January 21, 2013

Sneaker Wedges: The MOST PERFECT Mom Shoe? (I think so…)

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Mamas.  I can run.  I can climb.  I can kick soccer balls, and walk around – all day – without an ounce of discomfort.  I can wear my super-thick woolly socks, I can pick up chubby Pax and I can even baby-wear him for a while.  I can do all of this – all of it!! – and?  And AND AND???  Be several inches taller.  

Taller is huge, people.  HUGE.  Even my hair looks better when I'm in heels.  (And I realize that referring to sneaker wedges as heels is a bit of a stretch….)

Diana-of-the-hunt knows how good tall feels.

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I'll admit….it took me a while to get on board (I waited for a version that did NOT cost $300).  Once I tried them, however, the comfort+tall was so good that there was No. Going. Back.  Happily, styling sneaker wedges is pretty easy.  Once I got over my tendency to pair them only with over-sized tees and loads of black eyeliner…I found that these shoes are a perfectly modern substitute for tall, flat boots.  Kat from Does My Bum Look 40 In This (HA!) provides a ton of great inspiration for chic, sophisticated sneaker styling.  Check out the last look here for one example. 

Besides, what is that quote?  "The higher the heel, the closer to God?"  (snort)  

Can't you see my tree-like halo?

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It's a sign, Mamas*.  Let's embrace it.  Here are my favorite sneaker wedges to date:

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See By Chloe Lace-Up Wedge Sneakers, $375 | Marc Jacobs Camo Sneaker Wedge, $328 | Ash Cool Wedge With Mesh Inserts, $230

Nike Tonal Dunk Wedge Sneaks, $120 | Steve Madden Olympia Wedge Sneaker, $100 | Topshop Aerobic Wedge Sneaker, $90

Target Xhiliration Kahsha Wedge Sneaker, $35 | Target Xhiliration Sandra Wedge Sneaker, $30 | Bamboo Black Lace-Up Wedge Sneakers, $48

 

I have the ones by Steve Madden (middle row, middle column) and they are dead-ringers for my original obsession, the Ash wedge sneaks.  However, I'm getting so much wear out of them, that the $200 Ash's may have been the better purchase from a cost-per-wear objective (we'll see how long the Maddens last).  

What do you think, Mamas?  Is anyone else L-O-V-I-N-G the sneaker wedge trend as much as I am?

xo,

S

(*If that isn't shopping enabling, I don't know what is.)

 

ps.  Funny story about my bag:  I was in some boutique in Old City, when the tragically hip sales clerk commented on my bag.  "OMG your bag is SO COOL" were her exact words. "Thanks!" I said brightly.  Pause.  "It's a diaper bag!"  And then I just enjoyed her co-workers snorts of disbelief and her embarrassment.  Whatever.  They clearly haven't gotten the memo about how cool us moms are yet.

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  • Liz
    January 21, 2013

    Hmm, you’re making a strong argument. I’m still not sure if I’m on board… but the Target cheapies might make it worth a try.

  • Stephanie
    January 21, 2013

    Never would I have EVER given these a second glance on my own… But suddenly I have an irresistible need to have my own pair right now! Why oh why did I agree to no more purchases this month?! Blasted Pottery Barn– had I known these would be needing me I totally would have saved the home decor for February. Time to finagle the dinero a bit…And thanks for enlightening the sales girl about rocking diaper bags. Someday she’ll thank you!

  • Emily
    January 21, 2013

    I just can’t get on board with these. But I do love your bag.

  • Jennifer
    January 21, 2013

    I love them, and seeing you in them just sealed the deal. Will be getting some tomorrow!!

  • Julie
    January 22, 2013

    I JUST told DH earlier today that I’m coveting a pair of sneaker wedges! He’s not on board yet, but I don’t care. haha. You look great in yours! I’ll definitely be buying a pair soon.

  • Fareeda
    January 22, 2013

    On another note – OMG two sweet well behaved kids in an art gallery! Now THAT has me drooling with envy ..:)
    love it.

  • Erica
    January 22, 2013

    I was all over the theory of the sneaker wedge. Tried on all of them I could find. And they either didn’t fit properly (couldn’t even get my foot in one of them) or they looked like orthopedics with too thick white soles. Still looking, but I’ve nearly given up. :(

  • merciblahblah
    January 22, 2013

    Lawd, I have been back and forth on wedge sneaks, but after seeing them in Target, I may have to relent.

  • Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
    January 22, 2013

    No no NO, not for me! They look super cute on you but there is no way I’d wear them. That adorable stripped scarf on the other hand… totally needs to be in my closet!

  • livinganextraordinarylife.wordpress.com
    January 22, 2013

    I have to tell you, I don’t care for sneaker wedges. Then again, I JUST succumbed to the skinny-jeans-in-tall-boots look, so I am obviously way behind the times! I guess I’m a “Late Adopter”!

  • kristen
    January 22, 2013

    They look so great on you that I had to pull the trigger. Just hoping I don’t regret not getting black! I got the Steve Madden Lleves.

  • M
    January 22, 2013

    yuck. no. never. but then at 5’9″ I have absolutely no desire to be taller in everyday life.

  • JAL
    January 22, 2013

    Eek; can’t do it.
    But that sweatshirt/sweater from picture 2, I love! What is it?

