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Starting with tonight’s opening of Fox, Fluevog and Friends at the Museum of Vancouver, those who fancy both gorgeous and locally-made shoes with attitude can get a look at 40 years of edgy design from three of the top innovators in the market: John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice.

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The first Fluevog store dates back to 1970, when Peter and John opened a Gastown store at #2 Powell Street as equal partners in Fox & Fluevog.

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I had the opportunity to attend the media preview this morning to get up close and personal with a variety of shoes and sketches amassing four decades of work in Vancouver (and beyond). I also had the chance to chat with Peter Fox and Ken Rice, two very different designers each of whose distinct personality is reflected in their shoe style.

The retrospective will appeal to shoe-lovers everywhere. It traces the roots of all three designers in a dedicated 3,600 square foot space.

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Fluevog’s iconic shoes have been sought out by celebs, musicians, and trendsetters around the globe, including Iggy Pop, Jack White, and Madonna. Kate Winslet even sported a pair of Fox’s Anya boot in the movie Titanic.

It was hard to pick a few shoes out of the dozens on display, but here’s a taste of what you can expect to see (and covet) when you visit. For more photos, see my Flikr photo set.

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Fox, Fluevog and Friends runs from May 14 to September 26, 2010.

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Visitors to the exhibit will also have the opportunity to sketch their dream shoe that will be collectively displayed during the show’s run.

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