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stuff i should have posted ages ago

When I came home for Thanksgiving, I naturally went to the Fluevog store. Thank heaven the Manpanion understands my need to go to the store. It’s home to me. Le Dealers at Haight Street are wonderful. My love for the shoes also has something to do with the people who work there. Le Dealers are so patient and kind – especially when it comes to this blog. It takes a lot for them to run up and down those stairs bringing box after box for the Manpanion and I to try on. Seriously. On most days, I’m sure it’s not fun. This is why I always give Le Dealers my everlasting kudos. You folks are awesome!

Before I continue, I want to again, apologize for lagging on these posts. Last semester was a big one for me. I was teaching five course (with four new preps), while launching a sixth one for my program. In addition, I had to travel for two conferences and one talk. Needless to say, I was wiped! While I’m not trying to make excuses, I will say that these posts are always better late than never. Here we go!


Mini | Elif. Size 9 in LE Raspberry. These are a Haight Street Limited Edition Vog. I’m almost positive that by now, they’re sold out. However, I suggest you contact them to verify. As I have said before, I have a strict no doubles policy. Therefore as much as I loved these, I knew they wouldn’t come home with me because I already have them in black and ivory. I will say that these fit a little more narrow than usual. I typically take size 8.5 in these. However, I tried on the 9 and while the length was fine, the width felt a little snug. I’ve seen folks on Fluevog Fridays wear these and they’re adorable!



Global Freedoms | Privacy. Black & Metallic. These are now on sale. The Manpanion loved these. If they came in his size, he would have taken these home by now. These would have been the perfect wedding Vogs! FlueDaddy Denny explained that something must have been off with production because these came in HUGE sizes. The Manpanion is typically a size 9ish in Fluevogs. Therefore, the smallest size (10) was a bit big. We affectionately called these the Robocop shoes because they had that futuristic feel. C’mon, they even had charging station dots!


Idols | Freddie. Burgundy. These are also currently on sale. My dear friend Monica purchased these when we were in Toronto. I wanted the Manpanion to check them out. He has a similar boot, but I wanted to see what he thought about the zipper details. These are AMAZING! I love the Cuban heel and the shape is great. Though it’s a men’s shoe, women with larger feet who love the masculine details will want to add this to their collection.

We didn’t try on that much because we were there during Black Friday. While we did manage to meet some awesome folks from Fluevog Fridays, we had to cut our visit short because I was heading back to Phoenix in the next few days. Sadly, my trips back to San Francisco often feel short. Therefore, the Manpanion and I try our best to spend as much time together as possible.

Of course, we took a quintessential Fluevog shot. Here it is!


Last fall, I was also doing a lot of traveling. Though I did not purchase any new Vogs to add to my arsenal (Confession: I’m a Haight Street loyalist), the lovely Dealers in Toronto (both Queen Street and The Distillery) and Chicago did treat me well during my visit(s). That post is coming up sometime soon, I swear! For now, here are some things I tried on.


Passage | Preet. Size 10 in silver. I tried these on at Queen Street, Toronto. For me, these were a bit narrow, so I went up to a size 10. I really loved these. There’s a small heel, but still super comfy. The copper zipper and rub-off texture really give these babies life. They’re currently on sale, which makes getting them super tempting. However, I’m going to have to be a good girl. (But if any of you wanted to be my Flue-fairy godparent, I’d love you forever!) I know these are going to be that pair that got away. However, there are just too many on my “want” list. Sigh.


Hopscotch | Double Dutch. Size 10 in grey. I tried these on at Queen Street, Toronto  because someone on Fluevog Fridays asked me to. Otherwise, I would not have given these any consideration. However, these are a definite surprise for me. For those of you who love the Summertime family, you’ll like these because they’re high, but REALLY stable. The grippy bottoms really make a difference. (However, I’d like to note that these are not all-day Vogs. Where the Summertimes are a 6ish hour shoe, I’d say the Hopsctoch family is a 5-6ish hour shoe.) I recommend you check these out because they have some amazing details:




The grippy heels totally add to the stability of this Vog. 

I think that’s it for now. Again, thank you for your patience. It’ll be a while before I make it back to San Francisco to try on the spring collection. I must say… there are some GORGEOUS Vogs this season! Though I’m not a spring gal, the paisley Guides, Sam (I’m hoping these stay because I’d be all over this in a purple/grey combo), and Callas have already captured my heart.

Please post to comments: What are your spring picks?!

