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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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FlueReview: Spring 2015

Joanne and I, along with friends Cheryl and Mae, visited the Melrose store during Joanne’s brief visit to Los Angeles about a week ago to try on the new styles, and we were not disappointed. This Spring, the shoes range from cute and quirky to sleek, from romantic and flirty to downright sexy.

This is a continuation of our review of the latest Spring styles — see Joanne’s lovin’ lala land for the first part. In this post will be the shoes that Cheryl and I tried on. Cheryl’s up first, so here are her sizing notes:

Cheryl is a US 7.5 street size with a medium arch, medium wide feet, and a longer second toe. She seems to run on the lower end of 7.5 (perhaps 7.25), so she stays true to size when others have to go up half a size.

AngelinaSoprano | Angelina in black. Size 7.5. Cheryl found these true to size. All of our jaws dropped when she tried these on. Let’s just say these wouldn’t go amiss in a bondage-friendly film. Very sexy and va-va-voom. Joanne calls them over-the-shoulder shoes.

CallasMezzo | Callas in blue. Size 7.5. These were also true to size for Cheryl. I think these are in the romantic and flirty category, and they look adorable on both Cheryl and Mae. The soft laces and this colorway in particular — the dusky blue with the turquoise soles — evoke spring very strongly for me (they’re not as green as they appear in the photo).

CareySoprano | Carey in black. Size 7.5. Another true-to-size Soprano for Cheryl. She found these very comfortable even though she was worried at first about the height of the heel. She was looking for shoes to wear in the courtroom, and these certainly look like they mean business.

ElifMini | Elif in black/ivory. Size 7.5. Cheryl found these true to size (others usually go down 1/2 size compared to other Minis). She ended up taking these home. Between the Carey and the Elif, this style had both the business factor she was looking for and the wow factor that Fluevog is known for.

SamBlueKKBB | Sam in blue/navy. Size 7.5. Cheryl found these just a smidgen large; if they’d had a 7.25 they would have been perfect. The Sam is one of the more delightful additions this Spring. Joanne thinks that this style will definitely come back in future seasons in other colorways. Given the reception they’ve already received, I’m with her on this.

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Here are the styles I tried, including the Sam in the other colorway. My sizing notes:

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.

SamRedKKBB | Sam in cherry/blue/white. Size 6. I tried on my usual size in the Liz style of this family but found that the Sam fits slightly bigger. It’s possible that I could comfortably wear a 5.5, but since the Melrose store didn’t carry anything smaller than the 6, I can’t be sure about that. I wanted to show you this angle because of the straps. With my flat arches, I had to use the tighter of two snap buttons, which meant that the straps kind of winged out to the sides. I personally don’t mind this, but I can imagine that some people might not like this particular silhouette for themselves.

BudapestEarth Angel* (not on the website) | Budapest in turquoise. Size 6. Half size to full size small. We’re not sure if this is the correct family because the shoe isn’t on the website yet. I have three pairs from the Earth Angel family, which I thought was retired a few years ago, and the fit on the soles feels very similar if not the same. This particular style isn’t as immediately comfortable as my older pairs, but if I went up a full size to 6.5 and wore them with cozy socks, I can see them becoming a go-to ankle boot. The leather is very soft and velvety and would break in easily. This colorway is fabulous.

GardinerBrownRules Low | Gardiner in brown. Size 5.5. This is the same family as the Joni and the fit is the same for me, true to size — although my toes look incredibly close to the edge there. These were comfortable upon first trying on, and I really like this darker brown.

GardinerFloralRules Low | Gardiner in floral. Size 5.5. True to size. Joanne asked me to try on the floral. I think they’re prettier than the brown, but I find that they’re too close to “nude” for my skin color and basically get washed out. Still a very comfortable sandal, though. The heel on this family is great because it’s fairly low and stable but has an interesting shape.

