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fall 2017: faith and clique

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Hopefuls | Faith. Size 10. Surprisingly, I still do not own anything from this family. How in the world have I managed to not have any Hopefuls? How?! (Note: Dorothy swears by the Rosy and Kanawa.) With its low sturdy heel and roomy toe box, this is one of my personal top picks for the season. Since purple is my favorite color, this is even more appetizing to me. I sized up to a 10 in these. In truth, settling on a size was tricky for me. (Many thanks to Keith at Haight Street for his help!) It was a toss between size 10 and 10.5. I settled on 10 because I had to consider the kind of socks I’d wear with these, and how the fit would change when the leather stretched after usage. I love the color combo as well as buckle detail. This is definitely on my wish list!


Check it: Keith R. Photobomb!

Mega Munster | Clique. Size 9. (Available in whole sizes only. Size 9 was a good fit.) When I think about my freshman year in college, I think about Deee-Lite’s World Clique album. (One of my favorite tracks is: Try Me On, I’m Very You. Admittedly, this plays in my head when I try on Fluevogs!) I played that CD on repeat in the wee hours of the night as I wrote dozens of papers and very bad slam poetry. Oh 90s, how I *heart* thee!

Naturally, anything from the Mega Munster family has a special place in my heart. Previously, I raved over Deee because the ultra high heel is stable and wearable. With that, I expected Clique to fit the same way. While these seem to be slightly more comfy than my grey 40th anniversary Munsters, they’re not the same as the beloved Deee. Clique was a little pinchy on the outer toe for me, which is the same issue I have with the 40th anniversary Munsters. While I do believe that these are worthy of adding to your collection, they’re not really meant for my feet.

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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