An angel gets its wing[tip]s.
March 2, 2012 9:50 AM   Subscribe

The making of a pair of John Fluevog's Gateway Angel / Brandenburg shoes (SLYT).
posted by seanmpuckett (26 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Pepsi Shoe?
posted by Mchelly at 10:00 AM on March 2, 2012


I kid! Amazing to see how many details are hand-done.

I love love love Fluevogs, and am still kicking myself that I failed to score a pair of Paris pumps in olive ostrich... (in size 7.5, if anyone's got extra ones laying around...)
posted by Mchelly at 10:00 AM on March 2, 2012


Dear god I was just complaining about how many shoes I have do not tempt me more foul Internet
posted by The Whelk at 10:06 AM on March 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


Gorgeous.
posted by painquale at 10:07 AM on March 2, 2012


This reminds me to organize our this weekend...
posted by Theta States at 10:19 AM on March 2, 2012


Ah, this is kind of a bummer. I used to only own Fluevogs. I have a few pairs from the mid-90's that I still wear, and still hold up. But there has been a marked drop-off in quality, at least for men's shoes. They fall apart, the stiching comes undone, the heels come off. They are nice about replacing them, but how many times do you want to replace a shoe? Sad.
posted by oneironaut at 10:21 AM on March 2, 2012


I had a great pair of Fluevogs with cutout for clipless pedals. They fell apart, I was sad.
posted by -t at 10:32 AM on March 2, 2012


You are going to have to replace the heels and soles on men's dress shoes no matter what. Even on shoes hand made in the US or UK. I typically wear Allen Edmonds Park Avenue oxfords to work and even rotating I get them resoled a couple times a year. This is just the operating cost of the shoes. Unless you want to wear rubber soles. I sometimes wear Neil M. Senators when it is wet out so I am not slipping all around on leather soles. Those rubber soles last forever.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:46 AM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just this morning I was doing a last closet pass for a Goodwill run, picked up my late-90s two-tone Angels, dusted them off and put them back. I may be past the age where I can rock them successfully but they please me too much when I see them to give them up.
posted by Blue Meanie at 10:53 AM on March 2, 2012


I liked this comment from a customer:

They are silent, allowing me to sneak up on people. A handy feature not normally advertised.
posted by WalkingAround at 10:54 AM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Woot Fluevogs! I love fluevogs and I am currently wearing a pair of Bond Girl boots. So lovely.
posted by Gwynarra at 11:02 AM on March 2, 2012


I searched for new footwear last year, in part to replace a 20 year old pair of Florsheims, which indeed had frequent soles and heels replacements. I began to despair, as most of the shoes I looked at had soles like this, which would not be practical (possible?) to replace regularly.

I was rescued from this sorry state by an introduction to these bad boys, which cost just over $100, and are made in Canada. Fluevogs they ain't, but it's great to know that you can buy decent, reasonably priced foowear that's made in North America.

Also, I was going to say: "Topy FTW", but apparently there is some controversy on that point (I have more than once had Topy soles put on before even wearing a new pair of shoes).
posted by not_that_epiphanius at 11:21 AM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I, too, am wearing Fluevogs at this very moment!
posted by gingerbeer at 11:35 AM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like them, I really do, and have had two pairs of the Angel Supervogs but the stitching does come undone, the sides crack and they're not that breathable.
posted by jsavimbi at 11:39 AM on March 2, 2012


Also, Fluevog does Open Source Shoes -- design your own!
posted by gingerbeer at 11:40 AM on March 2, 2012


I may be past the age where I can rock them successfully..

My Mom rocks Fluevogs. I am pretty sure there is no reason you can't rock your classics.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:41 AM on March 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also, Fluevog does Open Source Shoes -- design your own!


If they manufacture your design... they will send you a pair...?


omg




*starts drawing boots*
posted by louche mustachio at 11:51 AM on March 2, 2012


AdHominem, I know replacing soles and heels is a part of owning shoes, but the heels on a pair of Fluevog dress shoes came off after a month. Fluevog sent me a new pair and the same thing happened. The heels were just glued on, with short tacks. I took them to a shoemaker and had them properly nailed on. They used to make shoes that lasted for a long, long time. Now they fall apart quickly. Luckily I have older pairs that I can still wear. But unfortunately I can't recommend Fluevogs anymore.

For the build quality, they should be half the price. Before the price was justified. Not any more.
posted by oneironaut at 12:07 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


That was kind of painful to watch. Either those shoes cost $900 or the workers are only making a dollar a day.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 12:29 PM on March 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


, but the heels on a pair of Fluevog dress shoes came off after a month

Oh man, that does suck. I didn't realize they are that bad. In my experience I'll wear holes through the sole before a heel falls off.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:36 PM on March 2, 2012


$279. Perforated wing tips "handmade in Italy" are in the $700 range.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:43 PM on March 2, 2012


Alden (USA made) cordovan wing tips are $515
posted by billcicletta at 1:08 PM on March 2, 2012


These wing tip oxfords from Allen Edmonds are pretty nice too at $575.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:29 PM on March 2, 2012


doh, sorry those are brogues.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:36 PM on March 2, 2012


Meh.

I'm rocking a pair of Church's Grafton at the moment, but you can pick up a pair of Loakes pretty well anywhere for less than £100.

Proper shoes, mostly hand made in the UK.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:42 AM on March 3, 2012


Haha, from that stylefrom thread about Topys:

There was a leaflet in y shoe box that specifically warned against the use of Topy rubber soles because they prevent moisture from escaping thus causing damage to the soles. FYI.

JM Weston say the same thing citing the inability of the sole to "breathe".

my wallet needs to be emptied constantly for it to breathe

I used to hang out at SF all the time, but eventually decided I wasn't sufficiently obsessed.
posted by mendel at 8:53 AM on March 3, 2012


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