Spring/Summer 2013 - John Fluevog Shoes
This season’s collection reflects John’s continued commitment to non-pop fashion and a focus on the origins of the brand... here he reinterprets classics with an ironic twist, or in an unexpected material. The Spring-Summer collection is broad and far reaching, from sweet pastels and polka dots in wearable shapes, to new-artisan styles rendered in raw, natural feeling leathers that reflect an idea of perfect-imperfection, touched by the hand of the craftsman with that handmade feel. Underlying it all is the promise of comfort, daring, and freedom from conformity.
760 TURBO Larson
In the 1990s, John introduced his 240 Wagon series, providing stylish and sturdy footwear for all weather conditions. Twenty years later, John decided that The 240s needed an upgrade and set his mind to redesign an already time-proven shoe family. Reminiscent of the reliable Volvo John bought for his young family in 1985 (still running!), John sought inspiration in the boxy and geometrically designed Volvo 760 with inter-cooled turbo. A class act is hard to follow. (Larson $249 US/ $259 CDN).
7th Heaven Derby Swirl
The Derby Swirl is a classic and iconic Fluevog Design with over 20 years of history. A stylish ankle height boot with five eyelets, wild uppers, leather lining and padded foot sock. The Angels feature The Original Angelic Sole -100% Natural Havea Treet Latex, both Biodegradable and resoleable. Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan. (Derby Swirl $259US/ $269 CDN).
Featuring swing toe lasts, rubber soles, and 2" leather wrapped heels, the styles in The Adriana Family are solid and rugged, allowing you to weather the elements effortlessly while looking fantastic. Combining the design elements of The Adrian Family with full grain Atlas leathers and suedes that crease and patina, the styles in The Adriana Family will age with grace (like the Fluevoger). Drawn as a western boot meets worksite boot, the family is named after John's son Adrian who is known for his warm geniality and generosity. A thankful person is a happy person. (Lois $255 US/CDN).
ARCH ANGEL Farmer & Robert
The Arch Angels feature a long footbed with an oblong toe-shape, coloured latex Angel soles and stacked leather heels, and are assembled with partial blake construction. Produced in a Vietnamese factory, which is owned by Japanese shoe-makers, who were trained in England using 19th century traditional methods, The Arch Angels are some of the most classically fabricated (and international) shoes we have made in recent years. Featuring buttery Italian leathers in classic gibson styles, The Arch Angels are the perfect all-purpose shoe for both office and streetwear. (Farmer $289 US/CDN), Robert $289 US/CDN).
Built on an exquisite and decadent Louis the 14th hexagonal heel, The Baroques combine soft pastel leathers with ribbons and ornate buckles. Perfect for those who know that real power is in the delicacies of visual curves and the contrapposto of royal materials, just like an imperfect pearl. There is no fashion like old fashion. (Caravaggio $289 US/CDN).
BEGIN Woop! Woop!
Get into the groove with your new Fluevog kicks! Designed to imitate the ease and comfort of a ballet flat, The Begin Family kicked it up a notch with slouchy casual styles on a soft rubber sole and stacked tunite heel. Made of soft pliable vegetable-tanned leathers, The Begins also feature leather eyelets for that soft, ballerina look. Let the Dance Begin. (Woop! Woop! $229 US/ $239 CDN).
BELLEVUE Eleanore, Laura Evans, & Pearl Hart
While watching a classic spaghetti western, John was inspired by the feisty, foul-mouthed and fabulous women of the ole Wild West and started to draw up new designs for The Bellevue Family. Don't be fooled by the cute design and detailing on a 2.5" Fellowship-hi heel and tunite Bellevue soles, these are dangerously tough shoes. While we doubt anyone will be wrangling cattle, robbing banks, or working the saloons in these beauties, you know that they are sturdy enough to make it through the gauntlet when called upon. Keep pushing west and beyond
your imagination. (Eleanore $255 US/CDN, Laura Evans $279 US/CDN, Pearl Hart $275 US/CDN).
