As a muma of a toddler, a toddler boy at that; comfort most certainly comes before style these days. Yes I do like to look my best, and I often treat myself to new clothes but my choices are now more about functionality. Usually my go-to outfit consists of items I don’t need to iron, won’t show stains, will keep me cool while carrying around a manic toddler and his many a belongings and won’t show sweat marks. They won’t be too tight, itchy, restrictive and won’t flash any boob or butt. Accessories are minimal – I can’t remember the last time I wore earrings for fear of them being yanked out; I stick to my Michael Kors watch that was my wedding gift from Pete; my wedding rings and my hair is most often seen in a mum bun because my hair is so god damn heavy and tangled.
Shoe-wise I tend to wear trainers or flip flops. With awkward size 2 1/2 – 3 feet I really struggle with pumps and who’s got time for stilettos with kids? My feet either slip out of shoes, or rub against them giving me blisters; so when I do buy a pair, I tend to put a lot more time and money into the process. I could dress head to shin in Primark but from the ankle down I just need to spend a little more than your average on quality because I know cheap shoes will hurt and I honestly believe with shoes you get what you pay for.
One of my favourite places to buy footwear from is Kurt Geiger. The few pairs of boots, sandals and pumps I do own are mainly from there as although they’re affordable, their quality is as high end as their brand image; so you can imagine my delight when they got in touch for a collaboration.
The team set me the challenge of finding myself and Jasper a pair of shoes each that not only looked stylish but put family life to the test. I knew straight away the style I wanted to go for; I’d seen peep toe shoe boots with cut away heels on so many people before and thought they looked gorgeous and when I found these mid height stacked heels I knew they’d be comfortable and perfect for dressing up and down! No they’re not park-wearing shoes but for family lunches, play dates and trips to soft play they’re glam enough to feel stylish while practical and comfortable enough not to hurt my feet! They look stunning with leggings especially my maternity leather look ones and also look fab with skinny jeans and dresses. I’ve also worn them out for dinner with the girls and a date night with Pete making me feel far from ‘mum Jess’ and more like ‘wild, crazy doesn’t fall asleep at 8pm every night Jess’!
When it came to Jaspers, I again knew the style I wanted to go for straight away. Jasper is very independent so velcro shoes are perfect for him as he can put them on himself. Low rise ones that he can’t feel when he walks and that aren’t restrictive mean he can go about his crazy climbing and jumping ways in comfort and sneaker style goes with his day to day casual attire.
As I had the choice of any pair with no budget *heaven* I wanted to go for something I perhaps wouldn’t have spent as much on if I were just going to buy him a new pair of shoes – I went for the Brooklyn VL Gucci Riptape Blue trainers. Although patterned with the unmistakable GG jacquard they’re still super versatile and go perfectly with practically every colours. They look super cute with jeans and a tee but would also look very dapper dressed up with tailored shorts, braces and a shirt. I wouldn’t put him in these every day as they’re too cute to get messy but like mine, they’re perfect for lunches, dinners and less messy fun like play dates and soft play!
A massive thank you to the team at Kurt Geiger for making me and my boy the most stylish muma and mini man duo at play group today – we (mainly Jasper) got some very admiring looks! If you’d like to see what Kurt Geiger have on offer then go and check out their website, they host loads of stunning brands and have shoes for all budgets and styles from as little as £5 a pair!
Thanks for reading guys,