The Cutest Shoes for the #MomBoss (Our & Gal Leaders Spill their faves!)

You know what’s so great about shoes? It doesn’t matter if we still carry that baby-weight…our feet essentially stay the same. All the praise hands, RIGHT?!

Whether you’re a work from home or a work in the office/shoppe/classroom/courtroom/etc kind of gal, we think you’ll love way too many of these…and maybe you’ll even find some new brands to step into (see what we did there?)!

Ready for our fun roundup of some of our & Gal Leaders favorite shoes? Good, thought so. (pssst….we even have discounts for some of them!)


LINDSEY W. ANDREWS

FAVORITE PAIR: Red Cat Flats by Rothys

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Have you heard of Rothy’s?? Lindsey, our favorite family law attorney introduced them to us a few weeks back while on a video conference.

“I wear them whenever I’m not in the courtroom! And even when I am, they’re in my bag”, she admitted.

We are SO excited about this (new to us) brand that’s not only fantastically cute, but socially conscious. Founded with an unwavering commitment to design, they wanted to create a beautiful shoe with the environment in mind. “Anyone can make pretty shoes” they explain, “we took it a step further and developed a way to craft stylish, comfortable flats from recycled plastics with virtually no waste throughout the entire process.”

Can you believe they’ve already saved over 20 MILLION water bottles from the landfill?

Plus, who doesn’t love matching mom/daughter footwear?! Especially when you’re literally able to slide them off your feet and right into the washing machine. Yes, REALLY!

We know you love discounts (so do we)…so click on the button above for $20 off!


KAREN STOTT

FAVORITE PAIR: Tan Ankle-High Leather Clogs by Lotta from Stockholm

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This author, photographer, and retreat and conference creator is obsessed with her clogs by Lotta from Stockholm.

“I love that they are closed toed but still sandals because I feel like I can wear them for work events but still not be hot and trendy. They’re super comfy. Pretty sure I wore them the entire Abound Conference!”

(Speaking of Karen’s Abound conferences & retreats…here’s the next one this summer)

The best part about this Swedish brand? You can get them on Amazon! Ummmm Prime, please.

Here’s more fun from Lotta from Stockholm!


CHRISTINA CERANNA

FAVORITE PAIR: Natural Yarn Dye Women's Majorca Cutout Sandals by TOMS

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This entrepreneurial mama is a creative director, and content strategist (amongst many other things!) and loves looking cute while being on her feet all day…though comfort is a must! Christiana says,

“They are the perfect everyday shoe and go with everything from a daytime summer dress to an evening ensemble. They are supportive and comfortable to walk in to the park or to a work meeting and the color goes with everything. You can never go wrong with a nude heel that elongates the leg, and they are the only heels I can wear thatI can also maneuver twins in all day!”

It’s obvious we all love TOMS (especially since they created the whole one-for-one concept) but we’re especially loving their new wedges and new styles for spring and summer! Check out more TOMS faves below!

For $10 off, use code: GIVE4VSZR7HZ


RETHA NICHOLE

FAVORITE PAIR: JP TOBEE Platform Pump by Jessica Simpson

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This boy-mom who spends her work days as a successful life and business coach, prefers heels because, “They make me taller, lol. Funny but true!” We feel you, Retha…some of us like to get some height on us!

“I usually wear these with dresses or skirts,” Retha goes on to say. “I love how feminine and bold they are and make me feel as I go into important meetings”


ERIN PERSON

FAVORITE PAIR: Blade Booties : Freebird by Steven

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Baker, balloon artist, and manager of her family’s business, Erin has a fun and big personality and her style definitely reflects it. Whether building a massive balloon installation for an event, playing at the park with her two little cuties, or helping run her family’s landscape business, she needs something that she feels good in (that’s still mega-comfortable)!

She says, These boots are life! Unique in every sense of fashion. Perfect for a day in the office and even better out on the town.”

We’re definitely wanting to raid your shoe closet right about now, girl.


SARAH JOHNS

FAVORITE PAIR: Colorblock Espadrille Flat by Tory Burch

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Whether meeting with brides or running to the wholesale floral market, Sarah, owner of an event and floral design shoppe in Denver, CO, is on her feet all day. Her perfectly classic style blends perfectly with these cheerful espadrilles.

