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Comfortable shoes to wear in Italy this summer and not look like a tourist

Comfortable shoes to wear in Italy this summer and not look like a tourist

May 17th, 2013, 03:15 PM
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Comfortable shoes to wear in Italy this summer and not look like a tourist

I like my pair of Jambu Ocean - http://www.sneakersseekers.com/Jambu.../dp/B00BVBZ98U
but I am not sure if that is on ok footwear to wear during the day in Italy. They are comfortable and look nice, but I don't want to look like a tourist. Any advise will be greatly appreciated.

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May 17th, 2013, 03:32 PM
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Janet, you'll probably look like a tourist no matter what you wear, so you might as well be comfortable! There is so much walking in Italy that comfort with a little style seems to be the way to go.

I wore Naot sandals throughout Italy last summer and they were fine; I didn't notice anyone staring at my feet! The best thing was that they were comfortable and not too bad looking.

A lot of the Europeans seem to wear Mephisto thong sandals. I've noticed them throughout France and Italy over the last two years. I can't wear them, but if you can you might be interested. Here's a link to some that are similar:

Waitresses especially seem to love them.
Happy travels!
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May 17th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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I was in Florence for a month in '09. It was very hot most of the time. It turns out most of the people on the streets WERE tourists, and after a while I just wore what was comfortable for hot weather. I had some Taos cork-soled sandals (like Naots). I had two pair in 2 different colors and just changed off. They were fabulous for walking all day and keeping my feet cool. I bought a second pair the following year in fact. Unfortunately, they no longer have the style I liked, so I just sent off for similar ones by Naot to try them out. Don't worry. Wear good walking sandals and you will be fine. Closed shoes were too hot for me except when it rained. You can wear bermudas or capris or skirts--you will not stand out, believe me.
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May 17th, 2013, 04:04 PM
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Your shoes look cute. You will be fine in those, like everyone said you are a tourist so no problem looking like one. In those shoes you will look like a stylish tourist, which I think is what you're going for.
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May 17th, 2013, 04:41 PM
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You will definitely look like a tourist -since the Italian woman typically wear dress shoes - pumps with 3" or more heel - in cities - despite the cobblestones etc. I don;t know how they do it - I would be falling down all the time - but for women from above student age until senior citizen, that is how they generally dress.

But - you're going to look like a tourist no matter what (unless you buy a whole new wardrobe in Italy) so you might as well wear something comfy as long as it's not ugly.

And I would be careful with sandals due to:

1) when it rains or has rained your feet will be filthy all day
2) there is a significant tendency to stub your toes on cobblestones and uneven steps/pavements

(I typically wear Skecher's Mary Janes in cute colors or ballet flats - both of which I can walk in forever - and save the heels for going out in the evening.)
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May 17th, 2013, 04:42 PM
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I also like Naot sandals, broken in ones, for travel in Italy. I walked for four hours in Rome one afternoon in them and they felt fine. They were a bit "punk" in style and workd well. Mephisto, Ecco, and SAS are good alternatives.
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May 17th, 2013, 05:05 PM
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My feet always hurt, and as much as I like to blend in when traveling (and I'm insecure enough to really want to blend in) I simply have to go with what's comfortable.

It is next to impossible to look like a local, as mentioned above, and I suggest wearing the shoes that will get you through the long hot hard days of walking. Tongs/thongs would not do it for me.
Someone above mentioned bermudas: They are not always welcome in churches, convents, and some other places.
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May 17th, 2013, 05:13 PM
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If you're looking for stylish footwear that is also comfortable, Birkenstocks have been super trendy for the past few years, sort of in that "so ugly they're cute" kind of way. Specifically the Gizeh ones, which, in my opinion, are just plain cute! It seems like lots of people are wearing them with mini dresses, especially florals, or even skinny jeans and leggings (though this only works if you have fairly small feet, otherwise you'll look like you have clown feet; I wouldn't do it if your feet are any bigger than a size 8 . Of course they'd also work with cute shorts and a flowy top. Hippie-chic!

Get them in a nice neutral (black, white of beige are always good) and they'll go with lots of stuff!
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May 17th, 2013, 05:18 PM
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Those are the Gizeh style^^. Personally I also really like the Madrid style too, but as they only have one strap across the toes, there would probably be more friction since they'll flap around more when you walk. That's probably not great for extended walking. I have the Gizehs and they don't move around much.
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May 17th, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Good Gucci, Madam, have you lost your mind?

I would rather walk around on bloody stumps than wear those hideous beaver traps on my feet.

You will frighten the people of Rome with those things.

They will think you are some raving lunatic taxidermist out to catch beavers or rats or whatever crawls out of the Tiber.

You can not wear those things in the land of Ferragamo, Prada, Testoni, and Batistoni!

My Gucci, someone get me a cereal bowl of gin before I blackout from horror!

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May 17th, 2013, 05:37 PM
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I love the Mephisto Sydel sandal for here at home and also summer travel.
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May 17th, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Pepper: while I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment (personally I think the op's shoes look a little like tires ) do you have any constructive advice for those of us who can't quite afford Gucci?

Although to be fair, the OP did not specify a price range...
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May 17th, 2013, 06:24 PM
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They're cuuuute!
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May 17th, 2013, 06:36 PM
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Janet, no matter what you wear, you'll probably be recognized as a tourist, and that's okay. If you like those shoes, and most importantly, if they're comfortable, I would wear them and not worry about it too much.

That said, I'm a big fan of Birkenstocks. I can walk all day in them and my feet feel fine. I also personally happen to think that they're cute, or at least, there's something appealing in their simplicity to me. But, everyone's tastes are different.

My favorite pair is the Adria:


I have a pair of the Gizeh, ahiddenbird, and I like them a lot as well.
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May 17th, 2013, 07:11 PM
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What Thin said.

And now I may have to order those naya-hillary sandals, they are very cute!
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May 17th, 2013, 10:22 PM
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If you don't mind this observation:

There is a difference between looking like a tourist and looking like a tourist with a sense of style.

It is an old wives tale that women in Italy wear fancy shoes with heels all the time.

If you cannot find shoes that are comfortable and stylish on your feet, you should of course pick comfortable.

But banish the category of "looking like a tourist." If you don't want to look like a tourist because you are afraid of being robbed, learn how to secure your valuables on your person. You can be robbed if you don't look like a tourist.
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May 17th, 2013, 11:08 PM
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So Thin, you are real and you do have good taste, in shoes at least. I hated the Jerome Dreyfuss handbags this season in Paris however.
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I had a pair similar to yours but in black -- in Italy black makes everything more chic lol -- which I wore days. I packed a very lightweight pair of black flat pumps with a bit of a gold something on the toe, and could go anywhere in them for night.

If your feet are small enough to wear european sizes -- heck,buy something there. Ditto for the purses -- to die for, and the fake leather purses (NOT knockoffs) are just great -- I get so many compliments on my $35 dollar purse lol. If however, you are small enough to wear Italian clothes -- beware, you could spend all your time shopping!

As I say of most countries -- learn how to say excuse me, please and thank you (and toilet) and no one cares if you're a tourist (but check your change carefully -- after a month in Morocco, the only place I got cheated and had my credit card misused was Rome!)
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