what if i told you that the same shoes many of us were made to wear with our school uniform are the perfect, modern choice for right now? i got my first pair of penny loafers and saddle shoes for the start of 7th grade. after enjoying “free dress” for my entire elementary school career, i entered a life of mandated dressing. i’m still no fan of polyester grey pleated skirts, but i do love loafers and oxfords.
as moms, we need footwear that can work for a business meeting, an after-school trip to the park, and everything in between. ballet flats and sandals are easy, go-to options, but if you’re getting bored, revisit these school-age classics and drop them into your regular rotation.
start with a traditional color choice like a brown or black if you’re feeling unsure, or go bold with a fun color you’ve been wanting to try. two of my favorite ways to wear them are with a solid or striped button down + jeans that hit at the ankle to show off the shoe. or...a lightweight v-neck sweater, khakis and a necklace or chunky bracelet that either complements or contrasts the shoes in color.
be careful not to slip back into your school girl ways by pairing your loafers or oxfords with short skirts - i think it would look too juvenile. and, on the other, ahem, foot, don't wear them with voluminous, moo-moo type get-ups or you'll go lunch lady/retiree real quick. these shoes need clean, tailored outfits so you look nothing but modern and fashionably informed. give them another look and i promise you'll be pleased.
below are some suggestions, and three fun facts for after you browse.
penny loafers. in 1936, g.h. bass added a leather strip across the front of the original loafer design created by norwegian farmers. school children put a penny in the cut-out for (gasp) the pay phone.
oxfords vs. brogues. both are considered formal lace-up shoes with a low heel and sleek look. the brogue, however, has the perforation detail that takes things up a notch.
and driving mocs? from the algonquin language powhatan, moccasins are the heelless shoes ingeniously made from animal skins by native americans. modern day "driving moccasins" were created to wear while driving so as not to damage one's traditional shoes, and to have a more tactile experience of the foot against the car pedals.