17 September 2006

All Hail Fluevogs

Celebs have know for years – the best in handmade eco shoes are totally Vog

In her movie, "Truth Or Dare", HRH Madonna opens a box of hot pink platform Fluevogs, slips them daintily on, clumps down the hall toward the camera and croaks,"Ya like 'em?". Exhibiting good taste. Madonna. Who'da thunk it?Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth has been spotted regularly, loitering in Fluevog’s New York outpost, as has Perry Farrell, of Jane's Addiction and cofounder of Lollapalooza. Evidently Jane's addicted to Fluevogs.

John Fluevog original designs are said to come to him in dreams, and he credits God for sending him celestial visions of what shoes look like in heaven. Divinely inspired, elf created, Vogs are definitely not your average shoe. Reportedly, Fleuvog Angels are Satan-proof. I purchased a pair years ago with great results.
The ultimate in sustainable footwear, Fluevogs are sweatshop-free and totally refurbishable. Created in the EU, factory workers are paid generally above their countries minimum wage, work 8 hour days and have 1 1/2 hr lunches, and no mandatory overtime, though if they work overtime, they are compensated appropriately for it. A small number of limited edition Couture Vogs are handmade by Master Shoemaker Ken Rice of Granville Island, Vancouver.

Fleuvog just released their newest vegetarian line called the Veggie Vogs. “When customers take the time to talk to us, we listen and try to accommodate - Veggie Fluevogs is something that has been coming up more and more lately”, comments John. For the initial kick at the animal-friendly, un-leather can, John Fluevog tried planting a couple of classic Fluevog designs from the familiar Angel Line, added some T’L’C and grew the uppers in Hemp. The JF Design Team was adamant about using a memory foam insole, mainly for comfort but also to make up for any short-term memory loss. Additionally, they used recycled nylon lining, 100% natural gum rubber soles, and water-based biodegradable adhesive to develop these animal-pleasin’, super stylin’, waste reducin’, naturally funky VeggieVogs.
John Fleuvog hopes that the success of this line will lead to more vegetarian styles in the future.

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