A reader, who works from home and is the mother of twins, recently wrote to ask for shoe suggestions. I think this is a pretty universal question for most mothers today: what shoes do I wear when I want to look put together, but need to be active at the same time? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Driving moccasins. Perhaps they were designed for a Ferrari driving playboy years ago, but they are definitely the suburban mom's shoe of choice now! Most of my shoes are worn on the outside back from where my heel rests on the accelerator. This style, with it's pebbly bottom and reinforced back, minimizes that while still keeping the sporty Euro style.
2. Ballet Flats (with modifications). I love ballet flats! So feminine! So classic! But after years of wearing them all the time, the one thing I've learned is that unless they come with a slight heel and a padded insole, ballet shoes are not practical for all day wear. These Puma's are not quite ballet shoes, but for a busy mom, they would be more practical.
3. Tennis shoes. You would think, with at least two athletic shoe stores in every mall, that finding sneakers would be easy. But unless you're looking for actual gym shoes; the kind with swishes and stripes and space technology, the choices are pretty slim. Which is why I've given up and just gone back to good ol' Converse. In white, and without laces, this kid classic is all grown up.
4. Loafers. For business casual outfits these are the alternatives to pumps, which can look dated and overdone. With a one or two inch heel, these shoes can be worn with dress pants, or trouser style jeans.
5. Espadrilles. They won't last longer than the summer, which is why this is the ideal style for the sand, dirt and wear of the season. An inexpensive way to add color, and maybe even a little height to your shoe wardrobe.