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the fluevog traveler

This past fall, I was traveling and had the honor of visiting three different Fluevog stores in two different countries (It’s not as exotic as it sounds: one was in Canada, the other was here in the U.S.). The first of my travels was in Toronto, where I attended an academic conference. Since the Fluevog store on Queen Street was a healthy walk away, I couldn’t possibly pass on the chance to visit. It’s a cute little store that for some reason, reminds me of the LA store, but smaller. Actually, I really loved the area because it reminded me of San Francisco. (In fact, a lot of Toronto reminds me of San Francisco.) Naturally, visiting the store made me homesick.

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I thought I was finished with visiting the Fluevog store that day. However, I went back to Queen Street the next day because my new friend Monica wanted to know what the Fluevog hullabaloo was all about. While Monica was checking out the Vogs, I met the lovely Sarah O. You may remember her from her guest post on pointy Fluevogs. It was so funny because she was at the same conference I was attending. Naturally, great academic minds think alike, which explains why we were at the Fluevog store at the same time:)  I LOVE meeting fellow Flueddicts!

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Anyhoo… The lovely Monica fell in love with Idols | Freddie in burgundy. Unfortunately, Queen Street didn’t have her size. Therefore, we had to make our way to The Distillery, where the other Fluevog store is located. (Oh shucks – twist my arm!) I must give thanks to James (Queen Street) and Andrew at The Distillery for making sure Miss Monica went back to England with an amazing pair of Fluevogs. Here she is:

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Since I was in Toronto for an academic conference, I did not get to do much sight seeing. I can’t say I’m disappointed because I was really happy to have visited TWO Fluevog stores. (Yes, this confirms my love of Vogs. Seriously…)

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The next trip I took was to Chicago, where I was at a conference at DePaul University. It was super cold and on the last day, it started to snow. While I liked experiencing the first snow, I was a bit over the whole “layering of clothes” thing. Seriously. Those of you who live in four seasons – especially snow – have my total respect. I couldn’t stand the two days I had to pile layer upon layer of clothing just to keep warm. Bleh. I know. I’m a two-season whimp!

Anyhoo…. I did make it a point to visit the Chicago Fluevog store. I must say, it’s one of the biggest stores I’ve been to. I guess it used to be a theater that is now converted to the store. The Distillery was big (and gorgeous), with high ceilings and such. I quite liked it, but there was a lot of empty space. Chicago is big, but I didn’t feel like there was as much empty space.

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While there, I did not try on any Vogs. (My trips to Toronto and Chicago were on back-to-back weekends.) Instead, I just walked around and checked out their displays and such. The workers were nice. Unfortunately, I didn’t get their names and wasn’t chit-chatty. (Yeah. That can get weird. How would I start that conversation? “Hi. I’m Joanne – the Flueddict that runs this blog and….”) Still. It’s a GORGEOUS store.

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I know that spring is slowly trickling in and there are some AMAZING new Vogs. Like Gladys, I agree that there are some amazing things that are still on sale. Sigh. What’s a Vog lover to do?!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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stuff i should have posted ages ago

When I came home for Thanksgiving, I naturally went to the Fluevog store. Thank heaven the Manpanion understands my need to go to the store. It’s home to me. Le Dealers at Haight Street are wonderful. My love for the shoes also has something to do with the people who work there. Le Dealers are so patient and kind – especially when it comes to this blog. It takes a lot for them to run up and down those stairs bringing box after box for the Manpanion and I to try on. Seriously. On most days, I’m sure it’s not fun. This is why I always give Le Dealers my everlasting kudos. You folks are awesome!

Before I continue, I want to again, apologize for lagging on these posts. Last semester was a big one for me. I was teaching five course (with four new preps), while launching a sixth one for my program. In addition, I had to travel for two conferences and one talk. Needless to say, I was wiped! While I’m not trying to make excuses, I will say that these posts are always better late than never. Here we go!

