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fall fur

img_2380Power Up | Pussy Power. Size 10? I cannot, for the life of me, find my notes for these Vogs. Apologies for the lack of detail here. I do recall that these were really narrow for me, and I’m not a fan of narrow or pointy shoes. However, I do love the general sentiment of these Vogs. If I were looking for a pair of shoes to complement my beautiful Pussy Power hat made by the lovely Cindi H. as I march down the streets in the name of feminism, these would be it. Unfortunately, I’m generally not a fan of fur on my shoes (unless they’re winter boots and the fur is meant to keep my feet warm).

img_2394Prepares | Leader. Size 9.5 For the record, anything from the Prepares family is a no-brainer for me. I’m always in! Like everything else in this family, this furry version is equally comfy. The size 9.5 fit, but was a little tight, so I’d likely opt for a 10 in these. I love the little floral detail on the patent leather blue on these. Unfortunately, I’m just not a fan of the fur on these (and any other clothing item for that matter). It’s just me. If fur is your thing, then do you, Boo. Do you!

for the love of vogs,
j-ro

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.

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compass: absolute perfection

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Prepares | Compass. Size 9.5. If you have 16″ calves like me, you may be partly relieved because generally, Mr. Fluevog doesn’t make knee high boots for our luscious legs. However, on that rare occasion when such a boot exists, I can’t help but want to IMMEDIATELY put it on my wish list. For fall 2017, my official gotta-have-it pick is the Compass. If you ever felt left out from grabbing a pair of Soprano | Hildegard, but didn’t feel too bad because they may not have been that comfy, then you’re in trouble. Compass is the Hildegard perfected. A member of the Prepares family, you can likely trot in these babies (pending the break-in period) all day long. They’re attention grabbing and come in two colors: grey (pictured) and navy blue with gold grommets. That you can switch up the look by changing the ribbon gives you endless possibilities! It does come at a hefty price (which I highly doubt will ever go on sale), but these are definitely investment Vogs that will pay off in the end. (Personally, I’d rather purchase these knowing I’ll use them all the time, as opposed to two-three meh sale pairs that will get mild usage. Trust me on this!) My wish list is weak in the knees for these!

Fall has been out for a few months now. What’s on your wish list?!

for the love of vogs,
j-ro

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. 


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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!

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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,
j-ro

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. 


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fall 2017: Mitchell

Fall is slowly trickling in. As promised, we’re bringing you the FlueReviews you love so much. See something you like? We recommend that you call a store directly for the best customer service, and a guarantee that your item(s) will be stocked and shipped directly to you. Enjoy!
img_2389 Ruth | Mitchell. Size 10 (they’re narrow, so size up if you’ve got Flintstones). As a seasoned Vogger, I’ve learned that you never know how you’re going to feel about a Vog unless you try it on. Mitchell is the reason why I learn this over and over again. You all know I’m not a fan of pointed toes and narrow cuts. Looking at these, I thought they were just meh.

Luckily, FlueDaddy Denny was smart enough to bring me the right size because the moment I put these on my feet, I felt like a cowgirl rockstar. (cue Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive”) At first, Mitchell doesn’t look like much, especially if worn with pants. But when you take a closer look….

img_2391 Yeah. That’s why this unsung hero deserved his own post. The straps are fastened by an embossed buckle, accented with studs at the top. Mitchell comes in two colors, the red (as photographed) and black with red detailing. This is an edgy, gorgeous Vog. It’s definitely a surprise pick in my book!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

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. 


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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

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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.

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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,
j-ro

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. 


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last sale post (we promise!)

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Hello Everyone!
By now, I hope you’ve all checked out the current sale. The awesome folks at Fluevog just gave us more reasons to shop: an additional 15% off all sale shoes this weekend (ends Sunday, July 30th. See the site for details). Savings on top of savings?! Yes!!

I finally got around to perusing my phone to sort out all the photos I’ve taken during various trips to Haight Street. (Can I just say that I’m so happy to be home?!) Guess what? I have even MORE pix (and quick reviews) to share! Here it goes!

