Long before Footwear News’ editors were shoe connoisseurs — hand-selecting the hottest styles of the season and covering the industry’s buzziest shoe moments — someone else bore the burden of keeping the soon-to-be fashion editors on trend.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, FN’s team reflects on the women who not only nurtured their physical and emotional well-being, but also nurtured their shoe style.
Here, the team dishes on their favorite shoe memory with their moms.
“Growing up, my mum always wore one color head to toe. Her shoe closet —or wall, as it were — was extensive to say the least, and organized in order of the rainbow, which I thought was a completely normal thing to do. My favorite part of the collection was a series of mesmerizing custom gold sneakers — at one point, she must have had at least six pairs, from high-tops to glittering low courts. It was about as casual — and close to sneaker head territory — as she got.” — Mosha Lundström Halbert, fashion director
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“I’ve always had a shoe problem, and I definitely get it from my mom. She owns a million different types of black flats. One time we were shopping, and I made her try on stilettos for a change. I remember her trying on one particularly high pair — and her foot actually seized up! We still laugh about it.” — Christian Allaire, associate fashion editor, high-end men’s
“I’m 100 percent sure that my mom has owned every pair of women’s work pump in black that ever existed. In her line of work — as a customs officer — she has always had to adhere to a strict dress code, which included wearing a black-and-white uniform and black shoes daily. But don’t think for a second that she didn’t try to keep things fresh with her style. Every three months or so, my mom would buy a new pair of black work shoes and try to convince my sister, my dad and me that this pair was somehow different from the last purchase. ‘But, this one has a silver buckle!’ she’d say. Now, you see why her daughter ended up working at Footwear News!” — Sheena Butler-Young, senior associate business editor
“A few years ago, I had the opportunity to get a great deal on a pair of high-end shoes my mom had been eyeing. She was so excited to receive the gift and started to wear the shoes constantly. A few weeks later, I received a call from her, and she told me she had just twisted her ankle while wearing the style. But she still insists on wearing them, although not as frequently these days.” — Katie Abel, global news director
“I have the most vivid recollection of being in the U.K. with my parents and my aunt giving my mother the most fabulous pair of boots. They were the perfect shade of deep emerald green — to this day the only color in my wardrobe — in luscious suede with a very ’60s-style pointed toe and leather conical heel. They sat just under the knee, with the ideal amount of slouch. What I wouldn’t give to have those boots now. I remember thinking, ‘When I grow up, I’m going to wear those everywhere!’ Unfortunately no one knows where they are. And I continue to remind my husband of these long-lost shoes every time he insists we should clear out our wardrobe!” — Anna-Lisa Yabsley, online managing editor
FN senior designer Sumana Gosh-Witherspoon on her favorite shoe moment as a mother:
“When I had my first daughter, I was buying shoes for her well before she could walk. Little did I know: Babies hate wearing shoes! Mine would pull them off along with her socks and happily gnaw on her toes every chance she could get. By the time she was ready to walk, she had a wide array to choose from. One of my favorite pairs are mini Stan Smiths that my husband got for her — the two of them looked like quite a pair in their matching Adidas. I loved them so much that I saved them for my second daughter!”