I have always loved shoes. I have a number of pairs, which I do not feel comfortable disclosing on the internet -- you are strangers and as a mother I must practice what I teach my children. Over the weekend I was wearing my not-so pretty pair and somebody said something that included "mom shoes." They were smiling and chirpy and I deduced that the person thought they were complimenting me. I smiled back.
But it left me battling an internal turmoil. Did I miss some integral step of becoming a mother that require buy shoes that are fitting to the title? Are ugly shoes considered synonymous with motherhood? On what planet? I buy and have always bought shoes based on two things: their comfort level and how many beats they've made my hear skip. The latter is the most trusted decider.
It shook me to my core! Am I really expected to pretend to have bad taste a la crocs as the complimenter said "I'm so pleased to see that I'm not the only mom who didn't turn to crocs." Crocs are not for mothers they are for people with bad taste!
For nearly 17 years of being a other I have run and cuddled and re-assured in my favourite shoes. In heels and flats; sandals and running shoes and at no point did I feel the need to dress my feet in shoes that didn't please me. I come from a long line of women who dress beautifully at all ages and all stages of life.
Comfort is key to everything but I have never felt the need to deprive myself of lovely shoes because of being a mom. Admittedly,over the years my heels have gotten lower and more sensible but I attribute that to my style evolution.
I still like my shoes designer and pretty but sensibility has become a key factor. Crocs, on the other hand, don't tick even one box in my shoe requirement.
What do you think of the notion of "mom shoes"?
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