Summer of Love | Amor. Size 8.5 I love tribute shoes and I can’t wait to go to the Summer of Love exhibit! To celebrate, Fluevog released these special edition Vogs. (I also hear that they’re part of the exhibit!) The dealers say these run big, which is why I opted for size 8.5. Though these are really cute (love the vibrant blue and the center buckle), clogs are simply not for me. The fit was really off for my feet. The sole was hard and the leather kept digging the back of my foot. Sadly, these went straight to the no bueno pile:(
Ishshoes | Quiver. Size 10 (I needed 9.5). I was very hesitant to try these because I don’t like heels that typically dent in like these. Plus, pointy toes are a no-go for me. These, however we’re a surprise  because the footbed felt really spongy. For a heel like this and the pointy toe (which I do not typically like), it was very comfy and stable.
Entrance | Room 213. Size 10 (The 9.5 also fit, but I wanted extra wiggle room for an insole to maximize comfort). I would have NEVER batted an eyelash for these. The high heel along with the pointy toes are an automatic no-no for me. In fact, the only reason I tried them on is because my friend Glenys expressed interest and asked me if I knew anything about them. Since I was at the store, I told her I’d try them on and give her my honest opinion about them. Let’s just say that after tried them on, I gave Glenys my approval to dive in to her first Fluevog purchase. (She has since purchased a second pair in her growing collection. YAY!) The pitch on these lavender/blue lovelies is very friendly to my Flintstones (my flat feet), and the toe box is surprisingly roomy. Finally, the “dragon” leather along with the center buckle are beautiful details.

Kickback | Type 1. I’m always sad that we can’t do much for the men’s collection by way of reviews. We can, however, simply provide pix that the Huz kindly modeled for us. This is a simple sneaker that’s currently on a deep discount. I say you act fast!!
Modvogs | Ace Face. I’d like to thank the Huz (top photo) and Dorothy’s Manpanion (bottom photo) for entertaining my request to try these on. Though hesitant at first, the Huz found these incredibly comfortable and was surprised at how much he liked the color on these. If you look closely at the heel, the orange detail is brilliant!

Whew! Alright. You have about a day or so left to take advantage of the additional 15% off sale Fluevogs. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll head over to your nearest store or log on to the site ASAP! Not interested in the sale stuff? No worries. Fall 2017 is slowly trickling in and OMG some of these will bring tears to you eyes. Seriously!! Happy shopping!

For the love of Vogs,
j-ro


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more on sale!

If you haven’t hit the current Fluevog sale yet, I have no words for you… (Alright. I kid.) Recently, the lovely folks at Fluevog marked down even MORE gorgeous shoes for all to purchase. (To be honest, there are a number of surprising markdowns, so make sure to check it out!) With that, I wanted to share the last of the reviews/pics Shirley and I had in store for you.


Greater Expectations | Pettitt. (Shirley’s feet)
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Greater Expectations | Pettitt. (Joanne’s feet.) Size 9.5. I tried these on, only because Madam Shirley urged me to. She described them as feeling like a simple pump. Since I’m not big on pumps, I wasn’t super enthusiastic about them. However, Shirl is right. These do feel like a typical pump. The toe box was pretty generous and these just have a really unique look – especially with the orange leather, as well as the details on the heel. I didn’t like how slippery they were on the carpet, so like a number of heels I own, I’d likely take them to a cobbler to put in a no-slip grip on the bottom (you can also do that yourself, but I like the cobbler versions better). If you’re looking for a comfy pump in a unique orange (which surprisingly goes with a lot – especially if you’re into blue colors), this is for you.

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Views | Modotti (Shirley’s feet.) It must be noted that Shirley fell in LOVE with these. I can’t give exact notes on fit, but while trying these on, she wore these around the store most. Though it’s a high, hearty heel, these are surprusingly very stable and comfy.

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City Angels | Istabbul (Joanne’s feet.) Size 9.5 Previously, I went ga-ga (not a reference to Lady Gaga. If you grew up Filipino, you might know this term. My best translation is crazy? but in a good way) over Orlando because of its nostalgic value. Istanbul has a similar fit and feel as the Orlando. However, I will say that comparatively, Istanbul is narrow in the toe and the leather is a bit stiff. Between the two, I do prefer Orlando because I’m not a real big fan of lace-up loafers like these. (Note: Shirl is a HUGE fan, so again, the pair you choose depends on personal preference.)

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Enneagram | Giver (Shirley’s feet.)
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Enneagram | Giver (Joanne’s feet.) Size 10. I am and will always be a HUGE Minis fan. Naturally, my heart broke when I heard they were going bye-bye. I should have known that the FlueGods would would have an equally wonderful addition to the collection. Though I do not own anything from the Enneagram family (waiting on the perfect color combo), I do adore trying them on because they are even more comfy than my beloved Minis. The lower, flatter heel is sheer perfection! The Giver reminds me of a lower cut QTee. Mind you, I wear the QTee regularly, especially when teaching or interviewing for jobs. I love that you can do straight across, or do a criss-cross on the straps. Though I tried on size 10 in these, I really need them in size 9.5.