BIG PRESENCE Desmond & Faraday
For the fans of The Coffee Family and The Teapot Family, John has created the ultimate combo using the best features of both, with an added splash of Fluevog pizazz. With dazzling patent leathers, floral patterned leathers, metallic finished leathers, or hairy bovine leathers built on foot molding leather soles, The Big Presence reinvents the classic pump. John gave the super-pointed Presence last a little lift with a diamond shaped 3" canvas wrapped heel with swooping curves, giving the simple pump an unusually distinctive profile. If you put The Big Presence styles sole-to-sole, and heel-to-heel, John leaves you with a lasting impression straight from his heart. Present yourself well. (Desmond $265 US/CDN, Faraday $285 US/CDN).
John wanted to bring back a part of Fluevog History by reintroducing the classic pointy creeper Creepex to his Spring ‘13 collection. The Creepex has an elongated toe with a slight upward swing, and uses resoleable Crepe wrapped EVA to keep them light on your feet. Featuring perforated and interlaced leather details in the design bring the attitude of Brixton to your edge. (Strummer $249 US/CDN).
DAILY MIRACLES Stunner
Believing is the hardest obstacle to overcome, especially when you see it with your own eyes. Designed with delicate swooping curves upon a hand carved wooden last, one has to wonder if John was experiencing Divine Intervention while drawing these lovely shoes. Using a Peruvian factory that has a reputation for outstanding quality and craftsmanship, The Miracles feature 3" leather wrapped heels, floral patterned or hairy bovine leathers, and foot molding leather soles that will take your feet down your fateful path. Miracles are the surprises of the soul. (Stunner Floral $285 US/CDN, Stunner Zebra $299 US/CDN).
Desire is the fire that sets action aflame, and with that theory in mind John set out to create the most comfortable flats ever. The Desire feature soft, pebbled leathers, soft elastic toplines, and a dramatic outseam detail along the toe. With a padded footsock, soft rubber soles, and an asymmetrical footshape that follows the natural curve of your foot, you too will lust over The Desire flats. (Mentor $249 US/CDN).
This past summer, John had such an amazing summer, that he wanted to make sure next year was even better by introducing the elevated platform Espadrilles. John created his exciting 2” platform using a lightweight EVA inner sole wrapped in natural sisal (a biodegradable natural fiber), with a handpainted tunite rand and rubber sole. Dramatic uppers of soft, shiny bronze-like leathers, or of Vegan vibrant waxed canvases ensure the Summer never ends. (Martin Bronze $285 US/CDN, Martin Waxed Yellow $245 US/CDN, Martin Black $255 US/CDN).
Inspired to reinvent The Executors family from Fluevog past, John created The Exesqui using classic patterns that highlight the shape of the refined Gentleman’s last. The Exesquis feature Spanish patent leathers that glow with a metallic sheen, and promise to dazzle all your clients and bandmates. (Lansky $289 US/ $299 CDN).
Featuring soft Italian leathers with washed-out finishes, a rounded toe with a good toe spring, and edgy designs built on rubber injected soles, The Features prove to be an entirely unique look. Being a fashion cross between rock'n'roll and ultra-chic, The Features are named after silver screen legends (preferably with sweet 'staches) that had a profound effect on men's fashion. Be the good guy in your movie. (Grant $289 US/ $299 CDN).
After getting cornered by an old friend at his high school reunion, John realized that some things never change, and true friendship has no boundaries. Inspired by this revelation, John designed The Fellowship family to stand the test of time, being both reliable and refined. Featuring a natural toe shape with soft rubber soles & heels, this shoe is perfect for everyday wear. Old Friends are Good Friends. (Sandra $269 US/CDN).
The Flyvog family is for all of our nerdy brethren and sisthren out there who have been plugging away at their computer doodads and techy bits all this time - drinking too much soda, wearing lab coats, pocket protectors, crazy mustaches, and old school sneakers. The Flyvogs continue to exude their own vintage sneaker 'suave'-faire, and you'll be superstylin' with this soft leather and suede combination in subtle colors & colours, molded with a vintage eighties sneaker sole. You'll be the freshest prince in the lab. Keep it up, keep it going. (Carr $259 US/ $275 CDN).