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Mini | Elif. Size 9 in LE Raspberry. These are a Haight Street Limited Edition Vog. I’m almost positive that by now, they’re sold out. However, I suggest you contact them to verify. As I have said before, I have a strict no doubles policy. Therefore as much as I loved these, I knew they wouldn’t come home with me because I already have them in black and ivory. I will say that these fit a little more narrow than usual. I typically take size 8.5 in these. However, I tried on the 9 and while the length was fine, the width felt a little snug. I’ve seen folks on Fluevog Fridays wear these and they’re adorable!

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Global Freedoms | Privacy. Black & Metallic. These are now on sale. The Manpanion loved these. If they came in his size, he would have taken these home by now. These would have been the perfect wedding Vogs! FlueDaddy Denny explained that something must have been off with production because these came in HUGE sizes. The Manpanion is typically a size 9ish in Fluevogs. Therefore, the smallest size (10) was a bit big. We affectionately called these the Robocop shoes because they had that futuristic feel. C’mon, they even had charging station dots!

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Idols | Freddie. Burgundy. These are also currently on sale. My dear friend Monica purchased these when we were in Toronto. I wanted the Manpanion to check them out. He has a similar boot, but I wanted to see what he thought about the zipper details. These are AMAZING! I love the Cuban heel and the shape is great. Though it’s a men’s shoe, women with larger feet who love the masculine details will want to add this to their collection.

We didn’t try on that much because we were there during Black Friday. While we did manage to meet some awesome folks from Fluevog Fridays, we had to cut our visit short because I was heading back to Phoenix in the next few days. Sadly, my trips back to San Francisco often feel short. Therefore, the Manpanion and I try our best to spend as much time together as possible.

Of course, we took a quintessential Fluevog shot. Here it is!

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Last fall, I was also doing a lot of traveling. Though I did not purchase any new Vogs to add to my arsenal (Confession: I’m a Haight Street loyalist), the lovely Dealers in Toronto (both Queen Street and The Distillery) and Chicago did treat me well during my visit(s). That post is coming up sometime soon, I swear! For now, here are some things I tried on.

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Passage | Preet. Size 10 in silver. I tried these on at Queen Street, Toronto. For me, these were a bit narrow, so I went up to a size 10. I really loved these. There’s a small heel, but still super comfy. The copper zipper and rub-off texture really give these babies life. They’re currently on sale, which makes getting them super tempting. However, I’m going to have to be a good girl. (But if any of you wanted to be my Flue-fairy godparent, I’d love you forever!) I know these are going to be that pair that got away. However, there are just too many on my “want” list. Sigh.

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Hopscotch | Double Dutch. Size 10 in grey. I tried these on at Queen Street, Toronto  because someone on Fluevog Fridays asked me to. Otherwise, I would not have given these any consideration. However, these are a definite surprise for me. For those of you who love the Summertime family, you’ll like these because they’re high, but REALLY stable. The grippy bottoms really make a difference. (However, I’d like to note that these are not all-day Vogs. Where the Summertimes are a 6ish hour shoe, I’d say the Hopsctoch family is a 5-6ish hour shoe.) I recommend you check these out because they have some amazing details:

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The grippy heels totally add to the stability of this Vog. 

I think that’s it for now. Again, thank you for your patience. It’ll be a while before I make it back to San Francisco to try on the spring collection. I must say… there are some GORGEOUS Vogs this season! Though I’m not a spring gal, the paisley Guides, Sam (I’m hoping these stay because I’d be all over this in a purple/grey combo), and Callas have already captured my heart.

Please post to comments: What are your spring picks?!

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.


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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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spring 2015: a first look

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As always, many thanks to our Haight Street friends for sharing this photo. Spring is in the air and team Fluevog has designed some AMAZING new Vogs. In the past, I have declared that I’m not a spring person. I LOVE fall for all its rich colors. However, this initial peek of what’s already in store and of what’s to come tell me two things: (a) spring 2015 is challenging my previous lack of love for the season and (b) if spring, is this good, fall is going to be AMAZING.

The Manpanion and I are tying the knot this year. This puts a major strain my Fluevog budget. It makes me sad. Maybe…. Do you think a Fluevog wedding registry is unreasonable? Hahaha.

So what are you fall faves? Please post to comments.

For the love of Vogs,
j-ro

p.s. Call your local Fluevog store if you’re interested in ordering any of the gorgeous Vogs you see here. Again, we want to thank Queen Monika of Haight Street for sharing the photo!


