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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

Old May 21st, 2013, 11:35 AM
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Sadly for Christina, irony is a form of expression that may not be evident to all.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Yeah, I may be pretentious but at least I am not a moron.

Peter, most Americans don't "do" irony.

Americans are like fortune cookies-- hollow and full of nonsense.

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Old May 21st, 2013, 12:00 PM
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<but the problem is the number of women who wear sneakers ALL of the time>

WHY would that be such an earthshaking "problem" if it were true? Not to mention I can't think of a single woman I know in real life who wears sneakers *ALL* the time.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 12:37 PM
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I'm in Spain, shortly going back to Paris, and then Venice. Hate sneakers so wearing anhu ballet shoes and amazed they're so comfortable, $68 on amazon. Look delicate and wear well.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 02:06 PM
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Though I like mon ami, thin's taste, for city walking you need a closed comfortable shoe so that dog doo and dust
won't make your feet dirty. Wear what is your comfortable shoes at home.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 03:16 PM
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Hi Mimi!

Keith and I are going to Milano and Venice in 7 weeks. We are meeting Cousin Muffy and children. 9 days in Italy.

Then we are flying to Austin TX to see Aunt and Uncle Keith. We will be there 5 days.


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Old May 21st, 2013, 04:16 PM
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My dilemma too. I live in NY and I'm fine wearing my birkenstocks or other ultra-comfy shoes during the day. But in the evening in the city, I want to look like a normal person yet still be able to walk a ton. We are going to Istanbul this summer and I just got these for that very purpose:

http://www.camper.com/en_US/women/sh...amas-21573-006

They are somewhat more stylish than the Clarks/Mephisto/etc. But a little bit fashionable. And VERY comfortable. I walked all over town the other night to test them out. Great shoe.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 04:47 PM
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The height of the sandals would be a cause for worry IME. Cobbles, uneven sidewalks, crooked curbs led to turned ankles and turned ankles lead to spoiled holidays but that's just me. Whatever is most comfortable for you is the key!!
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thin, send me your new email.
sounds like a great trip.

Holy Hermes! what shoes will you be wearing
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Old May 21st, 2013, 06:09 PM
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As I get older, I find I need a little more of a heel. The sandals I got have a wide platform so they are very stable, even as I walk or run the uneven streets of NY. Anyway, we can all acknowledge the difficulty of finding the perfect shoe to take us through two weeks of vacation abroad. If I weren't going to spend time in a major city (Rome, Istanbul, Paris, London, Madrid), I would just wear my Birkenstocks and running shoes the whole time.

Shall we discuss travel handbags next? I have this bag, which is really perfect for travel, but it's totally unfashionable.

http://www.tumi.com/family/index.jsp...goryId=4151196
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Old May 21st, 2013, 06:21 PM
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I do like the Camper sandals.

They look very Sonia Rykiel.


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Old May 22nd, 2013, 04:27 AM
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You MUST wear footwear that has very thick soles and preferably a strap. Streets in most Italian cities are rough, cobblestone, broken and it is recommended to wear thick soled footwear with a strap to keep your feet secure.

I actually just found some at Walmart on Saturday: Earth Spirit, bought a pair and ordered a different pair online. I also have a pair of nicelooking shoes from REI I found online, on sale.

Was in Spain, Paris and Dublin for a month (April 3-May 4, 2013) and surprised how casual dress was but did see women in high heels and it looked very dangerous.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 06:41 AM
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I have to come to the defense of Keds!

They're amazingly comfy and they're classic. I think they're adorable and very chic!
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nytraveler: <Yes, but the problem is the number of women who wear sneakers ALL of the time (usually with jeans/tee or sweats) unless they are actually going to a special event.>

While I agree about the sweats being a problem, what's wrong with a pair of sneakers (say Converse, Keds, or something) and a pair of skinny jeans and a t-shirt for touring around a city during the day? It sounds like a completely appropriate outfit to me.

I'm starting to second-guess myself, because that is totally how I was planning to dress a lot of the time (I'll be bringing dresses and skirts too, but still). Are all the French and Italians going to think I'm a bum if I wear jeans, t-shirts and canvas sneaks?
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 07:06 AM
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Jeans, sneakers, tshirt are absolutely fine for touring any city in Europe. Nobody wears high heels when walking all day.
Take a pair for going out at night. Heels, skinny jeans and a great top or jacket will be fine for all but the most formal restaurants.

I prefer sneakers to these sandals with straps and thick soles - most of those are hideous.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:55 AM
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<Are all the French and Italians going to think I'm a bum if I wear jeans, t-shirts and canvas sneaks?>

Short answer... no they won't think you are a bum. Actually they probably won't think anything about what a tourist has on their feet! Seriously!!!
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txtree, Istanbul has the roughest streets and walkways of any city I've been in. I had to be very careful where I stepped. (What is this about dogdo and dust anyway? I've worn walking sandals everywhere in Europe. Maybe my feet get a little dusty on occasion but most city streets aren't dusty. And you do have to watch where you step.)

I like your camper sandals, but platform soles make it easier to turn your ankle, especially on rough surfaces.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 09:14 AM
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<Are all the French and Italians going to think I'm a bum if I wear jeans, t-shirts and canvas sneaks?>

All the young French and Italian girls are wearing skinny jeans. And maybe ballerina flats. But they're not wearing big, loose t-shirts; maybe a close-fitting designer t-shirt, often a jacket and scarf.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 09:14 AM
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Converses are very popular in Paris and Rome.
Here's a bit of what to wear.
http://www.primeitaly.com/italy-trav.../what-to-wear/
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