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Goodbye to the Melrose Store

The news should be out there now, that Fluevog is closing its store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. This Black Friday weekend is probably the last time you’ll be able to try on and buy shoes there. If you want some great recommendations, read Joanne’s previous post. By an unlucky twist, I won’t be able to make it to the store this weekend, but I did get a chance to say goodbye earlier.

Operetta GiuliasThis is very sad for me as the Melrose store is my store. It’s where I first learned that shoes could be both beautiful and comfortable for my feet; it’s where I bought my first amazing pair of Vogs (red Giulia boots); and it’s where I’ve had so many wonderful experiences thanks to fellow Voggers and Fluevogologists (a.k.a. the amazing store staff) over the years. And we never forget our first, do we? Thankfully, I had one last wonderful experience last week, when Mr. John Fluevog himself visited Los Angeles to have dinner with some of the Melrose faithfuls. It was bittersweet for me and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to contain my sadness, but, again, the lovely community made up by Voggers and Fluevogologists made it a fun, lovely experience. And it was an honor to meet John and hear his fascinating journey from his own lips. The delicious wine and tapas didn’t hurt, either. ­čÖé Here are some of my photos from the goodbye celebration.

Me and John Fluevog

Thanks to fellow Vogger Alice for taking this photo of me and Mr. Fluevog. It’s one of my favorite photos of the night.

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Natasha looked amazing with those famous boots, and to top it off she had a fun dachshund purse!

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First Fluevog flower wheel of the night (I’m at the 6:30 position)

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Some of the wonderful folks who made it a great night: Rusty, Natasha, Alice, Lisa, and Rob

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Our table was lucky enough to get John first as well as Fluevogologist Lesley (they moved around through the night).

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Next to hang out with us was Fluevogologist Kate — here she is with Alice. Great photo! (I didn’t get a photo of the other Fluevogologists, sorry!)

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Mr. Fluevog giving a little speech

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My final flower wheel of the night, with John Fluevog in the 7 o’clock position

xo, Gladys


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hello fall 2015

Remember when I said that it’s never too late?

Well, I wasn’t lying. Fall has been out for a few months now. Here are some things that the Manpanion and I managed to try on. Enjoy!

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Twin Turbines | 837 Granville St.┬áSize 10 in blue.┬áThese are the newest addition to the Manpanion’s┬ácollection. Please note that this pic does not do these Vogs justice at all. These are absolutely gorgeous. They’re sleek and according to him, very comfy. These days, our buying habits have slimmed down because we’re planning/paying for our┬ánuptials. However, these are not a pair that you want to wait to go on sale for. In fact, I highly doubt this will make it to sale time. This color combo is such a head turner. This family seems to suit the Manpaion well, as he has another pair from here. These are definitely his pick of the season!

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Choice | Margie. Size 10.5 in black. These were pretty much gone, so I had to try on the only size that could possibly fit me. Apologies, as I do not have any sizing info for you.┬áI have an old pair of Margie in red. I’m so happy to see these return, but in better style. First off, this color combo is beautiful. They’re wide in the toe, which my wide feet love. The straps on these are thicker and sturdier than the original Margie. As flats, they’re an all-day shoe. Finally (though I didn’t take a pic of it), I heart the heart heels!

IMG_0924Mini | Bunny. Size 9. Be still my beating heart. I have mentioned many times my “no doubles” rule. I already have these in blue/yellow (I affectionately call them my Berkeley Ph.D. shoes because the Manpanion gifted them to me when I filed.). If I were to break the “no doubles” rule (again), I’d totally snag these. It’s a great color combo and you can’t go wrong with the Minis.
IMG_0919Sopranos | Robyn. Size 9 in orange. Many moons ago when I met the famous Stacey K. (whose fabulousness has been immortalized in a namesake Fluevog), she let me try on a pair of Vogs from the Soprano family. I think of the original Sopranos as a higher heeled, less comfortable cousin of the Operetta family. Well, Mr. Fluevog must have heard my complaiants because the new iteration of the Soprano family is AMAZING. They’re true to size, have a higher heel than the Operettas, but are equally comfy and stable. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love, but these babies in ORANGE are my personal pick of the season. The lacing on these make Robyn totally stand out. While I would normally opt for the black in a Vog like this, ORANGE is the one you want!


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Hopefuls | Holly. Size 10 in blue.┬áAgain,┬áthese were pretty much out. Denny brought me the size 10 because they were all that was left. These in 10 were way too big. However, I loved how easy it was to wear. The profile is low and easy to slip on and off. Also, who doesn’t love that blue?!

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Mini | Gorgeous. Size 9.5 in teal/purple. I loved these too! I’m a Mini fan and again, I’m so happy to see the return of a classic (but in a totally sassy color). I went up 1/2 size in these. Yes, I’m sure the die-hards alreay have these on their lists (if not already on their feet).

Again, MANY THANKS for your patience. I’d like to give special kudos to our friends at Haight Street, You’re wonderful and I miss you when I’m in Arizona.

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro