Sneakers In Honour of Dr. Bonnie
Vancouver-based shoe designer John Fluevog announced that he’s designed a shoo-in in honor of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
The limited-e-edition pink leather shoes re part of the designer’s Operetta family, and include patent leather accents and some of Henry’s famous words “be kind, be calm and be safe,” stamped onto the rootstock
A designer is a person who makes designs for objects. A fashion designer designs clothing, a web designer designs web pages and an automobile designer designs automobiles. In each case, the designer works with the help of a technician or engineer who understands deeper level concepts of manufacturing and engineering and the designer is also largely confined to work at a surface level.
More formally, a designer is an agent that “specifies the structural properties of a design object”. In practice, anyone who creates tangible or intangible objects, products, processes, laws, games, graphics, services, and experiences is referred to as a designer.
B.C. Dressmaker John Fluevog Creates Sneakers In Honour of Dr. Bonnie
John Fluevog is a Canadian shoe designer. According to the promotional material published by the company, he began his career working for Sheppard’s Shoes in Vancouver in the 1960s. In 1970, he and a co-worker Peter Fox began their own shoe store. The shoes are described as “progressive, art deco” inspired. The company claims that the shoes are designed in Vancouver, and manufactured in Portugal, Mexico, Peru, China and Vietnam according to the company’s website. The shoes often include messages engraved into the soles, the most famous being from The 7th Heaven Family, whose Angel Soles read: Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan.
Henry had been spotted sporting some Fluevogs of her own, and Fluevog himself said she’d inspired him to draft the design.
B.C. designer John Fluevog creates shoes in honour of Dr. Bonnie
“At times like these, we’re so fortunate to have someone who is calm and comforting but direct, and positive but realistic, informing and educating us day to day,” Fluevog said in an online statement. “We always like to find ways to help, and to highlight those who are doing good in our world. To hear about and see that our admiration for Dr. Henry was mutual was just a beautiful cherry on top of an already great idea sundae.”
The shoes received Henry’s blessing. Much like the namesake herself, sales from the shoe will aid in the fight against COVID-19, with 100 per cent of pre-sale profits going to support Food Banks BC.
Pre-sales are set to begin next week.
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Shoe designer John Fluevog has designed a pair of shoes in honour of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (File contributed/ fluevog.com)