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Desert FlueReview: Spring 2014 Part 2

Less than a week until International Fluevog Day! This review post is super late, but I hope it’s in enough time for you to plan how you want to take advantage of the 15% discount next Thursday. My husband joined me on my last trip to the Fluevog Los Angeles store, and together we tried on close to 25 pairs with dealer Alison’s wonderful help. Hopefully you’ll find something you like the look of. This Spring line has been really lovely — and it looks like a few more pairs are still trickling in.

But first, just wanted to show you what I finally took home on that visit, my blue Miracle | Sights in blue embroidery (took me a while to pick them up after paying the last layaway installment). So lovely! And great with my TARDIS socks. ūüôā

OK, now for the rest of the Spring shoes. I note size issues as well as we could remember them. They didn’t carry some of the sizes we needed, so the fit was off for a few pairs. I’ll be starting with the women’s styles, categorizing by family, and then I’ll do the men’s and unisex styles. Here are the usual shoe-size caveats:

I am a true size US 5.5. I have relatively-flat arches, wide toes, and narrowish ankles. I regularly wear 5 in the Operetta, Mini, Attention, and Baroque families; 5 or 5.5 in the Bellevue and Fellowship families; and 6 in the Radio family. However, the sizing of certain styles within the same family can differ, and even the same style can differ in sizing from season to season. My husband is a pretty solid US men’s size 10 with average-width feet.


Women’s Styles

7thHeavenDerbySwirl7th Heaven | Derby Swirl in aqua lace. Size 6. These are true to size and fit about the same as previous seasons. Love the colors on this!

ExpectationMotiveExpectation | Motive in floral. Size 6. True to size, which means the 6 were loose. Cute loafers; I really like this floral print on smooth leather. The pink accent clashes with the reds but it works for me. Just I wish I could have tried on my size.

ExpectationTrustExpectation | Trust in tomato. Size 5.5. True to size. Loved how these fit, and they were comfy. I’m particularly crushing on all of the oxford styles this season. With the cutouts and the color, these will make a great spring/summer shoe!

ImmortalPerfectionAudreyBlackImmortal Perfection | Audrey in black suede. Size 6. Fit slightly small, about 1/2. The 6 fit me quite well. Love this style. The profile is quite fetching (IMHO) and the fit is very comfortable. Hardly felt like a heel. At least try these on.

ImmortalPerfectionAudreyGreyImmortal Perfection | Audrey in grey. Size 6. Fit 1/2 size small. I personally like these better than the black suede for the warmer seasons. These would make an excellent neutral shoe under skirts and dresses.

ImmortalPerfectionMillaImmortal Perfection | Milla in rust suede. Size 6. These fit like the Audrey, and it is a very chic boot. Dealer Alison suggested these. I wouldn’t have tried them on otherwise, but the more I think about them, the more I like them.

MiracleRevelationMiracle | Revelation in black and beige. Size 6. Fit about 1/2 size large. Surprised by the sizing on these. Most Miracles fit me 1 full size small (my Miracle | Sights above are 6.5), but these 6 were incredibly loose. Super cute if you can fit in them.

ModvogJenModvog | Jen in black snake. Size 5.5. True to size. Beautiful new leather/colorway. I think the Jens are just a great-looking style. The leather on these is also a little more pliable than previous seasons of Jens, so try these on even if you were turned off by the stiff leather from previous iterations of the shoe.

ModvogMariellaModvog | Mariella in black snake. Size 6. These fit me really well, so I’d say they may run a tad small. However, it’s probably because of the oxford style that the 6 encase my feet pretty well. Extremely good-looking shoes. Again, loving the polished snake leather, and softer like this season’s Jens.

PassageToriiPassage | Torii in brown. Size 6. Fit true to size, slightly narrow. I think these are more forgiving than the previous season’s Passage family ankle boot, the Cairo. The inside zipper makes them easier to take on and off. I like the accent color at the bottom of the heel.

PrepareWedgeLiuPrepare Wedge | Liu in aqua. Size 6. Fit 1/2 size small. As you can see, my foot just barely fits the 6 in length. These are supremely comfortable sandals, and I do like that floral sole that just peeks out and the matching teal soles on this colorway. This would be a nice way to get some height without the stressful feeling of wearing heels.

