I love shoes. Like really love them. Before babies I wore heels all the time. I would suffer for a great pair of heels. My poor feet. Now that I am carrying a baby on my hip and chasing a two year old round, I have come to terms with the fact that I need something more sensible. So its been fun, albeit challenging, to find a new shoe wardrobe that marries comfort (or at least more comfortable than a 4 inch pair of heels) and fashion.
And I know I am not alone in this challenge so every week I am going to share a pair of shoes that are both fashionable and functional and a few ways to style them. This first week I am going to share a pair that I ordered from Zara last week. And they were only $40.
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Now are they comfortable? Sure, I would definitely wear them to run errands but I am not likely going to wear them to the park and they would probably not be so comfortable for a really long day of walking. But nonetheless they will serve a purpose in my new shoe wardrobe and I know I am going to grab for these alot because they are actually really versatile.
I have shared below a few different ways to style these. I personally prefer a mule with a pair of skinny jeans or a cropped wide leg pair of pants. They work with some shorts but I don’t really like to wear mules with dresses or skirts. The key with mules is to show off your ankles.
1. Business Casual
These shoes totally work for an office look. I styled them with a pair of jogger style trousers and a classic black blouse. And to top it off I added a pearl embellished necklace to create a little more drama. You could also wear a pair of cropped skinny ankle paints for a more dressed up look but I would lose the pearl necklace in that case.
2. Distressed Denim Shorts
I personally prefer mules with a pant but I don’t mind them with a pair of short denim cutoffs. I dressed up the overall look with a drapey black and white blazer.
3. Casual Jeans and an Oversized sweater.
Even with the pearly detail these, these shoes are great with a really casual look. Here I paired them with ripped skinnies and over-sized sweatshirt. I find that when wearing a more casual outfit with a dressier shoe, it helps to stick to a similar colour palette – for the most part I stuck to greys, blacks and whites.
You could dress this look up a bit for a date night by replacing the sweatshirt with a tank or tee and an oversized blazer.
Say tuned for next weeks installment of the shoe diaries – a classic red flat.