The Futures are an updated version of The Future Angels, but based on a new longer last with a rounded toe. Featuring a rubber-injection molded sole, The Futures are flexible and lightweight providing for quick movement and lightning wit. With slightly glossy and pebbled leathers,
overstitch detail, and a padded toppling for ultra comfort, The Futures are comfortable like a sneaker, but professional enough to be cheeky in an office. Your sole will direct your future. (Tipton $199 US/ $199 CDN).
Produced in a Vietnamese factory, which is owned by Japanese shoe-makers, who were trained in England using 19th century traditional methods, The Gateways are some of the most classically fabricated (and international) shoes we have made in recent years. Featuring aged Italian leathers or rich suedes that glow of pure luxury, The Gateway will give you your Fluevog fix during those conservative occasions when you still need to be the best dressed person in the room. Just walk on through. (Brandenberg $269 US/ $289 CDN).
GUARDIAN ANGEL Lucas
For more than 20 years, John's revolutionary and 100% biodegradable Angel Sole has been walking the Earth saving customers from Evil. John updates the classic Men's designs with a lighter, slimmer Angel sole, without losing any of the awesome benefits. Made in Vietnam using partial blake construction, buttery Bottero leathers, stacked leather heels with Angel heel lifts, The Guardian Angels are tough, but classy. Watch out Satan! (Lucas $279 US/ $299 CDN).
John continues on the mantra of "Good Soles Leave Small Prints" by bringing us another Fluevog first. Featuring soft Spanish veggie tanned leathers on a 1.5" 100% bamboo heel, and a molded sole that extends to the heel for extra shock absorption, The Hope Family might be the cutest way to save the world, one step at a time. F is for all things Hope. (Promise $329 US/ $329 CDN).
HOPEFUL Assured & Cheerful
Playing mad Scientist, John creates The Hopeful: a hybrid family using the last and fit of The Operetta Family, the soles of The Hope Family, the leathers of The Prepare Family, and the leather wrapped heels of The Thanks Family. Featuring a soft rubber sole, soft, pebbled Portuguese leathers and suedes, and a natural footshape, The Hopefuls might even be better than The Beatles.
F is for all things Hope. (Assured $295 US/CDN, Cheerful $299 US/CDN).
i BELIEVE HI Courtney
Handmade in Mexico, The I Believe Hi Family features tough Mexican leathers perfect for the street or country. With stained Goodyear welted leather soles, stacked leather heels with rubber lifts, and a JF custom shark-nosed last with a structured toe, the unisexy I Believes hold a unique and suave look. I Believe. (Courtney $279 US/CDN).
Named in honour of the lovely ladies of Fluevog HQ. With heaps of gratitude, John designed soft slip-on flats of walkable rubber soles and heels in combinations of soft leathers and glossy patents for true sophistication and style. Truth and Integrity... Since 1970. (Arabella $249 US/CDN).
KITCHY KITCHY BOOM BOOM Liz
Using the last and fit of The Hopeful Family, the same Aniline leathers from The Mini Family, rubber Hope soles, and a modified Wearever heel, The Kitchy Kitchy are the combination that Fluevogers have been waiting for, but with a whole new attitude. (Liz $299 US/CDN).
Feeling the need for a hip and casual unisex style, John created The Living Family. Goodyear welted using soft, robust Mexican leathers on a rounded toeshape, leather soles with injected rubber inserts, oversized zippers, and raw canvas piping, The Living Family has a worn and pre-aged effect while creating the perfect everyday style. Living to change the world. (Malcolm $299 US/CDN).
LOW RULES Joni
The Low Rules are named after women that went against the stream to prove the unproven for the benefit of culture and humanity. Vegetable tanned leathers built on a .9" platform of leather-wrapped recycled cork with a 2.75" stacked leather heel, John designed the sexy and natural Rules Family for those eco-minded, fashion-forward individuals who like to break the rules, and go with their intuition. Natural Beauty Rules. (Joni $315 US/CDN).
MINI Bees Knees & Zaza
When The Mini Heel was first introduced in 2001, John decided all styles with this heel would be named after lover's nicknames. Over the years, the style names have been getting extremely personal! The Minis feature contrast piping, soft analine leathers, a rubber F-Sole, and the iconic 3" hourglass heel for the ultimate traction, durability and comfort. Go on, fall in love. We dare you! (Bees Knees $299 US/CDN, Zaza $285 US/CDN).
