A Mom's Wardrobe Basics (Part 5): Shoes

We're at part 5 of the series already! After this post just "Accessories" remains and we'll be wrapping the series up! (See the rest of the series here.) Time to talk about SHOES: how to vary your selection, find the most comfortable options to accommodate mom life, and pair them with everyday outfits.

How important is your choice of shoes? 

Your shoes can make or break an outfit

I'd break the shoe categories down in the following way for moms:

  1. Errands
  2. Casual
  3. Formal
  4. Athletic

If your only "errand" shoes are an old pair of running shoes, it won't matter how much care you put into assembling a chic outfit for errands... those sneakers will bring your whole look down. This applies to every category. Although it's obvious in "formal" category (who would show up to a work Christmas party in a nice dress and sneakers??), so many times we opt for the same pair of old sneakers or slip-ons to pair with anything we wear. 

Owning the right shoes is better than owning a lot of shoes.

Thankfully, one pair of shoes (if the right color and style) can stretch to complete most of your outfits. You don't need to own multiple pairs of shoes in each category. You just need to own a pair or two for each category that are basic, in style, and versatile. The outfits will be endless. I'll provide you with an outfit formula for each at the end of the post, but these outfits are just the beginning. 

A versatile selection of shoes

The goal of a smart selection of shoes is to minimize the amount you need to buy. Now, if you happen to be one of those ladies who never has enough shoes and thinks they are THE only important thing in a woman's wardrobe, then the idea of minimizing your shoe acquisitions probably sounds ludicrous. But if that's you, chances are you have a pretty good handle on this whole topic and can just skip down to the shopping section. ;)

I'm personally not crazy about shoes in particular but do understand the huge part they can play in our overall look. So here is my minimum selection of shoes for a mom's wardrobe. I picked these out with stay-at-home mom life in mind, so if you also work outside the home you might need to add another pair of pumps or wedges.

Download sample outfits for each type of shoe : 

Shoe staples for a flexible mom wardrobe: Ever feel like you don't have the right shoes to go with an outfit? Here are the basic shoe categories a mom should consider owning to achieve an optimally flexible and versatile wardrobe! Click through for more information in the blog post, as well as suggestions for additional shoes to consider adding after the basics.

If you already own a good pair of shoes in each of these categories, then consider these additional options to add variety and personality to your shoe selection!

Are you a mom who is bored by your shoe options? Here are some fun options to consider adding to your wardrobe. They are interesting and personalized, while being basic enough to work across many outfits! Click through for additional tips on the best shoes for a mom's wardrobe.

 

Best picks for moms: A blend of classic and on-trend shoes

Here are some affordable shoe options! In my curation, I looked for shoes under $50 and tried to find as many under $25 as possible... because $25 is pretty much the max I've paid for anything other than boots. But I'm kind of cheap that way :)


Mom Shoe Staples & Outfits to Pair Them With

BONUS CONTENT:

How to pair shoes with outfits

Here are the 10 shoe staples I recommended paired with simple outfit formulas so that you can wear them with confidence! Delivered as a 2 page PDF that you can keep on your phone/computer or print out for reference.


If you need help finding your styles of shoes at your budget, send me an email! I'd love to personally help you curate a list of options based on your budget and style.

If you found this post helpful, you can find the rest of the Mom's Wardrobe Basics series here.

Now it's your turn... Did I miss anything? What are your staple shoes for mom life while keeping it classy?

Ever frustrated by not having the right shoes to go with your outfits on a regular basis? Looking for some chic to add to your mom wardrobe without compromising comfort? This blogger breaks down the four basic categories of shoes moms should be looking for. Click through for the best comfortable and versatile shoes to own as a mom, and some inspiration for how to wear them in every day outfits.
Ever frustrated by not having the right shoes to go with your outfits on a regular basis? Looking for some chic to add to your mom wardrobe without compromising comfort? This blogger breaks down the four basic categories of shoes moms should be looking for. Click through for the best comfortable and versatile shoes to own as a mom, and some inspiration for how to wear them in every day outfits.
Ever frustrated by not having the right shoes to go with your outfits on a regular basis? Looking for some chic to add to your mom wardrobe without compromising comfort? This blogger breaks down the four basic categories of shoes moms should be looking for. Click through for the best comfortable and versatile shoes to own as a mom, and some inspiration for how to wear them in every day outfits.