GladiceBWPetit Talon* (not on the website) | Gladice in white/black. Size 6. Runs a quarter to half a size small. I was really excited to try these on because, hello, they’re kind of my namesake (Gladice is the French spelling of my name). PLUS I love kitten heels and the soles of these are adorable (Petit Talon is also French for kitten heel, although I’m not positive that this is the family name because it’s not on the website yet). I totally forgot to take a pic of the sole — next time! — but it says something like big surprises come in small packages “Small Things Can Bring Big Pleasures.” Love! And seriously, look at this colorway. It’s very striking. I’m not a white-shoe person at all, but I think I’ll have to make an exception for these. When I asked how I could style them, Mae immediately suggested treating them like a neutral.

GladiceBlackPetit Talon* | Gladice in black. Size 6. The white/black colorway wowed us, but the black one not so much. It’s because the interesting detail of the patent-leather toes gets muted. It’s still a great shape, however, and I think this would look wonderful with the right ankle-length trousers or skinny jeans.

TacoSwordfish Women’s | Rococo Taco in black. Size 6. Maybe a quarter size small (I felt like I had a bit of room in the 6, but these don’t come in smaller sizes). I saved this one for last because it’s the one that was furthest from my style preferences but ended up surprising me. I think it looks both tough and sexy, what with the tongueless peekaboo going on there with the detailed straps. The surprise came with the comfort factor — it didn’t feel like a 3.5″ heel at all, and the pointy toes were also comfortable for me. They were also fairly easy to put on because of the inside zipper. I was very impressed. I have nothing like this in my collection, yet I can see myself creating outfits around them, from casual to clubbing to the opera. Hmm, we’ll see.

AntonLiving | Anton in grey. These were worn (and bought) by a lovely lady we met during our visit, Trish, a longtime Vogger who lives in the area. We enjoyed talking to her so much that we asked to take a photo of her wearing these shoes. These are supposed to be grey but they’re really more beige (the lighting makes them look even darker than they are).

FlowerWheelHere’s the requisite flower wheel from the end of our visit. Thanks once again to Fluevogologists Ali and Jonny for taking care of us and working so hard to help us try on so many pairs. I found out that Ali and I are basically size twins, so I hope that the Melrose store will carry the smaller sizes in the future! *crossing fingers* 🙂 Jonny, who is very tall, took this photo because he could get all of us in the shot. He’s at the 6 o’clock position (forgot to ask what shoe he’s wearing), and going clockwise from there is Ali in the Liz, Cheryl in her new Elif, Mae in the Woop Woop, me in the Sandra, and Joanne in her vintage Rayelle.

Let us know in the comments which pairs you’re lusting after!

xo,
Gladys


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lovin’ lala land

Hello Fellow Flueddicts!

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be in Los Angeles for research. It’s been a while since I have spent any substantive time in the area. Naturally, I carved out some much-needed gal pal time. On Friday night, I met with Miss Gladys and my college besties Mae and Cheryl. We headed out to Melrose with two objectives: 1) find me a wedding dress and 2) visit the LA Fluevog store!

We reached the store at around 7ish and basically closed out the place (they’re open ’til 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays). I want to give an extra special thanks to Ali and Jonny for all their hard work. They brought out dozens of boxes for us and patiently let us try on numerous Vogs just so we could provide these FlueReviews for you. If you’re ever in the LA area, please do not hesitate to visit the Melrose store. Tell them that the MotleyFlue sent you!

To make the posts manageable, Gladys and I divided the pics. She will be sharing what she and Cheryl tried on. I will go over what Mae and I tried on. I know you all have been anxiously waiting to see the spring collection. Here it goes!

IMG_0579Mezzo| Callas. Size 6.5. Mae went down 1/2 a size in this one. She says it was a little tight on the right toe (and admits it’s a personal thing). For me, I’m not big on laces, but I do think these are so cute! The color is amazing and the pop of turquoise on the soles make it extra special!

