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Chic shoes for moms of toddlers
(my search was for ballet shoes. this is what came up...certain there is something better out there:)

With the extreme heel trend giving way–thankfully–to much more wearable options, it's surprisingly easy to find chic shoes for moms of toddlers these days.


From block heels to flats to sneakers, the trendiest styles are (gasp) actually pretty practical. No matter your personal aesthetic, these are shoes and boots that will keep you looking your best while your little one keeps you on your toes.

Boots

1. Chinese Laundry Riley over the knee stretch boots | 2. Vince Camuto Pierson Moto boot | 3. Joan of Arctic Wedge boot by Sorel

Whether you're going to the park or getting ready for a night out, boots almost magically turn boring leggings or skinny jeans in a sleek, fashion-forward look. And when the weather outside is frightful (and even when it's not), a fashionable weatherproof boot with a walkable wedge is perfect when little ones are in tow.

Flats

4. The Eleanor ballet flat by Steve Madden | 5. Louise et Cie Tassel Loafer | 6. Ivanka Trump Chic 3

Classic ballet flats– the traditional mom shoe. Without sacrificing comfort, and with a bit more flare than the traditional, pointed-toe flats and menswear-inspired loafers give a fresh and modern take on this classic go-to shoe for moms. Tassels, ghillie lacing and bold animal prints make these styles sure bets.

Sneakers

7. Chuck Taylor All-Star | 8. Vans Perf Leather Slip-On | 9. New Balance for J. Crew 620

One of the surprising footwear hits of the past year, sneakers are comfortable and very on-trend. To create an athleisure look, pair styles like these with casual dresses, or go the opposite direction with jeans and a blazer.


Dress/Holiday

10. Jeffrey Campbell Ouverte Wedges | 11. Boden Block Heel Mary Jane | 12. Topshop Prize Ghillie Tie

Although there are plenty of high and low-heeled pump options that are perfect for dress and party events, it's too easy to mar a thin heel. When your little ones are your +1 (or +2 or +3), opt for a sculptural wedge or block heel. Still very dressed up and refined, you're much less likely to feel like you're teetering in a more substantial heel.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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