>All about shoes

>Calling all Shoe gals!
Ok all, I am in need of some input.  Because I am at times an indecisive, dithering fool I am giving a shout out for experienced opinions.  Reviews.  Top picks.  Ratings.

On what you ask? 
Shoes! 
I know, what fun right? 
I love shoes, you love shoes, we all love shoes!

 At first I thought I would just use these, below, the standard go to shoe in my closet. 

 But then I realized I might need some particular shoes…..Not just any shoes, but on the PERFECT shoes to take to travel around Rome and Italy.  Yup, I’m going.  Another post on that for the details.
But for now, I need shoes! And a good functional bag (tho I’ll probably go the unwieldy backpack route, since I’ll be working the mom angle…kiddles in tow). 

I need shoes that don’t look totally dorky or orthopedic or grandmotherly or ridiculous.
I need them to be crazy comfy as I have cranky old feet with a history of plantar fasciitis from when I used to run (and it still kicks back up and complains too often).
I want them to be stylish enough to wear with skirts (not fancy date skirts, just the regular old kicking around kind of skirt I live in all summer).
But I need to walk all over and chase children and go into many churches and cafes too.
I don’t want them to look too old or too young.
I want one pair to go with everything.
I want them to make my heart sing...
And I want them to only be twenty bucks.

Ok….I know…kidding. 
I realize my list is long and contradictory.

But I know a great pair is out there. 

I know it. 

If I could get away with wearing my Montrail flips all trip, I would.  But I can’t.  I love these shoes, they are my favorite most comfortable summer shoes, for the past few years.  
 
Mine are a cute pink/orange. I love them and don’t care what anyone else thinks.  But they are maybe not the Roman Holiday look, eh? Stop laughing, I realize this is an impossible dream…but admit it, don’t all of you really, inside, wish you could look like that as you flit through Rome? And yeah, I’m gonna “flit” through Rome with my eight children in tow.  Audrey Hepburn would’a……don’t ya think? Really. I am too. 

The little girls are gonna wear these…but they are probably too young for me, ahem.   They look totally adorable on the girls though, we have a pink, a purple, and an orange and they have happy summer skirts to go with them.  {I’ve been sewing…who knew? ‘Nother post there too} Fun.

 The little boys will wear these, and those boys look adorable in most anything they wear, but especially these shoes.  Gabey calls them his jungle shoes and goes outside to look for tigers.  

So I need a different shoe. We don’t really wanna be the dorky family that has ALL matching shoes, right? Right.

It’s gonna be hot, so I don’t want sweaty feet and I don’t want to walk around in running shoes and skirts (I did that for 6 months with the plantar fasciitis spell, fashion be damned…but in Rome? Love to skip that).
So, what’s a gal to do?
What’s a mom to do? {The big guys? They can get by with their runners, they’re guys!}

So, yes, this is a frivolous post.  It’s all I got today.
I know you shoe gals are out there. I know a lot of you gals have traveled the world.  Surely there are some sensible clever fashionistas out there.
Help me out, leave me some suggestions, please?

18 thoughts on “>All about shoes

  1. >Only because I have a few pairs:) check out http://www.merrell.com. Be sure to click on the pics the many colors available….I have been to China three times and back:) and each and every time I've been in Merrell's…..they have many great summer, lightweight, yet, c o m f y, styles….spend time looking them over, and, then go try some on! I have old feet and a bunyon to boot…..www.merrell.com. So happy for your new adventure to Italy!! YAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

  2. >Teva makes some awesome sandals…check them out on eBay or Amazon. They come in many different styles (not just the old waterproof webbing you may be familiar with) but, like these:http://cgi.ebay.com/TEVA-Ventura-Cork-2-Rialto-Green-Shoes-Womens-Size-8-5-/140396305621?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_Women_s_Shoes&hash=item20b0459cd5or these:http://cgi.ebay.com/TEVA-Wmns-Kayenta-Click-TAB-See-All-Available-Sizes-/320428055773?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_Women_s_Shoes&var=&hash=item76be6144e5Some of them have arch support for your plantar fasciitis. Break them in before you travel though…sometimes the straps will give you blisters if you haven't been wearing sandals much.Have a great time!

  3. >I like my Chacos, but they're 'river' shoes like the Keen or Teva.I've worn Naot sandals and like them. The plus to a Naot is the cork bed can be removed and a new one put in after you've walked all the support out. These are dressier type sandals from Israel, but can get them at a comfort shoe type store.I've tried Wolky. They're a little granny, to me.Dansko has cute clogs and they give good support.I adore my Birkenstocks because of all the different arch supports and there is nothing that compares to them in my book. They have tons of different styles as well.For tennies, I heart Brooks. I will never ever ever wear another brand. Nikes do not work for me, Asics do not work for me, Brooks are loverly.I have horrible foot pain, and fallen arches. Yay! So I do spend the bucks when it comes to shoes. I have, MUST have, comfy shoes that I can walk around in all day. Brooks tennies are my first pick, then my Chaco or Birks. My feet are always happy now. ;o)Ciao!