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Kitschy Kitschy Boom Boom | Sam. Size 7.5. For Mae, these needed to come in quarter sizes because size 7.25 would have been perfect! She described them as comfy-ish (likely because of sizing). I think we can all agree that these are soooo cute! They remind me of something that came from the Hopes family years ago. Like many things in the KKBB line, I think Sam is here to stay, and that she’s coming in other colors (don’t get me started on the Raspberry Heels colorway; it’s to die for!). Dear John Fluevog: I’d like to see this in a burgundy/grey or purple/grey combo. I also hope you you bring the Raspberry Heels colorway to your stores.

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Tasty Vogs | Dorothy. Size 7.5. Mae went up 1/2 size and says they are really comfortable. In fact, she kept these on her feet for quite a while. My spider senses tell me that these could potentially be on Mae’s want list. I really like these. They remind me of my mother, and I’m sure lots of Filipina moms would be proud to see their daughters sport this:) They have that nostalgic feel and I wouldn’t be surprised if my mom owned a pair like these! The MotleyFlue would like to think that these babies were named after our very own Dorothy, the Artful Voger. (Yes, it’s been ages since you’ve heard from Miss Dorothy. She’s been super busy.)IMG_0576Bellevues | Mollie Johnson. Size 7. These are from Mae’s favorite family. They fit true-to-size and the color combination is fantastic! The patent leather navy blue with magenta/pink really make these stand out. (They also match Mae’s socks perfectly!)

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Family TBA | Budapest. Size 8. These are so new that they’re not on the site and we don’t even know the family name yet. (I think they’re from the Earth Angels family, but I could be wrong.) In truth, I was surprised that the gals tried these on because they’re not exactly the cutest things in the store. (That’s about as nice as I’m going to get with these.) Mae had to go up a full size. She confesses that they’re really comfortable and will grow on you – even though they look like aqua socks.

IMG_0574Sopranos | Angelina. Size 7.5. Online, these don’t look like much. However, the story is day-and-night different when you see these in person. Mae went up 1/2 size and did not want to take them off. In fact, she loved them so much that she tried them on in BOTH colors! My spider senses tell me that these will also make it to her coveted list of acquired Fluevogs. These reminded me of a very conservative version of the famous Grand Nationals. It’s the tongue-less boot that makes me feel this way.

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Below are the Fluevogs I tried on. As you will notice, I only tried on three pairs. It was a long day for me (up at 2am to pack and arrive in LA by 9am; headed to the museum and spent the day there; checked in to the hotel; met the gals…) and since the other gals were doing some serious searching, I opted to lay low with respect to trying things on. Also, we had just come from the Tatyana Boutique, where I managed to find my wedding dress (yay!). Since I kinda hogged everyone’s attention with my wedding needs, I wanted to let everyone else get their fair share of shopping love. Finally, because I was so tired and dehydrated, my left leg started to cramp really badly! It made the latter part of our visit miserable for me. Again, I want to thank Ali for helping me out by making sure I was properly hydrated. It really helped alleviate a miserable situation.

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Truths | Bekkie. Size 10. I have been wanting to add something from the Truths family to my collection for a long time now. I’m still kicking myself for not investing in the Pilgrims. Oh. My. God. Bekkie – look at these shoes! I like these Vogs and I cannot lie… (okay, I’ll stop). The low heels makes these super comfy. I love the look of the open spaces and I really need a pointed toe in my collection. Even though I went up a full size, there was still slight pinching on the sides of my feet. If I were to get these, I’d need to stretch them. Yes. These are FABULOUS! If you love printed socks and tights, these are an amazing compliment!

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Kitschy Kitschy Boom Boom: Liz. Size 10. I typically have to go up a full size in these. This color was no exception. Much to everyone’s surprise, I do not have this Vog in my collection. Though this is a nice color combo, it’s just not me. I’m still waiting for the perfect colors before I commit to Liz.

