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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.
27 reviews so far... write yours!
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:
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:
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:
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!