Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sensible Shoes

Ok, so this is going to be a bit of a tangent from my normal postings of domesticated mom-ness, but bear with me. I need some advice.

I’m in the market for a pair of clogs. Yup, you read that right, I said clogs. FRUMP ALERT! Yeah, I know. Seriously though, over the last month I’ve come to the realization that I need the Minnesota Winter equivalent of a basic flat or moccasin, which is what I live in during the spring through fall months. Something with a little more oomph than a flat, that I can easily throw on with jeans or cords, or maybe even work trousers, that will not freeze my little toes off while I’m running multiple errands with Gus in tow, or trouncing through fresh snow in the darkness of my work parking lot at 5:00 PM, brushing off and scraping the windows of my car.

If anyone has a better idea than clogs, please, I’m listening. I simply can’t wear boots every day; they don’t work with all outfits. Skirts and dresses, sure, but it’s not feasible to do that every day, nor is it feasible to wear skinny jeans every time I go casual.

I’ve considered these cute oxfords pictured below, but when I really think about it, I only see myself wearing these with dresses and tights, skinny jeans or slim cords. If I threw these babies on with a basic pair of boot cut jeans I’d look like a little boy. Or just a really unfashionable, dumpy woman, stuck in the 90’s.

Steve Madden Oxfords

But hell, maybe clogs will just give me the same look?

I don’t know, am I being that person on What Not To Wear who keeps whining to Stacy and Clinton about how “comfortable” a certain pair of really ugly shoes are?

I swear, I’m not going to throw out all my cute heels and boots. It’s just, well, some days, when there’s a foot of snow on the ground and you’re looking at a day of doing the car seat dance with your toddler, (in and out, in and out, “Please cooperate honey, I know you’re sick of being repeatedly strapped into this thing, here, how about a cookie! And here’s your favorite book! {singing} The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout…”), well you know what I’m talking about. I need an easy pair of mom shoes that are not hideous and are not tennis shoes (puke).

So I’ve found a few clogs that might work, all of them have their own virtues and follies… you tell me. Which pair of only slightly offensive sensible footwear is worthy of my spending my Christmas money from grandma and grandpa?

1. I know these pretty much look like slippers, but they sure look sensible, and comfortable! And I like the red. If I’m going to embrace this kind of look, then why not do it with a funky color at least? These I would definitely not wear at work, maybe on the way to work, but I’d have to change into something once at the office. They sure look like good car-scraping shoes though. But definitely, ultra-casual. Too casual?

Clog 1

2. Gosh. I don’t know about these babies. Every time I look at them I change my mind about them. First I’m all, “cute details with the stitching, I like the buckles!” Then the next moment, I don’t even know if they’re even remotely cute. The width of the toe frightens me a little, do they resemble clown shoes a little too close for comfort?

Clog 2

3. Very simple, classic clog, but with a twist. And that twist is metallic? A little wedge? Hmm… I like the slight heal, but the metallic thing reminds me of Betsy’s silver spacey moon shoes from our freshman year of college. This could be shaky territory.

Clog 3

4. These are adorable. I mean right? Adorable. I could even wear these with a cute little skirt and tights, or a sweater dress. They are almost in that bootie territory, but not quite. Definitely chunky, but for some reason the chunkiness is not freaking me out. And chunky seems to sort of be coming back into vogue. I also like that the toe doesn’t seem so wide, it’s a bit more tapered than a lot of the other clogs I’ve seen. My only hesitation is the heel. Does it go against my driving need here for something that I will be able to slip on and run out the door with the boy? Will it go with a tee and cardigan, my basic at-home uniform?

Clog 4

5. I am a lover of all things moccasin, and these are cute… and simple, and inoffensive. And very Minnesooootan (said with my very best Midwestern accent). Not as versatile as the last ones though, that’s for sure, you can’t dress these guys up. But yeah, I like. And they’re on sale and much less expensive than the others. I could take my remaining $50 and go buy a sweater!

Clog 5

6. Gosh, I like the last two, and now the rest of these shoes seem really lame. These last ones especially, I mean, ugh. I don’t even know why I bookmarked these ones. At this moment I can find no reason to put these anywhere above any of the others. I guess they’re pretty classic Danish clogs. So there. With ugly buckles. Ok, no.

Clog 6

Ok, so there you have it. Now I’d like your opinions, if you have them. Which ones are contenders? Or are you still reeling from the fact that I’m considering buying clogs, and that I’m talking about them on my blog?

Ha! Clog! Blog! Sweet, an unintentional rhyme! Neato. Seriously though, help!


Erin said...

I'm not a huge fan of clogs on myself - I don't really care if others wear them, but I don't like my heels to be exposed to the elements, I guess. I've just had this same dilemma myself, mostly needing a pair of nicer brown shoes I can wear to work with my dress pants. These are what I'm going to try, just haven't purchased them yet:

You might like danskos too... seems like kind of the same look, only with backs to the shoes.

good luck :)

Freckles said...

What about just going for a nicer pair of birkenstocks? Or are those too casual?? I'm no help here, not a huge fan of clogs and I'm horrible about winter shoes. I'm the dope who wears my flats all winter and freezes my toes off while snow pours in. Sometimes I'll wear my maroon ugg-like boots, but that's as far as I go. Good luck.

Betsy said...

I wear my Uggs EVERYWHERE! I just got these pretty boots for Christmas and I'm in love: Cardy

They are thin enough to wear under my jeans, or of course you can wear them over skinny jeans.

I wore my UGGS every day during th winter when I worked too. I just ecarried my regular, non clog, flats in my purse!

I don't think any of those clogs will do you justice. You are too young for those! Check these out:

Cuteness. And I swear by Uggs. Friends don't let friends buy frumpy shoes. But if you are wearing clogs next time I see you, I'll probably tell you that you look like a Gap model.

Betsy said...

PS. I BELLY LAUGHED at the shout out to my awesome silver moon shoes. What in the hell was I thinking?! But, if you do buy clogs, those are my favorite.

Dansko Fan said...

Any-day anytime OXFORD shoes are the best, I like it very much.

Lisa said...

Yay, a post about shoes! Though clogs, I wasn't expecting. :)

I wear my warm boots to and from work and keep a couple of pairs of cute flats to change into at work. Works out super well, and my toesies stay warm while being outside. Are you trying to avoid the shoe change-a-roo altogether? Or just something convenient to wear while out running errands?

If I had to comment on the ones you posted, the first ones look like fancy golf shoes and I'm guessing that's not the look you are going for. I agree the moccasin ones look super cozy and Minnesotan, but I guess that does you no good if you're trying to dress up. I don't know that you can get a comfy pair that will be both practical and easy to dress up, but maybe I'm wrong.

Good luck with the hunt!

AliRose said...

Thanks so much for humoring me ladies... and for the advice. I have an update to the "clog saga"... posting momentarily. :)