  4. >http://www.amazon.com/Sanita-Margrete-Latigo-Sandal-Leather/dp/B001UL6L0G/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_4Grew up in the Northwest wearing Tevas, but not sure they'd work well with my too-young-to-be-so-worn-out-body. I was given Danskos as a gift, and while the heavy clog style is not my favorite look, they are the greatest! Seriously, from high school and college sports and a number of kiddos, my knees, hips and lower back are shot, but I slip these puppies on the moment I wake up (no lie) and they are almost the last thing to come off at night. My body has not felt so 'young' in years…and nothing aches! Have a blast in Roma!

  5. >I just bought new shoes tonight – because I am going to this http://www.christian-alliance-for-orphans.org/summit/ tomorrow and I am SO excited!! I always wear comfortable shoes, no matter what. I bought a pair of shoes from brand Penny Loves Kenny and I am in love with them. They are black ballet looking flats (but with support) and come in a beautiful box – I had a coupon for $10 bucks and they were only $32! They are super comfortable and stylish. I found them at DSW if you have one of those in your neck of the woods.

  6. >These are my fave shoes EVER! And they are vegan, made of recycled tires on bottom, and ultra comfy with or without socks. :)http://www.amazon.com/J-41-Footwear-Womens-Aquarius-Vegan/dp/B001UC046M/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&s=shoes&qid=1272422797&sr=1-11

  7. >Okay, it's going to be hot over there so you need something more like a sandal, but it's gotta cover many uses and it's Rome, which means it's got to be a little stylish… Yes, it's a tall order! I recommend looking at NAOTs. I got a pair of metallic style sandals last year — they work with shorts, skirts, pants, yoga pants, anything, and they're really comfortable for walking. http://www.naot.com/When are you going? I want you to meet a friend of mine over there.

  8. >Mrs G.I swear you will think i am crazy, but i have seen many kids wear these to run or walk around campus. Be open minded. They are called barefoot running shoes. http://www.geekologie.com/2007/08/these_shoes_are_confused.php orthese look a little more normal, (but really what IS normal anyway??)http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/popup_image.php?pID=3090 Everyone who has them loves them… I have yet to be brave enough to buy them but i figure since you run, they might be good for that, or at least to go on walks in. I love keeping up with your life on here. 🙂 But i am jealous that i had no invitation to Rome. I kid. Your most favorite goddaughter, Ellen

  9. >I am back and have to tell you that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your post! I keep checking back in on your comments to see the options. I do LOVE shoes! 🙂 Please do another post showing some of these cool options and your choice. Blessings, Kristy

  10. >OK, I'm a fan of these:http://www.j-41.com/footwear_designs.html# The Gemini style. They seriously feel like you're walking on pillows! I got mine before I went to Ethiopia and wear them ALL the time. My parents live in Bangkok and walk everywhere – so I convinced her to get some as well and she loves them too! They're easy to get on and off, but they also cover your feet so you don't get them all dirty walking around. Happy Shoe Shopping 🙂 Let us know the winner!!!

  11. >Abe has that exact pair of brown keen sandles. We both love them. But oh, how they make his feet stink.Okay, so. As for you: Toms are pretty comfy. I'm pretty sure I'm getting a pair for mother's day. When we went to Ireland three summers ago, I took ONE pair of shoes, which I wore with shorts, jeans, skirts, in rain, wind, sunshine, fog. I even went hiking (a death march more like it) in them with my dad on the cliffs of Moher. My feet never got tired, and I felt feminine and everything in them. Here's a link:http://www.zappos.com/keen-charleston-mary-jane-blackKeens have many other styles too. Oh, and I've had good luck buying shoes from craigslist, though I live in a very craigslist/freecycle friendly kind of town.

  12. >I came back to see the recommendations and had to laugh because I JUST bought a pair of Rebecca's recommendation — the Gemini style J-41s in black — with hopes I could wear them in Ethiopia. I love them! I find the NAOTs I recommended a bit more stylish for a place like Rome. Nevertheless, you can't go wrong with the J-41s… they're super comfortable and cute and could work with a skirt. You've got lots of other great ideas here — I'm going to check them out!

  13. >My advice–get a good pair of custom orthotics and then take your pick of whatever you find that has removable insoles. Loafers, Maryjanes, oxfords, tennies, whatever. I have a pair of Romu Maryjanes in brown suede and a pair of black ones by Joseph Siebel. Both saw a lot of Europe action!

  14. >I was going to tell you about these shoes a couple of mommies at N's school have been wearing. They look great and the other mommies have been telling me how really, really comfortable they are and how much they loved them and guess what- Rebecca has already recommended them (J-41s Gemini style). Hummm… looks like they may be the way to go! (oh and more then just a little touch of jealously here about your upcoming trip to Italy!!)

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