wedding shoes! I’ve always thought those white Elizabeths would be perfect bridal shoes. 🙂

    • Hi Anita! The toe area of the Sandras are a grey-blue color, but more on the blue side (if that makes sense). The trim is a light baby blue. Thanks for the kudos. I knew I wanted to wear Fluevogs, but finding the right pair was going to be hard because there are so many choices. Monika at Haight Street planted the seed in my head about dyeing or embellishing. When they were marked down, I couldn’t say no:)

  2. Aw, so sorry you hated the Amies. I picked up Berry in this sale too and it’s my 5th pair.

    • Hi Shani,

      I’m disappointed too. I think it’s just my feet because Gladys swears by them! Congrats on pair #5:)

      • My Amies hurt like heck too – for the first while – then the elastic got a bit looser and I now wear them at least twice a week.

        • Ah! So that’s the part I was missing out on. I’ll have to re-think the Amies then. Sigh. My poor wallet. My happy feet:)

          • i do size up in the amies because i like to use them as quick slip-ons, and maybe that helps with the tight elastic. i now have four pairs of amies and use them interchangeably to avoid wearing down one pair. but i don’t think amies are for everyone, especially the shiny-leather ones. for some reason the elastic on those are really tight, and they do require plenty of breaking in. i’m afraid my achilles heels also needed extra TLC during the break in period.

  3. Yes, I have the same issues w/Amies although I love the way they look! I do have some Tieks though so for flats I’ll stick to those.

    For fall I’m soooo looking forward to the KKBB high boots. I think they’re called Deb? I’m hoping the stretch in the back would accommodate my wide calves!

    Thanks for the pics!

    • i keep hearing about Tieks … i do like ballet flats a lot. i’m definitely a Fluevoger for life, but i’m not averse to trying other brands. i’ve tried TOMS which i really didn’t like, but maybe i’ll give Tieks a try next.

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