The original inspiration behind the Guide was from when John was walking to the Fluevog Design Studio for a meeting, and was confronted by a Girl Guide selling cookies. John, feeling generous (and hungry), decided to buy many boxes of the tasty delicious cookies (the number was never confirmed) to bring back to his trusty, hard working employees. On his walk, his hunger got the best of him, and he started munching happily. First the box of chocolate mints... then the box of coconut cookies... then another box... By the time John got to the Design Studio, he realized he had eaten all of the cookies. He discarded the boxes and removed any evidence of what is now referred to as 'The Great Cookie Massacre.' Unfortunately for John, his story came out in the meeting when everyone remarked on his cookie crumb tie.
Chuckling to himself at the invaluable lesson he learned from his experience, John drew up a sexy ladies shoe that featured thick, soft leathers with pebbled surfaces, custom Fluevog buckles, a 3.5" curved heel, and a 1.5" hidden platform of recycled cork, all on a tunite sole with rubber grips. The uber-modern mary jane Guide provides you with a firm foundation for the challenges ahead (like not eating the entire box of cookies at once without a glass of milk). Prepare for the Future, choose well today.
Please note the denim Guide is the Vegan option in this style.
Karen from our San Francisco (Union Square) store says:
The angle of the toe swoop makes them fit a half size small.
95 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Tina Poncio from Houston, Tx:
OMG!! Im in shoe love!
I got my Prepare Guides in black size 10, they are a little tight but are going to stretch out the more I wear them. I got them in the mail on a Thursday night and wore them all day Friday for work.....comfy!
I will defintaly be getting another pair either the pink or turquiose.
Thank you John Fluevog for making great shoes, and thank you Jamie in MN for the help!!
Posted by Heather from Edmonton, Alberta:
day one, walk blocks!
Walked 10 blocks downtown in my brand new blues and no blisters! These are fabulous and better yet no pain with my bunions. Highly recommend these as your weigh shifts back rather than on to the balls of the feet.
Posted by Anna from Santa Monica, CA:
I just worked an 11 hour day in my turquoise Guides. I ran around a lot. I moved furniture. I ran up and down stairs. My feet don't hurt a bit.
Posted by Debra from New York:
I have these shoes in red, black and blue and the boots. I'm now buying the turquoise. They are crazy comfortable, add extra height and are so awesome looking! I get compliments every time I wear them. They fit true to size, I am a 7 and purchased a 7. They fit perfectly. I also have the one with the closed back and love them too!
Posted by O.C. from Seattle:
Loooove these shoes
I bought these in yellow and wore them as a contrast color to black. I got so many great comments on my shoes. This is my 3rd pair of Vogs ad I'm completely in love. Yes, they are pricey but well worth it. Next will be the navy or turquoise
Posted by Kim J from Riverside, IL:
dead & buried
My kids and hubby have been advised that when I die I want to be buried in these shoes! They are the cutest, most comfortable, and sexiest shoes I have ever owned. I would marry them if I wasn't married already.
Posted by Ginty from Port Credit:
I have these in the denim and they are quite the funniest shoes I've ever bought. Just recently, within five minutes of each other, I had someone say "I hope you won't be offended, but those are the ugliest shoes I've ever seen" and another say "Those shoes are AMAZING!" Both comments pleased me very much indeed, and I agree with both views. They're very comfortable and downright weird - I love them.
(8.5 to 9 in most shoe sizes with fairly wide feet, I bought these in a 9.)
Posted by Lizzy from New York:
I just bought the yellow and pink Prepare. That makes number 6 and 7. These shoes are the best. I teach in them all day. My students think they are cool too. I was so happy to see the new colors! Would love to see a deep green color and a whitish suede pair would be great too. I can also imagine a purplish paisley pair too. Keep dreaming up new colors. :
Posted by Jezebelle from Los Angeles:
I must suggest that heeled boots would be a fall/winter dream for us Voggers in the Turquoise shade of the Prepare Guides. Those shoes sold out so quickly in that colour, and nothing brightens up a cold day like a happy & bright pair of aqua boots!
Posted by Miskitta from Canada:
I live far far away from any store and take risks with ordering shoes. I have had some not-quites happen, but this shoe nailed it out of the park.
It perfectly fits my criteria: comfortable, unique (without having that trying-too-hard-to-be-cool look), flexible with different wardrobe, and a little bit sexy.