Fashion Fridays With Melanie: The Shoe Paradox

by Samantha on July 8, 2011

Multiple Mayhem Mamma’s resident fashion and style guru, Melanie from Style and Error is back to provide her always astute fashion and style advice.
This week she discusses “The Shoe Paradox” - How to deal with both function and fashion without compromising on either one.
The Shoe Paradox
Shoes really make or break an outfit. Picture a woman rushing to work downtown in a great black, sheath dress. She looks amazing right? Uh-oh, wait a second – you just saw her running shoes and now her look is completely destroyed.
While there are times where we choose function over fashion (and vice versa), for the most part, we don’t want to feel like we have to schlep around in runners in order to be comfortable.
And, if you’re running around after a toddler or small children, let’s face it, stilettos aren’t really an option, are they?
So what’s a Mom to do? Succumb to the (foot) pressure and wear ugly shoes?
Thankfully, no.
There are options for moms who want to be able to catch their kids and catch the eye of others with their style.
Here are a few options that will allow you to look good while keeping up with the kids:
Ballet Flats
Ballet flats come in a variety of colours, with or without embellishments and in every price range. I have some from Joe Fresh  and Target that I adore and others from Cole Haan that are on the pricier side.  They look better than sneakers are they are almost as comfortable. 
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Strappy Sandals
In this case, you can choose flats, or a slight heel (no more than ½ inch) if you want something a little fancier when flats just won’t cut it.  In this case, I would invest a bit more…you want to make sure that they are leather, have a rubber sole and that the straps don’t dig in.  A good rule of thumb? If they hurt in the store, they will hurt forever.  Don’t throw your money away. Only buy them if they’re comfortable from the start. You’re a Mom. You’re busy. Do you really think you have time to “break them in”?
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Wedges are a girl’s best friend. They add height without the “ouch” factor. They are great option for times when you’d like to be wearing heels but need to be able to move around.  In some cases, a high wedge is often more comfortable than a flat shoe.  Like ballet flats, wedges come in all price ranges - perfect for the price-conscious parent.  When selecting a pair, choose a height you can function in and make sure the shoes don’t weigh too much. They should be a reasonable weight, otherwise they will be difficult to wear.

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So as you can see, there are footwear options for moms who want to be stylish as well as comfortable. Chasing after the kiddies never looked so good!

What are your footwear choices while out with the kids? What do you do to maintain style as well as function?

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Yes I Blog July 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Flip Flops!!!


Seriously!! Well, in the summer I have a HUGE collection of sandals in all shapes and styles…and I wear a lot of ballet flats and funky converse in the winter. I rarely wear a dress, but I have some nice dress shoes that are functional and comfy with my dress pants and 2 pair of wedge heels for my dresses.

Wedges are awesome!


Samantha July 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm

@Yes I Blog I agree! Wedges are a great in-between solution - fashionable yet comfortable. But what do I know? I'll defer to the resident fashion maven, Melanie for her thoughts. Mel??


Melanie July 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

@Yes I Blog

I would be lying if I said flip flops aren't a major part of my summer shoe wardrobe. However, I'm trying to put them in a lower circulation as they are so damaging for your feet!

Wedges are a dream!


Kelly July 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I just got a brand new pair of wedges (my first) and boy do I love them!


Samantha July 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I love wedges too, Kelly! Can't beat 'em for comfort and style!!


Melanie July 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm

So glad that you like them. They are addictive.


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