For the love of Vogs,


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.



Desert FlueReview: Fall 2014 Sale

Lo Fs Stella

I brought home the navy and orange Lo Fs | Stella on my last visit. Ready for rain now!

Apologies for not posting these many months now. I promise I have been trying on and buying Vogs the last year, but given various obligations (including finishing my doctorate!) I just wasn’t able to find the time to process photos and write them up. Plus my computer and phone have both started slowing down quite a bit, making the photos even more time-consuming to process.

In any case, I finally have another omnibus review for you of the current shoes on sale, even as the new Spring 2015 shoes trickle into the store. I’ve seen the sneak previews, and no doubt that this new season is incredibly fun! However, I wanted to highlight some of the current shoes (most are ON SALE!!) that deserve at least another look. Joanne has shared some beautiful photos and reviews of some of these already. Here’s how they look on different sets of feet.

The pics here are from two different visits, the more recent of which was in the company of lovely Mae, who is the one wearing the gray herringbone socks in the photos. Her feet were made for heels, it seems. Lucky lady! (I’m the one wearing the footies and the gray socks with stars.)

Here are our shoe size details:

I am a true size US 5.5. I have relatively-flat arches, wide toes, and narrowish ankles. I regularly wear 5 in the Operetta, Mini, Attention, and Baroque families; 5 or 5.5 in the Bellevue and Fellowship families; and 6 in the Radio family. I gained a bit of weight in the last year, though, so I think my feet are a little wider now, which makes me want to go up in size more often when I try shoes.

Mae is a 7 with average arches and medium/wide width. Like me, she ranges in size over different types of Vogs, depending on width, toe box shape, and height of the heel. Different Vog families differ quite a lot in sizing. Moreover, the sizing of certain styles within the same family can differ, and even the same style can differ in sizing from season to season. For these reasons, it’s important to try on the shoes if possible, or at least to consult via phone or email with a Fluevog specialist at one of the stores.

Queen of the Skies NeptuneQueen of the Skies | Neptune in green. Size 6. Definitely specialty shoes, and not for the faint of heart! These are sky high, as the family name suggests. They’re very striking, and if you can handle the height and need a pair that will stand out, these are the shoes for you!

Modvog Mariella BlackModvog | Mariella in black. Not sure what size these are as my friend Melanie tried these on, but I do believe they are between true to size (TTS) and a half size small.

Modvog Mariella GoldModvog | Mariella in gold. Size 6. I found these between TTS and half size small as the 6 was quite comfortable. The oxford style keeps my feet in quite well. There’s enough room to wear socks.

Fellowship ErikaFellowship | Erika in purple and navy. Size 5.5. I love Erikas and the Fellowship family in general. This was true to size for me. The colorway is even better looking in person, but I would have preferred that the colors were switched (see Sandra below).

Fellowship SandraFellowship | Sandra in navy and purple. Size 5.5. True to size. This photo shows off the blue even better. The lighter blue of the piping and stitching is really wonderful.

Down to Earth ValentinaDown to Earth | Valentina in gold. Beautiful Kate let me take this photo of her wearing her Valentinas as a neutral color. She’s in the highest range of women’s sizes (the other end of the spectrum from me). She says she loves these, and they look amazing.

Elegant Conversations GailElegant Conversations | Gail in purple. I like the purple so much more than in the stock photos on the Fluevog website. I’m sorry I can’t remember what size these are — size 5.5 or 6…they might run half a size small, actually. Do call a Fluevogologist at your favorite store. Very elegant looking, but a little high.

Elegant Conversations KendraElegant Conversations | Kendra in black and beige. Same issue as the Gail with the sizing — I dropped the ball and didn’t take notes on this particular visit. Sorry about that. I want to say 6 because the Melrose store doesn’t always carry the smaller sizes, but I could be wrong. I think these are very striking shoes and would look great in the office.

Mezzo CeciliaMezzo | Cecilia in burgundy. Size 6. These run a half size large, I believe. The 6 were really big on my feet. I like the spats on the side and these were easy to put on. Great ankle boots.

Bellevue Rose DunnBellevue | Rose Dunn in black with patent. Size 7. True to size. This is Mae wearing these. She said they fit like her other Bellevues. I love that you can see her herringbone socks through the laces. It’s a very sexy corset look.

