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IFD 2017: Orlando

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Talk story moment… when I was in high school, I owned a pair of Doc Martin brown loafers. Docs were all the rage and I was just happy to finally choose my wardrobe. It was the 90s and I thought I was cool. However, growing up, I didn’t have a good sense style and fit. I operated by numbers and letters: size 9 in shoes, XL or 14 in clothes. If it didn’t fit, I blamed it on me, and not the inconsistent sizing that happens in fashion. My brown docs were pinchy and made a farting noise if I didn’t wear socks. It didn’t occur to me that I could get them stretched out and altered to fit my feet. It also didn’t occur to me to just get another size. (Yes, I have issues with fashion that stem from learning to be embarrassed by my body.) So there I was, stuck with cool shoes that didn’t fit, but that I wore anyway because that was my relationship with fashion then.

City Angels | Orlando. Size 10. Fast forward to 2017 when I’m in the Haight Street store trying on Orlando. OMG. They were like my beloved brown Docs, but BETTER because they FIT! Because these are a bit narrow for me, I’d likely have to get them stretched out. But the size 10 was a good size for me. (Yes, the shoe farts are still there, but now I know that I either need Body Glide or socks to cure that.) I love the floral leather (which makes each pair a one-of-a-kind) and the roses on the buckle. For those of you who love sneakers, but want to look spiffy and feel comfy, I present to you: Orlando. The neutral blue goes with everything (including dresses), but the details on this Vog make it unique. I would have loved to put these on layaway right then and there. If I had the budget, I would have. Alas, these pair were already spoken for. I was just happy to be able to try these gorgeous things on. These are another pair that I’d put on my surprise pick list.

For the love of Vogs,

NB: 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. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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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