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happy holidays!

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Hello Fellow Fluevog Lovers!

We just wanted to say hello and happy holidays! We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. For those of you who are having a less-than-stellar year end, please know that we’re rooting for you and sending some much-needed well wishes your way. As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to another year with you.

For now, we just wanted to remind you that there’s an awesome Fluevog sale going on. Click on the banner below for more details.

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Also, don’t forget that Raspberry Heels and Gravity Pope have some great things going on too! As always, please share your new additions to comments. We love seeing your new goodies!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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the art of selfies: part I

BC7Currently, I am enrolled in Virgie Tovar’s excellent Lose Hate Not Weight Babecamp. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the fabulosity that is Miss Virgie Tovar, you really should check out her site and her book!

To clarify, I’m not trying to give a dear friend a shameless plug. Instead, I’d like to discuss the art of the selfie (in relation to body love). Recently, in Fluevog Fridays (the Facebook group dedicated to bringing Flueddicts together), many members have talked about how the group functions as a body positive space. It’s true. Of the many things I love about Fluevogs is that there is a Vog for everybody. Literally. EVERY. BODY. Naturally, areas where Flueddicts gather tend to be loving spaces (like this blog).  Recently, there have been requests from various members of Fluevog Fridays to post photos of entire outfits (as opposed to the endless sea of from-the-knee-down-selfies). Confession: I’m a from-the-knee-down-selfie kind-of-gal. From there, other members expressed how hard it is to get a full body shot of one’s outfit without a) a friend to take the pic and/or b) a full-length mirror. Today’s post is about taking the full-body selfie (using some simple tools).

In the photo above, all you really need are the tripod and the cellphone mount. (I recommend this particular one because it can grip various structures to keep it steady. Plus, it comes with the cellphone mount. Though I have no experience with it, this package also looks promising, since it has the tripod, mount, and stick. Please note that you need to make sure the tripod and cellphone mount you chose is appropriate for your device.) With these things (that are totally portable), coupled with your camera’s self-timer, you’re good to go.

Since I purchased the selfie stick first, I will say that the remote control on the selfie stick is quite handy – especially if you’re not a timer kind-of-person. Also, selfie sticks are simply convenient if you don’t want to bother other people, or if you want to be able to fit more background shots in your selfies. (The Manpanion and I plan on exploring the possibility of the selfie stick during this holiday season. We will give you a full report later.)

I get that selfies are seen as vain. In many cases, it’s true. However, as I’m going through Babecamp, I’m having a change of heart about selfies. The selfie, for someone like me (ya know… brown, thick, with dark features that will never ever be seen on TV, film, etc.) can become a tool of empowerment and re-claiming the body. (There’s more to this, but I’ll leave that for another post.) I cannot begin to tell you how inspired I was by No Pants 2011. Seeing the outfits really helped push me to wear my Fluevogs on a daily basis. Fast forward to 2014 and Fluevog Fridays, I’m constantly inspired by the loving community of EVERY BODY fashion. I think if people had some simple tools, we’d see more full-body selfies.

The Manpanion and I tested these tools out and came up with the pic below. We hope you like it! (Note: To make the collage, I used the iPhone app called “Collage.” It was free, with options to buy add-ons. I haven’t ventured in the add-on world yet.)

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For the love of selfies,

j-ro


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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….

Shana

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.

Karyn

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.

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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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Fall 2014: the flats

Hello All!

Welcome to another edition of FlueReviews. To make the posts manageable, I decided to divide the Vogs I tried on into several posts. This is the second of three posts I have brewing for you all. I hope you enjoyed the last post that included the pairs the Manpanion tried on.

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*Haight Exclusive* Radios | CBC in purple leather. Size 9. When in Haight, one must try on the Haight only CBCs. The CBCs are a stable part of the Fluevog line. Every die-hard possesses at least one pair from the Radio family. (I’d die if they ever got rid of this family!) For those of you familiar with the Nuni in purple, these CBCs use the same leather. As a flat-footed gal, the size 9 was a little pinchy for me. I’d likely go up to size 9.5. In the past, I’ve ordered a men’s size 7 in the Radio family because I like the extra width. There’s not a lot I can say about the CBC except this color is AMAZING. Plus, it’s not suede, like the other purple version that has come in this style.