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 Prepares | Guide. Size 9.5. Truth be told, I broke my no doubles policy when I put these on layaway in San Francisco. They are gorgeous! I have been wanting something with this print, but nothing quite suited me. I’m so glad that these are available and I’m sure they have been selling well. I went up 1/2 size on these. The top part seemed a little snug, so it will need some stretching before taking these home. I couldn’t go up to a 10 because the footbed would be too long. Sigh. I love these!

I hope you enjoyed checking out the spring collection as much as we loved trying them on for you. In comments, please let us know what you have your eyes on. Also, what color combos are you looking for?!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

Note: 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. 

Mae typically wears size 7. The Bellevues are her favorite family.


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Desert FlueReview: Fall 2014 Sale

Lo Fs Stella

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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Happy International Fluevog Day!

Hello All,

I’m so sorry for being MIA. Life has taken its toll and this semester was insane. I know I’m behind in posting my spring review. Many thanks to Miss Gladys for posting hers in time for today. In truth, I’m headed back to the San Francisco bay area today and I’m currently cleaning my house and packing so I can be home in time for Miss Dorothy’s graduation on Saturday! Anyhoo…

In honor of IFD, I just wanted to share my personal picks for spring. Here they are:

Murillo

I LOVE the Baroque: Murillo. Size 9. They run true to size and the heel is nice and chunky, just how I like it! When I tried these on a few months ago, I felt like a total queen! I’m sure they look amazing with bright colored tights or socks peeking through the diamond-shaped peep holes:)

Simon

Another pair I’m eyeing and hoping the Fluevog Gods send my way are the i Believe High: Simon in  Floral. Previously, I tried these on in size 9 and they are a nice, roomy fit. There is something about this floral pattern that really speaks to me. I’ll have to try them on later this week when I finally have time to visit the Haight Street dealers.

Speaking of which…. The Haight Street Fluevog Store just experienced a recent makeover. Check it out!

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Oh my fellow Flueddicts! It pains me to be away from today’s festivities. However, I wish you all luck when you hit the stores or order online today. A handful of you will be lucky enough to win FREE Fluevogs! I know this because two years ago, I was one of those lucky winners. It still remains one of my favorite life moments. Good luck and please share what you’ve added to your arsenal of fabulousness!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

p.s. Rumor has it Madame Shirley will be at the Haight Street store handing out stickers. Tell her I sent you and she’ll give you a free MotleyFlue hug!! (Get ready, Shirley!)

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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 II

Hi fellow Vogers! It’s time for another omnibus FlueReview from your resident Desert Voger. You’ll have to forgive me — I know it’s been over two months since my last post here! I owe you the next part of the Fall 2013 reviews (Part I is here), and whew are there a lot of shoes to review! Warning: This post is seriously photo-heavy.

My latest visit to the Melrose store was occasioned by an outing with two dear friends, Melanie and Emily, who live in my town. We’re in the same mom’s group, our children play together often, and we hang out together as much as we can. (I actually went to college with Emily years ago, and we reconnected when I moved here seven years ago.) While Melanie had been to Fluevog a couple of times already — and bought the beautiful Operetta Bartoli boots in burgundy as her first pair — Emily had never been. Between the three of us, we managed to try on close to 30 different pairs of shoes over the course of two and a half hours. Our dealers extraordinaire were Kate and Anthony, who were fantastic as usual. I walked in the door with a list of shoes I wanted to try on (my theme for the occasion was blue, blue, blue!), but my favorite part was being delightfully surprised with the pairs that Kate curated for me!

Just to clarify, I review here only the pairs that I personally tried on. However, I’m including photos of the other ladies trying on some of the styles, just so you can see what the shoes look like on and in different lighting than the stock photos. I’m wearing the burgundy tights with the owl skirt. Melanie is wearing the gray tights with the pink skirt, and she is between size 8 and 9, which high arches. Emily is wearing jeans, and she is between 6 and 7 (but sizes up if she wears arch supports for her flat arches), and has very narrow feet, ankles, and calves, which is why she can stuff her jeans inside many of the boots.