Enneagram Grace BlackEnneagram | Grace in black. Size 6.5. I had to go up a full size in these for comfort, but comfortable they were. This is one of the more subtle Fluevog styles, but this was the one pair that I didn’t really want to take off. I love the teal stitching and teal elastic (which you can’t see unless you actually stretch the opening).

Enneagram Grace BrownEnneagram | Grace in brown. Size 7.5. Mae only had to go up half a size in the Grace. I like the look of these as well, and they’re on a particularly nice sale (nicer than the black).

Unite GhaliUnite | Ghali in burgundy (only black available). Size 7. Mae found these slightly big in her true size. She didn’t think 6.5 would have worked better, though. These are very striking shoes, with that unique U-shaped heel. The buckles are a great detail.

Fortitude LutherFortitude | Luther in brown. Size 8. Mae really liked these and was trying to decide whether or not to take these home (she ultimately didn’t, but she could only take one pair home). She had to go up a full size and they still needed to soften at the arch area. I remember I had to go up 1.5 sizes (to a 7) in the metallic colorway last year just to try them on. These shoes need quite a bit of breaking in, but I hear people love them once they break them in.

Hopscotch Jumprope BlackHopscotch | Jump Rope in black. Size 6.5. This shoe was the surprise for me during the Melrose visit with Mae, and I believe she was impressed with them too. They’re high but comfortable and stable, and they look amazing in profile. The black colorway is more of a very dark gray, as you can see. To me they fit like Miracles, which are narrow with a small-ish toe box. I had to go up one full size in these (as I also do in Miracles). If these and the gray colorway go on sale, I think I will get them. If they don’t, I suppose I can put them on layaway for my birthday in April. 🙂

Hopscotch Jumprope GrayHopscotch | Jump Rope in gray. Size 6.5. Very important note: the leather of this colorway is softer than the black and therefore the 6.5 in these feels a touch bigger than in the black. Mae tried on the gray as well in her true size 7, and while they were a little tight she felt like they would stretch enough to better accommodate her feet. I like this colorway very much as well, with the brown accents.

Hopeful VowHopeful | Vow in brown multi. Size 7. First of all, why is this colorway called brown? LOL. Mae loved these and took them home. They’re true to size for her. The Hopeful family has a great sole and heel, and excellent comfort. I love the look of these, which remind of the Promise oxfords in the Hope family.

Queen of Prussia LudovikaQueen of Prussia | Ludovika in burgundy. Size 6. Quite narrow, especially at the toe box. Going up half a size was fine for the length, but I can tell this is not the family for me. Just not comfy for my wide toes.

Queen of Prussia LouiseQueen of Prussia | Louise in burgundy. Size 7. Mae felt the same about the narrow toe box on this shoe. She really loved the buckle detail, and we both thought the heel and shape were just gorgeous. Sadly, there wasn’t much comfort factor for either of us.

FlowerwheelThis flower wheel includes, from 6 o’clock going clockwise, Mae in paisley Bellevue | De Vere boots, Jonny in black brogues (not sure what these are), Kate in brown laceless Radio | CBC oxfords, and me in purple Radio | PRI boots. Again, I enjoyed myself lots on my Fluevog visits, and I took advantage of the fantastic sale! I took home the navy/orange Stella boots (see first photo above), but I also bought the berry Amies, which had to be ordered from a different store. When I get them I’ll post…in fact, I should do a post on my recent acquisitions — I went a little crazy last fall! Happy New Year and happy Vogging!

{ETA:} I forgot to give proper credit to Vogger friends Emily, Melanie, and Mae for taking the photos of my feet in shoes during these two visits. Ladies, thank you so much for joining me on the fun and taking photos!

xo, Gladys


spring 2015: a first look


As always, many thanks to our Haight Street friends for sharing this photo. Spring is in the air and team Fluevog has designed some AMAZING new Vogs. In the past, I have declared that I’m not a spring person. I LOVE fall for all its rich colors. However, this initial peek of what’s already in store and of what’s to come tell me two things: (a) spring 2015 is challenging my previous lack of love for the season and (b) if spring, is this good, fall is going to be AMAZING.

The Manpanion and I are tying the knot this year. This puts a major strain my Fluevog budget. It makes me sad. Maybe…. Do you think a Fluevog wedding registry is unreasonable? Hahaha.

So what are you fall faves? Please post to comments.

For the love of Vogs,

p.s. Call your local Fluevog store if you’re interested in ordering any of the gorgeous Vogs you see here. Again, we want to thank Queen Monika of Haight Street for sharing the photo!