Lilnda

Tank | Linda. Size 9. In truth, I’m not big on shoes like this because I have really flat, wide feet. I tend to opt to shoes that go a little higher because on me, they pucker (see the Linda and Mariella below). In terms of sizing, if I were to get these, I’d have to go up 1/2 a size to 9.5 because of my wide feet. While they’re not me, I totally see Madam Shirley in these. The color is great and I love the shade of brown.

Mariella
Modvogs | Mariella. Size 9.  Just like the Vogs above, I had a puckering issue with these. I tried on size 9, but if I were to consider getting these, I’d opt for size 9.5. These come in several colors, but the gold is really striking! I’d love to see these in pewter.

Tilda
Tank | Tilda. Size 9. For these, I thought that they ran true.  Granted, they were pinchy, but with some stretching, they’d totally work. I was surprised at how easy it was to put these on because typically, a shoe like this is stiff and need that break-in period to slip your foot in. These were nice and soft. I felt the foot bed was a bit long, which is why I’d opt to stretch before taking them home. My favorite part? I love the pewter detail on the top heel. It’s what makes this Vog stand out.

Valentina
Down to Earth | Valentina. Size 9. These ran true to size for me. They’re flat, super comfy, and again, I’m loving the gold. These remind me of the BBC, but with a different tongue area. These seem to be a favorite of Le Dealers.

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this edition of fall FlueReviews.

For the Love of Vogs,

j-ro


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oh haight, how i’ve missed you!

After being away for two months, I’m finally back for fall break. As promised, one of the first things I did was visit le dealers at Haight Street. Ah, it was so great to be home. There’s a ton of fall stuff I haven’t tried, so it was nice to finally see everything in person. Sadly, I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to see. It’s okay. I’ll make another trip ASAP! For now, here’s what the Manpanion and I saw.
Della
Mezzo | Della. Size 9. I was so excited to try these. They’re super comfy and oh-so-cute! Who doesn’t love the red bunching? The size 9 was a bit tight and I could feel my outer toes wanting to pop out. Therefore, for a wide foot like mine, I would likely go up half a size. The downside is that I’d have to sacrifice length. I was having slipping issues with these. Going up a size would make it worse. Granted, a good insole would would fix that easily. Della is a gorgeous stand out. Something tells me this is just the beginning of her beautiful life. I’d LOVE to see her in teal, grey, or petrol blue!
Mezzo Soles
Since this is a new family, I thought you’d like to see the soles.
Cecilia
Mezzo | Cecilia. Size 9.5. Since Della was pinchy, I asked Le Dealer Alan to size up for Cecilia. I’m in love with this boot! Gorgeous and simply unique, this is another head turner of the season. The button details are so cute. Even the Manpanion was drooling! I’m not on the market for this color right now, and to me, a boot like this needs to be in a standout color. Rest assured, when this comes out in other colors, I’m going to seriously consider purchasing them.

Grace

Enneagram | Grace. Size 9. The Grace is a nice, simple boot that has some nice details such as the orange elastic and the heel shape. If you’re in the market for a simple boot like this, then yes, Grace is for you. I tried on size 9, but would need to go up 1/2 a size because these were really tight. Another minor issue I had with these is simply squeezing my fat foot into the shoe. I’m a zip-up boot kind of gal.

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Here is a shot of Grace’s sole. Love the orange and the heel detail. Of course, love the “Be your true self” message!

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Since the Manpanion was with me, I coerced him to try on some Vogs too. (Actually, it doesn’t take much to convince him to try on some Vogs. He often stalks checks out the site to see what he could potentially add to his collection.)

Nathan

Guardian Angel | Nathan. Size 9.5. The Manpanion tried these on before, but in brown. When they added the green this season, I nearly cried. I’d actually wear these myself! They’re really comfy, cool-looking, and have an awesome sole. What more could one want from a Vog? These make a great alternative for those of you who want something that isn’t brown or black. The Manpanion loved these so much that he decided these would be the next member of his coveted collection!

