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I know it’s been a LONG time. My Fluesisters and I have been BUSYBUSYBUSY and haven’t been able to make it to a store, let alone try things on and report. In fact, I couldn’t even remember the last time I tried on a pair of Vogs. Also, the Generalissima hasn’t bought a pair in over a year and a half! GAH! Even worse, I completely missed this year’s International Fluevog Day. (tears!)

Since I’m back in the bay area, the Manpanion (now husband, aka Huz) and I finally made it to visit our friends at Haight Street. Many thanks to Dee (who went up and down those stairs countless times), Rachel and Anka for all their help. They totally held down the fort while FlueDaddy Denny was enjoying a day off.

Since we’re currently in the midst of a sale, here’s the sale stuff I tried on:

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Colour | Joanne Size 9.5 in black & yellow

I am going to pretend that Mr. Fluevog named these after me. Sadly, I had nothing to do with the design of these Vogs because they fit horribly on my feet. When I first saw them on the site, I knew it wouldn’t be a match made in heaven. Sadly, I was correct. I had to size up 1/2 a size and was a bit too high for my liking and there’s a lot of pressure on the balls of my feet. Plus, the toe box is too narrow, making it pinchy on my wide feet. While the heel is more comfy than I thought, this Joanne was not going home with moi. (sad face) As always, great shoe, just not for my feet.

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Cosmos | Opposition size 9.5 in black

These Vogs are PERFECTION! Like many, I totally freaked out when the FlueGods announced that the Minis would be officially retired. NO MINIS?! What kind of cruel joke is this? Without the Minis, I’d simply lose my will to live! Luckily, the Cosmos are here and I consider them a newborn cousin of the Minis. The Cosmos have a cute scallop detail that is so adorable. They are super comfy with a slight bouncy feeling. I really love these and I can’t wait to see what else the FlueGods have in store for the future of Cosmos. The Opposition is definitely on my wish list.

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Commune | San Jose size 9

Confession: I’m not typically a clog fan. Years ago, I owned the 40th anniversary re-issued clog and unfortunately, we didn’t get along as well as I would have liked. I have since found a wonderful owner for them (I hope). Then there was the arc which I couldn’t even stand in. Therefore, I didn’t have high hopes for San Jose. Boy was I wrong. These felt really good and stable. That I didn’t fall was a huge plus:) I tried on the size 9 and they were tight and a little short. If I were to get these, I’d likely size up to a 10 (no half sizes on these).

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Look Out | Allure size 9.5 in teal

As Dee pointed out when I tried these on: they’re either perfect for your feet or they’re not. Sadly, these were a no-go for me. The toes were pinchy and the shoe itself was tight (you can see my feet fat sticking out because of this). Perhaps I should have tried on the size 10. Hmph. If they fit you, you better get them! I have a “now vintage” pair of Viardots, and Allure is very similar, but with heart heels!

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Look Out | Mesmerize size 9.5 in orange.

I really loved these! Again, the heart heel is gorgeous. They also feel a lot better than the previous generations of heart heels. These are a lot more stable. Also, the orange is stunning and I’m in the market for orange (and/or yellow). I have two complaints about these though. First off, there’s puckering. It’s common for me because I have such flat feet. My other complaint is the ribbon.  I need something a little longer. I’m definitely going to look out for the Look Out family.

As you can see, the current sale has some AMAZING things. Do visit your local store or call your favorite Fluevog pusher to place orders!

For the Love of Vogs,

j-ro

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.
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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 currently works in Arizona, but considers the San Francisco Bay area home (and goes back as often as she can). 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!

4 thoughts on “hello again!

  1. Great reviews as a,ways”

  2. ^What Marisol said! I’d love to try on the Cosmos!

  3. Yay! Thanks, ladies. Yes! Try on the Cosmos!!

  4. Hi there! I am on the hunt for my first pair of vogs and am super interested in the allures but I have flat feet….now after scouring the net, I’ve run across your blog.
    I’ve never tried any fluevogs, much less this pair and they aren’t available at my local store in my size. Can you share your wisdom with me? I’m normally an 11- in your opinion, do you think if I size up to a 12 that will solve some of the narrowness issues without adding sloppy length issues?
    Thanks in advance, and sorry if this is a little strange…:)

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