Today’s Fashion Forward Friday issue is a little different. Instead of doling out advice to fellow hot moms, I’m coming to YOU for the advice. This is a sore subject for me. As a former high school hipster who wore Birkenstocks to her junior prom, crunchy footwear has always had a soft spot in my heart. And how can I forget my Stegmann wool clogs that I wore out in high school! I have my Birkenstock back strap sandals from high school, ice blue pearlized Birkenstock Sparta sandals that I dress up for work, and Birkenstock suede clog slip ons that got me through several hours in the library during law school. The Birks share closet space with Cole Haann, Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer, and Sperry, and everyone gets along nicely.
But i’m about to shake up everyone’s world. When I was pregnant during the winter, I came across a pair of shiny maroon python print Dansko clogs at Nordstrom. I cradled them in my hands while waiting for a salesperson to bring me out a pair to try on. Once I placed them on my feet it was love at first step. They were so comfortable, sturdy, and gave me about an extra inch of height on my 5′ frame. And they looked damn good with my leggings and boyfriend cardigan. I put them back, with Christmas coming up, I thought I could drop a few hints to my husband for gift ideas.
The next day I told the girls at work about my find. This was received with a bunch of scrunched up faces, and “Are you sure you wanna do that?” and, “Oh No. You can’t do that.” And my personal favorite, “Those are MOM SHOES.” Really? Mom Shoes??? I thought there were only Mom Jeans! But Mom Shoes?? Needless to say, I got a statement necklace, a pair of retro Tretorn sneakers and fancy lip glosses from my husband that year. But girls, I’m back on the Danskos! I love the idea of Danskos with tights and grey flannel skirts. Danskos with skinny jeans and turtlenecks and scarves. Danskos with black leggings and tank tops and boyfriend cardis.
So what do you think?? Are clogs the ultimate Mom Shoe? Can i make clogs go where no clog has gone before- the chic mom closet? And is python too over the top if I decide to pull the trigger?