I’ve organized this post by family (alpha order), so just scroll down to the families you’re interested in.

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.

7th Heaven Family

DerbySwirl7th Heaven | Derby Swirl in red calf hair pony (limited edition). Size 6. These fit the same as my purple polka-dotted Derby Swirls, which is to say they run true to size. For my 5.5 feet, that means there is wiggle room at the toes in the size 6, which is perfect for how I like to wear my hard boots (with thick socks). Anthony said this style is only available in certain stores — L.A., New York, and San Francisco were what I remember. {EDITED 10/20/13: Now available online! } It’s obviously very striking. I’m not a fan of the hairiness, however. I don’t know how I’d clean it. 🙂 I only wish I’d tried on the new burgundy and purple colorways and taken a photo because they look amazing. The black colorway with the confetti soles was cute.

Awake Family

PeakAwake | Peak in black. Size 6. This was a pair that Kate brought out for me. I knew that Miss Joanne had already reviewed it, but I didn’t go gaga over it. It was a different story when I tried it on. First, Joanne is absolutely correct that it’s very stable despite a very high (and uniquely-shaped) platform. What I’d like to add is that the leather felt like it was hugging my feet. I was impressed with the comfort level of these shoes. And if I ever need a pair of striking, high-platform wedge booties, these would be my choice. Given that the size 6 fit me perfectly, I’d say these run a half-size small, which was the case for Joanne as well (this finding contrasts with the sizing recommendation on the Fluevog website). Even though they’re boots, I’d definitely wear these with tights or bare skin rather than with thick socks.

Baroque Family

LorrainBaroque | Lorrain in blue velvet. Size 6. These beauties fit on me like the Rubens, which is a half size too big. I’d need a size 5. Like the Awake | Peak, I don’t think I’d wear these booties with thick socks, given the style and the softness of the leathers. So getting the size that fits snugly would work best. However, with my flat feet, I’d wear arch support with these, which might mean I should get half a size up (5.5). The arch supports would get rid of the wrinkling at the ankle that you see in the photo.

Bellevue Family

LauraEvansBellevue | Laura Evans in black. Emily is modeling one of the new colorways (with the burgundy buckles) in the very classic-looking T-strap from the delicate Bellevue family.

LibbySmithBellevue | Libby Smith in gray/burgundy. Melanie couldn’t help but try on these gorgeous boots. She asked why no one had ever invented boots like this in this colorway before. 🙂 They look fantastic on her with her high arches, and I like the way the gray blends with her tights. It went very well with her outfit, actually, and toned down the air of cos-play that I associated with the boots the last time (see my review of the boots here).

Big Presence Family

DavisBig Presence | Davis in blue/black. Size 6. I’m a big fan of the Davis, but alas these run true to size with the smallest size being 6. 😦 I love this colorway as well. That blue leather is fan-tastic and I wish it was in more of the styles this Fall.

Daily Miracle Family

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DiscoveryBackDaily Miracle | Discovery in brown. OK, so these are not part of the Fall 2013 line, but the color and style are very appropriate for fall. They look amazing on Emily — who ended up buying them! — and the best part is they’re on sale, almost 40% off! The leather is like butter, and I really like that accent on the back.

FortuneDaily Miracle | Fortune in floral. Another non-Fall item, but Emily really fit into the Daily Miracle family so Anthony brought out the Daily Miracles they had. These floral leathers are so fun to look at.

