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Fall 2014: the flats

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Hello All!

Welcome to another edition of FlueReviews. To make the posts manageable, I decided to divide the Vogs I tried on into several posts. This is the second of three posts I have brewing for you all. I hope you enjoyed the last post that included the pairs the Manpanion tried on.


*Haight Exclusive* Radios | CBC in purple leather. Size 9. When in Haight, one must try on the Haight only CBCs. The CBCs are a stable part of the Fluevog line. Every die-hard possesses at least one pair from the Radio family. (I’d die if they ever got rid of this family!) For those of you familiar with the Nuni in purple, these CBCs use the same leather. As a flat-footed gal, the size 9 was a little pinchy for me. I’d likely go up to size 9.5. In the past, I’ve ordered a men’s size 7 in the Radio family because I like the extra width. There’s not a lot I can say about the CBC except this color is AMAZING. Plus, it’s not suede, like the other purple version that has come in this style.


Tank | Linda. Size 9. In truth, I’m not big on shoes like this because I have really flat, wide feet. I tend to opt to shoes that go a little higher because on me, they pucker (see the Linda and Mariella below). In terms of sizing, if I were to get these, I’d have to go up 1/2 a size to 9.5 because of my wide feet. While they’re not me, I totally see Madam Shirley in these. The color is great and I love the shade of brown.

Modvogs | Mariella. Size 9.  Just like the Vogs above, I had a puckering issue with these. I tried on size 9, but if I were to consider getting these, I’d opt for size 9.5. These come in several colors, but the gold is really striking! I’d love to see these in pewter.

Tank | Tilda. Size 9. For these, I thought that they ran true.  Granted, they were pinchy, but with some stretching, they’d totally work. I was surprised at how easy it was to put these on because typically, a shoe like this is stiff and need that break-in period to slip your foot in. These were nice and soft. I felt the foot bed was a bit long, which is why I’d opt to stretch before taking them home. My favorite part? I love the pewter detail on the top heel. It’s what makes this Vog stand out.

Down to Earth | Valentina. Size 9. These ran true to size for me. They’re flat, super comfy, and again, I’m loving the gold. These remind me of the BBC, but with a different tongue area. These seem to be a favorite of Le Dealers.

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this edition of fall FlueReviews.

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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