“You’re made well. You’re made correctly. There’s been no mistake. Just believe it.” ~John Fluevog

John Fluevog, a Canadian shoe designer, is yet another creative dyslexic. His footwear adorns the feet of celebrities like Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Alice Cooper.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/John_Fluevog_Shoes%2C_37_Main_Street%2C_Brooklyn_NY.jpg

This year, Fluevog is celebrating 50 years in business, and has a new book called Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls. [Adding this one to my Christmas list!]

Unique souls.

He knows what he’s talking about. Fluevog is dyslexic — he says he didn’t do well at school, didn’t go to university or design college.

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Understanding that his unique way of thinking wasn’t “a mistake” was a defining moment for him. He says that like his incredibly creative shoes, creative thinkers are “made well”:

“To believe that they are OK, that they are a creative person and what they’re thinking is fine. They weren’t made incorrectly. You were made correctly. One of the reasons I wrote the book was it’s really a story of me thinking maybe something was wrong with me because I can’t perform like other people because of my dyslexia. But you’re okay. You’re made well. You’re made correctly. There’s been no mistake. Just believe it.”

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Listen: CBC radio interview

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/tuesday-nov-26-2019-lady-antebellum-lena-waithe-and-more-1.5372374/fluevogs-at-50-the-inside-story-of-canada-s-outsider-shoe-brand-1.5372375

Vancouver Sun article — John Fluevog: 50 Years of Unique Soles for Unique Souls

John Fluevog talks shoes, struggles and celebration

 

 

 

Posted by lostandfoundbooks

I am unable to withstand the gravitational pull of bookstores and anything vintage. I am passionate about art, books, coffee, public radio (CBC), social justice and writing.

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