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Stylish Walking Shoes for Paris and other cities

Jan 20th, 2010, 07:12 AM
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I haven't heard of, or seen, Theresia (made in Germany, I think) shoes here for quite a while. I had a pair of sandals that were wonderful for walking in Europe and could be worn almost anywhere. I wore out the footbeds and spent about $40 for new ones so extended the life of the shoe, but eventually wore them out. The original cost was high, but I got a lot of wear from them.

I agree about Mephisto, comfortable for some, but not for all. There is not a "most comfortable" shoe for everyone -- you have to go to a good shoe store and try shoes on to see what works for you. The shoes should feel good on your feet as soon as you try them -- don't buy something that looks good but feels a little off thinking that they'll get better. I've made that mistake and it's been costly.

I have some Munro shoes that are comfortable but have tried some on that were not, depends on the style. the sizing isn't consistent either.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 07:14 AM
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I forgot. The most comfortable walking shoe for travel for me is a Cole Haan with a thick rubber sole and a Nike Air heel.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Sorry the link didn't work. Google "footprint test" to find one. Then you can research shoes for your foot type. Some Danskos work for me but I have to stretch the top for them to fit. It takes me forever to find shoes that work.

Tony

Except for sandals, I wear the same shoes year round (in NY). Chances are it won't snow so just invest in nice walking shoes (please no sneakers) and good socks.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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christabir~ Why no sneakers? Plenty of European people certainly wear them.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Wear sneakers. Do you really think the locals are going to spot your shoes and laugh about what the tourist is wearing. Plenty of locals wear sneakers.
I usually travel in fall and have walking shoes that are not pretty but they are comfortable walking in all day and that is what matters to me.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 09:40 AM
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Believe it or not, I purchased my first pair of Clark's leather ballerina shoes on the via outside St. Peters. I have since bought a pair in every color. They are very comfortable and attractive, in any season.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 09:55 AM
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These are stylish and conversation starters:
http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/
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Jan 20th, 2010, 10:30 AM
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For the OP -- when we were last in Paris, Sept 09, most of the young people were wearing skinny jeans and chuck taylors or bright retro (think 80's) sneakers. We also saw several pairs of gladiator sandals however they offer little to no support and no height.

I usually pack a pair of ridiculous shoes that I wear till my feet hurt and then slip into ballet flats or my uggs. My husband hates that I do this but I can't help myself.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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No sneakers for the same reasons I don't wear sneakers in Manhattan. Nothing I would wear in the city would be appropriate with sneakers. Just dress a little nicer - what is wrong with that? I'm so tired of this same issue everywhere. Jeans, t shirts, sneakers. Just lose all of those things when visiting major cities. My slacks are just as comfortable as my jeans, my shoes are just as comfortable as my sneakers (yes they are) and a nice shirt or sweater is just as comfortable as my t shirts. I would NEVER go to a church, the Louvre or a nice restaurant in jeans or sneakers. I would also never go to my own church, the Met or Le Cirque in jeans or sneakers. Just a respect for myself thing. I honestly don't care what anyone else does - but I personally think we have taken the dress down thing a little too far.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 11:22 AM
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>Just lose all of those things when visiting major cities.<

Sorry, but I have lived in MAJOR cities all of my life--London, New York, San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia--and lots and lots and lots of people wear jeans and trainers here.

You have to know your venue. There is nothing wrong with wearing jeans and trainers to do "tourist" things in Paris--going to the Louvre, walking around the Place des Voges, eating gelato at Amorino, shoping at Galleries Lafayette. But, I do agree that I wouldn't wear jeans and sneakers to the opera or to Les Bouquinistes for dinner.

Anyone who says that nobody wears jeans and trainers in Paris is BLIND. Even Emmanuelle Alt walks around Paris in jeans.

Thin, Foddie Winner 2009
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Jan 20th, 2010, 11:28 AM
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"I don't wear sneakers in Manhattan. Nothing I would wear in the city would be appropriate with sneakers."

In Manhattan, I find plenty of edgy-looking slacks to wear with sneakers. There are so many cool sneaker designs these days, many from Europe, nobody has to look like their Midwest grandparents out for a senior stroll at the mall. I'm working on a popular TV drama and everybody wears sneakers, from producers to gaffers. Yes, the designers on the show wear cooler looking styles with fashion from Bergdorf to Housing Works. The point is, 14 hours on your feet takes a toll. Save your skeleton, save your feet. By all means wear comfortable shoes for long day walks. The worst thing you can do when buying shoes for walking around in Europe is to buy new shoes. A smart traveler takes shoes that have been broken in and feel divine. Even with well-worn shoes, blisters can still be a problem if your feet are not accustomed to walking on ancient pavements. Of course when I dine with Hétène Darroze in winter, I wear my favorite pair of Christian Louboutin boots.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 11:43 AM
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Just look at what's on the feet of probably 75 percent of the folks in kerouac's Paris photos, for heaven's sake. Sneakers.

They don't have to be those honking white things with 6 inches of ridges; surely we've all seen tasteful sneakers in a wide variety of styles.

I hardly ever wear sneakers anywhere, because I have a shoe fetish that is insatiable and can wear just about anything all day without foot problems, but the two pairs of sneakers I do own came from guess where? Paris.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 12:10 PM
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Who said no one wears jeans and sneakers? I just choose not to and I think it's inappropriate in many venues. Go ahead, do what you want. I find it disrespectful, who cares? Geez - get over it.

Just because everyone else is jumping off the bridge....
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Jan 20th, 2010, 12:16 PM
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I don't see how it can be "disrespectful" to dress in the same manner most of the local people in your age bracket do. I have friends I stay with in Europe, they most certainly do wear jeans, sneakers, and t-shirts for casual activities like sight-seeing or going to a morning market.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 12:59 PM
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Jill,
I'm 5 feet also, and I share your shoe habits. I've walked all over Paris and other cities in these shoes (or similar styles, also available at these sites). Dansko sandals are good, too, but maybe better for standing than for walking.

Naot:
http://www.zappos.com/naot-footwear-...-black-leather
J-41:
http://www.zappos.com/j-41-journey-black
Wolky:
http://www.schulershoes.com/Womens-W...ewel-P899.aspx
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Jan 20th, 2010, 01:24 PM
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I love Privo by Clarks Shoes. The first pair I bought was in London. I've since found them on sale in the US. I find them more affordable than other popular comfort shoes.
http://www.zappos.com/privo
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Jan 20th, 2010, 01:43 PM
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While I sometimes take my sneakers with me, usually wearing them on the plane, I also don't like wearing them around in Paris or even just big towns. I use them for hiking and running. It's a personal thing. I usually don't wear them walking around my downtown either. I'm figuring the OP is the same way.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 02:22 PM
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Last time in Paris, a very attractive young woman was walking toward me wearing skinny, dark jeans, a gray jacket and a scarf around her neck (of course, it's Paris). She looked great. I looked at her feet and she was wearing bright turquoise shiny (patent leather?) sneakers.
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Jan 20th, 2010, 02:52 PM
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Wow, some great suggesstions everyone! Thank you so much!
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