Q&A: Vancouver footwear designer John Fluevog pens furry new tale
John Fluevog is putting his creativity to work in a new format with the release of his first children’s book, Freddy the Fluedog.
The Vancouver-based footwear designer, whose quirky shoe designs have been worn by the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga — along with Dr. Bonnie Henry, who also created a sold-out design with Fluevog Shoes — highlights the adventures of a dog in Vogville that becomes “the most helpful dog in the world.”
We caught up with Fluevog in advance of the book release to learn more:
Q: What made this the right time to write this book?
Someone had the idea of reading children’s stories through YouTube, so off I went reading chapter-after-chapter of children’s stories from in front of the fireplace. Truth is, I had always wanted to write a story about the dog I had in the ’70s, and it just seemed like this was the time to do it. So, given that I always try to listen to those little messages, off I went and just started.
Q: How would you describe the book?
A: At its core, it’s a book about finding out how wonderful you were made. It’s about finding out you were made just right — there was no mistake. It’s also about living in community and the positive impact you can have in that community, which was so relatable in COVID times where we all had the ability to be kind to one another in such a stressful time. But, first and foremost? It’s about a supercool, superfast dog named Freddy.