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Disclosure: Vionic offered to send me a pair of shoes, of my choice, out of their Fall collection, and I accepted. I’ve purchased Vionic shoes in the past and loved them. I did not agree to say anything specific about the shoes, and I was not offered any additional payment to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
So, Fall is coming.
Some days I can already feel it in the air here in Southern Washington.
Fall is kind of magical, in that it seems to have something that gets everyone excited. It’s not too cold and not too hot. You get Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkin patches. Apple picking. Straw mazes and hay rides (ah-choo!) Haunted houses.
A lot of people get excited about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I’m not a part of that group, which is weird since I’m a former Starbucks barista. Never liked them. (But if they ever bring back Dulce de Leche Lattes, I’ll be first in line).
Me, I love all those things (except the lattes), but I get excited about the clothes. All the colors and textures and silhouettes you see when Fall fashion comes out really do it for me. I don’t shop in department stores much, but I love getting ideas from Pinterest and Polyvore and putting together outfits with clothes I already have. I like adding one or two signature pieces to my closet every season. This season, it’s these Piper Driving Mocs from Vionic.
They’re kind of a cross between a driving moccasin and a penny loafer. The construction is rock solid. I’ll be wearing these for years to come. The sole is rubber and the outsole is leather, so I’ll be able to wear them during Southern Washington’s famous “kind of rainy” days.
On top they’re embellished with leopard printed calf hair. I’m a little obsessed with that part of the shoe actually. It’s classy without being stuffy, and makes me feel like I’m “doing fashion”. They have a ballet flat with the same pattern that I’m trying to talk myself out of. Self control Kelley. You don’t need two pairs of leopard print flats.
The best part of these shoes though, is inside. The reason I love Vionic shoes so much, is the insole. Their shoes have a removable microfiber-covered EVA orthotic insert inside them, and you’d never know to look at them. In Vionic’s words, they feature “Orthaheel Technology, a biomechanic orthotic footbed that naturally aligns your feet and may help to relieve heel pain by reducing over-pronation.” I totally over-pronate (roll my feet in when I walk), so Vionics are a revelation. They’re fashionable shoes that won’t destroy your feet or leave you in pain. They’re even recommended by holistic doctor extraordinaire, Dr. Andrew Weil.
As a mom who is running after a toddler and on my feet most of the day, these are perfect.
I love that leopard flats lend themselves to so many different styles. A quick Pinterest search brought up a huge variety of outfits. I put together two outfits inspired by Polyvore sets I found on Pinterest. Now cut me some slack. I didn’t go out and buy new stuff, these aren’t recreations. Just inspired.
Outfit #1: Saturday Brunch
Inspiration from Polyvore:
Poncho Sweater: Target (no longer available) | similar
Outfit #2: Preppy Errands
Inspiration from Polyvore: