Angels: Derby Swirl
[Black with Blue Sole]
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 Brent from Edmonton:
I ordered the Angel "swirl" boot online. I needed a size smaller and upon return , the store sent out the SAME size that i originally sent back.
...eventually, I got my order and it wasnt only a few months of very light wear that the soles began to seperate. I got a shoe maker to fix it, rother than deal with the Vancouver store. AND...now only weeks after the original fix, is the sole seperating yet again.
Im not impressed!!! I wanted to support a Canadian designer as well as a fashionable boot, but this quality is SH*T !
...Will not support this product, or recommend this overpriced shoe to anyone.
Posted by Merrick:
New Derbies go back to basics!
So I've got alot of Angel shoes. I'm a Sasquatch, and they are the only vogs that fit my circus freak feet comfortably. I bought a pair a year and half ago, and experienced the same quality issues, I've read on here from numerous people. The sole fell apart, and the color came off!1 ARRRRGGGHHH! The fact that they were made in China didn't really bother me, but the quality was miles away from what I remember. I just recently hit the Union Square store and picked up one of the new Spring styles with the cool multi colored stain. I asked if they were still made in China, and was told that they switched back to their Poland factory. You can tell! Derbies are back baby! Great new colors! Familiar cool high quality! Sasquatch happy!
Posted by Heath Allyn from United States:
Great looking, decently comfortable boots
I've had some Doc Martens for about 20 years which are still going strong and were my everyday show for a long time. When I was looking for a new supplemental pair, some friends told me that Doc Martens aren't as awesome as they once were and that I should check out Fluevogs. When I was in Seattle in 2008, I went to the store and got these burgandy Swirls. Since then I've worn them a LOT and while I generally would recommend them I can't say I'm blown away. The leather is still extremely stiff, even after tons of wear over 5 years and professional cleaning and conditioning. The only thing I've ever done to my Docs was to replace the insoles. On my Fluevogs I've also had to have some minor repair done wear I wore a hole in the inner leather wall around the heel. They've never quite become the comfy, worn in pair of boots that my old docs became, but I'd certainly buy many more pairs of Fluevogs, never the less. Looks and style can't be beat. Comfort, quality and durability aren't quite as high but still a fine boot!
Posted by Keith Sawka from United States Seattle:
Where is the quality?
I used to own these boots in the 90's before they released the angel soles and they lasted a decade no problem. Fast forward to 2013, I just bought a pair of black angel sole boots and 1 month after buying them the sole is separating from the boot. What crap! I really can't believe that I paid for these boots thinking they were the high quality that they were known for. Not anymore. Sorry Fluvog you just lost another long time customer. Get your $%&* together.
Posted by christian h from NJ:
best boots ever!
Well what can I say....I just love these boots. I originally ordered the Banker boots and just couldn't get the right size (the fit was too narrow for me and there are no 1/2 sizes) but these boots fit great and they look so cool. I am a photography teacher and needed something that I could wear at work but could still take a beating and so far these boots can handle both! The customer service at Fluevog was amazing. They weren't happy until I was happy in the right pair of boots. Super fast shipping too. I ordered on a Sat. and got them on Monday. Just love this company and the boots too! Thanks Fluevog DC!
Posted by michael from NYC:
Dirby Swirl no more.
I loved my Derby Swirls (past tense). The best boot I'd ever worn in New York City ...back in the 1990's. Today, they're crap! Crap, crap, crap! It's such a shame; the quality has gone way downhill. This is often the case with designers. Once they get a hold of their fan base they go to cheaper manufactures and continue to sell their product based on their old reputation. Unless Mr. Fluevog (or whoever is running the company now) decides to put out quality merchandise, I'm sorry to say they have lost me as a customer (and many of my friends, too). Too sad.
Posted by Nick Bidinger from Michigan:
Sadness, it's a cloud
Well now that I've made it through the brake-in period (and coincidentally a couple weeks past the 9 month warranty) my soles are braking. They are separating from the bottom. Why aren't these sewn on? On one boot I can see in through the side to the underside of boot between the sole. On the other boot the sole came loose at the toe and last week it caught on an uneven sidewalk slab and a big chunk broke off of the toe. What a bunch of crap. I should have heeded the warnings of other reviewers but I was to overcome with nostalgia for the pair I loved and remembered buying back in the nineties. It's a damn shame these are so cheap and that I'll have to find a better source for stylish footwear.
Posted by Kristi from Leonardtown, MD:
These shoes are awesome!
I bought the derby swirl boots in black with the blue soles a few days ago from the DC store. These shoes are so awesome! They are comfortable and stylish. I have been wanting a pair of derby swirls for awhile, but I thought that the black with white stitching was too frilly for me, the burgundy was just not me, and the navy blue isn't made anymore. When I saw that the black with blue soles (my signature color) and the black with red soles had been released last week, I didn't waste any time getting a pair. Thanks Mr. Fluevog! These shoes are great!
Posted by Jen from Toronto:
Too young to die.
I bought these boots in March of 2011 because of the awesome reviews of longevity and durability on this site, but I am extremely sad to say, the durability of the soles is extremely lacking. I noticed a crack in the latex sole of one shoe a few months ago and went to the Toronto store to purchase replacement soles as soon as I noticed it but it seems the footbed above the sole had many cracks on both shoes, (even where the replaceable soles were fully intact) making them irreparable.
I can only think that the rubber on the upper part of the sole had dried out and started cracking, leading to the cracks in the latex. I moisturized the leather with mink oil and shoe cream, didn't wear them everyday, never in snow or salt and only once in the rain. I love the look of the boots but I'm extremely disappointed in the poor quality.
These are my 5th pair of vogs and perhaps my last.
If you are buying these for the long haul, please think twice and look at a more durable shoe.
Posted by Christina from New York:
I too have been wearing Fleuvog angels for 20+ years everyday, they fit my orthotics and support my ankles, just like others who post here. Wow.