PurposeAmbitionPurpose | Ambition in pink. Size 6. These run large, at least 1/2 size. You can see the huge clearance at the back of my Achilles. Even dealer Alison, who herself is a true 6, said the 6 were loose on her. They make 5 and 5.5 but sadly the L.A. store didn’t have them for me to try on. Otherwise, these are super cute. Love the color.

PurposeDeterminationPurpose | Determination in black. Size 6. Given how loose the Ambition pumps were on me, I was surprised that this bootie in size 6 wasn’t too loose. These might run true to size for me, but again the store didn’t carry any size smaller than 6. I really dig the stamped leather that looks like eyelet! Flattering buckle detail.

PurposeObjectivePurpose | Objective in black. Size 6. Again these fit surprisingly well, perhaps because of the straps at the ankle. The 5.5 may have fit better, however. Cute pointy-toed sandals.

RiverUrubambaRiver | Urubamba in blue and tan. Size 6. This size fit really well, so maybe 1/2 size small? If you get a chance I suggest you try them on if you’re looking for a comfortable flat summer sandal. I really like the look of these. There’s something about the anklet look that I find flattering. And this colorway really floats my boat.

RiverZambeziRiver | Zambezi in black and metallic. Size 6. These didn’t seem to fit me as well as the Urubamba, perhaps too many straps? Great colorway, though.

RuleLowJoniRule Low | Joni in teal. Size 5.5. True to size. Super comfy sandal. I really like this new colorway this season.


Men’s and Unisex Styles


DowntoEarthHadfieldDown to Earth | Hadfield in floral. Size 6. I want to say they fit almost 1/2 size small because the 6 didn’t feel loose on me, but maybe they would break loose because the leather feels quite supple. These were comfy and lovely, and I believe more comfy than the classic Radio | CBC.

FeatureGrantFeature | Grant in blue. Size 10. True to size. Of course we had to have my husband try on all the blue men’s shoes in the store. These are GORGEOUS. The smoky blue is perfect. I do believe he found these quite comfy too.

FutureRoundToeBoddenFuture Round Toe | Bodden in grey. Size 10. True to size. These were my husband’s favorite shoes in terms of comfort. They don’t quite look grey here, but that teal sole looks about right. Very cool shoes. They’re the same family as the Tipton from last season, which he thought felt like sneakers. I think this might be his go-to comfort family.

GatewayBrandenburgLtGateway | Brandenburg Light in floral fabric. Size 4.5 men? I had to try these on after I saw them on Shannon L. in a photo. Very fun shoe, no doubt, but they felt quite narrow to me. Sorry about the sizing confusion. I think the 4.5 was the men’s sizing; I tried on the smallest size first (equivalent to women’s 6) but had to size up for more comfort. So I think they may run 1 full size small. Definitely try them on or call your dealer.

IdolFreddieIdol | Freddie in burgundy. Size ?. Again, confused about the sizing and fit. Please call your dealer first if you can’t try them on. My husband had to try on a couple of different sizes, and they didn’t seem to have his size. These are really beautiful and VERY striking, but he thought they made his legs look shorter. He has very curvy muscular calves (mm-hmm) and he thought the bulk of the shoes made his legs look bulkier. Not for him, but definitely try them on for the pleasure of it.

RadioCBXRadio | CBX in teal. Size 10. Fit is true, just like the CBC. Love love love this colorway and the cutouts. Sad they don’t have them in MY size.


Last but not least is the flower wheel photo. Our usual dealers Kate and Anthony weren’t there, but Alison was totally great along with Lesley. Here are our Vogs of the day. I’m in my Fellowship | Erikas at the 6 o’clock; Alison in her black Toriis at the 10 o’clock; and Lesley in her white LoPro | Leons at the 2 o’clock.


Wishing you all a Happy Fluevog Day next Thursday! Let us know what’s on your wishlist this season!

xo, Gladys

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(belated) IFD at the Haight

Hello All!

Apologies for lagging on the IFD post. In truth, I was kinda pooped with the IFD countdown, re-locating to the San Francisco Bay Area for the summer (wa-hoo!), and going through graduation festivities. For the next few days, I get to hang with my new niece, Eliana Journey (Yeah. Journey. As in Don’t-Stop-Believin’. She was named after the rock band!) and catch up on some work – including this blog!

May 15th at the Haight Street store was fantastic as usual. The hardworking dealers did everything they could to again, make IFD a complete success! Shirley and I made it for the class photo, and as soon as they send it over, I’ll post.¬†(Note: Unfortunately, Miss Dorothy had prior commitments and couldn’t be there.)¬†Here are some scenes from IFD – Haight Street style.


