In 1866, Indiana teenager Pearl DeVere (age 14) ran away from strict religious parents and ended up working the brothels of Denver. When the last great Colorado Gold Rush turned Cripple Creek into a Boomtown, Pearl started her own brothel there, employing several local girls. She was well known for wearing lavish clothing in public, and for never being seen twice in the same clothes. In 1895, Pearl met and married a wealthy mill owner - wealthy, until a fire raged through Cripple Creek's business district, destroying most of the businesses, including his mill and her brothel. Her husband never recovered financially and moved to California, while Pearl stayed in Cripple Creek to rebuild her brothel. With construction finished in 1896, Pearl decorated with lavish carpets, hardwood furniture, electric lamps, and bathtubs with running water, making her brothel the most modern and successful business in town. Pearl battled insomnia and used Morphine to help her sleep, but sadly in the summer of 1897 Pearl accidentally overdosed and was found dead at the age of 33.
Using soft, pebbled, vegetable-tanned leathers with diamond patterned laser cutouts, printed paisley designs on the black and white colourway, all on a 2.5" Fellowship-hi heel and tunite Bellevue sole, the Spring booty DeVere is sure to make your business assets golden.
22 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Brenna from Vancouver, BC:
I visited Fluevog for the first time and walked out with three pairs of shoes, including the DeVeres, which I had been eying on the website. My street size is 6.5, but I went down to a 6 in these boots and they're still nice and roomy. Wore them to work today and received a dozen compliments from colleagues and strangers alike. I feel like a fabulous Victorian cowgirl!
Posted by Suzanne from Minneapolis:
This shoe is amazing. I own 21 pairs of John's beautiful shoes and this one is so much fun to wear. The compliments never stop. I did have to down size this one. I usually wear a size 9 and this one fit perfectly in a size 8. it is made a little wider so a smaller size works nicely. This shoe is a winner and be prepared for the compliments.
Posted by Heidi H from Cary NC:
Disappointing - sending back - agree with Lisa from Brunei:
They were a little wide for my regularly sized foot, although I liked that they were a distressed black and cream. THe problem was the last - the foundation the shoe is on - is cheap and shoddy. The design is great, but there isn't any "craftsmanship": I think these are similar to something I could get at Payless.
Posted by Carol O'Brien from Montreal QC:
I tried these on today and have decided I need to save up a bit for them as they were made for me or so it felt.
These are amazing and feel like a part of my foot.
Especially happy to support a fellow Canadian
Posted by Joan:
These boots are decadent and beautifully crafted. The moment I slipped them on, I knew they had to be mine! I am a size 7, and they run true to size. They are extremely comfortable. My first night out in them, these boots turned heads, and received the admiration of both men and women, of all ages. Special thanks to Sean of the NYC store, she was incredibly helpful and a true Fluvogologist! This is my 12th pair of Vogs, my feet and I are in love with all of them!
Posted by TH from LA:
These boots are spectacular. I adore wearing them because they fit (please make more Bellevues!!) and are so eye-catching.
They are both fashion-forward and timeless. Brilliant!
Thank you and please - make more Bellevues!!!
Posted by Adele from Canada:
These boots just arrived on my doorstep and I could not wait to try them on. I was a bit worried about the size because I take a typical size 10 and some reviewers suggested that a 10.5 might be better, but I stuck with the 10 and they fit spot on. :-)
Posted by Lisa from Brunei:
Never thought I'd use the word 'disappointing' in the same sentence as 'Fluevog' as every other pair I own (about 20) has been a sheer delight. These are so eye catching online and the stark difference between the black and white in the paisley makes them a real attention-grabber. When they arrived and I opened the box, though, they looked like either they were old and faded or the picture online had been radically colour-enhanced. They are still a stylish and comfy shape but the colour is dull and almost looks like faded grey rather than a b&w paisley.. Normally I get the usual "wow your shoes are amazing!" reaction to my Vogs but someone actually asked if I got these from the market!! and said they look cheap and shabby compared to my usuals! I would have returned them only there was a long saga with the post office in getting them and they were 4 months post-order by the time I received them so it was too late. I strongly advise checking them out in a store before purchase, to see if the colour does in real life what it does on screen. (-(
Posted by Elena from Vancouver, B.C.:
What can I say?
Couldn't get those in Black/white last season:(((( However - they are back!!!
So I rushed to the store - and O! MY1 GOD!
Super stylish and super comfortable, what can I say?
Posted by Alice from Canada:
I'd been eyeing these shoes for several months now. And then they disappeared from the website and I despaired. I lamented and kicked myself for not giving in to the urge to purchase them.
But with International Fluevog Day looming, I found myself on the website once more and while perusing the pages, I discovered the wonderful return of the Black Paisley Bellevues.
I walked in to the Granville location yesterday (IF Day) and tried on the 8.5 heels. In non-Vog shoes I'm a 7.5 but given the other reviews I'd read and my wide feet, I went up a full size. These boots fit like a dream. They look amazing. They make me feel amazing. How do I wish I could wear them at work.