John Fluevog Designer Shoe Sale
Since 1970, John Fluevog shoes have been creating a new tradition in footwear based on originality, quality, comfort, and entertainment. Over thirty years later, this tradition is alive and well. This foundation has been used to build a successful shoe brand recognized worldwide both by industry insiders and everyday consumers who appreciate the value and importance of Fluevogs.
John Fluevog is a Canadian shoe designer. His shoes are noted for their progressive, art deco inspired styles. His shoes often include messages—for instance, "Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan" -- engraved into the soles.
About John Fluevog
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Fluevog spent much of his youth at his father's drive-in ice cream parlour. During this time, he developed a passion for cars, which in turn has provided inspiration for many of his shoe designs. As his company's website declares, "When he's drawing a shoe, he's thinking about a car and, when he's drawing a car, he's thinking about a shoe".
After spending a summer hitchhiking the west coast, Fluevog returned to Vancouver and began working for Sheppard's Shoes. In 1970, he joined forces with fellow co-worker Peter Fox to start their own shoestore in Vancouver's Gastown. The partnership, known as "Fox and Fluevog", lasted over ten years before the two split amicably in 1981. In 1985, Fluevog opened his own store in Seattle, financed in part by the sale of his car.
During the 1980s, Fluevog was the first to import Dr. Marten shoes into North America. By the 1990s, Fluevog had opened five privately owned and operated stores in Seattle, Vancouver, Boston, Toronto, and New York. His shoes began to appear in magazines such as Vogue, in fashion shows for Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson, and upon the feet of celebrities such as Madonna and Lady Miss Kier. In her movie, "Truth Or Dare", Madonna opens a box of hot pink platform Fluevogs, slips them on, walks toward the camera and says, "Ya like 'em?". Fluevog shoes also were popular in the fashion of the Seattle Grunge movement, particularly his "Angel" boots that included the inscription "Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan" on their soles. By the end of the 1990s, Fluevog had stores in San Francisco and Chicago. These were followed in the 2000s by stores in Los Angeles, Montreal, and a new flagship store in Gastown. As of August, 2010 there were 11 Fluevog stores..
John has gained fans all over the world, known as "Fluevogers". Some notable fans include Whoopi Goldberg, who wore a pair of John's Mini "Lover boots" on her first day as co-host on The View, Woody Harrelson, Scarlet Johanssen, Robin Williams, Paula Abdul, comedy writer/voice actor Doc Hammer, Neil Patrick Harris, and actor Masi Oka who was seen wearing Fluevogs on many episodes of NBC's Heroes. The White Stripes own custom red and white Fluevogs. Amanda Palmer has said that she admires his designs, and wears his shoes to advertise his merchandise. Krista Iverson (actress Pascale Hutton), a bush pilot from the TV series Arctic Air, in episode 7, travels to Vancouver and plans to buy a pair of Fluevogs.