Shoe Spree.

Shoes for Mama.

I have a personal shoe addiction. I usually think of myself as a dress splurger, but when I look at my major investments over the past few years, I’ve principally splurged on footwear. Right now, at the top of my list:

THESE TO DIE FOR TABITHA SIMMONS X JOHANNA ORTIZ (ON SALE AND SERIOUSLY TEMPTING — VARIATIONS FROM THIS COLLABORATION SEEN ABOVE)

THESE PERFECT PRADAS (WOULD WEAR WITH EVERYTHING)

CHANEL CAPTOE FLATS

THESE DRAMATIC BOW SANDALS

THESE SILVER MULES TO WEAR TO EVERY SEMI-FORMAL EVENT EVER (ON SALE)

THESE NEEDLEPOINT LOAFERS (ALSO ON SALE!)

THESE CHINOISERIE LACE-UP FLATS (SWOON)

THESE KNIFE-POINT MULES FOR FALL

Shoes for Toddler Girls.

Separately, this happens to me routinely: all at once, usually in the middle of a season, mini cannot fit into any of her shoes. And suddenly she’s wearing one threadbare pair day after day as I pretend that we can survive until the end of winter/spring/summer without reinvesting in her shoe wardrobe. Does this happen to other moms?! I’m in the midst of re-upping her shoe situation and thought I’d share how I approach this.

I covered many of these brands in an earlier post on toddler footwear, but I always have one in each of the following:

+Mary Janes: Elephantito (usually in silver, gold, white, or ivory) or La Coqueta

+Sandals: SaltWater

+Water Shoes: Native or Igor

+Sneakers: Cienta (love this style and this style best) or Superga (the velcro style is easiest right now — but check out the incredible selection discounted at Yoox). I also snagged a pair of these inexpensive bow-knot-topped shoes in navy because her fall wardrobe has a lot of navy thus far. (They reminded me of this darling pair of linen-effect shoes she wore into the ground earlier this summer.)

+Rainboots: Hunter (in classic yellow), Joules, or H&M

+Fun shoes: I usually have at least one pair of frivolous shoes for her, whether they are in a funky pattern or an unusual style like an espadrille. This season, I had to buy her these because she’s borderline obsessed with Frozen (like every other toddler girl), and I just added these to my cart in the navy. Also, how adorable are these snakeskin t-bars?!

One bonus to a lot of the shoes above is that they can be dressed up or down. I routinely have mini in a dress and a pair of her canvas sneakers — it’s a darling look! — but they can also be worn with shorts or leggings without looking out of place. The same goes for her sandals and even her Mary Janes; I feel like these are versatile footwear that can be worn with nearly anything!

Shoes for Baby Boys.

Finally, micro’s still in the socks-or-bare-feet phase (I love these booties for home — they are the only sock/shoe that ever stays put!), but I am loving these for him as he moves toward official footwear:

NEEDLEPOINT BOOTIES

JACADI CANVAS SNEAKERS (ON SALE!)

T-BARS (IN THE DINOSAUR PRINT?! OMG)

BAYPODS

ELEPHANTITO LOAFERS (OMG)

CAR BOOTIES (OMG)

T-BAR SNEAKERS

THESE SUPERGAS

P.S. My favorite booties and a variation on my favorite kitten heels from last winter are ridiculously discounted. I LOVE THEM BOTH.

P.P.S. July favorites, praise for a normal day, and I won’t soon forget about this.

P.P.P.S. Working on another round of magpie mail — feel free to send me your questions via email or DM or in the comments.

2 Comments

  1. Love your shoe picks, especially the bow sandals + the needlepoint loafers! I’m in need of a pair of basic black block heeled sandals, and have seriously been contemplating Everlane’s. I have & love a pair of Tory Burch black ankle-strap block heels, but the sole is multicolored (though somehwat muted, not, like, a rainbow) and while that pair goes with most of my similarly-colored dresses, I have a few dark florals that just don’t look right with it. I feel weird buying sandals this late into the season, but I have a couple of warm-weather trips lined up before January and know I’ll get the use out of them!

    xx

    1. Do it!!! I never regret the off-season sandals/shoes I buy. It will feel like a treat come next June 🙂

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