MysteryDaily Miracle | Mystery in black. Emily said she liked these but wasn’t looking for oxford booties. These are also on sale. 🙂

Desire Family

TutorDesire | Tutor in blue/tan. Size 6.5. This was another surprise pair that Kate curated for me. Given my current blue obsession, these were perfect. What I loved was how comfy they were. I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve been on a casual-Fluevog kick for the past year or so. I’m drawn to all the flats (that aren’t boots), although for some reason these didn’t even make the radar when I made my pre-visit list. This style is in the same family as the Mentor, which seems like a very comfy shoe. Kate suggested I go with the 6.5 in the Tutor and they fit well (which means they run a full size small). I could wear these with thick socks since the elastic at the back of the heel is very forgiving. These are very cute shoes that I could wear under jeans and with the occasional skirt. Sometimes I don’t feel like wearing ballet flats. These would be an awesome alternative. The stone/black colorway would be perfect for those who want a more neutral look.

Fellowship Family

SandraFellowship | Sandra in black/white. Again, here are shoes that aren’t part of the Fall 2013 collection but that would look great for fall. Melanie looks absolutely adorable in the shoes, and they looked wonderful with her outfit. Lucky for her, she doesn’t get the weird flapping issue when she wears the Sandra the way I do.

Fortitude Family

LutherFortitude | Luther in metallic. Size 7. Another delightful surprise via Kate. So the Luther runs small as well, at least a full size. Kate had me wear the 7, but I thought that it was actually a little loose at the heel for me even though the width was comfortably snug. Anthony said that since the leather would loosen up as the shoes were broken in, I should get the 6.5 to prevent myself from eventually walking out of them. So these run just one full size small for average-to-wide feet. However, if I’d been wearing thick socks when I tried them on, they probably would have fit better lengthwise. Up to you to size up 1 or 1.5 sizes.

Garden of Enjoyment Family

PizzazzGarden of Enjoyment | Pizzazz in blue. Size 6. These run true to size, maybe a little larger. I just couldn’t help myself from trying them on, even though they’re not really my style. I really like the blues on this shoe, especially with the texture of the faux-lizard leather. It’s too bad the leather isn’t on other Fluevog styles this season.

Hopeful Family

DivineHopeful | Divine in camel (orange). Here’s Melanie modeling the new camel boots in the Hopeful family. Both Emily and I tried them on as well, and our verdict was that they were very comfy. (I don’t have a more detailed review because I just put on the same size that Emily tried on. I only wanted to get a general feel for the height and stability of the boots. I believe they run the same as the Luxons, which means they’re half a size small.) The color reminds me of my orange  Prepare | Volunteer boots.

Kitschy Kitschy Boom Boom Family

LizKKBB | Liz in brown. Emily couldn’t leave the store without trying on the Liz. They’re such unique shoes, and she really liked this colorway, but they’re a little too wide for her feet. She truly needs arch supports for these. I believe the sizing for this season’s Liz is the same as the last (my past review here).

Lo F Family

StellaLo F | Stella in navy. Size 6. I think these are adorable boots — don’t they look perfect for the rain? — but they’re quite big on me. One of the Fluevogologists (on the website) says they fit like a galosh, so maybe bigness shouldn’t be an issue if you buy them specifically for rainy days. Indeed, given the very generous sizing for the ankle and calf, I could stuff my pants in these AND wear thick, warm, cozy socks.

Mini Family

BunnyMini | Bunny in green/brown. Size 6. This is for one of our readers (hi Jen!) who asked about this colorway on the Bunny. The sizing is half a size smaller than other shoes in the family like the Qtees. The size 6 was a little big for me, but it might be okay with thick socks. However, given the style, I’d probably not want to wear thick socks and go with my true size 5.5. (I’m a 5 in the Qtees.) I didn’t think I’d be fond of this colorway, but once I got a look in person, they’re quite lovely. It was the same with my first reaction to the brown/blue Vivs: at first, I didn’t like that 1970s mustardish brown in the stock photos, but in person it’s a lot richer and attractive. Don’t get me wrong, I do think there’s a retro feel to these shoes, but they’re a lot cuter than I thought.

