Stepping up your style game can seem daunting, but with the right ingredients, it doesn’t have to be so tough. I adore ballet flats and skimmers for this time of year, but don’t be afraid of a low, chunky heel or moto boot for even more punch. Taking a look at what’s new, now, and remembering that busy mommies don’t have a ton of extra time to teeter around in shoes that don’t let them power through their days, here are some of my top picks for the glorious season upon us.
If ever a flat called for an “OMG,” this would be the one. Totally mod and yet effortlessly adaptable into your daily, functional wardrobe, these stunners from French Sole are just about everything you could look for in a chic, go-anywhere ballet flat. Does it hurt that they’re reasonably priced to begin with, and now 50% off? It certainly does not! Both colors are just darling. French Sole Libation flat, now on sale for $99.
The perfect blend of moto boot comfort and heeled sophistication, Rag & Bone’s Harrow Boots are at the top of my must-have list for the season. A reinforced toe and stacked heel make it feel sturdy, while wrap-around straps are an artful and trend-right detail. Love these with a pair of skinnies, tights and a straight skirt or flouncy dress, or whatever strikes your fancy! ShopBop, $25.
Oxfords are still happening, and they are one of my favorite ways to keep things classy and comfy at once. I wore my suede pair from Cole Haan all over the streets of Paris on a whirlwind weekend trip with my husband last spring, and never felt a pinch or an ache despite hours of walking. This smart style from Banana Republic features a warm metallic finish (but don’t shy away from the black patent ones, if you love them), a small lift for added comfort, and easy laces. They’re classic, comfortable, and borrowed-from-the-boys, yet still feminine. A definite must! Brelyn Oxford, $128.
Historically, the driving mocc has caused this blogger and mama-to-be some problems. In an effort to make them the absolute most comfortable shoes on the planet (which they are!), these are typically made in super-soft leather. And while there’s nothing like the feel of buttery leather cradling your tootsies as you embark on an otherwise painful mess of a day, they fall apart. Fast. I’ve spent anywhere from $50 to $400 on driving moccasins in a given season, and always have to ditch them after five or six months.
What I love about Tod’s patent version is the sturdy material will hold up, making these a worthwhile investment. They’re not as slipper-like soft as your typical pair, but they’re plenty comfortable and offer a nice grip on the sole. Plus, they have a slightly dressier look, meaning they’ll work for business and PTA meetings, lunch dates with friends or colleagues, weekend errands and holiday entertaining alike. Yes! Tod’s patent leather moccasin drivers, $425, Saks.
And for plenty of pretty polish, but the ability to walk effortlessly through your day, might I suggest a fall-perfect wedge? With all the loveliness of a ladylike pump, this bow version in two-tone leather brings you from day to night with ease and grace. Yet, you’re not taking a break from standing every 20 minutes due to radiating, throbbing pain in your toes and the balls of your feet. Miss Kate has done it again with a style that marries sophistication and girly-girl prettiness. I adore these pumps and intend to make them my push present — to myself! Kate Spade New York Cap-Toe Wedge Pumps – Kara, $295, Bloomingdales.