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hello fall 2015

Remember when I said that it’s never too late?

Well, I wasn’t lying. Fall has been out for a few months now. Here are some things that the Manpanion and I managed to try on. Enjoy!

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Twin Turbines | 837 Granville St. Size 10 in blue. These are the newest addition to the Manpanion’s collection. Please note that this pic does not do these Vogs justice at all. These are absolutely gorgeous. They’re sleek and according to him, very comfy. These days, our buying habits have slimmed down because we’re planning/paying for our nuptials. However, these are not a pair that you want to wait to go on sale for. In fact, I highly doubt this will make it to sale time. This color combo is such a head turner. This family seems to suit the Manpaion well, as he has another pair from here. These are definitely his pick of the season!

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Choice | Margie. Size 10.5 in black. These were pretty much gone, so I had to try on the only size that could possibly fit me. Apologies, as I do not have any sizing info for you. I have an old pair of Margie in red. I’m so happy to see these return, but in better style. First off, this color combo is beautiful. They’re wide in the toe, which my wide feet love. The straps on these are thicker and sturdier than the original Margie. As flats, they’re an all-day shoe. Finally (though I didn’t take a pic of it), I heart the heart heels!

IMG_0924Mini | Bunny. Size 9. Be still my beating heart. I have mentioned many times my “no doubles” rule. I already have these in blue/yellow (I affectionately call them my Berkeley Ph.D. shoes because the Manpanion gifted them to me when I filed.). If I were to break the “no doubles” rule (again), I’d totally snag these. It’s a great color combo and you can’t go wrong with the Minis.
IMG_0919Sopranos | Robyn. Size 9 in orange. Many moons ago when I met the famous Stacey K. (whose fabulousness has been immortalized in a namesake Fluevog), she let me try on a pair of Vogs from the Soprano family. I think of the original Sopranos as a higher heeled, less comfortable cousin of the Operetta family. Well, Mr. Fluevog must have heard my complaiants because the new iteration of the Soprano family is AMAZING. They’re true to size, have a higher heel than the Operettas, but are equally comfy and stable. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love, but these babies in ORANGE are my personal pick of the season. The lacing on these make Robyn totally stand out. While I would normally opt for the black in a Vog like this, ORANGE is the one you want!


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Hopefuls | Holly. Size 10 in blue. Again, these were pretty much out. Denny brought me the size 10 because they were all that was left. These in 10 were way too big. However, I loved how easy it was to wear. The profile is low and easy to slip on and off. Also, who doesn’t love that blue?!

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Mini | Gorgeous. Size 9.5 in teal/purple. I loved these too! I’m a Mini fan and again, I’m so happy to see the return of a classic (but in a totally sassy color). I went up 1/2 size in these. Yes, I’m sure the die-hards alreay have these on their lists (if not already on their feet).

Again, MANY THANKS for your patience. I’d like to give special kudos to our friends at Haight Street, You’re wonderful and I miss you when I’m in Arizona.

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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it’s never too late

Sigh. Hello everyone! I know it seems like we have fallen off the face of the earth. I’m SOOOOOOO sorry for that! Like you, the ladies of FTLOV have been extremely busy with work, life, family, and all sorts of life transitions. Please don’t worry. We all have been handling life in fabulous Fluevog stride.

I have a few posts waiting in the wings, and this is the first of the bunch. I recently visited our awesome dealers on Haight Street. (Oh my, it’s been ages since the Manpanion and I have seen Denny!) For this first post, I wanted to show some things that have been released for some time now, and are still currently on clearance. Here you go!

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Truths | Jessica. Size 10 in black. For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I’m not into pointy shoes. I have super wide, flat feet and pointy shoes just make my feet look gargantuan. However, I had a change of heart when I met Bekkie. As of late,Bekkie has been my go-to Vog. Therefore, I just HAD to try on her sister Jessica. I gotta say that she rocks it just as hard! Because I’m wide, I did have to go up a full size to a 10 (from my normal 9). Yes, these babies are on SALE and available in two colors: black (as shown) and brown.

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Power | Wind. Size 9.5 in blue. Confession: I’ve been MIA because the Manpanion and I are getting married soon. We’ve been saving up and trying to figure out the logistics of celebrating the nuptials. With that, I’ve been on the market for a great flat to get my dance floor groove on. While Wind didn’t work for me (it’s too narrow and going up a size is just too long for my foot), I can see why one would go ga-ga over these. The color is perfect for a wedding (yay something blue + something new… or old). For the right foot, these are super comfy. Plus, you can wear them with or without the band.

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Power | Water. Size 9.5 in blue. This was another wedding dance possibility. With these, I was concerned about the width (my toes were a little pinchy). Again, a great casual shoe, but I was on a mission!

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Modvog | Anna Maria. Size 9.5 in blue. I LOVED these! I wish I bought them at that other site when they were a really good price. However, I hesitated when I saw the look on the Manpanion’s face. He wasn’t as big a fan as I was. Yes, I agree that these aren’t as formal as one would like a wedding dance shoe to be. So the search continues….

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Twin Turbines | 1265 Wisconsin Ave. Size 10 in navy/white. I had no idea that the Manpanion had been eyeing these for a while. Luckily, they were available in his preferred size and color. I must say, they look spiffy! He has also been mindful of what Fluevog needs he has for our upcoming nuptials. The Manpanion opted for this pair for our engagement photos (which we just took this past weekend).