Each store had special celebration buttons. In case you’re wondering about the significance of “415,” it’s the area code for San Francisco.


The lovely Monika. She’s all dressed up and ready to conquer IFD!


Shirley indulging in the champagne and cupcakes with FlueDaddy Denny.


Denny and Rachel ready to take your phone orders!!!


Of course Madame Shirley would figure out a way to make IFD interesting.


Ed says he’s camera shy. Therefore, I had to sneak this pic of him. Hmmm. I wonder how many Vogs the dealers hauled up and down those stairs that day.


I’d claim to be camera shy, but that would be an outright lie. Here I am sporting a vintage pair of Bordens. These were the pair I altered. The dealers didn’t even notice the extra leather in the back. The cobbler did an amazing job!

These photos definitely don’t do the day justice. After 5pm, the after-work crowd arrived and folks were high on champagne, snacks, and Vogs! As usual, the photo booth was a total hit (I have dozens of silly photos to prove it.) In terms of shoes, there were definitely some hot sellers that day, including the Daily Miracles | Stunner in Zebra¬†and the Big Presence | Faraday. I’ll post a review of the new pairs I tried on soon!

For the love of Fluegasms,


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#2: you could go home with a FREE pair of Vogs

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #2 to celebrate:

FREE Fluevogs!


The Facebook post where my win was announced:)

That’s right. Throughout the day, lucky Voggers like you will have the chance to win FREE Fluevogs! How do I know this? Last year, for IFD 2012, I was one of the lucky people who won two pairs of Fluevogs (the Mini | Elif ¬†in black and ivory and the Mini | QTee in black, cherry, and beige). All I had to do was be at the right place at the right time. (Note: You can read more about¬†last year’s IFD win here. You can probably see signs of this blog’s humble beginnings.)

It’s still surreal to me and I still feel blessed by the Fluevog gods! To think I was considering skipping out on visiting the dealers on IFD… silly, silly me. How did this happen? When I made my purchase, John Fluevog happened to call the Haight Street store. Since I was at the counter while he called, I was lucky enough to FaceTime with him. Yup. I met Mr. Fluevog himself over the internet while he was at another store. As we were chit-chatting, he told me that my purchase was on him. Wa-hoo! Proof that fantastic things happen at Haight Street and all the Fluevog stores across North America on IFD!

If you aren’t one of the lucky winners, you get still 15% off regular priced merchandise when you purchase from your favorite Fluevog Store. A friendly tip to those of you contemplating ordering online: Online orders get free shipping, which is a great deal. However, if you call your favorite Fluevog Store, they’ll honor the standard 15% off discount or free shipping, depending on what works in your favor. As I’ve said before, 15% off is mighty, might nice!

You know you want this…


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The Fortitude | Sasha in beige. Like fine wine, these get better with age. Gotta love how they grow into their unique, distinct look over time. Sigh.

*** Update *** 

This just in from the folks at Fluevog. (If you’re on their email list, you received this info too.)


With only two more sleeps until Fluevog Day, here are the things you need to know!

1. FREE Domestic Shipping on the day, and International Shipping is a FLAT RATE OF $20 (per item)!!
2. Every 43rd order is completely FREE!
3. 15% OFF regular price IN STORE on Wednesday.
4. John will randomly FACETIME each store to give away shoes to Fluevogers!
5.¬†Random gifts for people who ‘share’ updates from Fluevog on Facebook or tweet with #fluevogday
6.¬†Deals from Friends: Goorin Bros, ACE Hotels, CAR2GO, JJ Bean, Gimme Coffee, la Eyeworks and more…
7. Social Fluevog Day Profile Pics
8. Official Fluevog Coffee Mugs with purchase in store!
9. Annual Fluevog Day Class Photo in all stores at 5:15pm!

It’s gonna be huge! (Tell your pants.)

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#3: it’s all about the swag!

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #3 to celebrate:

You never know what cool stuff they’re giving away for IFD.

When you purchase new Vogs on IFD, not only do you receive 15% off (on regular priced items purchased from the store), or free shipping (for online orders), you also get a nice surprise. It varies from year to year, but in the past, your friendly Fluevog dealers have given you an awesome pencil cup (which sits proudly in my home office), and last year, the Fluevog deck of cards (now available for sale). What’s this year’s prize? You’ll have to visit to find out:)


You know you want this…


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The ¬†finish on the Features | Grant make this a total stand-out Vog. Don’t forget to check these out on IFD!