“I do love Tory Burch but I’m not all booshie all the time, lol. Size 10 is hard to find…they’re either soooooo ugly and frumpy or $1,000!” Sarah explains with a laugh.

Are you a Tory Burch fan, too? We’re loving her other styles below, too!

**FUN SIDE-NOTE: Sarah Johns and Erin Person (above) are sisters (wink!)


LINDSEY BOMGREN

FAVORITE PAIR: Women's GEL-Nimbus 20 Running Shoe by ASICS

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Our resident health and fitness mom, Lindsey is a big fan of Asics.

These transition seamlessly from running to cross training to everyday walking”, she gushes.

And she would definitely know since she’s constantly bouncing back and forth from teaching fitness classes, taking care of her son, and creating healthy living content for her website, Nourish Move Love.

And um, let’s just say it’s super fun seeing her on their Instagram feed. Lindsey certainly walks the walk.


MEREDITH WATKINS

FAVORITE PAIR: Valerie Microsude City Ankle Boots by A New Day (at Target)

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Can we just talk about Target for a second? I know you’ve seen that meme that says something like, “Did you find everything today?” And the woman responds, “First of all, I didn’t come here for any of this…” You know it’s funny ‘cuz it’s true. But seriously, Target. You’ve done it again. Meredith’s booties are just the cutest.

She says, These leopard booties are my go-to shoe for sassing up an outfit. And every time I wear them — without fail — someone says how much they love them. They can never believe it when I tell them they’re from Target!”

Have you seen the other shoes on their shelves lately?!


TERESA SWANSTROM ANDERSON

FAVORITE PAIR: Gaby Flat in Embriodered Floral by Root Collective

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Our founder, Teresa is a total heels girl (she says the taller her teenage sons grow, the taller her shoes need to be, haha). That being said, she’s completely obsessed with these floral flats by Root Collective these days.

Teresa says, “My parents moved us to Guatemala during my middle school years so knowing what I’m wearing on my feet is actually impacting people inside a country I love dearly is incredible. Plus…the shoes incredibly well made, comfortable, and even more gorgeous in real life.”

Have you heard of Root Collective? They’re literally changing the world while partnering with small, independent workshops because they believe that's where the most impact in communities happen. With the goal to support existing workshops that are run by local business owners, all of their producers receive beyond fair trade wages.

Teresa remembers the guerilla warfare and gang disturbance well, so knowing that Root Collective is working intentionally to help communities have safe alternatives is extraordinary. Providing steady and safe jobs fight against violence in Guatemala by giving young men and women an alternative to joining the gangs, which are rampant in many communities throughout the country.

Head on over to Root Collective’s site. With a motto like: Ethically made. Empower communities. Invest in change. you know we’re big fans. We bet you will be, too.

We know you love discounts (so do we)…so click on the button above for $20 off!


WANT MORE FUN SHOE IDEAS?

HERE ARE A FEW MORE OF TERESA’S FAVORITES

OASIS ORANGE MULTI  BY STEVE MADDEN

OASIS ORANGE MULTI BY STEVE MADDEN

Linx Slide Sandal  BY 42 GOLD
winslow black multi  by betsy johnson

winslow black multi by betsy johnson

RAINBOW SNEAKERS  BY TRETORN

RAINBOW SNEAKERS BY TRETORN


WANT MORE FASHION FUN?

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For even more fun #momboss fashion, head on over to Kristen’s post: The Work-From-Home Mom's Guide to Dressing Without Yoga Pants (which truly, is for any mom because the stuff in here is just so darn cute)

You’ll never wear yoga pants outside of yoga again!


What are your favorite shoes??? We’d LOVE to know more brands + styles for next time!! xo, Teresa

No one talks about what happens when the pursuit of happiness doesn’t work out the way you thought it would

It’s been said that the test of a true man’s character is the way he behaves when no one is watching. The last few years of my life have lead me to believe that a better testament of personal character is how we respond to life’s blows, and how we treat others when we lose everything.

This past year my family has lost every single asset that has come to define modern day success.

Whether filling out school, home, or job applications, our entry to security and opportunity are all qualified upon this value of financial success…of winning.

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The world tells us to boldly chase after what sets our soul on fire. To be fearless and to #riseandgrind. We put entrepreneurs and risk-takers on pedestals, and we are led to believe that if we want something bad enough, and are also willing to put in the time and sacrifice that it takes, we can achieve all of our hearts greatest desires (these photos are an example of a dream come true…that was suddenly gone).

