MAMA PICKS: best summer shoes

With the amount of time that we mamas spend on our feet, it's imperative that our shoes are good for us. But it seems to be a constant challenge to find shoes that feel good and look great at the same time. I mean, we all know that we can cruise around in our running shoes and have happy feet. But, it seems that most often we either have to sacrifice comfort for style, or style for comfort. We have searched high and low to find the most comfortable shoes around, that still offer style in the many settings our feet take as us mamas, without screaming, "look, I'm a mom!" And while many are a splurge, we have come to value purchasing a few pair of quality shoes (especially after years of spending just as much on numerous pairs at the discount shop that only end up at Goodwill after blisters and aching feet). Good shoes are an investment, but your feet are worth it, and it's better to have fewer pairs that will serve you well. Quality over quantity, ladies! Read on to see our favorites...

{Best Summer Shoes - Simple Gumshoe}

Here at Mama Manifesto, we are big fans of Simple Shoes. We rave about them all the time. They have some great new light summer sandals, but their Gumshoe is a perfect hybrid between sandal and shoe. If this shoe could talk, we think it would say:

"I have hemp uppers. I have midsoles made of carpet padding for at-home comfort at all times.I’m made with less than a thimble of water-based adhesives – most shoes use 2 shot glasses worth of glue. My outsoles are made of recycled car tire and natural rubber with jute. And I am the most comfortable thing you could wear this summer."

These Gumshoe shoes are cute with jeans, cute with skirts and one of the best things that ever happened to our feet! (And we must mention that if you are in the market for flip-flops, Simple does those very well, too).

{Best Working Sandals - Naot Manila Sandals }

If you are a working mom, you know how important comfortable shoes are. As a multi-tasking mom, it's easy to find ourselves heading from office to playgroup to grocery store, without time to change our outfit, much less our shoes. That's why it's so important to find a shoe that multi-tasks as well as we do! No one wants to be strolling the aisles of Target wearing foot-pinching pumps. That's why Naot has created amazingly comfortable heeled shoes that feel so good you will forget your are wearing your work shoes! Naot uses carefully selected, condensed natural cork granules, latex and jute to create a highly shock-absorbent footbed. The footbed, which is cover with a layer of soft spongy suede, reduces stress on the spinal column to make walking and running more comfortable and relaxing. Their Manila sandal is the most comfortable dress sandal I've ever worb. I love the arch support, and I can walk in these all day. I love the shoe in Steel Leather. This pair goes well with jeans and my gray and black pants too.

{Best Walkaround Shoes - MBT Changa Maryjane}

You've probably heard the claims: the shoe that works out your legs while you walk. It sounds too good to be true, right? But the MBT shoes have done just that, and if you try a pair, you will be in for a surprise, because there really is no experience like it. MBT stands for "Masai Barefoot Technology," and the shoes are designed to mimic walking in sand. The shoe has a multi-layered, curved sole that accomplishes this by creating an uneven walking surface. It almost feels like you are rocking or bouncing as you walk. This makes you engage your core muscles as you walk, creating better posture and increasing shock absorbtion for all of the joints. It also makes wearing the shoes quite a unique experience, and a bit of a workout.

MBT Shoes started as sandals, but last year they rolled out a line of shoes that has something for every occasion. We love the MBT Changa maryjanes as a great walk-around shoe. They have a slightly different look that the typical MBT shoe - the sole has a lower profile, but they still put a spring in your step to keep your core working. We think these are the prefect shoe for everyday wear.


  1. absolutely love that last pair!!!

  2. I'd totally have to agree with you on the Naots. I blog about comfortable, stylish shoes and Naots are one of my top three favorite brands for comfort AND style.

  3. i really liked the SIMPLE GUMSHOE... they are really cute.. i have got some converse shoes... they are really kool check my link out...


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