By the way, if you’re looking for an AMAZING photographer, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out Nerinna Valera. She’s INCREDIBLE! Our pictures will be ready in the next few weeks. The Manpanion and I can’t wait to show you some of the awesome Fluevog shots she took. For now, you’ll have to settle for our iphone sneak peek:

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Again, apologies for the lag in posting. Like I said, I have a few waiting in the wings, including some from the current fall collection. Of course, we’ll share some scenes from our engagement pictures! Until then….

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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Desert FlueReview: Fall 2014 Sale

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I brought home the navy and orange Lo Fs | Stella on my last visit. Ready for rain now!

Apologies for not posting these many months now. I promise I have been trying on and buying Vogs the last year, but given various obligations (including finishing my doctorate!) I just wasn’t able to find the time to process photos and write them up. Plus my computer and phone have both started slowing down quite a bit, making the photos even more time-consuming to process.

In any case, I finally have another omnibus review for you of the current shoes on sale, even as the new Spring 2015 shoes trickle into the store. I’ve seen the sneak previews, and no doubt that this new season is incredibly fun! However, I wanted to highlight some of the current shoes (most are ON SALE!!) that deserve at least another look. Joanne has shared some beautiful photos and reviews of some of these already. Here’s how they look on different sets of feet.

The pics here are from two different visits, the more recent of which was in the company of lovely Mae, who is the one wearing the gray herringbone socks in the photos. Her feet were made for heels, it seems. Lucky lady! (I’m the one wearing the footies and the gray socks with stars.)

Here are our shoe size details:

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. I gained a bit of weight in the last year, though, so I think my feet are a little wider now, which makes me want to go up in size more often when I try shoes.

Mae is a 7 with average arches and medium/wide width. Like me, she ranges in size over different types of Vogs, depending on width, toe box shape, and height of the heel. Different Vog families differ quite a lot in sizing. Moreover, the sizing of certain styles within the same family can differ, and even the same style can differ in sizing from season to season. For these reasons, it’s important to try on the shoes if possible, or at least to consult via phone or email with a Fluevog specialist at one of the stores.

Queen of the Skies NeptuneQueen of the Skies | Neptune in green. Size 6. Definitely specialty shoes, and not for the faint of heart! These are sky high, as the family name suggests. They’re very striking, and if you can handle the height and need a pair that will stand out, these are the shoes for you!

Modvog Mariella BlackModvog | Mariella in black. Not sure what size these are as my friend Melanie tried these on, but I do believe they are between true to size (TTS) and a half size small.

Modvog Mariella GoldModvog | Mariella in gold. Size 6. I found these between TTS and half size small as the 6 was quite comfortable. The oxford style keeps my feet in quite well. There’s enough room to wear socks.

Fellowship ErikaFellowship | Erika in purple and navy. Size 5.5. I love Erikas and the Fellowship family in general. This was true to size for me. The colorway is even better looking in person, but I would have preferred that the colors were switched (see Sandra below).

Fellowship SandraFellowship | Sandra in navy and purple. Size 5.5. True to size. This photo shows off the blue even better. The lighter blue of the piping and stitching is really wonderful.

Down to Earth ValentinaDown to Earth | Valentina in gold. Beautiful Kate let me take this photo of her wearing her Valentinas as a neutral color. She’s in the highest range of women’s sizes (the other end of the spectrum from me). She says she loves these, and they look amazing.

Elegant Conversations GailElegant Conversations | Gail in purple. I like the purple so much more than in the stock photos on the Fluevog website. I’m sorry I can’t remember what size these are — size 5.5 or 6…they might run half a size small, actually. Do call a Fluevogologist at your favorite store. Very elegant looking, but a little high.

Elegant Conversations KendraElegant Conversations | Kendra in black and beige. Same issue as the Gail with the sizing — I dropped the ball and didn’t take notes on this particular visit. Sorry about that. I want to say 6 because the Melrose store doesn’t always carry the smaller sizes, but I could be wrong. I think these are very striking shoes and would look great in the office.

Mezzo CeciliaMezzo | Cecilia in burgundy. Size 6. These run a half size large, I believe. The 6 were really big on my feet. I like the spats on the side and these were easy to put on. Great ankle boots.

Bellevue Rose DunnBellevue | Rose Dunn in black with patent. Size 7. True to size. This is Mae wearing these. She said they fit like her other Bellevues. I love that you can see her herringbone socks through the laces. It’s a very sexy corset look.

Enneagram Grace BlackEnneagram | Grace in black. Size 6.5. I had to go up a full size in these for comfort, but comfortable they were. This is one of the more subtle Fluevog styles, but this was the one pair that I didn’t really want to take off. I love the teal stitching and teal elastic (which you can’t see unless you actually stretch the opening).

Enneagram Grace BrownEnneagram | Grace in brown. Size 7.5. Mae only had to go up half a size in the Grace. I like the look of these as well, and they’re on a particularly nice sale (nicer than the black).

Unite GhaliUnite | Ghali in burgundy (only black available). Size 7. Mae found these slightly big in her true size. She didn’t think 6.5 would have worked better, though. These are very striking shoes, with that unique U-shaped heel. The buckles are a great detail.

