Big Presence |
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 AC from SF, CA:
these in every color. I'm NOT a heel person. But sometimes style, common decency, and cultural events like weddings and job interviews and shamanic journeys demand heels of a lady. You could walk to Mecca and back in these. Great width for your tootsies in a pointy shoe. And the big presence heel absolutely saves them from mid height, sensible, standard pump obscurity. I got them in the black leather in my usual 9 1/2 and they fit perfectly . I'll definitely be going in for a second pair in a wackier color, just for funsies.
Posted by Issha Marie:
Please don't ever stop making this shoe!
I love this style. I love it a lot. I have two pairs - one in the black waxed canvas and one in the blue waxed canvas. This style has a classic shape with a modern heel, and is absolutely beautiful AND comfortable. I tend to lean towards timeless designs - it was difficult for me to find a Fluevog pair I liked prior to the Desmond family, because a lot of the women's styles (for me, personally), are just way too 'out there' for my minimalist, 'clean-lines'-centric wardrobe. Finally - a Fluevog style I can wear!
Posted by Melissa from Oklahoma:
I wanted a somewhat dressy shoe that I could wear with jeans and a tee or a skirt and blouse. This shoe was it! I originally bought the waxed canvas blue, and went back and also bought the Cheetah. Both are now staples in my wardrobe. I am really suprised how comphy these almost 3" heels are. I am not a heel person, and they are easy to walk in. A must have!!! :-D
Size note - I went 1/2 size down from my normal size.
Posted by Kristen from San Francisco:
Desmond Cheetah Calfhair
These shoes have so much personality and are incredibly comfortable. I had originally fallen in love with the Presence Notions, which have the same print, but I tried them on at the Union Square location and they looked like clown shoes on my size 11 feet. Jenna, my Union Square guardian angel, brought me the calfhair Desmonds in a 10.5 as an alternative, and I couldn't believe how much I loved them on me. I would not have given them a second look if it weren't for her. The lines are wonderful - they elongate my already-long legs and are extremely flattering. As soon as Jenna said the word "layaway", it was all over. These are the first pair of full-price Vogs I have purchased, my fifth pair in all, and I will always love them. I secretly adore knowing that I always have the most fabulous pair of shoes in the room, no matter where I am!
Posted by Ladr from Vancouver, BC:
Comfortable and easy to wear
I have a very hard time finding 3" heels that are comfortable, able to be worn with a dress or suit, can be worn for shopping or to the airport and overall, fit in with an active day that won't cripple you. These do that and more. Other Fleuvogs seem to be a bit narrow for me but these are so great. Room for your toes and the heel is very solid feeling. I do have the heels tipped and toppied by my lovely shoe guy so they will last a long time. Let's face it, Vancouver winter weather is tough on your heels. So great to have something offered here with a bit of personality that you can wear to the office, and no straps in sight to cut off the line of your leg if you're short, no STUMPY FRUMPY girl in these. Always, always have these available for purchse for us office gals, we need Fleuvog's too!
A love affair
I just bought these shoes on Wednesday and they are fantastic! I am so in love that I logged on to look at a picture of them while they are getting a rubber half sole put on. Obsessive much.
I have wide feet and bunions and these are comfortable for me.
Posted by Rhonda Manson from TRAIL:
Desmond Cheeta Print Shoes
OMG.. I ordered these shoes yesterday and already received them from Vancouver delivered to Trail.. I have LOTS of Fluevog's but I have to say these ones are my FAV..so comfortable they feel like slippers but look so awesome ... Love Love them!!! ,-)