Clunky yet cute

“Don’t you think the world needs more pink/orange/red shoes?” asks Phlegmfatale, and well, it’s hard to make a serious judgment call from this angle (damn camera phones anyway), but the color scheme is kinda neat — she also has a pair in “dove gray/periwinkle/oxblood” — and the shape is playful without being completely absurd. It’s Gorgeous by John Fluevog, and, well, let the wearer tell the tale:

Mini Gorgeous by John Fluevog

This is another pair of 3″ heels I can stand and walk comfortably in all day long. I highly recommend, if you don’t mind a shoe that’s a little on the clunky side. I really should pick them up in black myself, while they’re still available. I keep waiting for him to do a new run of phosphorescent shoes…

The heel is a bit unconventional-looking, I suppose, but there’s a lot to be said for support, and as Fluevog says, this shoe “adds a half inch to your height without looking too chunky,” which is something you can’t expect from the all-too-ubiquitous platform. And the idea of keeping the design fresh with limited-edition color schemes somehow appeals to my sense of continuity: after all, I once strolled into a New Balance store and requested the most current version of an existing shoe I’d gotten used to.


  1. Tatyana »

    2 March 2008 · 1:00 pm

    Well, “limited edition color scheme” is the height of diplomatic speak. It’s “limited” for a reason.

    Not only this shoe is pretentiously ugly – you know, in this outdated post-modern concept where “Ugly” is new “Beautiful” [so last century] – the pink/red combination is utterly illiteral. In any basic level Color Theory class they will immediately tell you to combine two neighboring color groups on a color wheel is not advisable. You have to skip at least one, for so called “analogous” color scheme.
    Thie pink/red pair is only popular in tourist-trap street fairs during celebration of Chinese New Year. And even there they apologize for the garishness by saying – it’s supposed to bring good luck.

    The noses of these shoes look like a crocodile jaws. The strap is way too wide – it’ll interfere with the frontal raise of your foot ( don’t know the proper English term), and the buckle – with that round bone on the outside of the foot (again, term deficiency).

    Mary-janes supposed to make your foot elegant, sleek, muscular in the light-n-easy way; this pair will do the opposite.

  2. Tatyana »

    2 March 2008 · 1:23 pm

    OK, I went to look for a GOOD Maryjane (you made me do it!)
    Here’s the essence of an ideal MaryJane.
    Now, if I could persuade my tax accountant that buying $300 shoes is a medical expense…you know, as mental health prophylactics…

  3. CGHill »

    2 March 2008 · 1:42 pm

    Very nice. Of course, you have to figure that some of that $300 tab goes to licensing that Nike Air technology, whatever that may be.

  4. Francis W. Porretto »

    2 March 2008 · 2:47 pm

    Bah. To call those things hideous would be an insult to all the respectably hideous shoes in the world. I can’t wait to see what Fetiche thinks of them.

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