Fortitude LutherFortitude | Luther in brown. Size 8. Mae really liked these and was trying to decide whether or not to take these home (she ultimately didn’t, but she could only take one pair home). She had to go up a full size and they still needed to soften at the arch area. I remember I had to go up 1.5 sizes (to a 7) in the metallic colorway last year just to try them on. These shoes need quite a bit of breaking in, but I hear people love them once they break them in.

Hopscotch Jumprope BlackHopscotch | Jump Rope in black. Size 6.5. This shoe was the surprise for me during the Melrose visit with Mae, and I believe she was impressed with them too. They’re high but comfortable and stable, and they look amazing in profile. The black colorway is more of a very dark gray, as you can see. To me they fit like Miracles, which are narrow with a small-ish toe box. I had to go up one full size in these (as I also do in Miracles). If these and the gray colorway go on sale, I think I will get them. If they don’t, I suppose I can put them on layaway for my birthday in April. 🙂

Hopscotch Jumprope GrayHopscotch | Jump Rope in gray. Size 6.5. Very important note: the leather of this colorway is softer than the black and therefore the 6.5 in these feels a touch bigger than in the black. Mae tried on the gray as well in her true size 7, and while they were a little tight she felt like they would stretch enough to better accommodate her feet. I like this colorway very much as well, with the brown accents.

Hopeful VowHopeful | Vow in brown multi. Size 7. First of all, why is this colorway called brown? LOL. Mae loved these and took them home. They’re true to size for her. The Hopeful family has a great sole and heel, and excellent comfort. I love the look of these, which remind of the Promise oxfords in the Hope family.

Queen of Prussia LudovikaQueen of Prussia | Ludovika in burgundy. Size 6. Quite narrow, especially at the toe box. Going up half a size was fine for the length, but I can tell this is not the family for me. Just not comfy for my wide toes.

Queen of Prussia LouiseQueen of Prussia | Louise in burgundy. Size 7. Mae felt the same about the narrow toe box on this shoe. She really loved the buckle detail, and we both thought the heel and shape were just gorgeous. Sadly, there wasn’t much comfort factor for either of us.

FlowerwheelThis flower wheel includes, from 6 o’clock going clockwise, Mae in paisley Bellevue | De Vere boots, Jonny in black brogues (not sure what these are), Kate in brown laceless Radio | CBC oxfords, and me in purple Radio | PRI boots. Again, I enjoyed myself lots on my Fluevog visits, and I took advantage of the fantastic sale! I took home the navy/orange Stella boots (see first photo above), but I also bought the berry Amies, which had to be ordered from a different store. When I get them I’ll post…in fact, I should do a post on my recent acquisitions — I went a little crazy last fall! Happy New Year and happy Vogging!

{ETA:} I forgot to give proper credit to Vogger friends Emily, Melanie, and Mae for taking the photos of my feet in shoes during these two visits. Ladies, thank you so much for joining me on the fun and taking photos!

xo, Gladys


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Fall 2014: the heels

Hello All!

This is my final post, which looks at this season’s offerings. Well, it’s the final one for now. I had the pleasure of visiting our dealers at Haight Street and they were kind enough to let me try on thirteen different pairs of Vogs (plus the  three pairs the Manpanion tried on) within two different visits. Believe me, it’s a total production for them to bring out all the boxes and pack them up and such. I’m very thankful for their patience and their excellent suggestions. Here we go….

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I Believe High | Shana. Size 9. True to size. I’m a HUGE fan of the I Believe family. These are as awesome as my Simons. The toe area is really roomy and you don’t really need a break-in period. I should have tightened those buckles!

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Wonders | Lynx. Size 9. Need to size up to size 9.5. I’m not a snakeskin person, but man, these were awesome! The heel is low and comfy, and this boot looks amazing with jeans.

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Hi Living | Karyn. Size 9. True to size. These are cousins to the Malcolm, a Vog I wish were part of my collection. These seem to be a descendant of the I Believe family in terms of comfort. Hence, I’m a Karyn fan. I hope these come in different colors in the future.

Gail

Elegant Conversations | Gail. Size 9. Runs small. I probably need size 10 because my feet are so wide. OMG. My toes were totally in pain when I tried these on. As I’ve said before, pointy toes and I just aren’t good friends. However, these are a GORGEOUS black pump. If I were in the market for a pair, I’d size up. The heel is sturdy and I love the profile. When I get back to the bay area, I’ll have to re-visit Gail in a more appropriate size.

Tinder

Prepare 2.0 | Tinder. Size 9.5. I recommend sizing up 1/2 size. [Cue the music of the angels] Major credit goes to Queen Monika. I thought I was done trying shoes on when she suggested I check these out. When I tried these out, I felt like a goddess. While I’m not in the market for a black boot, I am ALWAYS looking for the Vog that makes me feel invincible. This season, that Vog is the Tinder. Without batting an eyelash, these went straight to layaway. I can’t wait to take them home.

That’s it for the FlueReviews (for now). Hope you’re having a wonderful fall!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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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. 🙂
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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.

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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.

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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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Desert FlueReview: Fall 2013 Part III

Nota bene: what you should know about my sizing as you read my reviews. 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.

