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Desmond (Snake Print)
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Desmond (Snake Print)
Desmond (Snake Print)
Desmond (Snake Print)
Desmond (Snake Print)
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$169 USD
Reg $235
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Big Presence | Desmond [Snake Print]
GROUPS:   Sale   Heels   Womens  

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 Movement.

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 yourself well.

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From the fit experts:

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.

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Posted by Janet from Whitehorse:
A classic!

I have the Desmond's in both bronze leather and cheeta print. I adore the shape of these shoes. The cheeta was comfortable from the get go; the bronze were tight across the top of my foot and needed some breaking in. After a night on the dance floor they feel much better. Both pairs are a bit loose in the heel even after me going down half a size from my regular Vog size but insoles help that. All in all a beautiful retro pump that will never go out of style.
Posted by Janet from Whitehorse:
A classic!

I have the Desmond's in both bronze leather and cheeta print. I adore the shape of these shoes. The cheeta was comfortable from the get go; the bronze were tight across the top of my foot and needed some breaking in. After a night on the dance floor they feel much better. Both pairs are a bit loose in the heel even after me going down half a size from my regular Vog size but insoles help that. All in all a beautiful retro pump that will never go out of style.
Posted by Victoria from Washington State:
Really hot pair of shoes!

The store clerk kinda talked me into the red pair. I kept them in the box for about a month, but recently took them out. Wow! They are stunning with skinny black pants or pencil skirt. I love how the tip of the shoe points upward - a small thing but a great feature. When sitting on a barstool, the view of my feet is, well, sexy! What was I waiting for?!? I agree the toe box is slightly tight, but after the second wearing, it is improving. I want the cheetah pair but they are sold out in my size - too bad!!!
Posted by galtiki:
Desmond [Cheetah Print] -- Runs large :(

I LOVE this shoe. They are beautiful, comfortable, an easy heel height, and this print -- the Cheetah -- so perfectly me! Unfortunately, as others have mentioned, they ran large and my size, being the smallest made in this colour (?!), meant the otherwise match made in heaven could not work for me (even with insole). I had to return them. And am left envious of any who can find their fit. Dear John, PLEASE correct the sizing issues or offer the Cheetah in a 35.
Posted by Crystal from Calgary:
Runs a bit big.

Super cute and comfortable shoes right out of the box. I am an 8.5 with semi wide feet and these are a bit big. Maybe it is the pointed toe. I will have to have an insole so they don't slip. But LOVE them still. LOVE the random look of the floral.
Posted by Christina from Salmon Arm, BC:
Fabulous!

I knew when I was on vacation in Vancouver this summer that I HAD to go to the Gastown store (on a previous visit I purchased my gorgeous Baroque Velazquez at the Granville store). I Have had my eye on the purple Desmonds for ages, and since they were on sale I couldn't pass them up! They were out of my size (11) in purple, but I tried them on in blue (which I also plan on getting!) and the lovely staff arranged for the purple ones to be sent to my house from another store. It was a great shopping experience. And the shoes! My first time wearing them was to a wedding and I danced all night, never taking these beauties off once. They are so comfortable! I hope this particular shoe stays around for a while, because I would love to get it in many different colours.
Posted by Julie from Wisconsin:
Stunning

I have been eying the Desmonds since they came out, but didn't take the plunge until a couple of pairs came up on the Flue Market. I have been confused on sizing - a lot of people saying they sized down, some saying they sized up for toe space. My "normal" Fluevog size is 11. I have a couple that fit well in 10.5, and a couple in 11.5. ("Normal" non-Fluevog size is about 10.5.) I got these in the 11, and I'm pretty sure I would not have wanted to size down at all. They feel good - no heel slippage, room for toes, etc. My feet are a little on the wide side with high arches and long toes. Anyways...for the little I've worn them so far, they seem very comfortable for the height. The edge along the toe box seems just a smidge tight when my feel get a little swollen, so we'll see if they stretch out at all since they're the linen, but as-is they're not bad. One note - the yellow color on my screen looks like a pale, subdued, sunny yellow but IRL they are a bright, obnoxious, highlighter yellow. (Just what I was hoping for!)
Posted by Dany from Edmonton:
Nice shoes but...

I have the purple waxed fabric pair and the copper pair. Both are beautiful but the copper is stunning. But...they are uncomfortable on my feet (narrow 7.5), the sides are quite stiff, specially on the purple pair, so much that I am thinking on posting them on the Fluemarket to recoup some of the money. I will keep the copper pair because the colour is lovely but I will have to pass on this family from now on.
Posted by nancy from Dallas:
So light...walking on air

These make your legs look miles long, and are as light as air to wear. Buying in several colors. Did upsize 1/2 a size because of the pointed toe. I wish they came in more colors!
Posted by Shar Marie from Canada:
Gone Fluevogging

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.

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