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I grew up in a very healthy, natural type of household. Imagine you’re helping your parents label bags of grain in the bulk section of a natural foods store while John Denver croons in the overhead speakers. You secretly hope your mom will buy rice bran syrup or dates because that’s what you think junk food is. Everyone around you is wearing supportive shoes. That’s my childhood in a nutshell. My young life’s impact on me was twofold:
- I’m just as bad as my parents when it comes to healthy living. In fact, I still shop at the same natural foods store I just described. It’s changed hands a few times, but 30 years later and I’m still hanging out in the bulk section.
- I vowed as a young child to never wear practical shoes.
I’m not joking. I looked around me at all those hippy shoes and made my young self a promise to buy shoes for looks and not for comfort. For years I thought I had to torture my feet in order to be stylish, and finally, in my mid-30s, I just couldn’t do it any more. I became “that mom” that wears flip flops or tennis shoes everywhere. I blame my toddler. He’s like a cute, tiny, energetic style-thief. NO MORE. I’ve discovered what I like to call “Ninja-Mom Shoes”. Yes, there are shoes that look good, (and even have a heel!) but you can still run around after toddlers without ending up in agony. My new favorite pair of shoes that I’ve been wearing to death (but they still look new) is the Wanderlust Mary Jane from Earth Brands. Earth describes them as: “Inspired by the timeless mary-jane, but made entirely new with beautiful pleating details and a peek-a-boo t-strap that adds a fresh note to this worldly style.” Earth Brands is a fashion forward company that designs with an emphasis on comfort and value. In fact, the majority of their Fall Collection is under $100 and they offer free shipping!
I think they look (and feel) like a million bucks though. They’ve got two-tone burnished leather uppers, comfort foot bed cushions from heel to toe and a cushioned arch. They fit right in with the retro-modern style aesthetic I’ve been wearing lately. And I have my eye on a few more of their styles too. The Bellwether flat and Spiceberry wedge are both calling my name.