Less than a month since my last post and it’s already time for Part III? Yes, indeed! You can thank the upcoming holidays and my love of Fluegasms. 🙂 (Here are Part I and Part II.) I made yet another trip to the Melrose store last weekend with my dear friends Emily and Melanie, and we found a couple of exciting new styles. The point of the trip was for Melanie this time, and she ended up with her second pair of Vogs, which happened to be her wardrobe’s sole mate!

But you’ll get that story next time. I’ve decided to break up this post in two because the previous one was just so looooong and a little too hard to navigate. For today I’ll share a couple of Fluegasmic shoes, particularly the spectacular shoes that made me break my promise to myself that I wouldn’t get another pair until the January sale. Here, without further ado:

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Miracle | Sight in blue. Size 6.5. Miracle oxfords with gorgeous embroidery in TARDIS blue. Uh, you knew I’d be all over that, right?? Like with most Miracles, I have to go up a full size in these from my baseline 5.5 because they’re narrow and they run short. The Melrose dealers call this one “Only in L.A.” because yes, it’s only available at the Melrose store. AND THERE’S ONLY ONE PAIR EACH SIZE. These aren’t available on the Fluevog website or in any other color, either, except on Amazon in black as far as I know (which are actually on sale for 20% off for Veteran’s Day, through Nov. 11, as are almost ALL other Fluevogs!! The Viv! The Rubens! The Liz! The Leader! The Elizabeth! Just sayin). And the asterisk * is for the fact that I’m not sure what these are called; they’re called Sight on Amazon, so that’s what I wrote here. (I should have asked the dealers. Sorry.) Here’s what dealer Anthony told me might have happened: one and half years ago, when Fluevog was selling its Fall 2013 collection to other retailers, this amazing blue oxford was one of the choices. One retailer ordered them but then decided not to carry them any longer. So the whole set got kicked back to Fluevog, and in its infinite wisdom, Fluevog HQ decided to send the shoes to the L.A. store. AND THANK THE GODS ABOVE. I apologize in advance to those who are my size because I now have the 6.5 on layaway. Call the Los Angeles dealers if you want these beautiful babies!

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Zion | Trinity in grey. Size 6. These are striking and very high heels! Emily called them architectural, and she was absolutely right (just read the description on the Fluevog website). Size wise, I think they run true to size, although the zippered vamp kept me in pretty well. They’re quite stable but you seriously need to know how to walk in high heels. The leather here is nice and soft, and I really love the colorway. The black-and-blue colorway is also very striking (in more of a dystopic, sci-fi way), but the leather on those is very stiff. I found it hard to walk in the black because it hit my ankle bones in an uncomfortable way with that stiff leather. I had a similar issue with the gray — it’s probably because I have such flat feet — but it wasn’t as problematic given the softer gray leather. Anyway, this style isn’t for me, but you can see how gorgeous it is.

Well, that’s it for today, but I’ll post again very soon. We tried on so many styles from the Fall AND took another look at some worthy shoes on sale from last season. Some are repeats but it’s always great to see how the shoes look on different feet.

Let us know how you like these new styles!

xo, Gladys


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some kind of Lover

Apologies! I can’t believe it’s been about three weeks since I’ve posted. I guess I needed a bit of a break in order to settle back in to Phoenix and start the new school year. Alas, I know I’ve got some catching up to do. Ahem. I’m sure the other ladies of the MotleyFlue do too. Hello! Anyone out there?! Yeah, Shirley and Dorothy. I’m talking to YOU!  We haven’t heard from you in AGES! (Yes. I believe in public humiliation:) Anyhoo… Here goes this week’s post:)

I am a huge fan of the Mini family. For a long time, I have been wanting to add the Mini | Lover to my collection. However, they are only available in black right now. Though black will always be a classic, I just don’t need another pair of black Vogs (over 25% of my collection is black). For the last three years, I’ve been waiting for the Mini | Lover to come out in a different color.

Alas. No go.

However, the Fluevog gods must have heard my prayers because recently, I found these gorgeous Lovers in my size on eBay. (doing the happy dance)

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Until now, I didn’t have anything pink in my collection. I have been drooling over the fuchsia Guides, but didn’t get them because I already have them in blue. (Remember my no doubles policy?) While I like the Liz in pink, that pink is a little too salmon for my liking. But these… these are perfect! I’ve never seen the Mini | Lover in this color combination. According to FlueMama Monika, this combo was around for about a year. I found this gorgeous pair while browsing eBay listings on my phone. Given the awesome price (you’d cry if you found out how much these were), I jumped on them right away.

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After receiving them in the mail, I learned an important lesson… buying from your smartphone is tricky because the photos are so small. When I received them, I was surprised at how scuffed they were. I went back to look at the listing and yes, after looking closely, the scuffing was in the photos, but it was faint. Also, the seller didn’t describe the physical condition of the Vogs. Instead, the listing stated that the Vog is gorgeous, rare, and if interested, you should buy ASAP because they’ll go fast. (I’m such a sucker!) Granted, the price was great and there is still a lot of life in these. But I was slightly disappointed with the scuffing.

