Fluevog - Grand Nationals
How I adore these heels…. I deeply regret not getting a pair of Grand Nationals (especially the red horsehair ones). When I finally had the cash to get them, they had JUST sold their last pair and had to discontinue the line.
I found out that the factory producing the boots had unexpectedly shut down with all Fluevog’s moulds and materials inside. Speaking as someone who designs and makes shoes, let me tell you that this is a HUGE financial loss- to have a custom heel like these, you need to invest thousands in the development and creation. A heel mould only works for two sizes, and if each mould costs upwards of $600, you can see how one set of shoes (sizes 4-12 as they usually offer) can be incredibly costly. So when that factory shut down with all those moulds and patterns and leathers inside, my guess is that recreating them would have been a financial investment not balanced out by how slowly these boots sold.
Thus ended the wonder that was the Grand National.