For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a “shoe girl” (specifically, a “heel girl”)! I remember as a kid, going to one of my childhood friends’ house and playing in her mom’s heels. Her mom had the best shoes and I just knew that one day, my shoe collection would be just as amazing as hers. Well, as I got older, my love for heels only grew and every chance that I had to buy new shoes, I bought them.
That all changed once I got pregnant. Around the time I was about 5 months pregnant, my feet started to swell every evening. And eventually, they were swollen ALL. THE. TIME. So, I spent most of my pregnancy wearing the same old ugly, COMFORTABLE shoes. They weren’t cute at all you guys.
After having Elijah, I just knew that my feet would go back down to my 9.5/10 shoe size. I was so excited to be able to wear my heels again! And I couldn’t wait to get my regular clothes back on too.
If you’ve ever given birth, then you know that once you have a baby, your body will never be the same. Now, some women’s bodies change more than others. Some “snapback”, some take a little more time, and some are just permanently transformed. In my case, there was no snap back. My body did not snap back and my feet did not snap back y’all!
First of all, it took weeks for the swelling in my legs, ankles, and feet to go down. And even thought the swelling went down, none of my shoes fit the same. They were too freaking tight! Basically, my feet had gotten wider. I’d heard the sayings that your feet go up a size when you have a baby, but I didn’t really believe it. And I definitely didn’t think it would happen to me.
It did. And for the past couple years, it has been a struggle for me to find cute shoes that actually fit. And though I love shopping for clothes, shoe shopping is not fun for me at all. So when I find a heel that I like, I will wear it until the heel falls off literally! So, if you see me recommend a shoe, boot, heel, or sandal, know that they come highly recommended because I do not like buying shoes!
Top – ASOS Trousers – Target Heels – Steve Madden Bag – Target Necklace – Forever 21
About this Look: I have had this bodysuit since forever. Bodysuits are definitely a must have in your wardrobe because they can be styled so many ways. They’re a staple for sure. And as you all can probably tell, I’m really feeling wide leg trousers right now (see my favorite pair here)! The pair that I’m wearing is from Target’s Who What Wear Collection. They fit perfectly and they’re another closet staple for the summer, in my opinion. To break the monotony, I threw on my new fave heels “straight from Steve Madden”! I literally waited for these to go on sale and clearance so that I could purchase them. You can never go wrong with a little animal print. These babies were the perfect addition to my wardrobe and the perfect complement to this look.
By the way, I’m doing a quick shoe haul of some of my recent summer sandal purchases. So, check out my Instastories on IG at around 7pm EST today. I know you’re going to enjoy this one.
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8 thoughts on “How Motherhood Changed My Relationship With Shoes”
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It’s crazy to me how even the seemly small things are effected by pregnancy! I have never been pregnant and I have to many feet issues! It’s so disgusting when I have to knot wear the ugly comfy shoes. Half the time I don’t even know what to wear.
I’m telling you, people do not tell you about those small things that you go through because of pregnancy. Only the big stuff.
Really love your outfit. I haven’t had a child but since I worked retail for a long time and was on my feet all the time, my feet even changed.
Wow it’s interesting to hear that. But I guess it makes sense that your feet would stretch out if you’re standing on them all day.
I LOVE this look on you! I feel your shoe struggle- although my problem is more age than kid related. As I have gotten older me feet are shot. Too many sexy stiletto heels when I was younger so now I can only wear lower styles and its a struggle to find cute ones!
I fear that’s going to be as I get older too!!! It’s a struggle girl!