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John Fluevog, Swordfish toe shoes.

John Fluevog, Swordfish toe shoes (1989-1994), [Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver BC May 14-Sep 26]

Fox, Fluevog & Friends: The story behind the shoes

Museum of Vancouver
Vancouver BC – May 14-Sep 26, 2010

John Fluevog, Munster Shoe and Sketch

John Fluevog, Munster Shoe and Sketch (c. 1990), [Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver BC May 14-Sep 26]

Peter Fox, Stained Glass Effect Boots

Peter Fox, Stained Glass Effect Boots (c. 1970), [Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver BC May 14-Sep 26]

Peter Fox, Stained Glass Effect Platform Boots

Peter Fox, Stained Glass Effect Platform Boots (c. 1973), [Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver BC May 14-Sep 26]

John Fluevog and Peter Fox are well-known and well-loved names in the fashion industry. The first to import Dr. Martens shoes into North America, Fox and Fluevog formed a partnership in 1970 to design and sell stylish shoes. Fox, Fluevog & Friends surveys the designers’ formative years in Gastown in the 1970s to John Fluevog’s independent work today. Approximately 150 pairs of shoes dating from 1968 to 2000 are featured along with photographs, catalogues, newspaper articles, sketches and client comments.

Fluevog’s avant-garde designs, many using orthopaedic air-filled soles and styled with swirly, colourful patterns, have included platform shoes, Angel boots, ultra-pointy-toed Euro styles and handmade wooden clogs (the latter was the handiwork of their collaborator Ken Rice). Inspired by Art Deco and often with messages engraved  in the soles – such as “Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan” – the unique styles coupled with Fluevog’s skill at branding have earned him a cult-like following. Fluevog today has stores in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New York and wholesales shoes to 60 resellers in the U.S. and Canada.

In the early 1980s, Fox went on to set up four successful shops in New York, where he specialized in silk-and-satin Louis-heeled shoes. His exquisite illustrations and advertisements feature gorgeous Renaissance-like designs that made these shoes among the most coveted in New York.

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Mia Johnson
















































John Fluevog, Jack boot and sketch

John Fluevog, Jack boot and sketch (1985), [Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver BC May 14-Sep 26]


 Sun, Jun 6, 2010