A good friend who also happens to be a very busy working mom of three emailed me recently asking for some weekend summer shoe suggestions. She had been wearing flip flop type shoes for weekend wear, but is ready for something a little more grown up. I'm more than happy to help her (and those of you like her) looking for the perfect weekend shoe - which means it needs to work for running after kids at the park, running errands, bbq's, birthday parties, etc. Basically it has to look nice and be really comfortable. I say no to the wedge flip flop for several reasons; first, flip flops are pretty much beach and shower shoes as far as I'm concerned. At least for adults. Second, they are not great for the foot - no support for the arches, bad for the ankles, and add a wedge and you are asking for a disaster. I've broken my ankle enough times (how many times is enough you might be asking, once is probably enough but I've broken my ankle 3 times!) to know those are not the kind of shoes I want to be wearing to run around after kids. And third, we want attractive shoes people!
So here goes -
1) the Ecco Bouillon Peep Toe flat
It's cute, and a little edgy with a tiny wedge in the back to give a little extra height, and Ecco shoes are usually quite comfortable. They come in Black, the cool blue shown above, and a really nice neutral taupe.
2)Cole Haan Bria Sling back -
Cole Haan's now incorporate nike air technology into alot of their shoes, my go-to casual shoe is a closed toe flat with a similar sole to this one. It's great. I like the silver - I love a metallic shoe for everyday casual wear, but if you aren't ready for that, they come in black as well.
3) Via Spiga Moon Peep Toe flat -
This one incorporates several trends, the "flatform," and the cork sole, without being ridiculously high and unwearable. These are really cute and would be great for everyday use.
4) Clarks Shutter Shade Espadrille
Perfect if you want some extra height from your casual shoe, and in addition to being cute are supposed to be very comfy.
5) Clarks Fiddle Scroll Sandal -
Again, great for the height and comfort while also looking cute.
6) Aerosoles Plush Around Wedge -
Love this one for a comfortable way to pull off the 70's trend.
Ok, 7 options seem like a good start. Both sites I pulled these from offer free shipping and free returns, so you can order several styles and sizes at once without feeling guilty! Also, all of these would look great with walking shorts, capris, pants or skirts, so you don't have to worry about putting together outfits.