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.
33 reviews so far... write yours!
Posted by Donna from Vienna,VA:
I bought these in purple to wear to my daughter's wedding. I also bought a pair of flip flops because I have a bad back and can't really wear heels for very long. I intended to break them in before the wedding, but never found the time. I put them on at 9:00 AM and as we were leaving the reception 13hours later I realized I never used my backup shoes! They were fantastic, fit perfectly, true to size and looked fab. My daughter and her attendants also wore Fluevogs! Loved the note from the store telling me to enjoy the wedding.
Posted by dhr from Los Angeles, CA:
BEST HEELS EVER! Survived a Week-long Vegas Convention!
I buy heels and usually wear them once or twice for events and let them collect dust afterwards. I bought the DESMOND in black for a convention and they were comfortable and worked great dressed up or down, suits or jeans or leggings. I wear these all the time now. These are by far the best heels I have ever owned. I am going to buy them in other colors. I can't wait to see them in red. . .
Posted by Eileen from Portland, OR:
Best. Fitting. Heels. Ever!
I got two new pairs of 'vogs for spring: the Desmonds in the purple canvas, and some Prepare Guides in pink. Today is the first day for the Desmonds on my feet. I can't say enough about how comfortable they are, and how good they look. I have a wide front of foot, wear a 6.5, and these babies fit like a glove. How does he do it? John Fluevog, my feet thank you, and I feel so cool wearing these shoes that I will be buying clothes to assecorize my Desmonds, in that order. =0)
Posted by Kate Strzalkowski from Princeotn:
I was going wedding shoe shopping with my Mum and stumbled into this store in New York. I hate shoe shopping because I can never find shoes to fit my large feet. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The staff was so friendly and helpful and helped me find the perfect pair of shoes to match my dress. They felt a little tight when I bought them and I was nervous that they would be too small. They told me to wear them around the house and by the third time they will fit. True to their word, that is what happened!
Posted by vanessa from Edmonton:
These are my fourth pair of Fluevogs and I'm absolutely thrilled with them. As previously mentioned, these have that "look like a pump, feel like a sneaker" comfort and the shape is so sexy and fun. I went for the floral print and am amazed by how many outfits these beauties coordinate with. I'm usually between a 5.5-6 in Fluevogs and the 5.5 fit perfectly. Another winner.
Posted by Tracy from New Jersey:
I went to the NYC Fluevog store to try these after reading the reviews. I do NOT normally ever wear heels. But, I need to for certain occasions. My feet are wider and have always been in excruciating pain in heels... until now. I tried on the waxed canvas pair and knew it was a winner. I wore them out of the box pretty much to a wedding and danced all night, with ZERO PAIN! These are worth every penny. I want to add that the NYC store did not have my size in black (tried on purple) but they hooked me up with the Boston store and literally had them for next day shipping. Thank you!
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!