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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 22nd, 2013, 09:59 AM
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I couldn't care less about looking like a tourist, since it's unavoidable. I also couldn't care less about trying to keep up with fashion. When I am walking all day, I need a shoe with a good arch support, which I can add if needed. I like closed-toes so my feet don't get filthy. I also don't wear shoes with dividers between the toes.

Last Fall, I walked all over Portugal in a pair like these
by NorthFace:
http://www.zappos.com/the-north-face...fcTest=fcl%3A0

They also have nice-looking skimmers:
http://www.zappos.com/the-north-face...fcTest=fcl%3A0

This year, I am trying these:
http://www.zappos.com/clarks-haley-l...fcTest=fcl%3A0

I like these, too, but don't own:
http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/...ultOption=true
(Yikes, that's some URL!)

For fun, I bought these, which are very soft leather and extremely comfy:
http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/...ultOption=true


Sorry to offend your sense of style, Thin.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:01 AM
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Oops, these colors:
http://www.sperrytopsider.com/store/...ultOption=true
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:02 AM
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Hmmm, sorry, don't know why I can't copy the correct color, which is aqua/lime green/ white leather
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The Clarks and North Face (closed toe) shoes look really cute. BUT, I need a lot of cushioning under the balls of my feet, besides being cushioned on the heels. I live in FIT FLOPS at home, and I know they are sold in Europe, so wondering if I should pack a pair or two. Since they are sold there (they are a British product) I would hope to see people wearing them! I will also have some cute green Birkenstock sandals (with ankle strap).

My toes are not pretty, and there is nothing I can do about that. I would love to cover my toes in the Clarks or North Face, but I have to have the cushioning as the first consideration!!!
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:19 AM
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It's hard to find shoes you can walk in all day long. I had a problem in Lisbon, on the very slippery granite cobblestones, and fell down twice. Very embarassing, especially for DH, since I let loose with some F-words in public. Yikes.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:24 AM
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These are my go-to shoes here at home:
http://www.zappos.com/birkenstock-gr...fcTest=fcl%3A0

Birks keep my plantar fasciitis at bay.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:32 AM
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I have big feet and couldn't find my size in Paris.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 10:35 AM
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I favor the popular Bensimon shoes and they are machine washable. I went to the main shop in Paris, not one pair in my size. In the states I find them at Madewell, the Tannery and on line with no problem. The first pair I bought was in Provence and have over half a dozen.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:01 AM
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I don't like the preppy colors as "Tabernash2" shows above, but I have been eyeing the Sperry Topsiders boat-shoe style for awhile now. I'm going to try them, but in one of the more toned down color ways.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:30 AM
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Suze..top siders are great. If you feel you need more support then a Dr. Scholl's will do the trick. I wore mine on every tour we took off a cruise,(cobbles, hills, rocks,sand, and pavement) and never suffered a twinge of pain. I wear them all the time as casual shoes at home and I am not young by any stretch!!! I'm almost beyond old!! Anyhow, top siders can fill the bill for neat, casual, colorful, and comfortable foot gear. Walking in them , for me, has been just fine. You can get many different looks and the sparkly ones are fun. There are also a couple for sole thicknesses available..Whatever you might want.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:40 AM
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Thanks for the input! I have been thinking for awhile now (since they became popular again a few years back) that they'd be great for travel. Closed toe, a bit of cushion, not terrible to look at. I'm seeing them on all different ages of women (even the 20-somethings here in Seattle).
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It's also handy to have them in case you run into a yacht on which you must move about!!! Stop thinking and "just do it"!!
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 11:54 AM
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Thanks, "suze". Always tactful.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 12:33 PM
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What? What now??

You are offended that I called lime green shoes "preppy"? Fer goodness sakes.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Some of those shoes are a nightmare.

Who wants to go around looking like some sad Christian doing a pilgrimage?

My Gucci, I can see some troglodyte at Fatima wearing those horrid shoes with a hair
shirt.

Danger is a part of life.

If you have ever read Virginia Woolf you know that it is dangerous to live one day. Anything can happen.

I would wear killer shoes and stare danger in the face.

Thin
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 01:25 PM
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I don't care about the danger Thin, I care about the pain!
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 01:44 PM
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Those red North Face shoes look like Toms ripoffs. Just buy a pair of red Toms. At least some kid gets a pair of shoes out of the deal.

My problem with shoes in Italy is seasonal. If it's hot and I'm doing a lot of walking, my feet swell (not a pleasant visual, I know, and I'm sorry).

I don't usually travel in the summer because I wilt in hot weather, but this summer I'm going to Poland and the Czech Republic. The shoe thing may be a problem.
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I've never heard of Tom's. What is that? It gives some of its proceeds to kids in need? That sounds great.

Thin, I hear ya, but I do not aspire to the heights of Prada and Gucci. Not on my own feet, anyway.

Comfort is the name of my game.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 02:18 PM
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For every pair of Tom's shoes you buy, they give a pair of shoes to a person in need.

www.toms.com
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New Balance just came out with a very comfy pair of ballets that can do the 'evening' thing to dinner etc. Reversible insoles. I have pairs of everything mentioned above. For some reason, my DKNY cork soled black flip flops I can walk miles in because they have a good arch and do not 'flip flop' off. I always pack at least 5 prs footwear so volume/weight is an issue in my carryon (yes carryon for 2-3 wks). It's all about lightweight clothing that can be rolled tiny. No thanks to Birkenstocks, Rockports are looking pretty good these days and have partnered w/ Adidas for comfort.
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