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August 09, 2003

The Cruel Shoes

The Flea has made the first of several back-to-school purchases.


These "Leons" are the shoes I set out to buy. John Fluevog is a Canadian shoe-designer whose product is manufactured in the UK then shipped back here for sad old goths like myself. Up close, Leons don't look as much like they do in the picture so I bought a pair of "Damens" instead. They are even sharper than the winkle-pickers in the pic but are discontinued so my digital camera-less existence means this image will have to do.

Last year I bought a pair of Rockport loafers. Chances are they will see more duty than these 'Vogs ever will given my nine hour stretch of lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall. But I needed them to counter-act the announcement I made to one of my nonverbal communication classes last year. "My youth is officially dead," I said. I climbed up onto a table in an Oh-Captain-My-Captain scenario and did a jig to show off my loafers. "These are my tax lawyer shoes," I explained.

Fleuvogs are not comfortable. Fleuvogs are not practical. Fleuvogs are not tax lawyer shoes.

They are the Cruel Shoes.

“Yes, let me see the cruel shoes!"
"No, you don't understand, you see, the cruel shoes are . . .'
"Get them!"

And then... Closer inspection reveals my shoes were made in Portugal. Who knew?

And then... Smug Canadian defends the wearability of Fluevogs.

And then... Marduk calls them monsters.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 9, 2003 02:02 PM


Those are some bad-ass shoes, man.


Posted by: David Strain at August 10, 2003 11:34 PM

Lies. All damned lies.

Posted by: Smug Canadian at August 11, 2003 02:33 PM

Hmm. Maybe I just need to break them in. They are pretty cruel so far.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at August 11, 2003 03:34 PM

"break them in?"

You would need a bloody steamroller to break those horrors in.

Posted by: marduk at August 13, 2003 07:55 PM

The shoes have great lines and are worth the discomfort that one could incur.

Posted by: virgil at July 23, 2004 11:04 PM