Miracle Family

MedugorjeMiracle | Medugorje in gray glitter. Size 6. I couldn’t help but try these on! These fit just like other Medugorje in past seasons. The shoe runs at least one half size small, and for me the toe box is too narrow and tight for my wide toes. The Miracle family is beautiful, no doubt, but it doesn’t have the comfort factor for my type of feet.

Modvog Family

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Jen2Modvog | Jen in black. Size 6. I had these at the top of my list. I think they look different from most of the styles this season (I believe they’re old school, though, right?). This one was a surprise for me in that I had thought 1) they would be too big for me and 2) they wouldn’t look as good on me as they did. I don’t want to mislead about the sizing, though. These run true to size, but because of the ankle strap, my feet stayed in just fine. I can make these work with some insoles. After I saw my feet in the mirror that day, I fell hard for these shoes. The copper accent is even cooler in person than in the stock photos. My only worry is that the stiff leather will be difficult to break in, but I’d be willing to work on it. 🙂

Munster Family

MunsterMunster | Ramona in blue velvet. Size 6. Another shoe I had to try because of the delicious blue color. Like other Munsters, these run true to size and are too tall for me. But they’re very cool to look at.

Operetta Family

BordoniOperetta | Bordoni in blue/cherry. Size 6. I think these shoes are so fun to look at, and of course I love the Operetta family with its usual comfort factor. The size 6 is only a little big for me, so these are probably close to true-to-size. I think the colorway looked awesome with my outfit that day. 🙂

MalibranBOperetta | Malibran in black/white. Emily tried on the Malibran, which she thought was a super cute shoe, as I do. I have these in black, but I like the stitched accents on this season’s styles of Operettas.

Passage Family

CairoPassage | Cairo in burgundy. Size 6. Very lovely color and leather. The heel height is comfortable as well. This shoe is quite narrow so unless you have very narrow feet, size up. The size 6 was uncomfortably snug on me, which means, for my slightly-wide feet, I’d size up one full size to 6.5.

Prepare Hi Family

SummitPrepare Hi | Summit in blue. Size 6. I tried these on for fun. This family is too high for me, but of course the blue was calling my name. When I got them on and looked in the mirror, I had to laugh because it looked like I was wearing roller skates! They’re adorable. These were a little big but my feet stayed in quite well, predictably, because of the laced-up ankles.

Queen Transcendent Family

EscarpinQueen Transcendent | Escarpin in black glitter. Size 6. Another glittery shoe I had to try on for fun! I totally love the Queen Transcendent heel. I believe these run true to size. Too bad they didn’t have a 5.5 so I could walk around and really see how comfortable they are.

VictoriaQueen Transcendent | Victoria in purple suede. Size 6. These are actually VERY purple, but they photograph blue on my iPhone. Sorry about that. The size 6 are a little big even with the lacing at the ankles (I could probably tighten them or use different laces that have more traction — these were velvet ribbon or something). If the Summit looked like fancy roller skates on me, these looked like fancy ice skates (at least from the front)! These are beautiful and delicate-looking boots. A nice addition to the QT family.

Radio Family

BBCRadio | BBC in brown. With jeans, the BBC look classic and rugged at the same time. The brown colorway adds to that theme. Emily liked how comfortable they were, but she was looking for sexier boots (she certainly found them with the Daily Miracle | Discovery knee-highs). I think these would go well with skirts.

KCRWRadio | KCRW in brown. I adored how these lace-ups looked with Melanie’s outfit. The boots are quite rugged, but the dress and tights softened them quite a bit; conversely, the boots toughen up the pink skirt. There’s a “prairie” look to the whole ensemble, but not in an overly-cutesy way.

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Whew! So that’s it for this installment of my Fall 2013 reviews. Believe it or not, Anthony told me there would be some more surprises later this season, but maybe as early as this month. I’m trying to find a time to go with my husband so that he can try on the men’s collection. I’m quite excited about that because I really like what I’ve seen of the men’s styles this season. Hopefully, by the time we make another visit, the newest styles that Anthony told me about will have arrived at the store as well. I’ll post again when that happens.

