Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page > Best Walking Shoes Recommendations Please!
Notices

Best Walking Shoes Recommendations Please!

Reply

Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:01 PM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19
Best Walking Shoes Recommendations Please!

Hi,

I am going to Germany from late March until April 12th, what types or brands of shoes do you find the best considering the weather and all the walking?
silver52900 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 02:59 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 10,168
You don't say if you are male or female, which will impact your choices.

There are lots of threads on this topic that you can search, but I would say the camps divide into Mephisto vs Merrell, which is sort of highly constructed vs soft, protective vs comfy.

The one great agreement except for determined contrarians is not to wear white (or really any color) athletic shoes.
Ackislander is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 03:48 AM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,566
Wear what most Germans wear when sightseeing; white, athletic shoes.
Viajero2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 03:54 AM
  #4
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 8,351
Wear what you find comfortable, even if that is white athletic shoes. Lots and lots of Europeans wear them too. No one will be looking at your feet anyway, and comfort is number one priority on holiday.
Are you planning on walking just on pavements or will you be walking in the countryside too? That will also impact on what you choose, as you will need a sturdier, more supportive shoe for country walks/hikes than for city walking.
Whatever you choose, make sure you war them plenty before you travel so you really are comfortable with them.
hetismij is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:28 AM
  #5
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 50
Dansko proffesional clog/shoes - have worn mine for 5 years - best walking shoes and also fashionable. These shoes last forever and they are comfortable from day one. They come in male/female sizes, so that isn't an issue. Many chefs/health care workers and others who spend a lot of time on their feet wear them for comfort. Can't recommend them highly enough!
wannagetaway is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 06:14 AM
  #6
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,137
Privos, my FAVE shoe!
Judyrem is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 06:26 AM
  #7
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 4,257
hi silver,

Great advice above.

Whichever you choose, my advice would be to make sure they are well broken in. Your feet may swell, depending on how long your flight is, and also by being on them walking all day. Comfy, well broken in shoes, that are not tight will be best.

Also, I would wear one pair and pack one pair of shoes that you have worn that you know will be comfortable for all day use. Alernating between two pairs has always helped me.

Enjoy your beautiful trip to Germany!
Tiff is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 07:10 AM
  #8
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,983
I like Paul Green; they are available on www.zappos.com and better shoe stores. They have good arch support and coincidentally are made in either Germany or Austria, I forget which.
grandmere is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 07:51 AM
  #9
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 186
I have to always wrap parts of my feet with moleskin when I am on vacation. This really helps my problem areas.

I wear the leather sandals I bought in Florence in 2001. I have looked for a similar pair in black, but no luck.
dandj2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 09:48 AM
  #10
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,566
Previous poster wrote: >>Dansko proffesional clog/shoes - have worn mine for 5 years - best walking shoes and also fashionable.<<...NOT!! Ugliest shoes ever.
Viajero2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 09:56 AM
  #11
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 12,820
Did someone say white athletic shoes?
FrankS is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 10:12 AM
  #12
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 87,086
Sure, why not? (white athletic shoes) unlike common misconception often passed on here, lots of europeans wear them.

For silver, there's nothing special about going to Germany. Just wear what you'd wear at home to do a lot of walking. If you need new shoes get them asap so you can wear them before your trip and make sure they are OK.
suze is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 10:20 AM
  #13
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 824
Rick Steve's has a whole board devoted to just this subject. The problem with taking this kind of advice is that we are not all made the same.

One popular recommendation on Steve's board is Keens. I can not walk in them for any distance as they stress my knees. They work for some but not for others.

Rockport walkers are my favorites. You need to shop and see what seems to work for you.

Regards, Gary

Gary_Mc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 11:29 AM
  #14
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 24,163
Privos, my FAVE shoe

This is a perfect example of why you have to go to the shoe store and try them on yourself. I just gave away a pair of Privos -- loved how they looked, hated how they felt. I don't like Keens so much either. Eccos are my brand of choice.
sf7307 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 11:55 AM
  #15
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 12,820
The white athletic shoes they wear look different than ours. However if you really want the attention of muggers, why not wear a cowboy hat too?
FrankS is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 12:00 PM
  #16
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 74
I agree with the posts above that say that what works for one person absolutely will not work for another, so you really have to try shoes on. Eccos work best for me, but maybe not so much for you.

And as for the attacks of the vapors at the thought of white athletic shoes: get black athletic shoes. Same comfort, fewer attacks by the fashion police.
weindell is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 12:08 PM
  #17
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,566
Frank-- the white athletic shoe comment was trigered by a poster stating that it is the one type shoe NOT to wear. The point was made that it happens to be the most COMMON type shoes wear by GERMANS while on travel.
Viajero2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 12:22 PM
  #18
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 8,720
No one mentioned them, but I love Borns, great styles and colors, sandals & lace ups. I've had several pairs.

A really fabulous sandal for warm weather is the KiWi. They are hand crafted leather, by Lee Risler, a guy in California. You stand on a piece of paper and have someone draw around your feet. Send him the pattern and he sends you the right fit. I've had two pairs. They are very reasonably priced and last for years. I love these sandals. I have the adjustable, thong type with the strap around the ankle. www.kiwisandals.com
Sassafrass is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 12:29 PM
  #19
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,965
I like my Eccos. Comfortable, light, nice-looking enough to wear from casual to business and waterproof which is really nice in Europe.

The number one thing that makes you look like a tourist is not having a cell phone glued to your ear. I'm thinking of taking mine or at least a blue-tooth just so I look like a local (even if it's too expensive to actually use).
bdjtbenson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 23rd, 2009, 02:45 PM
  #20
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 17,752
I'm female and like the "unstructured" line by Clarks. Not very fashionable, but very comfortable. Latest favorite style for travel: Un.fog.

http://clarks.zappos.com/n/es/d/722685834/page/1.html
Jean is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:18 AM.