I wondered if I could re-furbish these myself. (Confession: I was feeling too cheap and too lazy to drive to Pioneer Renewer. Please don’t judge.) The first thing I did was take it to the ‘net to find out if I could clean the scuffing myself. Turns out, you can remove majority of the dark scuffing with simple household things such as toothpaste or Vaseline. You learn something new everyday:)

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Using an old toothbrush, I scrubbed the scuffs with some toothpaste. Surprisingly, this removed most of the scuffing without damaging the leather. From there, I followed with some leather lotion. They already look amazing! After doing some research, I discovered that there are items available at the local cobbler that can more effectively remove the scuffs. Be sure to talk to your cobbler because some of the solutions out there are very strong and can actually remove the color of the leather.

After removing most of scuffs, I polished the Lovers with pink shoe polish that I purchased from the Haight Street dealers. Did you know that your local dealers carry a selection of Fluevog shoe polish? Well, now you do! A few days after polishing, I treated the shoes with leather dressing. They look gorgeous now!

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I’m loving these equestrian socks!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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Desert FlueReview: Fall 2013 Part 1

Since I was in the Hollywood/Downtown L.A. area over the weekend, I decided to squeeze in a visit to the Melrose store so that I could check out the new Fall line and take care of some layaway business. 🙂 If you’ve been following the sneak previews like we have via the FlueBlog or Facebook, then you must also be anticipating the new collection. My heart nearly stopped when Joanne recently posted her pix from her own visit. My verdict? The shoes do not disappoint!

I managed to try on 7 women’s styles from the new line, but there are plenty more to review once the rest of the season arrives in the stores. I’ll ask my husband to try on some of the new men’s styles as well. As of this writing, there are only 13 styles up on the website, so if you have a hankering for any of the ones you see here that aren’t available online, definitely call up your favorite store to ask about them. Consider this Part 1.

Nota bene: what you should know about my sizing as you read my reviews. 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.

TanyaHalf Truth | Tanya in purple. Size 6. I think I am a little in love with the new family Half Truth. I already love kitten heels in general, and adding them to the Truth shape is simply genius. The shoes are sleek and elegant enough for an edgy-dressy look, but at the same time you know your feet won’t be hurting at the end of the day (or night). The smallest available is the size 6, which is what I tried on for both this maryjane style and the bootie Crystal style below. I’d say they run narrow but true to size for length. I can probably make these work for me but I’d need some insoles. These Tanyas are very purple in real life, but for some reason they photograph blue. I tried tinkering with the photo but you can see it made everything else orange-ish.

CrystalHalf Truth | Crystal in red. Size 6. The safety pin with the skull charm is a great point of interest in these booties. Again, there is an edge to this family that belies the idea of the “kitten” heel. Sinuous felines with super-sharp claws and fangs, baby or not. The rub-off red is a beautiful color, as is the green which reminds me of the leather used in my green Queen Transcendent | Elizabeth maryjanes. Sizing is similar to the Tanya, but you might be able to see here how the flatness of my feet creates a bit of gap around my ankles.

LeaderPrepare | Leader in purple. Size 6. I love the Prepare family. I love the Guides which are the slingback version of these maryjanes. And this is a fantastic new colorway this fall. Gorgeous shoes. Fluevog has nailed it by adding extra pops of color via rubber soles the past couple of seasons. It just makes the shoes even more special. I was able to keep the size 6 on fine because of the maryjane straps, but I’d say these shoes run true to size, or maybe a little bit small. I wish I could have tried on a size 5.5, but it wasn’t available at the Melrose store (the smaller sizes are at other stores, though).

LibbySmithBellevue | Libby Smith in patent burgundy/gray. (Not yet available online. Other colorway here.) Size 6. I drooled when I first saw these. They’d be amazing for a costume. Steampunk ball, anyone? I tried them on because I simply had to, but at the end of the day, I don’t have anyplace to wear them. *cry* They are exquisite. That patent burgundy is killing me. This colorway needs to be on other Fluevog styles, stat. These run true to size.

LuxonHopeful | Luxon in burgundy. Size 6. Great colorway and lovely shoes. The Luxons run half a size small, I think. These fit me really well, except for the straps which had weird ruching along the inside of my feet. I had the same problem when I tried the goldenrod colorway last season. So if you have flat arches like me, BEWARE. The straps are designed for feet with higher arches. Dealer Kate suggests taking them to a cobbler to get the straps altered, so it’s a possibility, but yeah, be prepared to spend another $30 on top of the $300 price tag. (Or maybe my size will eventually go on sale. One can dream.)

RubensBlueBaroque | Rubens in blue. (Not yet available online. Other colorways here.) Size 5. See that? TARDIS blue. The color is spectacular. The Rubens is a staple in Fluevogdom, but I’ve never seen it in anything close to this colorway before. Consider me amazed. I have the burgundy colorway on layaway, but I’m SERIOUSLY considering jumping ship to get this one instead, even though this blue doesn’t have the special stamped leather. I’m OK with that. It’s TARDIS blue after all. What do you think? Should I stick with the burgundy or should I follow my trendy geek-heart?

RubensGreenBaroque | Rubens in olive/green. (Not yet available online. Other colorways here.) Size 5. Another new colorway in the Rubens. I do like the fact that the Rubens style is getting an update with these new colorways and simpler, unstamped suede. But I’m not fond of this particular green shade on this style. By the way, the Rubens runs 1/2 size large.

