Angels: Derby Swirl
The Derby Swirl is a classic Fluevog Design. A stylish ankle height boot with six eyelets, vegetable tanned leather uppers, leather lining and padded foot sock. Original Angelic Sole, 100% Natural, Biodegradable, Resoleable. Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan.
93 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Daniel from Halifax, NS:
Slippery when wet
I really like these boots. They fit well; they're comfortable; they look great. The leather feels both soft and sturdy, and my stance and stride feel confident in them. I've had them for about a year now, and so far they seem very durable; I haven't had any of the problems other reviewers have reported with them wearing out.
The only drawback is that the soles don't have much traction on wet (or icy) surfaces. If I'm cycling on a rainy day, then it takes a bit of extra attention to keep them from slipping on the pedals. (The other pair of Derby Swirls I've had didn't have this problem, so maybe it's something about the coloured soles.)
Posted by chuck from denver:
quality is not job #1
Dear Mr. Fluvog:
step up the quality to match the price. these boots should not be priced over $50. they're comfortable as hell! but when you really start to enjoy them - after a month or so, the soles slowly come off. total bummer because i want to love them. i really do, but shelling out my time for these boots is a total waste.
Reply from Fluevog at Fluevog:
Thanks for your feedback, Chuck. I'm so sorry to hear about your Derby Swirls. All of our retail shoes come with an 8 month warranty. Hold tight, one of our Denver Fluevogologists will be in touch with you shortly!
Posted by Jennifer from SLC:
Shoes fell apart
I bought my boots last year, but only wore them maybe 5 times, they were still brand new. This year I started wearing them everyday once it started to get cold. The design is great. The comfort is top notch, I didn't even have to break them in. What's the problem then? I've been wearing them for a month now, almost every day. And yesterday the soles started coming apart. I'm really glad I spent so much on boots that lasted me a month. And yes, they were the ones made in China. I should have read the reviews more carefully. Don't buy them! You're just wasting your money.
Posted by Elizabeth Arzola from New York:
Angels Derby Swirl!!
I had read what other Fluevogers had stated about the Angels Derby Swirl but I had to try them for myself. Unfortunately, they were right. These were made in China and the quality is very poor. I have been a Fluevoger since the early 90's when I fell in love with my first Angels, which I purchased in the Village. To date, I wear them everyday and they still look amazing. I even bought Angels for my young adult kids. The new pair I recently purchased were made in China. Even the inside is different from my old Angels. I looked inside my old Angels and I noticed they were made in Poland. I had never bothered to look inside until someone mentioned China. Not only did they not fit well but were of poor quality. Even the white stitching around the boot was horrible. I always expect great quality in the Fluevog shoes. These looked so cheap, it was very disappointing. I returned them and do not expect to buy in the future if they're going to continue to be made in China. You have lost another customer. Hopefully, things will cme back to how they were. Sincerely, Elizabeth A.
Reply from Fluevog at Fluevog:
Hey Elizabeth, thank you for your comment. I'm sorry that your Derbys weren't up to the standard of quality you were expecting. The good news is that production has been moved to Poland! If you check out The 7th Heaven Family, you'll find a whole bunch of Derbys (along with some other new styles). I hope this helps!
Posted by Lyndsey:
Where are the Derby Swirls with the blue or red soles manufactured?
Posted by smudge from boston:
the only reason i won't recommend these boots to people is because i don't want anyone else to wear them. i seldom see people wearing these fine shoes and i enjoy them being quite unique. i wear mine every day. yes, the sole falls off (eventually). and everyone initially says "nice docs". or just yesterday: "1990 called and they want their boots back"
[i actually started wearing these boots in 1993.]
incidentally, freshly made boots are now stamped "made in poland" (as of september 2013 on the two pair i just purchased: purple and acid black) just like in the beginning, so quality may be improving to their former glory standards, although everything out of china is not bad!
there have been hiccups over the years (remember the not welted soles anyone?!? OH BOY!).
so please keep writing reviews on how bad the boots are...more boots for me!
Posted by Franklin from Albany:
Sole fell off after 2 months. Shame on you!
Posted by Robin:
I read all the feedback here and still bought these for my husband for Christmas. We both love fluevogs and he had owned these exact shoes in the early '90s and desperately wanted to replace them. I told him about the possible change in manufacturing and let him know that if he had any problems we would do something about it. That was six years ago! He loves them! he says that the difference is not noticeable compared to the previous vogs he's had. I am sorry for every one that had a bad experience with these but that was not the case for us... Fluevogs for life!!
Posted by Tammy G from Central maryland:
What I'm reading about the quality of these Fluevog's is horrifying
to me. These are the only shoes I am willing to spend so much
money on because of my past experiences with their resilience and
craftsmanship. I own 6 pair and may not a 7th. What's going on here?
Is it the made in China thing? I pray that John is taking heed to what
these avid disgruntled consumers are saying and get their act together.
To have the shoes made cheaper and tell others to spend 50 bucks to
get them repaired is disgraceful. This great company will crumble under
such sickening greed and apathy. Please take heed of all your warnings
here. You owe it to us loyal Flueggy's to get it right. Praying you do.
Posted by Christine McKenzie from Queenstown, New Zealand:
My original boots are about 24 years old
I have loved my angel boots for 24 years and I have finally decided I will need to replace them.I am so happy to find them online!! My boots are the shiny black ones with white stiching and have continued to be my very favorite of all my shoes!I love them so much, but you don't have my size :(. are you likely to get more stock in any time soon? You may like my original boots in your museum to show everyone how they are able to stand the test of time. Look forward to your reply. Cheers Christine