Famed footwear designer John Fluevog has teamed up with textile maven Zandra Rhodes for an epic match a long time in the making. Both designers developed their brands in the ‘70s, and have remained iconic since.
Fluevog gained major notoriety in the early ’90s with his iconic Munster shoe, which featured the brand’s signature heel shape—thin at the top then flares out into a triangle shape—and a large front buckle. Munster shoes were seen on the feet of everyone from Madonna to Deee-Lite’s Lady Miss Kier. More recently, Fluevog has gone eco-friendly using vegetable tanned leathers and water-based glue.
Dame Zandra Rhodes is known as both the Queen of Color and the Princess of Punk. Famed for her brightly colored prints, her designs have been worn by Princess Diana, Princess Anne, Diana Ross and Paris Hilton. In 2019, she celebrated 50 years in the fashion industry with a retrospective at the Fashion and Textile Museum (which she founded).
The Fluevog x Zandra Rhodes collection has five new styles in eye-popping prints, which combine new takes on some of Fluevog’s most iconic styles.
The Munster Max: Ruffle Elektra takes Fluevog’s original Munster shoe, but adds a pink ruffle to the buckle, raises the sole and adds a ripple effect to the bottom of the sole. The shoe is black with Rhode’s Dash Wiggle print – wiggly lines made out of tiny dashes – in hot pink.
The Munster Max: Ruffle Lady Miss is light pink with the Dash Wiggle print in hot pink. This take on the Munster is open toed, has a sling back and removes the buckle.
The Mini: Bips reinvents another Fluevog original style—The Mini, which has a shorter, rounder heel than the Munster. The Bips has a sling back and an open toe and comes in light pink with the Rhodes’ Puzzle Flower print, which has abstract flowers in hot pink with a squiggle design in black.
The Wiggle Zaza has a closed toe version of The Mini in black with the Dash Wiggle print in hot pink and adds a bright splash of contrasting print with the Wiggle Flower design on a large buckle. The Wiggle Flower is an abstract flower design with curlicues in a combination of pink, yellow and blue.
Derby Swirl is an update on The 7th Heaven, which is Fluevog’s take on a Dr. Martens style boot. It has a pink sole and the base combines Rhode’s Dash Wiggle print in black and hot pink with her Wiggle Flower print—an abstract flower design with curlocues in a combination of pink, yellow and blue. The design of the shoe gives it a tough vibe, and the patterns and colors give the shoe a younger, more playful feeling.
All five of the new designs are so bright and totally unique that you will constantly find yourself saying “Excuse me, my eyes are up here!”
The Fluevog x Zandra Rhodes collection will be available at Fluevog stores everywhere and online at Fluevog.com starting June 10th.
All images courtesy Fluevog