Believing is the hardest obstacle to overcome, especially when you see
it with your own eyes. Designed with delicate swooping curves upon a
hand carved wooden last, these lovely shoes may have been the result of Divine Intervention. Using a Peruvian
factory that has a reputation for outstanding quality and craftsmanship,
The Miracles feature 3" leather wrapped heels, delicious leathers, and foot molding leather soles that will take your feet
down your fateful path. Miracles are the surprises of the soul. (Marvel $249 US/CDN).
Always hoping to move mountains, John introduces another majestic wooden clog in his repertoire. The sculptural styles of The Mountains feature soft Brazillian leathers with silver-finished hardware and studs as an extra texture detail. A rounded shape of laminated Pine with resoleable rubber soles, and an EVA footbed wrapped in natural sisal (a biodegradable natural fiber), makes The Mountains comfortable and easy to wear. (Rushmore $275 US/CDN)
Made famous first by Lady Miss Kier who wore the iconic platforms on the cover of Deee-lite's debut album World Clique, then by Madonna who wore the sexy 4" Louis IV heel in Truth or Dare, The Munsters have long become the symbol of the '90s House/Club underground DJ scene. Reintroduced with floral brocades, soft suedes, or glossy leathers on tunite soles and brested heels, The Munsters are an exact re-issue of the original groovy classic. Groove is in the Heart. (Beth $355 US/CDN).
With soft Baccarat patent leathers, soft rubber soles, and a 2.5" leather wrapped heel, The Operetta Family could possibly be the most functional and comfortable Fluevogs ever. Named after extremely dramatic Opera singers, The Operetta family will be your everyday, dress-up, dress-down, favourite pair of shoes perfect for skipping and singing. Your love makes me sing. (Malibran $269 US/ CDN).
The original inspiration behind The Prepares happened when John found
the trusty, old Swiss Army knife he had as a young scout. After the initial wear test failed with clinking
metal bits and knifes flopping around with each step, John went back to
the drawing board and struck genius in the new swoopy design without the
additional arsenal of cutlery. Featuring soft leathers with pebbled surfaces, all built on a hidden platform of recycled cork, tunite soles
with rubber grips, and custom Fluevog buckles, The Prepares provide you
with a firm foundation for the challenges ahead. Prepare for the Future, choose well today. (Guide $299 US/CDN).
PREPARE HI Reppel & Spur
Adjusting the last and platform, John gave The Prepares a new lift by designing a higher heel with a more dramatic pitch, giving The Prepare Hi styles a sharper and more dramatic appearance. Featuring soft leathers with pebbled surfaces, all built on a sturdy platform, and tunite soles with rubber grips, The Prepare Hi styles provide you with a firm foundation for the challenges ahead. Prepare for the Future, choose well today. (Reppel $365 US/CDN, Spur $319 US/CDN).
PRESENCE Imagine & Impel
Clean and mod, with a distinctive pointy-toe and last shape, leather soles, and gorgeous Argentinian leathers, The Presence are the perfect flats for cruising the beach on your Vespa (or living your real everyday life). I'm not driven to rash behaviour, except when it comes to you. I'm not driven to rash behaviour, except when it comes to you. I'm afraid I'm inclined to throw it all away even for, however brief or long, walks in your presence. (Imagine $225 US/CDN, Impel $275 US/CDN).
Recently cleaning out his shoe closet, John found that his old favourite pair of Provogs from the 90s had finally taken their last stroll, so John decided it was time to bring back the Vintage Vog style and update it. The Provogs feature vibrant Italian suedes, and use the same last and 100% latex sole as the Classic Angel, providing a radical adaption of the vintage creeper sneaker. (One-O-One $279 US/ $289 CDN).
QUEEN TRANSCENDENT Nefertiti
Designed by Jody Elizabeth for John's world-famous Open Source Footwear Program, The Queen Transcendent features a unique heel inspired by 'ball & claw' furniture legs. Using a Bellevue last, but with a higher heel and platform, The Queen Transcendent demands sophistication and class. Smooth and glossy Polido leathers give The Queen Transcendent Family an antiqued and timeless look.
(Nefertiti $339 US/CDN).
