I like comfortable shoes. I'm also a typical gal who likes to look pulled together with my own sense of style. It's a very casual style that I have, but I feel silly if I try to dress like a Junior League-er or keep up with the trendsetters when in reality I'm a quasi-urban-granola meets wanna-be-urban-cowgirl who loves her pearls and a well structured blouse once in a while [maybe that is a bit Junior League-ish].
I don't work outside the home. Some days I only leave the house to pick up the older boys from school, so it's just 4-year-old boy and me together... all day. Other days I take kids to music lessons, karate, run errands [not fancy places], and occasionally meet Chris for lunch. I'm usually puttering around the house and yard [read here], doing the things that most stay-at-home parents do to keep the house running smoothly.
Again, I like comfortable shoes. I've tried to deviate [read here], but I always return to comfortable.
When I went to Texas a couple of weeks ago for my 25th high school reunion, I packed what I thought were very cute [and comfortable] shoes. I wore a pair of Dansko Mary Jane's on the plane and changed into a pair of Dansko green strappy sandals, with a heel, when I arrived at my friend Vicki's house because it was hotter than I expected.
As I unpacked, my two friends, Vicki and Betty, were there chatting as we played show-and-tell with clothes, photos and hair drama. I showed them the shoes I brought and how I planned to incorporate them into my reunion outfits [this was a very casual reunion].
Vicki said, "Those look like something my grandma would wear."
Betty chose her words carefully, "It's just... well... you look like you stepped out of a Columbia catalog."
I was shocked. "You don't think these are cute?! I'm not a Dallas-girl, ya' know. This is me. I live in Utah and I schlep kids around all day. My life is very casual... and sporty."
My friends wouldn't budge so I didn't wear anything Dansko to the reunion functions. But I wore my comfortable shoes the rest of the time in Texas.
My Dansko collection:
They're not that bad. Are they?
I have cute Non-Dansko shoes too. A few kitten heels, strappy flats, and a couple pairs of I-Look-Ridiculous-In-These-Because-They're-So-Not-Me-But-My-Husband-Loves-Them high heels.
Maybe it's time for me to change brands of comfortable shoes. I asked a gal at Anthropologie if she liked the Dansko Mary Jane's I was wearing the other day. She said she did. I figured she would because... she works at Anthropologie. I needed the easy stroke. She mentioned, politely of course, that I might find some comfortable, but up to date, styles on the Frye website.
I don't know. Are they that bad? Be honest. [Except you, Vicki, Betty, and Dallas-girls.]