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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 29th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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I bought these today:http://www.j41.com/item/bella/kj13bla/271

Considering that my feet are very fussy, these are very comfortable and look nice on and will be great for just a relaxing, daytime walk here in my home town or in a small Spanish town, or walking around a pool at a villa or along a beach side promenade.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 11:59 AM
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The link doesn't work, so if you are interested in seeing them, try this link: http://www.j-41.com/

Click on women and scroll down to Bella - the light color is what I bought. Hope it works.

Not sure whether or not they will be fine in Italy, but I think they will be fine most anywhere with casual clothes and they are comfortable.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 03:42 PM
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Pantagruelica?

You can't see your hand in front of your face in there, nor the scar behind each ear for that matter!

No wonder you love the lighting.

But, I need a supermarket with wide lanes and a vodka and gin aisle, so it is off to the Billa on the Zattere.

Yes, the signore would probably like Keith better.

Gucci knows I am not discrete.

I make Charles Nelson Reilly look like a Mennonite.


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Old May 30th, 2013, 12:45 AM
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Generally the patatine are San Carlo.

The Billa on the Strada Nova is much nicer than the Zattere one.
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But the Zattere Billa has a better class of clients.

viz.

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Old May 30th, 2013, 07:03 PM
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Oh, no, I think the Billa on the Zaterre is much nicer-and less crowded-than the one on Strada Nova. The post office is also next door.Convenient.

There is a very nice Coop south of the Oespadale Vaporetto stop.

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Old May 30th, 2013, 07:14 PM
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Punto in Campo Margerita is good too. Recently renovated, with a good butchery and deli section upstairs. Top quality steak if you can find 40.00 euro a kilo, whole duck at 16.00.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 10:32 PM
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I jumped on this thread interested in what type of shoes I should be thinking about getting for my fall trip to Italy. I don't care much about looking like a tourist, I just don't want my feet to hurt! You all are hilarious! I thought all the planning for this trip was mind boggling... Now I'm reading that I can't wear my big ol white comfy tennis shoes? And I have to make room for 4 -6 pairs of shoes in my luggage? argh.... more planning and shopping in the works! I did like the post about the travel bag. Brand new travel bag or worn out old computer bag. what's safer?
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Old May 31st, 2013, 05:53 AM
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I see a lot of women in the city carrying those Michael von Kramer bags with the MKMKMK design. I don't think they are attractive.

I usually go around with my Patagonia rucksack. It lightweight and waterproof.

I also carry a fabric tote bag with me for picking up wine, cheese, and bread along my walking route.

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Old May 31st, 2013, 06:26 AM
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Speer: You don't HAVE to do anything. If 4-6 pairs of shoes sounds too much for you, bring only two or three. Sometimes posts like this one will help you realize something you haven't thought of yet, but for the most part, you know what is best for you! One thing to keep in mind though is that if you are going to go buy some new shoes, make sure you break them in before you leave! No matter how comfortable the shoes are supposed to be, your feet need to get used to them, or else you'll be in pain.

As for bags, I think a fairly nondescript looking bag is best? Something that looks too much like a "travel bag" is likely to single you out as a tourist even more, in my opinion, which I think heightens the chances that you'll be targeted by pick pockets. Plus most "travel bags" are pretty ugly, really.

I'm bringing a leather cross body "bucket" style bag with me. It's very simple and nondescript looking (though I think the leather looks very rich and beautiful) and the zipper sits safely under my arm. In fact when I carry it I tend to hold onto the strap and rest my arm on the bag itself, so I feel like if any fingers tried to sneak in, I would almost definitely notice. It is also nice and deep, and you kind of need to dig to find anything...it's just a bag that makes me feel really secure, and it's comfortable to wear. I think those are the most important features.
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