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Desmond (Floral)
Desmond (Floral)
Desmond (Floral)
Desmond (Floral)
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Big Presence | Desmond [Floral]
GROUPS:   Heel   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.

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 Adin from Kamloops:
Lovely!

These were the fourth pair of Vogs I bought, in orange. I love the unconventional heel shape they possess; enough that I 'overlooked' the pointed toe, something I tend to avoid with my rather large feet. They're comfy (as far as I can ever be comfy in heels), stylish, and make any outfit that extra bit more daring. I'll be wearing them to an orange/royal blue wedding this summer, and hopefully they won't outshine the bride.
Posted by Ute Heidenreich from United States:
I love these shoes

professional yet stylish, and so comfortable - these are my favorite shoes in the world
Posted by LB from San Diego:
Finally, a Coffee family lover has another love!

I loved the Coffee family with the unhealthy unholy passion and ever since they were retired I have been a little heartbroken when visiting Fluevog.com, until now! I just got a pair of Big Presence Desmonds and I'm once again twitterpated! I can't wait for more members of the family to join :D Size 8 fits me (as do 8's in Bellevues and Coffees)
Posted by Susan from Baton Rouge, LA:
Great shoes but too small; horrible transaction

These shoes are fine, but I'll probably never be able to wear them thanks to Fluevog's sizing "experts." Based on availability, I ordered a size 9, which is a half size larger than my usual size of 8 1/2, and the order was sent to the San Francisco store for fulfillment. I then got an email from the store insisting that the size I had ordered was too big, and that the shoes ran large and I needed to go down a size. I told the person that in my experience, Fluevogs ran true to my size and that with a pointed toe shoe I was a lot more worried about having enough width in the toe box than about the shoes being too long. He INSISTED that even if I went down to an 8, the shoes would still be too long and I would have a ton of room in the back of the shoe, causing my foot to slip out. At this point, I agreed to go down to a size 8. The order was then sent to the Seattle store, which took two weeks to get my shoes to me (apparently, they could not get a shipping label to print out for my work address, even though I have things shipped here all the time, and I was not willing to waive the signature upon arrival because I have friends whose Fluevogs have gone missing when they did this.) Cut to today, when I decide to wear the shoes - they are excrutiating. Not only do my feet not fit in the toe box, causing actual pain in the front of my foot, but the shoes cut into my feet on all sides, including in the back, because the shoes are WAY TOO SHORT. I checked the size because I couldn't believe how small they were, and they are a 7 1/2 - a full size smaller than I usually wear and definitely at least a half size smaller than I agreed to. Unfortunately, I have already worn them outside and I had already deleted the correspondence with the San Francisco store, so I am assuming I have no recourse. I am livid about this transaction, both with the SF and Seattle stores, and will probably end up giving the shoes to Goodwill.
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 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.

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