  • Megan B
    January 22, 2013

    Just can’t do it. But why does everything look cute on YOU?

  • kim
    January 22, 2013

    I’m with the no’s on this, but I think its my refusal to wear sneakers of any variety outside of working out! I just can’t, even the fashion-y ones!!

  • Olivia
    January 22, 2013

    So, the ones that really look like just a high top sneaker are alright, but I HATE the ones that the wedge is clearly visible. I won’t be wearing them, though, because like someone else commented, I don’t wear sneakers unless I’m exercising.

  • Megan
    January 22, 2013

    This post may make me at least give them a try! They look so cute on you, I’m just not sure I can get behind this one… even though I could use the extra height. Desert wedges have been catching my eye for a whole now (Clark’s Yarra, J. Crew MacAlister), maybe that would be a better way to work in the wedge trend for some mamas? Thoughts?
    LOVE the diaper bag story.

  • MJ
    January 22, 2013

    I’m a new convert to skinny pants – Old Navy has some great inexpensive options. I’ve been trying your suggestion of skinny jeans, tall socks and boots combo recently and I think it’s working (the hubby seems to be on board too!). So, I’m going to trust your judgement again, S. The wedge sneakers look really great on you and the comfort factor is huge! I’m leaning towards the Bamboo Black Lace-Ups because I’m not loving the white soles on the others plus the red laces are fun! Please keep the ideas coming!

  • Lisa
    January 22, 2013

    You look adorable as always, enviably so, but these are so.not.for.me. They just remind me of the “ghetto-fab” (think J-Lo) look that was popular about 10 years ago….without the “fab” part. :-p

  • jennnn
    January 22, 2013

    I’ve been dying for these, and wondering if I was crazy. Saw that you are also crazy, and so I ordered some great sketcher velcro ones immediately. Viva la wedge!

  • Madeleine
    January 22, 2013

    Yup, they look great on you. But, no, I can’t do it. It reminds me of the early 90s steve madden platform sneaker trend. Remember that? I have tried for years to feel/look stylish in a sneaker (since sometimes it’s just the ONLY choice when you have two young boys) and I have never been able to pull it off.
    - Mad

  • Jennc1216
    January 22, 2013

    So I recently posted about this trend the other day on Facebook. I was totally against it. For one…at 34..I would feel too old to wear them and or two…I am 5’9 and my husband is 5’7, heels make me feel a little Tom crusy and Katy holmesy to me. But seeing them on you…I did some searching and found a flat pair at target and thought..hmmmm…….
    http://www.target.com/p/women-s-xhilaration-susie-flat-high-top-sneaker/-/A-14140308#?lnk=sc_qi_detaillink

  • Shana
    January 22, 2013

    Wow.  Those are really, really cool.
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Elise
    January 22, 2013

    Hmm, could you wear these with boot cut denim? Make the wedge less obvious? For the tentative mamas like me, perhaps?

  • Shana
    January 22, 2013

    You bet!
    Sent from my iPhone

  • Kim
    January 23, 2013

    Please give it up… where did you get that fun, swingy cream sweater?!?

  • Ali
    January 24, 2013

    I haven’t quite decided whether it’s frustrating or wonderfully inspirational how pretty much EVERYTHING looks cute on you! I would have dismissed this idea out of hand had it not been for the pics. Gosh, I even considered trying them on.

  • Dumb mom
    January 25, 2013

    I wear mine constantly. They are functional AND fashionable.

  • TEL
    January 26, 2013

    Yikes! I’ve been enjoying your site and appreciating your fashion tips… up to this point. Now, you worry me.

  • Belinda
    January 26, 2013

    ya I love it too!!!

  • Shana
    January 26, 2013

    It’s currently on sale at Barney’s. It was a splurge, but one I’ve been wearing CONSTANTLY: http://www.barneys.com/A.L.C.-Crewneck-Open-Back-Sweater/00505022518897,default,pd.html?gclid=CIDrx7vOhrUCFQJx4AodZCwAXw

  • Shana
    January 26, 2013

    And Viva la crazy! LOL

  • Shana
    January 26, 2013

    Every once in a while, even a blind squirrel finds a nut. :)

  • Belinda
    January 26, 2013

    Crap,,,its gone!

  • Jennifer
    January 30, 2013

    Ahhh.. I LOVE the sneaker wedge..it looks great on your photos above, but I don’t know if I could rock those around these parts too well (South Carolina where everything is floral and pastels a la’ Lily Pulitzer and Vera Bradley!) Oh I miss the fashions of the West Coast. Heck, even the NorthEast!!

  • Kim
    January 31, 2013

    DURN… I could cry, especially after hearing Shana say how much she’s been wearing it! I LOVE a splurge when the cost-per-wear makes it somewhat not really a splurge!?! Shana – one last question… incase I stumble across one… how is it sized? Are you wearing an XS or a S?

  • Emily {Her Philly}
    February 9, 2013

    I was very hesitant about this trend, but I do love how you’ve styled these. Might give a cheap pair a try!
    -Emily
    http://www.herphilly.com

  • Wendy
    March 19, 2013

    I feel validated. I am almost 40 and 5’11″ and love my tan wedge sneakers…and although they are way too much fun, I don’t feel out of place wearing them. Enjoying your posts and am inspired with new ideas. Thanks!

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