VivKitschy Kitschy Boom Boom | Viv in brown/navy. Size 6. As you know, Joanne and Shirley have already laid claim to their Vivs. I saw these in the stock photo and thought they were cute, but I was hesitant because I’m trying not to overload my collection with too many oxford heels, but also because I thought the colorway wasn’t ME. (The other colorway looks too much like my Liz maryjanes.) I have to say, however, that not only do they fit well, but the blue is a little brighter than I thought and provides a great contrast with the blond-brown. (My pic is a little misleading — the blue isn’t that bright.) I do love the sky blue piping and dots. This is a very striking shoe and will garner lots of comments, I’m sure. My note on sizing: the KKBB family seems to run a little short and wide, and are also made for higher/thicker arches than mine. I took my true size in the Liz (5.5) and they fit fine with an insole, but the Viv in size 6 felt good to me. So I say go up 1/2 size (or more), especially if you plan to wear them with tights/socks in the fall and winter.

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With the new Fall line already here, you might be a little bored of the Spring 2013 line, but so many of them are on fantastic sale right now! Since I had the time, I tried some on again. I’ve been drawn to Fluevog flats for quite a while now, so that’s what I focused on.

The thing is, I changed my mind about the white/taupe Big Presence | Faradays that I’d put on layaway in May (they’re on great sale, too, by the way). If I were working daily in an office or classroom, I’d definitely wear the heck out of them. But the Faradays don’t really fit my lifestyle right now, and I didn’t want to bring them home only to let them languish in my closet. I’ve done that with too many Fluevogs already and it’s time to stop, notwithstanding how gorgeous they are. Because yes, I was tempted to keep them just as I would keep artwork. But they’re shoes, and they deserve to be out in the world kicking some ass with those steel-point toes.

So I canceled my layaway and used the store credit to purchase some of the Spring shoes on sale. Here’s what I tried on:

MentorDesire | Mentor in black. Size 6. Since I’ve turned my sights toward fall, I thought I’d look at the darker, staple colors. I really liked these loafers in the aqua back in March, but since I already got the Amies in aqua, I decided not to double up on similar-colored flats. However, I’m not a big fan of these Mentors in black. If I had gotten them, I think I would have sized up 1 full size to 6.5 just so I could quickly slip them on and off. The size 6 felt a little too constraining.

Angela7th Heaven | Angela in acid purple. Size 6. I tried on this style last May and was pleasantly surprised by them. Back then, I had a problem with the sizing. Like the Liz, they run short but wide. When I tried on the acid green in May, my feet didn’t feel secure even with the maryjane straps because the shoes were too wide. However, when I tried on the acid purple (which look pinkish to me), I managed to tighten the straps so that my feet felt more secure. I don’t know why I couldn’t do that last May, but I’m glad it worked out. I’ve been on the lookout for some great flat maryjane shoes, and I decided to get these with my store credit. 🙂 I don’t have as much purple in my collection as I do green or blue, and I certainly don’t have any maryjanes in purple or pink. This is my second pair in the 7th Heaven family (this was my first). Consider me a fan.

AmieIntegrity | Amie in gray/orange. Size 6. I know, I know — another colorway in the Amies when I already have two? But seriously I love Amies. Maybe you couldn’t tell? The non-patent style like this one seems to be much more comfortable, with no break-in period necessary. My patent aqua (size 6) required break-in for my left heel, and our friend Lisa R. said she couldn’t break in her patent aqua Amies at all because of the super-tight edges. 😦 But this colorway (along with the cream, the berry, and the black) is solidly comfy at the edges. Go up 1/2 size in this gray/orange colorway. (I can’t say the same for the black, cream, or berry because I haven’t tried them on recently. Those three came out in Fall 2012, and the sizing changed between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.)

ImaginePresence | Imagine in black. Size 7. When I first saw these shoes back in March, I totally thought I’d get the aqua colorway if I got them at all. But since the black were on sale, too, I decided to try them and see if they’d work for wearing in the fall. I was not disappointed. The art deco suede cutouts were just as striking, though of course they’re not as noticeable as the aqua and coral colorways. I was VERY pleased with the black, so I spent a little extra and took these home along with the Angelas! I almost got the gray/orange Amies instead, but I decided against that because 1) I already had two other Amie pairs, and 2) I felt like getting something fancier, and these pointy-toed art deco flats fit the bill. In fact, I wore them to light contra dancing later that evening to start breaking them in. My toes didn’t start feeling a little achy until one and a half hours into the dancing, which was a good sign. They might take another wear or two until they’re fully broken in. These shoes run at least 1.5 sizes small. But if you’d like them easy to slip off and on, you might consider going up even more to 2 full sizes.

xo, Gladys


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building on a budget

Late last year when Madame Shirley set her 50 by 50 goal, I told her that it was totally do-able. She declared that she may have to go bankrupt in order to reach her 50th pair by October 2013. I told her that if she scouted eBay, the FlueMarket, and etsy, she could actually reach her goal and not be ultra poor. Shopping for vintage Vogs is a great way to build your collection on a budget. When I vintage shop, I set strict rules about buying:

a) Set a price limit. Overpaying for a used pair of Vogs is never a good thing. Believe me, there’s an eBay seller that has some killer vintage Vogs. However, I’d never buy from him because his prices are too high. For example, he has a pair of Hi Choice | Hopes for under $300. I bought mine for under $90. Setting price limits is important.

b) Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Anything I add to my collection has to really add to my collection. If I know I’m not going to use it, there’s no point in buying it.

c) Make sure it’s going to fit. I’ve been around Vogs for a while now and I have a sense of how certain families will fit. This can get tricky with the older styles. For fit info that’s out of my purview, I always consult with the dealers. They always give good advice.

d) The Vog has to have some life left. Though Fluevogs can last many years, used shoes are still used shoes. Some people abuse their Vogs more than others. Be sure that the Vog you’re investing in is in good condition. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions. When I bought Margie, I knew that there was a lot of scuffing and such. However, the shoe itself was in great condition. After refurbishing, Margie has lots of life left!

e) It has to be worth the $$ spent. This is related to my first point. Again, I bring up some of the eBay sellers who list some great vintage stuff. While vintage definitely has its value, $300+ for used Vogs is a bit steep – especially since you could likely get new Vogs for that much or less. At the end of the day, I like to feel like I paid a fair price.

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Someone’s loss was my gain. I’ve been wanting these F-Shoes for a while. Luckily, a kind soul listed these on eBay for $50. They were in perfect condition and fit wonderfully! They are my go-to weekend-in-jeans Vog.

In looking at Shirley’s new collection, I count around ten pairs that she purchased for under $100 (including a gorgeous one-of-a-kind sample). She didn’t even have to take any of them to a cobbler for refurbishing! In my personal collection, I have at least four pairs that were under $75. Vintage Vog shopping is a great way to build your collection.

Another great way to build your collection is to sell your Vintage Vogs. A few months ago, in order to streamline my collection, I put three pairs of Vogs on the FlueMarket. Luckily, all three pairs sold. Letting them go felt like I was putting good Fluevog karma into the world. Of course, I used the money to put a brand new pair of Vogs on layaway. The Hopes | Promise are the latest addition to my collection:)

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I had been wanting a pair of heart-heeled boots for ages! An eBay seller listed these used for almost $300! Luckily, I found these for under $90. All they needed was a coat of leather lotion and the heel needed to be re-enforced by a cobbler (a $7 repair).

As I had mentioned in this post, I’m all for refurbishing Fluevogs. It’s a budget-friendly way to build your collection while helping reduce waste. In fact, I know a lot of people are into re-cycled fashion. Shopping for and/or selling vintage Vogs is a great way to do that. Vogs last forever (well, almost!), which is why collecting them is so great. However, I like to keep a consolidated collection. When something isn’t getting the wear it deserves, I have no problem sending them out into the world. That way, someone else gets to build her collection while I re-build my own:)

For those of you who are on a tight budget and have been loving Fluevogs from afar, please don’t lose hope. There are ways to own a pair or two and still have $$ left for rent and bills!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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Presale Party at Fluevog LA/Melrose

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Posing with awesome FTLOV reader Alice K. It’s hard to tell, but she’s wearing her Mini | Gorgeous maryjanes here.
Photo taken by Francine

I am one lucky Voger. You know the Fluevog summer sale is going on now, right? Well, I got an invite from the Los Angeles store to attend their sale preview event which took place last Thursday evening, June 27. I’m so glad I was able to go. One of our lovely readers, Alice K. (see photo above), came over to say hello! It was so fun meeting her and chatting about our love for Fluevogs, and I’m so glad that our FlueReviews and features have been so helpful for people who don’t get a chance to try on the shoes before buying. It’s one thing to see the stock photos of drool-worthy shoes and another to actually see the shoes in action on real people’s feet!

The event itself turned out to be a party with sweet giveaways. The deal? The first 30+ people who purchased something (on sale or not) were eligible to pick out a pair of unworn vintage Fluevogs that were languishing in the back of the store for one reason or another. Yes, free vintage Vogs! Most of them were former floor/demo shoes that now showed a mismatch in color between the left and right shoe, which meant that they couldn’t be sold.

Dealer Anthony put together the tiki-themed party, building the bar (!) and making the masks. He even threw a large, bright-blue rug in the middle of the courtyard to simulate a pool. What creativity! Here’s how fun their courtyard looked:

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Last pairs on sale

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More last pairs

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Candy shish kabobs!

You know what’s so cool? I squeed a little bit when I checked out the official FlueBlog and saw not only a post on the L.A./Melrose party but also a photo with me in it! Well, you can only see my back — that’s me in the teal and black circle-neck dress, with my friends standing next to me — but that moment of recognition when I realized it was me was pretty awesome! I know, I’m a dork. :-p

I got to the store a little late (it started at 5pm) because of traffic hazards on the freeways (grr, L.A. freeways). Luckily for me, however, my friends Jih-Fei and Francine had my back. Both had never tried on Fluevogs before, but they were game to join me at the party. Jih-Fei got there the earliest and stood in line*, so he was the 24th person in. I was number 37. When it came time, he traded numbers with me so that I could be one of the first 30 people. He said he didn’t have a specific shoe in mind anyway and wanted me to get the vintage shoes. What a dear!

