Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Great shoes for everyday running around

One of my readers recently asked me to recommend some shoes for running errands, going to the playground, etc. While I do predominately wear heeled shoes, these are not always practical. Having said that, there are so many stylish options out there that wearing athletic sneakers does not have to be the solution. One of my favourite brands for stylish sneaker style shoes is Ecco. These shoes are well made, sturdy, but still have some great design elements that lift them up above the run of the mill sneaker.

An example is this one, the Supreme Three Strap, which is still somewhat feminine even though it is still extremely practical. With its durable polyurethane sole it will hold up well to all the rigours of a playground but will still look great if you duck into the local coffee shop for a cup of joe. The small wedge heel adds some height and will elongate the leg. Paired with some slim fitting cords or jeans and you are all set for a day of fun. These also come in a black and grey combo, which looks fantastic as well, especially if black is one of your base colours.

This pair, the Spirit Multi Strap, is also a great choice as the dark silver is a great nod to this season's trend of metallics. The four straps add a real funky vibe, and together with the metallic leather, will dress up a more casual outfit. I would love these with slim fitting dark rinse jeans, a tee and a charcoal wool or cashmere hoodie.

For times when a skirt is still a practical option (like running errands, going to the shopping mall etc) but you know you are going to be on your feet all day, I love these Bouillon Mary Janes. I love the black patent, but these come in a range of colours that would go with almost anything in your wardrobe. These would look great in summer with a knee length denim skirt, bare legs and a black and white patterned top; in winter, black opaque tights and a black turtleneck paired with the same skirt make for a stylish yet practical outfit.
As you can see, there are some great options out there for mummies who still want to look chic and stylish without sacrificing comfort and practicality.


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