As always, we thank you for your patience and your continued support. Though the gals and I have been busy with our crazy lives, we are trying to post more regularly (especially since I’m now back in the San Francisco Bay area). We do have a number of reviews and pics to share. However, I wanted to make sure we posted all the awesome sale stuff first.  Speaking of…

Have you seen the fall line yet?! I have only tried on a few things, but OMG, I’m in love with everything I’ve seen so far! We can’t wait to try some new things on and share them with you!

For the love of Vogs,
j-ro


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awesome Fluevog sale

Hello All!

By now, you probably checked out the current Fluevog Thinks You’re Awesome sale. After looking through our vast vault of photos from the past season, we wanted to share some pix of beautiful Vogs that are currently on sale! Enjoy the photos:)

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Attic | Tziporah (Shirley’s feet)

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Basement | Sue (Shirley’s feet)

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Greater Expectations | Nancy (Shirley’s feet) I love a great namesake Vog. If you know the great Nancy S., Fluezie extraordinaire, then you know the amazing woman these beauties are named after.

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Effortless | Bebe (Shirley’s feet)

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Tasty Vogs | Hermine (Shirley’s feet.)

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Fairway | Trivialis (Shirley’s feet)

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Esoteric Temptations | Ros (Joanne’s feet)

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Basement | Jacquie

for the love of vogs,
j-ro


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IFD 2017: Be Prepared!

Happy Friday!

Since this will be my last post before this Monday’s International Fluevog Day, I wanted it to be a BIG one! Today, is all about my favorite family, the Prepares. As I have said many times, I’m not a fan of having the same Fluevog in different colors. Fluevogs come in so many different colors and styles, and with my limited budget, I just don’t have time to mess around by purchasing repeat Vogs.

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Yeah. Never say never! My one exception to my no doubles rule is the Prepares | Guide. I have them in three different colors: the original blue, paisley, and silver (see above). These are a super versatile shoe that you can wear every.single.day. My original blue ones are so beat up that both heels have broken at some point. Luckily, my trusty local cobbler managed to glue and staple them back together. Yay! When they first came out, I was size 9.5 (the size I opted for both original blue and paisley Guides). However, when I acquired the silver ones, I went up to size 10 for that extra wiggle room. When I have a major event (a job interview or I’m hosting something for my job), the Guides always come with me.

Prepares | Find. The berry and dots pair were a size 10 and the python were size 10.5 (the size availability was limited for the python). I’d likely get these in size 10. There was a pinchy part near the big toe mound, which could be fixed with stretching. Otherwise, these feel and fit like the Guide. I like that the Find is more bold in texture and color combinations. Guide lovers will find the variations a welcome option.

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Prepare 2.0 | Canopy. Size 9.5 (perfect sizing for me). Out of the photos that the Huz previewed, he seemed to like these the best on me. The vibrant blue metallic canvas does look amazing and makes for an awesome neutral. The double buckle and higher heel are also nice variations to this particular Vog. In fact, the higher heel is what makes Prepare 2.0 different from the original Prepares. While I think this looks great, there was some pinching on the big toe mound. Since this blue pair is canvas, I’m not sure stretching is an option. Luckily, the black ones are leather, so the pinching is an easy fix. The buckles are the same rosy ones that you see on the Orlando (gorgeous!).

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Prepares | Venturous. Size 9 (but I need 9.5 or 10). I’m a sucker for a good black boot. I don’t have an ankle boot in my collection, so naturally, I was drawn to these. Unfortunately, the store didn’t have my size, so I had to painfully squeeze my Flintstones (my new nickname for my feet) into the size 9s. Yeah. Meh. No bueno.

For those of you who remember the Mini | Lover, the Venturous seems to be a current iteration of the now discontinued Mini. Imagine the Guides disguised as a boot. That’s the Venturous. My notes clearly read: “I need these.” So do you!

So…. Are you as excited as I am about IFD? What are you all getting?! Which store(s) will you be at?!) Please post to comments. We’d love to hear from you!

for the love of Vogs,

j-ro

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. 


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IFD 2017: Spyro

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Urban Angel | Spyro. Size 10. Sizing up to a 10 was perfect! Following up yesterday’s post about the Takami, I wanted to introduce you to the Spyro. Like the Takami, Spyro is a sporty “day off” comfy Vog. For those of you who want to spend a day at the park, but still want to sport your Vogs, this is a great one to add to your collection. I like to think of both Urban Angels as giving fellow Fluezies the option to Vog everyday of the week. There is no break-in period required. However, I do recommend wearing these with socks. Without them, you may have the foot farting issue. (gasp!)

for the love of Vogs,

j-ro

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.