Sometimes that happens. My husband was lucky enough to achieve enormous success in business at a very early age. He brought significant impact to companies by doing things he was remarkably talented at, and those impacts made companies a great deal of money. His personal financial gains from those wins made taking more bold leaps possible, and seven years ago when we embarked on building our life together, we set off to do just that.

At that time, I believed that my husband and I were both destined and entitled to even more “success” because we were two of the most intelligent, honest, and hard-working people I know.

We do the right thing, even when that meant we took the biggest hits, because we value integrity above all else. We are not afraid of hard things.

We have collectively sacrificed so much to try and get ahead, and we did it all because success meant we had the opportunity to change other people’s lives.

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But even in the face of all of those realities, we managed to lose the two things that we thought we needed the most - my longing for security - and my husband’s desire for freedom.

Let’s be honest, those two losses were horribly difficult to swallow.

Some of our losses were due to the inevitable missteps that one takes when pioneering and disrupting into new territories, some were the byproducts of personal growth, and many of our losses (and the hardest to recover from) were the consequences of being taken advantage of by people who did not share our core values.

No one talks about what happens when the pursuit of happiness doesn’t work out the way you thought it would.

How do you stomach disappointment? How do you modify your lens of success when you try your best and you don’t succeed?

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And this is what I have learned as I stand here today in the reckoning of letting go of the security that I once believed defined me…

Most leaders believe that the biggest indicator of success is money, because money equals power, power equals freedom, and without freedom we have no control. I have learned however, that the things that give you the most fulfillment in life (for us, there is no greater meaning in life than the kind you experience as a parent) are often the things you lose sight of on the journey towards building your safety net.

While research has proven that money only increases happiness up to the point of about 70K a year, I still held on to this notion that ambition, if altruistic in nature, could bring purpose to your life.

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I surmised that business could act as a vehicle to create impact and to give back - and I have since come to understand that the biggest gifts I have given to others didn’t lie in the money I donated to charitable causes, or within the opportunities I provided, but in the ways I loved just a handful of people with my whole heart.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou

For a long time, I held onto this system of belief that my need for safety and freedom had to be met in order for me to be happy.

I have transformed that ideology in recent months to uncover quite the opposite. When you are the most stripped down and sitting in the absence of the things you think you need the most, is when you truly awaken to the magic of the world around you.

When you are forced to stop all the doing, grinding, charging, achieving, driving, hustling, and fighting is when you get still enough to focus on the being of human existence.

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I should admit that I am still in the process of forcing myself to stop the cycle. Accepting disappointment is certainly not my biggest strength.

When you don’t feel secure - you feel afraid - and its human nature to want to charge to fix it, control it, and solve it. When you feel stuck, and you don’t have answers to your problems, it is ever so difficult to let yourself be still and to focus on the sound of your child’s laugh, the wind at your back, the blessings you have in just being alive.

But this is the new measure of success I have set for myself and these are the goals I am striving towards: embracing disappointment and finding joy in the absence of getting what I thought I needed, being fully present to the simple joys of life, and expressing gratitude for what I have instead of mourning all that has been lost. 

The silver lining of my story is that when you lose everything, you get to wipe the slate clean and start over…and as it turns out the security, freedom, and success I have always wanted, was always right here for the taking. It just looks different than I expected. The world is still our oyster, and I wouldn’t bet against us.

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That’s all about doing, not being – and while doing will bring you moments of joy, it won’t necessarily reward you with lasting happiness. Stop and breathe. Be healthy.

Be around your friends and family. Be there for someone, and let someone be there for you. Be bold. Just be for a minute.

If you allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment, happiness will follow.  Because allowing yourself just to be, puts things into perspective.

There’s a reason we’re called human beings and not human doings. As human beings we have the ability to think, move and communicate in a heightened way.

We can cooperate, understand, reconcile and love, that’s what sets us apart from most other species. Don’t waste your human talents by stressing about nominal things, or that which you cannot change. If you take the time simply to be and appreciate the fruits of life, your stresses will begin to dissolve, and you will be happier.
— Richard Branson

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WRITTEN BY CHRISTINA CERANNA: ENTREPRENEUR, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER, SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTENT STRATEGIST