Fellow blogger and fashion conscious mom, Jenna, (author of High Gloss and Sauce) called for shoe help.
"I need something to wear to the beach. Not just any beach, but a long stretch of dirty sand at the city beach plowed with my double stroller and 80 lbs of children/bags/etc. 'Cute' is like the third priority, but clinging to the list."
|Perfect for the beach and walking.|
Let's make something clear. There is no rule, written or unwritten that says as soon as you have children you must automatically wear ugly shoes. Maybe that's what they tell you at the hospital, or ingrain in expectant mothers between breaths at Lamaze class, but it's simply not true. I've spent plenty of time with kids, chasing them around parks, through yards, playing catch, football, grabbing collars as skateboards go flying from under them, and I've managed to not waste money on hideous shoes.
I also realize that heels are not always a practical choice for moms, and the beach and heels are pretty much the worst combo ever.
Before I could ever respond to her question, Jenna had invested in a pair of Jambu Women's Odyssey Sport Sandals, which are totally not awful. At least she didn't give into the Teva or Keen suggestions. They may be comfy as hell, but they look ridiculous if you're just wearing them to hang out in.
|Beach (and kid) friendly gladiators|
Let's also not forget or underestimate the basic ballet flat. They're not only available from either Payless or Tory Burch. Plenty of great brands offer mom-friendly flats that look cute and won't rip apart your feet. Clarks makes some nice ones, as does Aerosoles.
Affordable and practical, paired with fashion and function. Doesn't it make your brain want to explode?
Just writing about flats makes mine feel like it might.
Now granted, this isn't exactly advice I would take myself, but that's because I'm a nut who chases my two-year-old niece around the house in a pair of pony hair heels (she loves to pet them), but everyone has to find out what works for them.
So to Jenna of High Gloss and Sauce, I wish you luck (and more than one pair of shoes). Because chasing children around at the beach, and pushing a double stroller sounds so exhausting I'm ready for a stiff drink just thinking about it.