Darkling Essentials: Fluevog & Nutsa Shoes
When curating your darkling closet, the perfect pair of witchy shoes is always a worthy investment. Handmade shoes are perfect to invest in as they typically last longer than any other. A close connection between designer and product results in stellar craftsmanship, ensuring every darkling can traipse through life with flawlessly made shoes. These shoes will last ’til death and beyond.
Nutsa and Fluevog are two shoe designers that Dear Darkling suggests everyone invests in.
Nutsa, launched in 2007, is designed and curated by Nutsa Modebadze in her home country of Georgia. She specializes in handmade traditional combat boots that are sleek, minimalist, and witchy. Each shoe is made from natural leather and hand-painted in black and white, with occasional touches of red and green. Nutsa shoes balance masculinity and femininity through simple designs and reliable structure.
Each design is limited to only seven pieces, so you can rest assured you are investing in a truly unique pair of shoes.
This knee-high boot is a staple for any darkling. Made from leather and suede with a wood heel, this shoe will pair effortlessly with layers of lace and a cozy cloak. The slightly pointed toe and lace-up details make for the perfect finish to your witchy wardrobe. NM0501//$1140
Knee-high boots aren’t your thing? Don’t fret, dear darkling, Nutsa offers plenty of ankle boot options. The shape of this boot is incredibly unique, with a bubbled heel and exaggerated toe, while still remaining a classic, everyday boot. Pair with your favorite black jeans and wrap yourself in cozy knits for an effortless darkling look. NM0062//$620
If you’re looking for a staple shoe with unique details, look no further than this stunning combination of leather and suede. The stacked heel is comfortable for everyday wear, and the leather straps wrapping around the ankle adds a simple touch to set this boot apart from your basic moto. NM0504//$690
This calf-high boot features the unique shape we expect from Nutsa, with the added touch of wrapped leather creating the height of the boot shape. The layers of leather are held together with a black buckle for a rustic finish. NM0506//$840
All images courtesy of Nutsa.
Founded in 1970, Fluevog began when designer John Fluevog joined forces with Peter Fox, opening Fox and Fluevog in Vancouver. Fluevog’s first design was the Pilgrim, a Victorian-inspired buckle loafer that went against the mainstream trends of the 70s. This branded him unconventional and he has remained that way ever since. In 1980, Fox and Fluevog came to a close, and John Fluevog went off on his own, continuing to create weird and wonderful shoes for weird and wonderful people.
The original Pilgrims are still available. Made from a matte black specialty leather, the careful craftsmanship of these shoes ensure that they will age gracefully. With a large buckle and pointed toe, these shoes will have you channeling the witches of Salem as you cast spells and brew potions.
Fluevog has remained completely transparent throughout his shoe designing journey, explaining where each design is made, out of what, and how many. Fluevog shoes are manufactured in Portugal, Peru, Vietnam, Mexico, and Poland, with factories always being held in line with western labor standards. When you purchase Fluevog shoes, you can feel good about where your money is going.
Each Fluevog design is produced in small batches of 120-300 pairs, maintaining exclusivity and uniqueness for all their witchy wearers.
The Cubist Cupcakes belong to Fluevog’s Swordfish family, describing the exaggerated triangle shape you see on the toe. The simple lace-up design and ankle strap creates the perfect staple shoe for any darkling wardrobe. Described online as “everyday indulgence,” these shoes will add just the witchy finishing touch to any outfit. Cubist Cupcake//$339
The ROS heel redefines elegance. An esoteric temptation of textured leather and skull buckles, these shoes are complete with the toe bump and unique heel shape we’ve come to know and love. These shoes will add extravagance to even the simplest of all black outfits. ROS//$309
These boots can best be described as ethereal beauty that fell from the sky to fulfill the shoe dreams of every Victoriana darkling. The Seraphina boot is inspired by the glistening night sky with its shimmering snake skin print in hues of blue and white. The four inch scroll-style heel adds the perfect touch of individuality, while remaining simple enough to be styled with anything and everything. Seraphina//$419
This mid-calf moto boot is an essential for any biker witch. Smooth nappa leather contrasts against pebbled leather, and silver studs and skull buckles add badass appeal. Just add leather pants and a vintage Sabbath tee, and you’re ready to ride off into the moonlight. Spencer//$359
What is there not to love about the Lilah heels? With an elegant pointed toe, open lacing, and corset effect, these shoes are the perfect mix of sophistication and tease. The mystical slate-navy color will add a little color to an all black wardrobe, while still blending into a gray scale world. Pair with a silky lace slip dress for an effortlessly sexy look. Lilah//$299
All images courtesy of Fluevog.