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- 23 Jan 14

I’ve always been one for comfort when it comes to clothes, but pre motherhood I did have a bit of a thing for heels. You know, the high, tottery, we-have-got-to-get-a-cab type. These days, being able to swing my toddler up on my hip takes priority and heels are reserved for those very rare nights out sans baby.

But what happens on holiday when jetlag and no babysitter means toddler duty pretty much 24/7? Well, you gotta work with it and thankfully, for a long haul trip which included sightseeing, a wedding and a music and art festival, I managed to narrow it down to the perfect triumvirate of toddler-friendly but outfit enhancing shoes. So here you have it!

The Birkies
Even the haters are coming round these days, surely? I actually exchanged an in-the-know nod with a Birkenstock wearing grandpa the other day and loved it! There’s just no argument, Birkies are back with a resounding bang. Thanks to Chloe, the Olsen twins and an army of style bloggers, not only are the ultimate in comfort and practicality – you can wear them to the beach and for long walks no problem – nowadays they are an effortless badge of cool. An alternative might be Isabel Marant’s new ‘ugly shoe’? I wear these with everything daywear and black skinnies for nighttime.
Arizona by Birkenstocks

The Trainers
Oh wow, New Balance 574s! How has it taken so long for these cuties to reach my wardrobe? I snapped these up in the New Year sales and I can’t say enough good things about them. Extreme comfort with super cool style, a little bit of height and in the right colours (brown, navy or red) are less I’m-out-for-a-run, more I’m confident AND comfy. Result. Just make sure the rest of your outfit is on the sleek, neat, tailored side.
574s by New Balance

The Heels
I fell in love with these minimal lace ups because of their off-beat boho style, little did I know the soft laces and square chunky heel would mean they are a totally wearable, stompable pair of versatile heels. They look great with jeans and dresses. Here, I’ve teamed them with a silky number for a wedding; added height essential for a flowing style like this, but still steady on my feet for dancing, toddler hauling et al. A total wardrobe staple and they come in all sorts of colours. The tan with black laces are next on my list.
Jeffrey Campbell Minimal Lace Ups by Free People


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Julia Rebaudo blogs about style at Stylonylon, and takes beautiful photos. She is mother to Gus, 2, and she is married to Myles MacInnes, aka Mylo. They live in Clapton, East London and often escape to rural Portugal.

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