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.
95 reviews so far... write yours!
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.
Posted by Lisa:
We walk everywhere in NYC and these are the best walking shoes...ever! I bought the blue in a size 6, I'm usually a 6.5 -- the half size down is a perfect fit. Run, don't walk and pick up a pair, you will not be disappointed. All the colors offered are neutral and will go with anything. I want one in every color.
Posted by Julie from Edmonton!:
a surprise is the best prize
I went to the new-ish Calgary store to spend my TOP 15 WINNER gift certificate yesterday! The staff there convinced me to try these on, and they actually are so comfortable. The platform makes it seem like there is no heel, and I wore them all day... got lots of comments during the rest of my shopping. My new favorites for sure! Thanks John for making these, AND for the awesome gift certificate! "I'm 31 and single, Fluevogs are all I got". Julie.
Posted by Val from Washington DC:
happiness is a vog-clog
I bought the Ask Response in orange last year for my birthday and this year it was the blue Prepare Guide. I love both these shoes...I wear them both to work with my reserved slacks and sweaters. I wear them both with rolled up cargos after work.
The Guides - I love love these shoes. I had written a suggestion to JF at one point to bring out a winter Prepares bootie. And today I see the Merit and I want it in both colors. I opted for the black first because it's a good basic with skirts and black tights but that burnt orange is calling me for my next purchase. Vaaaalll-irie.
PS. just had the protective soles replaced on my Ask clogs and even the cobbler admired them.
Posted by Melissa from United States:
Thank you for restocking these... They are gorgeous and comfortable and sexy and I cannot get enough of them. I'm going to walk 14 blocks to the Portland store today wearing my orange ones, to pick up my new blue ones.
Posted by Ter
Went to check out the new Calgary store with some friends, just to look of course. Saw these and fell in love. They fit so well I HAD to buy them! I normally wear a 5 1/2 but the 6 with a nice insole are a dream!! And they stayed comfy all day on the first wearing. I wear them everywhere and I get more compliments on them than anything else in my wardrobe. :-)
Posted by Vessy from Ottawa:
better then ... anything
The Guide happened to be my introduction to Fluevog. OMG, they fit like glove, feel like Nike and attract attention on each corner. I have them in the blue color, and I ride in them my Scooteretti e-bike to work - they are comfy for my ride and very feminine and sexy when I am off the scooter. These two purchases made my summer very special, thank you Fluevog and Scooteretti.
Posted by Cristina from Minnesota:
People chase me down...
...to ask about these shoes. I own many pairs of Fluevogs, and the Prepare Guide is one of my all time favorites. I was lucky to buy a pair in blue before they ran out, but they would look great in any color. They fit true to size, are comfy to walk in, and never fail to get compliments.
Posted by Holly from Seattle:
I LOVE these comfy and super funky shoes. I'm new to the Fluevog sensation and am so happy to have found you! I wasn't able to wear heels comfortably before meeting you. THANK YOU for changing my life! I will never ever wear cute yet uncomfortable shoes again. When I need colorful, fun, special occasion, every day, winter, spring, summer or fall, go- with-anything, comfortable shoes, I'm coming directly to your store and nowhere else. Sorry Nordstrom, I gotta break up with you.
Sizing note...I usually wear an 8, but in yours I wear an 8.5. Had to have the "yeah" shoes in green too. 8.5 worked in those for me as well. Several other pairs are on my wish list. My husband now knows what to get me for any occasion throughout the years.
Thank you for creating such dreamy footwear. xo
Posted by Janice from Calgary:
Not even kidding. Don't hesitate on these babies! Feel like walking on pillows from minute 1, and fit true to size.