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Check out the soles. They’re green! I’m declaring that if Yoda ever designed a Vog, these would be it:)

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Guardian Angel | Jose. Size 9. Every season, there is always that ONE Vog that becomes the ONE to WATCH. Le Dealer Alan brought out the Guardian Angel | Jose because a) these were Alan’s next purchase and b) they have the same name as the Manpanion. I saw these online and just thought, “meh.” However, given the comfort and the look, I’m going to declare that these are the surprise for the season. The Manpanion loved the idea of having a Vog with a shared name. Plus, he HAD to try them on in both colors. Personally, I like the black. But the brown looks equally amazing. Also, they were super comfy and have a great look to them. I can’t describe them. It’s kind of like, a hiking boot and a dress shoe got together and had a REALLY COOL baby named Jose. The online photos don’t do justice to these babies. Gentlemen, if you find yourself in a store, please do yourselves a favor and try this one on.

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Queen of the Skies | Venus. I didn’t try these on, but I thought you’d want to see Venus, the Dino-Vogs. So unique and pretty, no?

Well, that’s it for now. Please know that I did make a second visit to Le Dealers and am working on those posts. Of course, if you “Like” us on Facebook or start following the blog, you’ll know exactly when those posts will appear. ‘Til next time….

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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the MotleyFlue turns (the terrible) 2!

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Is there any truth to the terrible twos? I hope not! As stated in the title, the MotleyFlue and this lovely blog turns TWO years old today and we only have YOU to thank!

This past year was very different from the previous year. I’m the first to admit that we have not been posting as consistently as before. The four of us have been going through some major life changes and transitions that have made consistent posting a bit challenging. Please know that while we’re not here as often, our love of Fluevogs remains the same.

There is a lot to say about this past year. Miss Gladys finished and filed her dissertation. She is now an esteemed recipient of a Ph.D. in English from UC Berkeley. You can now call her Dr. Desert Vog Addict:) I’m so proud of her. When she’s not writing her infamous FlueReviews, you can find her here.

Dorothy, the Artful Voger has been the most quiet of the bunch. Like Gladys, Dorothy also finished and filed her MFA (Master of Fine Art… I used to think MFA stood for Mighty Fine A$$… but I’m dirty like that!). She also transitioned out of her corporate job into a completely different career in the arts. With that, I’m sure that once things settle down, we’ll hear from the Artful Voger again. For now, she can be spotted at the best art events in San Francisco. You can also read her work here.

Like Dorothy, Madam Shirley has also transitioned out of the corporate(esque) grind and is working on her next career, which includes a steady stream of improv performances. She too, can be found at San Francisco’s finest improv spaces! If you ever run into her at the Haight Street store, you might be able to meet two new Flueddicts: Shirley’s mom and godmother! (They are the CUTEST Flueddicts you’ll ever meet!)

For me (Generalissima Joanne), I still have my nose to the grind: teaching, writing, and traveling between Phoenix and San Francisco, with hopes of moving back to the bay area. Of the big things that happened this past year is that the Manpanion has finally started wearing Fluevogs. We also picked a wedding date:) This means that though I expect my collection to grow, it will happen very s-l-o-w-l-y in the next year or so.

As you can see, we have a lot to celebrate. Like last year, our readership is growing and we have met many amazing people who share our love of Fluevogs. Plus, we have so many new friends through the Facebook group: Fluevog Fridays. During our store visits, we continue to be blessed to meet you and maintain our friendships with our amazing, hardworking dealers.  Heaven bless our dealers for allowing members of the MotleyFlue to take over and try everything under the sun, just so we can write these reviews for you. Our Facebook page has over 120 likes and we have over 170 wordpress followers. Our community is small, but strong. For that, we are grateful.

It’s your turn! For this upcoming year, we would love to feature you, our fellow Flueddicts. Whether you own one pair or 1000 pairs, we want to hear from you! Please email us at: fortheloveofvogs@gmail.com so we can get that started again.

Maraming salamat (many thanks) for all of your support.
The MotleyFlue send you love and light on our second birthday! xoxo