The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Well friends, you can be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. And it wouldn’t be right of me to wring my hands and stomp my feet about the struggles plaguing modern society and not do my part to help ease the world’s ills.
You’ve heard the old adage: Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. So then, how can I judge a person if I wouldn’t be caught dead in their shoes? You think these folks are gonna get a free pass because they have no taste? That’s exactly why I must judge them….and find them lacking!
So let me start with the very pressing matter of the Comfortable Walking Shoe which I outlined on the blog earlier this year in the aptly titled post, Vanity and the Sensible Walking Shoe . Now that I have walked through valley of the shadow of death-by-ugliness (and the streets of Disney), I have found a few oases in the otherwise barren land of walking shoes.
Now not everything they make is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, but at some point you must own at least one pair of shoes that you can walk in for a distance greater than from the valet stand to the restaurant table. (I mean one day you might actually have to park in the lot– eek!) So on those occasions when you know you will be out and about on foot, I suggest a cute sandal with a little extra cushion…these have served me well all summer.These are actually by a sub-brand Born Concept, both sites have some descent sandal options; however, you must avoid the CASUAL and CLOG pages lest you leave yourself open to public ridicule and Facebook shaming.
Look, I am not opposed to sneakers, I love sneakers, I’ve got 4 pair of ’em in my closet just waiting for me to go to the gym. But donning running shoes and sweat socks with cute shorts or, god forbid, capri pants, is like boarding a ship to the Land of the Lost Cause, along with fellow passengers sporting the fanny pack and the home perm. The one exception to my no sneaker rule is the good ol’ Chuck Taylor….of course I prefer mine with a few upgrades. My personal preference is the lace-free variety, but I will concede to laces, just to keep y’all out of running shoes. You can now design your own online! I made these adorable ones recently, only takes about 2 weeks to get them.
Converse are acceptable with most casual attire, I’ll even allow with dresses and skirts if you can pull off hipster; otherwise, stick to jeans and shorts or get a ballet flat.
Ah, the ballet flat- cute, stylish, and offer virtually no support. I have walked miles in my ballet flats, from one end of my airport to the other, arches falling with every step, just to preserve the semi-dignity of my travel attire (read my thoughts on that here). Just when I thought I couldn’t take another stylish step, I stumbled upon these fabulous insoles by Foot Balance. You’ll find them at better athletic stores like TrySports, where all the employees look like they compete in triathalons for entertainment purposes. I mostly never go in these stores, but it turns out when shopping for running shoes, it is actually preferable to have someone who knows what they’re talking about fit you in a shoe (rather than take whatever pair is left on the sale rack at Marshalls). Anyway, they heat these up and mold them to your foot, so they’re custom insoles.
Now they cost about $80, so if you’re getting ready to fall out and say something crazy like, “But I don’t even have shoes that cost $80!” Let me just stop you right there. Firstly, bless your heart. Secondly, call me next time you’re going shopping.
These will fit right in your ballet flat and now you can walk all over creation with supported arches…and isn’t that really what life’s about? I will suggest that you get the insoles and break them in a bit before you go shopping for new flats, because you might need a little larger size with the insoles. (Sometimes you might want to take the existing bottom out of your shoe and replace with the Foot Balance. I also use them in my Converse sneakers because they run a tad large and fit perfectly!)
But in the end, the truth remains that footwear fashion will always be form over function. For those of us who continue the good fight and strut our stuff in precariously high heels (for at least a few steps at a time), we must know that odds are a cast is in our future. A stumble induced by an uneven surface or a delicious cocktail, can break up our footwear party for a few weeks. And the hard-core high-heelers can expect a 4-6 week stint on the couch as they recover from painful but necessary bunion surgery that will nearly leave them wishing they’d tried a kitten-heel, but only nearly. True Divas never say flats!
Though not anyone’s first choice for a “vacation,” a few perks during your convalescence include being strictly forbidden to engage in any weight-bearing activity, which includes all domestic chores, walking, or running anything but your mouth. Also fun…Half-Price Pedicures! So put batteries in all your remote controls, prepare your kids and spouse for take-out duty, and lay around wavin your arms like a Junior Miss on a parade float! Oh, and get a bell just in case your “staff” tries to run out of range.
Eventually your bum foot will heal enough to walk with assistance from one off those horrid hospital canes. Fortunately, I have found these delightful can covers by Cane Expressions. They have patterns for every shape, mood, and outfit. I have already acquired mine in the black and white polka dot pattern so that when the shoe-induced limping occurs, my style won’t be ruined by a metal walking stick.
Because as they say in my all-time favorite film, ” The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”
I hope this little tutorial has been helpful friends, and feel free to share your favorite cute and comfy shoe options with the class!