Big Presence: Desmond
On November 8th, 1946 beauty school & salon owner Viola
Desmond was arrested for sitting in the white-patron only
seating in the segregated Roseland Theatre in Nova Scotia.
Viola was forcibly removed from the theatre, jailed
overnight, and convicted of tax evasion for not paying the
one cent difference for the black seating in the balcony.
Viola contested the court decisions and after the Nova
Scotian court upheld the decision against her, Viola closed
her beauty shop and eventually moved out of Canada. Viola's
courageous protest was the first significant step in equal
rights for all, and helped spark The Canadian Civil Rights
We celebrate and honour Viola by naming this striking and
confident pump after her - a pump that will walk with you
throughout the day and into the night. With
options of shiny metallics, glossy patents, supple floral
patterns, painted bovine hair leathers, or
supersaturated waxy canvas uppers built on foot molding
leather soles, The Desmond Pump uses modern materials on a
classic style. John gave the super-pointed Big Presence last
a little lift with a diamond shaped 2.75" canvas wrapped
heel with swooping curves, giving this simple pump an
unusually distinctive profile. If you put the Desmond pumps
sole-to-sole, and heel-to-heel, John leaves you with a
lasting impression straight from his heart. Present
Instagram @fluevog #vog_desmond
Chad from our Vancouver (Gastown) store says:
These can fit up to a half size large but it's a beautiful shoe and a great heel height.
42 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Crystal from Okotoks:
OMG Love them. So many comments on them.
I fit most size 8.5 Fluevogs. These Desmonds fit Big I find. I would suggest going a .5 size down. But other than that, they are a very SOLID shoe, easy to walk in and SUPER CUTE!!
Posted by nancy from various:
5 pairs and a spare!
Best style EVER - make my legs look a mile long - and - they are so comfy! I have the black leather, the black fabric (for summer), purple, orange, and blue. And I'm thinking of a 2nd pair of black leather to keep as a spare. Because I practically skip down the path when I wear these! LOVE!
Posted by Lena from Singapore:
I love this shoe so much you have no idea. I am a shoe obsessed (>20 fluevogs) and have size 11 wide feet. The profile is very 60's and pointy which I have never been able to wear without being in excruciating pain. Originally I got the orange canvas in a 11 which I wore to an art opening (so 3 hours of standing). My feet were killing me at the time but the next time I put them on I didn't feel a thing. I also got the bronze in 11.5 (I thought I would put an insert in) but I think they are too big. Now l also have the purple canvas ones. Next time I am stateside, I think maybe the black and red leather!!! Mr Fluevog, Could you make more colors in matt leather pretty please? This shoe is a winner and I want to collect them all.
Posted by DP:
These are some of the most uncomfortable shoes that I have ever worn. I have them in blue and I adore the color. Normally I wear a 7.5 in Fluevogs so bought them in 7.5 as they seemed to fit well in the store - but these are extremely tight when I try to wear them. The front cuts into the top of my foot and is excruciating. Moreover the material of the shoe does not stretch and mold to your foot as would be expected if leather. Unfortunately I will end up giving these away - they are too painful, and make me unhappy.
Posted by Mariloo from Montreal:
It's my 4th pair. They are my work-shopping-go out shoes ! Sooooo comfy.
I wish Fluevog could do more heigh heels like those.
All my Fluvogs are the same size; own about 15 different styles - from heigh heels to boot.
Posted by SP from Florida:
Disappointed with the floral shoes; one bland, one scratched sole
The Desmond shoe is beautiful, but the pair I received (Floral) were a disappointment. The right shoe is a drab tan on the entire top, with a slight leaf pattern, also in tan. Bland. The patterns starts mid-shoe and goes to the back. The left shoe is not much better, and the sole is scratched, as if it had been worn quite a bit before it was shipped to me! The return policy expects the customer to pay for return shipping, which in this case is patently unfair. My e-mail to the sales rep went out this morning and so far, no response. The shoes are going back, because at this price point, one almost entirely-tan shoe and another with a scratched sole, are unacceptable.
Reply from John Fluevog Shoes at Fluevog:
Hey SP, I'm sorry that you're having trouble with your Desmonds! Please contact us at info at fluevog dot com, we'd love to help make this better.
Posted by Adin from Kamloops:
These were the fourth pair of Vogs I bought, in orange. I love the unconventional heel shape they possess; enough that I 'overlooked' the pointed toe, something I tend to avoid with my rather large feet. They're comfy (as far as I can ever be comfy in heels), stylish, and make any outfit that extra bit more daring. I'll be wearing them to an orange/royal blue wedding this summer, and hopefully they won't outshine the bride.
Posted by Ute Heidenreich from United States:
I love these shoes
professional yet stylish, and so comfortable - these are my favorite shoes in the world
Posted by LB from San Diego:
Finally, a Coffee family lover has another love!
I loved the Coffee family with the unhealthy unholy passion and ever since they were retired I have been a little heartbroken when visiting Fluevog.com, until now! I just got a pair of Big Presence Desmonds and I'm once again twitterpated! I can't wait for more members of the family to join :D
Size 8 fits me (as do 8's in Bellevues and Coffees)
Posted by Susan from Baton Rouge, LA:
Great shoes but too small; horrible transaction
These shoes are fine, but I'll probably never be able to wear them thanks to Fluevog's sizing "experts." Based on availability, I ordered a size 9, which is a half size larger than my usual size of 8 1/2, and the order was sent to the San Francisco store for fulfillment. I then got an email from the store insisting that the size I had ordered was too big, and that the shoes ran large and I needed to go down a size. I told the person that in my experience, Fluevogs ran true to my size and that with a pointed toe shoe I was a lot more worried about having enough width in the toe box than about the shoes being too long. He INSISTED that even if I went down to an 8, the shoes would still be too long and I would have a ton of room in the back of the shoe, causing my foot to slip out. At this point, I agreed to go down to a size 8. The order was then sent to the Seattle store, which took two weeks to get my shoes to me (apparently, they could not get a shipping label to print out for my work address, even though I have things shipped here all the time, and I was not willing to waive the signature upon arrival because I have friends whose Fluevogs have gone missing when they did this.) Cut to today, when I decide to wear the shoes - they are excrutiating. Not only do my feet not fit in the toe box, causing actual pain in the front of my foot, but the shoes cut into my feet on all sides, including in the back, because the shoes are WAY TOO SHORT. I checked the size because I couldn't believe how small they were, and they are a 7 1/2 - a full size smaller than I usually wear and definitely at least a half size smaller than I agreed to. Unfortunately, I have already worn them outside and I had already deleted the correspondence with the San Francisco store, so I am assuming I have no recourse. I am livid about this transaction, both with the SF and Seattle stores, and will probably end up giving the shoes to Goodwill.