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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, 02:28 PM
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I have great success with Cole Haan - flats, wedges or heels. I have walked all over Italy in all manner of (stylish) Cole Haan shoes without a problem. If I feel a pair might not have enough support (like a ballet flat), then I just wear an insole.

Aliced, I am the same way. I need shoe options, so I usually wear my bulkiest wedges on the plane and pack at least 3 other pairs - and carry on only!
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 02:34 PM
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aliced & ekc- I'm not so much impressed that you can do carry on for a 2-3 week trip, BUT I've gotta say I am amazed you can pack 4-5 pairs in a carry-on sized bag (and still have room for your clothes).
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 02:36 PM
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Thank you for the Toms link, suze. Very good idea.

I forgot to mention two things about the NorthFace ballet flats above: they are made from recycled materials, and they weigh practically nothing at all.

Was at DSW last week, and noticed a few styles of Sperry TopSiders.

Just looked at their site, and there's 25% off clearance prices and free shipping over $35 purchase:
http://www.dsw.com/shoes-clearance/c...mensClearance1
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 02:54 PM
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Tabernash, do you live in the wilds of Siberia? I just can't believe anyone hasn't heard of Tom's
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 02:57 PM
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sf7307, I didn't want to be accused of being less than tactful (again) but I had the same question.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:02 PM
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I think I heard of it a long time ago, but had forgotten.
Is it advertised where you live? It isn't here.
How do people find out about it? Is it only on-line? Maybe they have a retail presence where you live?
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Lots of women don't know about toms if they don't shop at stores that carry them .Upscale stores don't but I found them at Urban Outfitters and a few other department storesT. hat tom tsg annoys me
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Tabernash, they can be found here in every store that sells shoes, and in many that don't! And on the feet of every 20-something young woman (and many men). I love their business model, unfortunately, I don't find their shoes comfortable (I think I'm in-between sizes).
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:11 PM
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There are in ALL kinds of stores, department stores, shoe stores, even some grocery stores. They are on the feet of about every 5th person in Seattle. And ads in magazines and newspapers. And online.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:12 PM
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tabernashç here's tom's very sweet summer collection on the official site. Most stores don't have all the choices but if you try on a pair in a store, and they fit well, buy on line/
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Thanks, cig and sf. I did just search and found the product line at Nordstroms. There are some very cute sunglasses, but I wonder how their outreach program works with those. Maybe a percent of profit.

If my 20-somethings were here, I'd probably know about Toms, as I'd be in Urban Outfitters with them.

I love that concept, of giving shoes. Glad I heard about it today.

We need a thread on ideas like that. I once bought a great solar flashlight, and one was given to an African community without its own electricity.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:15 PM
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Holy Hermes, forgot the url for you.

http://www.toms.com/?cid=ps_us&gclid...Fcuj4AodZGcAJA
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Ha. Thanks!
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:38 PM
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Suze, skirts, t-shirts, leggings and cardigans don't take up much room ...
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 03:39 PM
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All that and 5 pair of shoes... I'm still impressed.
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I was thinking about this thread today as I stood in line at the Starbucks in my office building. I work near the Statue of Liberty ferry so I see a gazillion tourists every day, many of them from Italy, Spain, France, Brazil, etc. I can tell you that they are ALL wearing some form of ugly but comfortable sneaker or sandal, just the foreign versions. Even the ones who are wearing vaguely stylish shoes, well, they still look like tourists.

I don't know where this leaves me, except to think that you can't avoid looking like a tourist, but you still shouldn't lose your self respect just because you're traveling.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 05:41 PM
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I am sorry, but I never look like a tourist.

I get stopped all the time in foreign countries and asked directions in the local language.

I live in Philadelphia and see ridiculous tourists all the time wandering around Rittenhouse Square looking for the Liberty Bell. Many are wearing shorts and flippies in March.

Never, ever, EVER equate The Great and Powerful Thingorjus with these monsters!


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Old May 22nd, 2013, 05:45 PM
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I don't like Tom's espadrilles. They look cheap.

I prefer Castaner from Spain.

The Duchess of Badajoz wears Castaner.


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Old May 22nd, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Tom's don't just look cheap, they ARE cheap. Does Castañer give a pair of shoes to a shoeless child for each pair purchased? That's what makes Tom's wonderful.
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 07:09 PM
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castaner are over priced, you can get beautiful espadrilles in Spain and southern France for less.
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