for the love of vogs

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ode to enneagram


I have declared this a thousand times: I am and will always be a HUGE Minis fan. My heart is still hurting from their departure. At times, I feel sorry for my current Minis because if they were small children, I’d be one of those moms who clung on to her kids for dear life and never let them out of the house. Luckily, Fluevog released the Enneagram family some time ago. Boasting a lower, flatter heel, they are even more comfortable than my beloved Minis. While I still do not own anything from the Enneagram family (still waiting for the perfect color combo), I do love gazing at them when I’m in a store. img_2075


Please forgive the wonky lighting on these purple patent Enthusiasts. The top image with the side view is probably the more accurate color.

Enneagram | Enthusiast. Size 9.5 (need size 10). Confession: I tried the blue pair on almost a year ago. The purple patent color is part of the current fall collection. Again, I’m in love with these and am holding out for the perfect color combo. The contrast stitching is so cute and the low heel is so comfy. I love the whimsical look of these and can’t wait to add this family to my collection. Since I tried them on in the two colors, I will say that I’m not big on the patent leather ones. I love the color, I’m just not into patent leather itself.


Enneagram | Optimist. Size 9.5 Many years ago I invested in a pair of Hotcakes. Since living in Arizona for the last five years, those babies haven’t received the love she rightfully deserves. Hotcakes are something I will NEVER let go of because finding a knee high boot that fits around my calves is IMPOSSIBLE in the Fluevog world. For those of you who have the same issue, let me tell you this: you in danger, girl! In this season’s early releases, there are two styles that are large calf friendly. TWO!

The first is the Optimist (the other is the Compass). I’d hate to admit it: the Optimist is a lot more comfy than my beloved Hotcakes. With a lower heel and buttery leather, these are simply divine. As Keith at #VogHaightSt says, folks in colder climates are really going to love these! For me, the purple (my favorite color) is the cherry on top. Unlike the Hotcakes, the Optimist does not have the zipper (which means you’ll have to lace them up each time you wear them). The tongue isn’t super long (a problem I have with both the Hotcakes and the Compass). For those of you with heartier calves, you may need to purchase longer laces to get to the top. In terms of fit, the size 9.5 was perfect for me. These feel like a flat, so if you’re a knee high boots person, I’m sure you’ll wear these all the time! Though chances are slim (tight budget here), I’m still putting these on my wish 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!

2 thoughts on “ode to enneagram

  1. I have the Enneagram Investigator in the blue, purple and yellow. I love them, because they are so jaunty. The little collar is quite adorable, and they never fail to bring a smile to people when I’m wearing them. The heel is a fantastic height. They might just be the most comfortable of the 40 or so Vogs in my collection.

    I like the style of the Minis, but they’re too wide for me. I have one pair (Bunny) but now I’ve lost quite a bit of weight, they’re too floppy. Enneagrams are not nearly as wide, or at least I can lace the Investigators tightly enough, that they fit perfectly.

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