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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
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.
32 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Shar Marie from Canada:
Some people go fishing for vacation. I go fluevogging on mine! Every woman needs at least one pair of red shoes. Red shoes can kick up any neutral outfit and make a bold sexy statement. This shoe is elegantly styled that if Marilyn or Jackie O stopped into the Fluevog store they'd easily snap this one up. These felt incredibly comfortable - like slipping into Cinderella's slipper. The shoe fit, so it was a happily ever after story. I had to go up a half size to accommodate the pointed toe. The heel height is great for those who can no longer wear the high heels. I love how these could almost fit into any era - has a bit of a MadMen feel to these. I'd highly recommend these to anyone wishing to add a wonderful staple to their Fluevog collection.
Posted by Terri from Philadelphia:
Kick off your boring heels and choose the Desmond!
While perusing the NYC store, I spotted the yellow desmonds and fell in love. I wore them for 8 hours the first time I put them on my feet and they did not hurt, not even the tiniest bit. The heel is wonderful and anyone should be able to walk in these babies. The BEST thing about these shoes, however, is the gorgeous COLOR! The on-line photo does not do them justice. They are like Sunshine on My Feet. Thank you NYC sales staff, and finally, John, please open a store in Philadelphia !! The City of Brotherly Love needs You!
Posted by Big Mama Canada from Canada:
Frickin love these!
I own these shoes in two colours- orange and black leather. They are so comfortable and feel like a running shoe. I normally wear size 10 and have Double A width feet. These are narrow with no gaps on the sizes and I had to go up to 10.5. My feet aren't very thick from under my sole to the top of my foot so I had to put an insole into them so there wasn't a gap on the top of the foot. I highly endorse this shoe!
Posted by Ellen from Florida:
Pumps with Attitude
These were a Christmas present from DH (although I did try them on in the store:-)). They are comfortable without looking like sensible shoes, and convey my inner iconoclast.
Posted by Kim from Victoria, BC:
Canvas won me over!
I intended to grab these in black leather to replace my long lost black Mini Lily Darlings, which I have finally accepted are officially lost after being MIA for over a year. I was sussing them out on the site then started calling local shops to see if anyone had them. Heart and Sole had them, but in the black canvas. I needed them for an event that night so I went over to check them out. I was quickly won over by the unique spin the canvas texture put on a more classic pump shape, and how the tan leather on the inside of the heel highlighted the killer shape much better than the black leather would have. I also loved the brown accent on the sole which wasn't as noticeable in the photos. In short, I snapped them up and wore them right to the event to much fanfare and no blisters! Highly recommended!
Posted by Danielle from Calgary:
Love but a bit disappointed
I bought my Leopard print Desmond less than 3 weeks ago. I absolutely love the comfort and style however after only 4 wears the heel on one of the shoes has gone missing. I had bought these for my birthday which is in 3 days. Hoping the store can help me quickly!
Posted by Andrina:
I bought these in the floral, and in the black leather. I can wear them all day without any trouble. The black pair was my Fluevog Day purchase, and they came out of the box and straight onto my feet, where they remained for the whole day, no pain. I want more of these, but I can't decide which to get.
Posted by kathy from nh:
I'm a fan
Just wore my blue desmonds for the first time today and they were a huge hit. Like others, I was afraid the fit was too tight in the toe box but going up a half size was not the answer as my heel would come out when I walked. Although the proper fit is snug, it magically works. I wore mine for five hours today and was just beginning to feel ready to take them off. Love the color and the overall shape. So sexy but understated at the same time. If you have a wider foot and have had trouble with pointy toe pumps, give these a try!
Posted by Laurie from Toronto Distillery District:
I purchased these in the most beautiful nude tone. I wasn't sure about them at first because I thought it was odd that there was a slight upward curve at the toe but after walking in them for a bit... I got it! SO comfortable and OH SO pretty!!!
Posted by Donna from Vienna,VA:
I bought these in purple to wear to my daughter's wedding. I also bought a pair of flip flops because I have a bad back and can't really wear heels for very long. I intended to break them in before the wedding, but never found the time. I put them on at 9:00 AM and as we were leaving the reception 13hours later I realized I never used my backup shoes! They were fantastic, fit perfectly, true to size and looked fab. My daughter and her attendants also wore Fluevogs! Loved the note from the store telling me to enjoy the wedding.