I used to wear heels all the time but now that I'm at home with the kids most of the time, I tend to prefer flats. Which can be adorable, sure, but they can also look very casual and teenybopperish, too. Especially when you're 5'2" and dress like a teenager. Ahem. Anyway, I just received a pair of chic Naturalizer flats for springtime: the Capri in pewter. They are very classy and sleek and can go with everything from jeans to a pencil skirt without looking out of place. They feature the cushy N5 Comfort Elements, which makes you feel like you're wearing bedroom slippers. They are a bit narrow in the vamp for me, so I had to stretch them out a bit. Otherwise, they are fabulous.
Naturalizer worked with reflexologist and mom of three Michelle Ebbin of Basic Knead to create this list of tips for springtime shoe shopping:
1. 15 minutes of…comfort: When selecting a pair of shoes, you should be able to walk for at least 15 minutes without discomfort or pressure to any part of the feet.
2. Breathe easy: Every woman knows how annoying sweaty, sliding feet can be… and when your feet can’t breathe, your energy can’t flow. Find shoes with a breathable lining.
3. Lighten up and embrace the softer side: Hard, clunky shoes are more than just ugly; they can affect your circulation.
4. The 2010 shoe mantra – NO BREAKING IN: Flexibility means no “breaking-in” period. Supportive, lightweight shoes lessen the impact of gravity, which can wreak havoc on your feet and your entire body.
Disclosure: I received the shoes shown to facilitate this review.