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#4: Fluevog dealers are awesome!

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #4 to celebrate:

They’re not just your dealers, they’re family!

When I walk into the Haight Street store, I feel like I’m in an episode of Cheers because I know I’ve just entered a place where everyone knows my name. The dealers at Haight Street are awesome. They’re always helpful with my questions and when I’m trying to narrow down any pending purchases. Sometimes, when I’m in the neighborhood, I just like to stop in and say hello and they always manage to just chit chat about Netflix documentaries and local food places:) IFD is also about saying hello and thank you to the best dealers around.

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Denny, Monika, and Jim are three reasons why I keep coming back to Haight Street. I love these dealers!

You know you want this…


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Something vintage, something new: 7th Heaven | Derby Swirl (Five Eye)¬†(women’s available in 5 colors and men’s available in 3 colors) and Headliner | March (currently available on sale in Olive Brown).

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#5: say cheese!

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #5 to celebrate:

You can be part of Fluevog history by taking part in the group photograph, which will be taken at 5:15pm on IFD.

According to the Fluevog Facebook page: “At exactly 5:15pm on 5/15 local time each store will have a FLUEVOGRAPHER to take this year’s FLUEVOG DAY CLASS FOTO!! Get there if you can.” I can’t remember the last time I took a class photo… I was probably still living on Guam and I likely looked miserable because I got stuck sitting next Mr. Stinky Pants. If you’re like me and want to make new memories of taking that infamous class photo, then make sure you’re at your nearest Fluevog store at 5:15pm. If you happen to be at the Haight Street store in San Francisco, don’t hesitate to say hello!

Photo found on the Fluevog Facebook Page.

Photo found on the Fluevog Facebook Page.

You know you want this…


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Everyone should own something from the Radio family. Your life will be better for it, I promise you. Above are the Radio | CBCs. The men’s collection is available in 6 colors, while the women’s collection is available in 7 colors!

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#6: accessories are awesome

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #6 to celebrate:

You need to shop for a bag… or a belt… or a belt buckle… or socks… or replacement laces to go with your Vogs!

It’s kind of hard to believe that Fluevog sells more than shoes, but they do. If you’re looking for an inventive way to spruce up your Fluevog collection, why not do it with accessories? Your shoes will love you for it!


You know you want this…


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The Gateways | Brandenburg Light seem the be the uni-sexy pick of the season. These ultra-cool and slick Vogs are available in 9 colors! Which color is on your wish list?

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#7: great minds think alike

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #7 to celebrate:

You get to meet and greet with like-minded Fluevogers. How awesome is that?!

Whenever I meet a fellow Vogger, there is one thing I know for sure: that person is awesomeness personified. It’s true. I’ve met lots of Voggers and other than impeccable taste in shoes, that has to be the other thing we all have in common. IFD is the one day where Flue-natics gather in one spot and celebrate in a big way! I love meeting new Flueddicts while trying on Vogs, munching on snacks, ranting about how awesome everyone looks in her/his new shoes, and of course, take the quintessential Vog Star photo (see below). Great minds Vog together on IFD:)

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I “borrowed” this photo from one of Gladys’s posts. If you’re a die-hard Vogger, you’re familiar with the Vog Star.

You know you want this…


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There are few things more beautiful than a wall of freshly made Big Presence | Desmond (such as a gorgeous pair on my feet or in my closet). These lovelies are now available in TEN colors! Contact your nearest Fluevog dealer to place an order:)


#8: you’re ready for your close-up

Countdown to International Fluevog Day 2013. Reason #8 to celebrate:

You’re all about the PhotoBooth.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the shy type or not. You want your moment in the spotlight… well, the private spotlight, that is. Your local Fluevog store will have a PhotoBooth on site to help you celebrate your shining moment and boast your new purchase. So don’t forget to fix your hair and declare:¬†“Alright Mr. DeMille Fluevog, I’m ready for my close-up.”


Here is my moment in last year’s IFD photo booth. Yes. They even provide props!

You know you want this…

08.205 Pine

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Remember what we said about adding color to your collection? Well gentlemen, I suggest you check out the Twin Turbines | 205 Pine Street. They just came out in navy and yellow. Fun fact: 205 Pine Street is where the Seattle store is located:)