The original inspiration behind the Guide was from when John was walking to the Fluevog Design Studio for a meeting, and was confronted by a Girl Guide selling cookies. John, feeling generous (and hungry), decided to buy many boxes of the tasty delicious cookies (the number was never confirmed) to bring back to his trusty, hard working employees. On his walk, his hunger got the best of him, and he started munching happily. First the box of chocolate mints... then the box of coconut cookies... then another box... By the time John got to the Design Studio, he realized he had eaten all of the cookies. He discarded the boxes and removed any evidence of what is now referred to as 'The Great Cookie Massacre.' Unfortunately for John, his story came out in the meeting when everyone remarked on his cookie crumb tie.
Chuckling to himself at the invaluable lesson he learned from his experience, John drew up a sexy ladies shoe that featured thick, soft leathers with pebbled surfaces, custom Fluevog buckles, a 3.5" curved heel, and a 1.5" hidden platform of recycled cork, all on a tunite sole with rubber grips. The uber-modern mary jane Guide provides you with a firm foundation for the challenges ahead (like not eating the entire box of cookies at once without a glass of milk). Prepare for the Future, choose well today.
Please note the denim Guide is the Vegan option in this style.
Karen from our San Francisco (Union Square) store says:
The angle of the toe swoop makes them fit a half size small.
84 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Terri from Los Angeles:
Color, comfort, and style
I have them in orange. I have them in Klimt blue. And I have the turquoise on layaway. I know that sounds obsessive, but these shoes are great. They make me 4 inches taller, AND I can run in them! They're unfailingly comfortable (and my standards are strict, as I have some toe/pain issues). They're beautiful AND silly. Passers-by love them. They work with jeans, they work with dresses. These are my go-to shoes. They make me feel good, in so many ways. Such a nice creation.
Posted by kym from Seattle:
Just paid off my layaway on these, (been wanting them forever!) and worked 2 days on my feet, standing at least 8 hours each day. (I'm a hairdresser.) NO PROBLEM. I could have probably gone out dancing after work. As usuall, I normally wear a 10 with all shoes, but with Fluevogs a 10 1/2, and this is no different. LOVE!
Posted by Lisabeth from Waitsfield, VT:
Love the Guides
So my daughter is getting married this coming fall. As she is a costume designer, she wanted to know that I was dress appropriately for her special day! She indicated that I was NOT to wear Black, Pants or Clogs [as a chef, that's about all I wear] Found I dress in Gun Metal Pewter. I was happy with it. We went walking on Newbury Street in Boston for Thanksgiving. Tried on some of Fluevog shoes. Love, Love, The New England Yankee in me was a little leary of the price, was walking away.. my girl and her beau bought me a pair of the "Guides" for Christmas. Just wore them for my birthday, first time out in heels in eons..Love Love Love Now I want them un Turquoise!!!! :-D
Posted by Liz Goodstone from New York:
My Dream Shoes
I first saw these maryjanes in Canada, but they didn't have my size. Upon returning home I ordered the blue ones. Once they arrived and I slipped them on, I immediately ordered the orange pair. I can't tell you how many positive comments I get on a daily basis. I just ordered the turquoise color. I would love to see these in black and other cool colors. These are the best shoes. I teach and I can wear these all day and still look cool. The kids love them.
Posted by Bee from Auckland New Zealand:
Thanks for the cool as shoes, these became my third pair of fluevogs. Love the soft smokey pinky red color, Comforty to wear on the first outing so as they soften up more they will be like having nothing on my feet i am sure.
Posted by KT from San Francisco:
Coolest Mary Jane's
I love a good MJ, but this takes the cake. Comfortable, fun and lifts you up, way up. It goes with just about anything - any style jeans (except for maybe mom...), leggings, dress, dressed up or down, with or without socks or tights. I can wear it for hours and still keep walkin'. The construction is solid and I think I'm going to enjoy them for many many years, especially because I take exceptional care of all of my vogs. Thanks JF!
Posted by Gina:
Colour differential ...
To Fluevog lovers who are into really bright shoes: The orange is bright orangey orange on the website but the colour in the box is actually a browny pink ... definitely not an orangey red - more like a pinky brown ... I have a pair of orange Fiorenzas and they are ORANGE! And looked true to type on the website on my monitor when they were there ... I'm so disappointed in the dull colour because these are such amazing shoes (I have the blue & brown)!
Posted by SUSANNAH from TORONTO:
PLEASE GIVE ME REOLACEMENT HEELS!
Upon seeing the new guide colours i am pretty sure i had a joy attack and drooled on myself a little. i have these shoes in brown and blue and will soon own the turquoise and orange ones too. the only problem is the lack of replacemnt heels. i walk the hell out of these things and need easy access to replacement heels! give me my replacement heels! do it now!
Reply from Greg at Fluevog:
Hi Susannah, please contact your local Fluevog store as they will have replacement heel lifts for you. :)
Posted by NC Shoe Lover:
Love these! I wear a 7 in Operettas, and the 7 is perfect in these. They're very comfortable with plenty of width in the toe for my picky feet. The blue is a great color and the style is versatile for dresses, jeans, whatever.
Posted by midwestern shoe-lover:
great shoes, but poor quality/service
These shoes look great, and feel better. I wore them regularly but certainly not exclusively for several weeks, when I noticed that the soft rubber heel caps were already worn down. Seems to me that an expensive shoe like this should not need repair work after so short a period. I called one of the Fluevog shops, and was blithely told that I can get the caps replaced at my local cobbler's, and that the shoes are made to be repaired. Well, yes, eventually, but not after just a few weeks of intermittent use, I would think. I asked about getting replacement caps, as I had for my Minis, and the salesperson said that my local shoemaker would have to supply the caps, as the company only carries caps for heels that have the company logo on them. I pointed out that the heels of the Prepare family DO feature the logo, and are an odd size and shape. But no luck. So buy these shoes and enjoy them, but expect to spend a little extra, in time and money, to keep them going beyond the first weeks.