Here are the shoes I took home with me:

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I bought the patent green-turquoise Amie flats on sale (reviewed here and here); I couldn’t get them out of my mind after trying them on, plus I am a fan of Amies already … and for the giveaway, I walked away with the gorgeous and totally vintage Coffee | Arabica heels! (Several of the “vintage” Vogs were unsellable last pairs at the store but still available for purchase online. So not technically vintage.) We had a chance to check out the vintage selection before entering the store, and once I laid eyes on the Arabicas, I knew they were IT. They were my size (size 6, they ran about 1/2 size small) and when I quickly tried them on, they worked! The sling-back straps were a little loose, but I only need to punch an extra hole in the straps so that they’ll buckle on tighter. You can imagine how antsy I was before they let me into the store; I hoped that no one else my size was going before me. Given that I only learned about Fluevog in mid-2010 (and didn’t start buying until late 2010), I had no idea what I was doing and missed out on the Arabicas which came out in 2009. The family they belong to, Coffee, is no longer being made because the family business that produced them went out of business (sad). I do have two later styles from the Coffee family (Macchiato and Kopi Tiam) and cherish them both, so I knew I’d have no problems with fit once the Arabicas were broken in. Also, I remember drooling over this Vogunteer pic when it first came out.

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Photo courtesy of Jih-Fei

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Amazing: no muffin side!! Lol
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You might have noticed, though, that my Arabicas are two-toned while the pair in the Vogunteer photo are teal blue all over. Apparently, mine are even more special because they’re custom with the black toes. I think they look fabulous, and they actually matched my dress that evening wonderfully. I put them on once they were officially mine. Here’s a photo of my whole outfit.

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I wore my now-vintage Operetta | Fiorenza slingbacks to the party. Love these shoes too since they’re so adorable and super comfy (driving shoes!). I love the dress, too! A couple years old from Kohl’s but still flattering.

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My friend Francine tried on a few pairs of shoes that she was interested in buying. When she saw dealer Lenae wearing the Miracle | Marvel in yellow, she definitely wanted to try them on. So she did, both colorways. … I just realized none of us at FTLOV tried these on. They seem to fit as most Miracles do, very narrow and at least 1/2 size small.

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They looked AMAZING on her. She fell for them and actually did purchase her first pair of Fluevogs, the green ones. Excellent choice! Congratulations are in order! I’m a little jealous because the Miracles are too narrow for me to be comfortable, but they fit her perfectly as you can see.

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And yes! She got her free vintage pair, too, the Lancianos in olive suede (also Miracle family). She and I both lucked out since most of the vintage shoes were size 6. Actually, Francine is a true size 6, so she had her pick of seven or so pairs, as most of them ran true. Sweet! And I do believe Francine is a Miracle girl. Her first choice to buy had been the Medugorje pumps, but she decided on the more dressy Marvels with their flattering ankle straps. I like the Medugorje but the Marvels really are marvelous!

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Meanwhile, Jih-Fei gravitated towards the Brandenburgs (Gateway family), especially the Brandenburg Light in the orange color. He didn’t want to try them on because there were too many people at the store at the time (a few of whom were quite aggressive —sooo off-putting). And since he had to leave before 7 for another appointment, he missed the store clearing out. But he said he wanted to return to try on shoes soon. 🙂

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Some of the Melrose dealers, including Keith who used to manage the store and now works for l.a. Eyeworks. Snazzy glasses! From top left: Keith, Anthony, and Lenae, and Kate in front. Not pictured are Jen, Kimberley, Austyn, and Alice (who wasn’t able to go at all).

Finally, I just wanted to end with another shout-out to the L.A. staff. I had so much fun, and even though the store was CRAZY for a while, they still managed to be welcoming and kind. I met and talked to Jen, who used to work at the Vancouver store and is now a grad student in L.A. We commiserated over grad school. Lenae and I talked for quite a while about her projects as an artist, after I asked. Dealer Brenda of Seattle had told me all about Lenae’s work, so I knew I had to ask for more info. (Check out her website. Beautiful stuff. Vintage lovers will drool.) Keith, who, granted, no longer works there, made me laugh. Even Anthony, super busy and running around as he was, found time to chat and gave the go-ahead for another special treat for me…. Lovely, awesome Kate totally took care of me, as usual. As I was preparing to leave, she looked at all of the size 6 vintage women’s shoes that were left, looked at me, and then said that I should go grab another pair. Um, seriously??? Yeah, she said, otherwise what would they do with them? Most would be returned to the back of the store. So she okayed it with Anthony, and I did choose another pair!

I felt seriously fortunate, and even blessed. Maybe it was the sparkling wine I’d drunk, but I just felt really happy after meeting and talking over gorgeous shoes — works of wearable art, really — with my old friends, with Alice K., and with the fabulous bunch that is the Fluevog L.A. staff. Plus I was wearing an amazing pair of shoes and holding on to a bag stuffed with new Fluevogs. It was an embarrassment of riches. I was definitely Fluephoric!

You should know, however, that I didn’t keep that second pair. I had chosen a pair that were slightly big for me, and I paid them forward to my mom (who made my fun night — and many other fun days and nights — possible by babysitting). 🙂 And hopefully I’ll get photos of her wearing them soon. [ETA: Check out my mom’s new kicks here!]

xo, Gladys

* I had no idea that there would be a line to get into the store for the preview sale, but duh, of course there would be because of the giveaway. Jih-Fei was the one who wondered about it when I first invited him, but I just assumed there wouldn’t be. My bad. Again, special thanks to him, for having the foresight to get there early!