Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Fluevog Shoes: By Lezah

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I have always maintained that the right shoes can make an outfit, and the wrong shoes can ruin the perfect outfit. Consequently, I am always on the lookout for great shoes, and one source of these is John Fluevog Shoes.

A word to the wise, first: John Fluevog Shoes are not for the faint of heart - if you have even a drop of conservative blood in your veins, if you lost your (or never had) a spirit of whimsy and adventure, if you're frigid, if you're a mossback (don't you just love that word?), if you're old, if you're scared of style, if you only wear 'comfortable' shoes - well, you may as well just stop reading right now!
Back in the late '80s I would not dare to be seen without my Fluevog winklepickers. Those shoes (in a variety of colours and styles) were an integral part of my 'uniform', and I had more comments and compliments on those shoes than I have had on anything else that has graced my wardrobe since.

John Fluevog started out in Vancouver with his partner Peter Fox way back in 1970 with a store called Fox & Fluevog. In 1980, the two parted company and Fox lit out for the bright lights of New York, where he still designs shoes; his website states that his shoes can currently be seen in eight Broadway productions.

Fluevog stayed in Vancouver, and aside from moving across to the other side of Granville Street (to 837), things have pretty much stayed the same for him here. His is the place to go if one wants avant garde footwear. However, although the Fluevog concept originated in Vancouver and the corporate headquarters remain here, the company's outlets have spread around the world. New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, and Melbourne all boast Fluevog stores, and if you don't live near any of those centres, you can buy 'em on-line.

So, if you're an original, creative person with an original sense of style who likes sexy, funky shoes, then look up Fluevog - you're sure to find something you like.

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