Happy Voging! What a truly lovely season this has been so far!

xo, Gladys


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purple bliss

As mentioned before, I’m totally excited about fall. After visiting our friends at Haight Street, I have a lot of great info to share in the upcoming weeks. Today, I’d like to start with members of the Prepare family.

This season boasts a gorgeous purple color found in the two Vogs below. The Map and the Leader also feature gorgeous blue accents that we saw previously on the Rosy. Though subtle, these details really make a difference!

Map

Though the Map previously came in black and a brown/mustard combo, this is the first time I’ve tried them on. These are a size 9 and they seem to run true to size. However, since I like lots of wiggle room, I would likely get a 9.5 in these. (Please double check with your local dealers to verify size.) Like everything else in the Prepare line, these are very comfy and give some great height without painful feet. I love the double laces and think switching it up with different laces (perhaps satin or any other thick lace or ribbon) would be equally gorgeous.

Leader

Technically, adding these to my collection does not violate my no doubles policy. The Leader is not the Guide (even though they look alike). For those of you who have the Guide, you know this is an all-day, comfy Vog that you can wear everyday. Naturally, the Leader is no different. I’m told that the Leader runs true to size. I’m wearing a 9 in the photo. For me, they’re snug. However… my feet are weird and require different sizing for both the Guide and the Leader. Here’s why….

I have wide feet and like wiggle room in the toes. The Leader and Guide curve a bit narrow on the top. In my blue Guides (size 9.5), my outer toes hit up against the toe box. Not a big deal, but if I could do it again, I’d opt for size 10 in the Guide. In the burgundy Leader, the 9.5 was a much better fit for me, but I had the same outer toe issue. After trying the 10, the toes were perfect, but the footbed was slightly long. Between the two, I’d likely opt for 10. Again, contact your local dealer for sizing, as my feet are weird.

On both of these Vogs, the blue heel is a great detail and the purple is a unique neutral.

For the love of Fluegasms,
j-ro


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changing policy?

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As I’ve said time and again, I have a strict no doubles policy. It helps me maintain a very streamlined Vog collection. Besides, like many of you, I’m on a really tight budget and setting rules about building my collection helps me maintain a loving relationship with my bank account.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I haven’t been tempted to have doubles in my collection. However, I believe in adhering to some strict rules to avoid buyer’s remorse. Of course, there is an exception to every rule and I think I may have met my match.

Say hello to the Fellowship | Sandra in this season’s newest color combination.

I nearly cried when I saw her on the Fluevog site. She’s so gorgeous. In person, she’s even better. I love the rich red and pink on this color combo. Of course, the Fellowship | Sandra is a super comfy flat. My black pair are a daily go-to.

Some other details about the Fellowship | Sandra…. They are sized small, so I have to go up to size 9.5 in these (as opposed to size 9). Because of my extremely flat feet, there is some puckering that happens on the side. However, with a pair of Superfeet insoles, that’s an easy issue to fix. These are a classic, must-have for anyone’s collection. In fact, Madam Shirley just added these to her collection.

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Now the question remains…. Do I have the strength to adhere to my no-doubles policy? Or will this iteration of Sandra break me?! Silly Vog problems…. Sigh.

For the love of Vogs,
j-ro


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Air Canada: uniforms done right!

Our dear friends at Haight Street just sent us this link. It looks like Air Canada is going to roll out some new uniforms for their employees on July 1st. Their new threads will be sourced in Canada and will feature the country’s best shoe designer: John Fluevog! Check out the shoes!  I’d love to own Liz in that color combo.  Also,  Grant looks totally sharp! Does this mean I’m going to have to apply for a job at Air Canada?! Sigh. Oh Air Canada. You just became the coolest place to work at!

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For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro