Canadian designer John Fluevog released a limited edition shoe in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry
Vancouver-based shoe designer John Fluevog released a limited-edition shoe last month in honour of British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Dr. Henry has been amassing fans across the country since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic due to her wealth of knowledge and calm demeanour. She’s also a big fan of Fluevog shoes, and is frequently seen wearing them during briefings. It turns out, the admiration is mutual.
“A constant and outstanding source of knowledge and reassurance during the current fight against the spread of Covid-19, Dr. Henry has deservedly earned admirers for her thoughtful and genuine analysis through this time of uncertainty. One of those admirers? None other than John Fluevog himself,” the company wrote in a press release announcing the shoe's release.
The Dr. Bonnie Henry shoe, a striking pink pump, was designed by Fluevog with the blessing of its namesake. Although named for Dr. Henry, Fluevog sees the shoe as a tribute to all health care workers: "I know she stands out. But it's everybody who's behind the scenes working. And it's just our little way as a company to do something," he told CBC. All profits from the sale of the shoes will be donated to BC Food Banks, a charity of Dr. Henry’s choosing.
Although the shoes will not be ready until August, they were made available for pre-sale on April 23 and sold out within a few hours, causing the retailer's website to crash. Fluevog himself took to Facebook to thank shoppers for the overwhelming response to the shoe.
No announcements have been made yet about plans for a restock.