RADIO ABC, CBC & BBC
As a young and gawky teenager, Johnny Fluevog would spend hours working on his old car while the chatter of his portable AM radio kept him company. Many years later, John broadcasts style and comfort via The Radio Family. Featuring an upturned toe, a wider footbed, and a tunite heel & sole, The Radio Family is the soundtrack to your life. Tune in, Turn on, and Vog out! (ABC $255 US/ $275 CDN, CBC $255 US/ $275 CDN, BBC $255 US/ $275 CDN).
RIVERS Loire & Seine
The Rivers are handmade flats with stacked leather heels with rubber heel lift, and leather soles with inlaid rubber treads, providing the perfect form-fitting all-purpose, care-free summer sandal. Designed by John for strolling around the city or the beach, The Rivers feature a combination of soft suedes, patents, and metallic leathers, and are sure to get you noticed. (Loire $229 US/CDN, Seine $229 US/CDN).
SWORDFISH Cooper, Dunaway, Surrealist & Postmodern
An iconic Fluevog line from the 80s, popularized by its distinctive pointed toe shape, has been re-imagined by John. Using tough, sleek leathers, decorative zippers and buckles, The Swordfish styles are bound to be cherished and collected by rockstars everywhere. Some styles includes a 3.5" Cuban Heel that brings the Fluevog flair over-the-top. Stay Sharp! (Cooper $265 US/ $285 CDN, Dunaway $265 US/ $285 CDN, Surrealist $275 US/ $295 CDN, Postmodern $275 US/ $295 CDN).
Tune in, turn on, and Vog Out! Based off of classic oxford and chukka boot designs, but tweaked for the hip, contemporary man, The Televisions are the next evolution from the wildly popular Radio Family. Clean, yet casual, The Televisions feature roomy bump toes, thick suedes, stacked leather heels, and leather soles with natural gum rubber soleplates and heel lifts. A receptive heart is the key to staying connected. (BCAT $275 US/ $295 CDN).
Being gawkers of street style fashion blogs, we are constantly being astonished and inspired by the ultra-creative Japanese. Blending both handmade homemade with expensive fashion powerhouses, and matching the coolest colour combinations, we tip our bowler hats to the extremely unique fashion scene of Tokyo.
After carousing photos of remarkably stylish Japanese folks we have realized something was missing from our men's line that is essential to the mod rocker look that kept trending - namely the pointy toe. Although largely forgotten in the current western fashion front, John has revitalized the retro-90s Tokyo family using the same extremely sharp pointed toe, a neolite sole, and rich Italian suedes for that extra heavenly touch. (Kawasaki $219 US/ $229 CDN)
TWIN TURBINE 205 Pine Street
Continuing the Fluevog heritage, The Twin Turbines feature classic partial blake construction with leather soles, stacked leather heels, and gorgeous Italian suedes. Being sleek, simple, and formal, The Twin Turbine Family are a perfect match for the classiest vintage suits. Twin Turbine - Know the Power! (205 Pine Street $299 US/CDN)
ABOUT JOHN FLUEVOG:
John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970 he has been steadfast in creating unique soles for unique souls that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and Jack White to the runways of high fashion. John Fluevog Shoes were recently named one of the world's most innovative companies in the fashion industry by creative business experts FastCompany, and New York's Museum of Modern Art showcased an image of Fluevog's footwear on both a calendar and postcard. Recently, John was recognized by The Two/Ten Foundation of Canada as The Canadian Footwear Industry's Shoe Person of the Year.
À PROPOS DE JOHN FLUEVOG :
John Fluevog est un designer et détaillant avant-gardiste indépendant de chaussures et d'accessoires qui se démarquent. Depuis 1970, John crée ,pour des personnes uniques, des chaussures uniques qui ont été vues partout, des pieds de Madonna et de Jack White aux défilés de haute couture. Les experts de la création de FastCompany ont récemment désigné John Fluevog Shoes comme l’une des entreprises les plus innovatrices au monde et le Musée d’art moderne de New York a présenté une photo de chaussures Fluevog dans un calendrier et sur une carte postale. John a remporté dernièrement le prestigieux prix Personnalité du domaine de la chaussure de l’année du BATA Shoe Museum.
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