As little girls grow up, they see their mothers as the beauty queens of their worlds, the epitome of a flawless caretaker and everything any young girls wishes to one day be. Moms play an important role in the development of our characters, personalities and individual panache, while encouraging us to embrace our inner selves.
It was my mother who first instilled in me my passion for fashion, dressing me in overwhelmed-with-lace, ridiculously fluffy, pink dresses and buying me my first sequined-covered handbag at the age of four. While some say she created a monster, I say she created a missionary of great taste and personal styles, much of which my mother always had.
Yes, the horrifying styles of the 80s did sneak up on her once or twice, predominantly through big hair and cringe-worthy shoulder pads, but overall the woman invested in credible fashion choices. This smart sense of style followed her all through my childhood and into my teen years, and even today she always preps as though she is to meet President Obama while skimming through the supermarket. The woman needs very little advice from my fashion-savvy self and manages a wardrobe competitive with my own, minus one factor—her god-awful, relaxed, clog-style, black leather shoes.
She will defend them with her life, preaching that comfort in her “older” age, is far more important than fashion. Rubbish! As I’ve explained to her a number of times, just because shoes look as though they will afflict the foot with irritable blisters, does not mean they actually will. Thanks to brands as fabulous as Naturalizer, there are great shoes designed to soothe the foot while pleasing the eye.
Take the Naturalizer Tahira shoe. This braided leather, heel-sling strap sandal is ideal for any hard-working, style-conscious woman. With a slight wedge, smooth lining, non-slip outsole and cushioned insole, this shoe provides the comfort needed for tired feet. And comfort meets style here, as these shoes are ideal for a pair of skinny jeans, colorful Bermuda shorts or a lightweight summer wrap dress.
For a dressier style, fashionable ladies should try Aerosoles’ Well Wisher. This wedge, peep-toe style shoe pops in a fuchsia pink and is ideal for a summer dress or a pair of fun and flirty shorts.
I can only hope to be as marvelous as my mother when I reach her age. From her head and now to her toes, she exudes class and an impeccable sense of matured style. No rule of fashion has ever been truer that the concept that at any age, women can wear beautiful shoes.