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what are the best shoes to buy for sightseeing in europe ?

what are the best shoes to buy for sightseeing in europe ?

Old Jul 18th, 2001, 08:07 AM
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FF -- you've said all the things I wish I could have.

Oaktown -- most of us have enough self-confidence that we don't give a _____ if someone else thinks our shoes are ugly.

Sissy, try on the quality brands and see what feels good. A good salesperson should be able to tell you how well some brands hold up. (I have good feet, but they're sensitive rascals. They seem to know instantly what won't be comfy.)
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 08:54 AM
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Message for FF:
ARCHE shoes have a thick sole of 100% natural latex (lait d'hévéa in French). Extremely comfortable and soft to walk on. If you've ever had one pair (which lasts for years thanks to the natural sole) it's difficult to find another brand with equal qualities.
With the strong US$ they must be very cheap in Europe at this moment. My last pair was 5000 Belgian Francs which equals abt. 105 US$ at today's rate.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 09:09 AM
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I was watching a travel show (Rick Steves' maybe) and a lovely guide in Venice was in the picture, and it got me thinking - what do the local guides wear on THEIR feet? I mean, these people go morning until night, and are certainly aware of local fashion dos and don'ts. Does anyone know?
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 09:43 AM
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I have a feeling the locals in Venice do just as they do here, in NYC - I walk quite a bit but for some insane reason torture my poor tootsies to no end with uncomfortable shoes. If I know I have a long distance to trek, though, I usually change out of my nice shoes and in to some cool sneakers - not bright white tennies!

Just wanted to add to this discussion that Cole Haan and Nike joined forces to create some pretty damned comfortable shoes that also manage to look good. They're not cheap, but they're worth a look-see.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 01:34 PM
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Oaktown: Thanks for the info. Can't believe I can't find Eccos in Las Vegas, but I've tried everywhere with decent prices. (That leaves out the Forum Shops at Caesars, et al.) Again, thanks.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 01:54 PM
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I'm still obsessed with my poor feet and shoes!!! The Arche shoes soundlike something I want to try. does anyone have a source or address for them in Paris?

I haven't tried the cole/haan/Nike shoes but my favorite most comfortable shoes are still cole?haan loafers, but I need a thicker sole for cobblestones etc. can work a 10 hr day on my feet in the loafers and never a complaint, but I've been doing it for more years than some of you all have been alive. Used to drive my mother and husband crazy that I would wear loafers all the time to work. But the years are catching up.. with my feet anyway.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 02:10 PM
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Arche's website: http://www.arche-shoes.com
There are 5 stores in the centre of Paris.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 02:25 PM
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MYRIAM- Many thanks,

I'll check it ouut, couldn't find it with msn search
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 11:03 PM
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Hello LINDA:

Your welcome!

You started your post with "I" yet you go on and on about how I should basically accomodate you?
You got nerves, balls or both.

Just shut me up and put my orange short wearing behind in "Internet" place.
Go on with your bad self!

PF: Oh well...all that CONFIDENCE yet you "ride" on the post of FF?
(That "me too" stuff is SO very old on adult women...)

Ya'll too smart or "snarky"???? for me. I missed school on the day that word was taught.

It is CLEAR (roll eyes) that I do care what others THINK/POST about what I wear...oops, here come the tears for your disapproval...

You girls are obviously obsessed with...ME!
Now you rush off to therapy and tell the therapist all about Little Ole Oaktown who Hogs the whole Worldwide Internet from your weak behinds!

Tell the therapist how nobody wants to play with you...

Tell the therapist how "everyone" caters to and just loves terrible ole Oaktown...

Tell the therapist how "she" is and how it really bugs you...(Be sure and stamp that foot.)

Tell the therapist that all this takes place in your world on the freakin INTERNET!

Now who's bent?

Again, you failed to answer: "What Rhymes With Orange?" You need a life, one with intellect to take a stab at that one...

Well if that is too tough then I will give you a dumb down one...a little more on topic for the audiance of lurkers:

If the Shoe fits____ ___. Fill in the blanks. They are single syllable words. Nothing requiring what you may not have in between your ears.

Oh no you didn't go look in the mirror!!!!!!!

My Very Best

If you are not a "girl" and you played along in this "I don't like her" (bubble gum a poppin')INTERNET crap, then you got some REAL issues.
Old Jul 18th, 2001, 11:22 PM
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Did you call your feet RASCALS????????

Now that is enough to let me know that I am waaaaaaaaaayyy out of my element(girl "click")

I know NO female who refers to her feet as Rascals...does this mean you don't pedicure, spa or maintain??????????

I am going to be ill...

Old Jul 19th, 2001, 03:58 AM
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For me Birkenstock sandals and clogs are the best choice.
I wear them everyday during my work and I never travel anywhere without a pair. They are the most comfortable walking shoes I know.
You can buy them in Germany where they are cheaper than in USA.
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 04:11 AM
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Nothing rhymes with orange. Right?
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 05:14 AM
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ICK! Oaktown, go be ill, go wherever, just GO AWAY!!

For those interested in actually discussing shoes, Lands End has a very nice driving shoe (think JP Tods) for $79 in a whole range of colors. While they're probably too thin-soled for extensive walking, they look like they'd be comfy for shorter walks and for planes. I ordered a pair in black patent leather.
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 08:36 AM
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Lizzie . . . but do they have ORANGE?
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 08:38 AM
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For anyone out there with seriously fallen arches take a look at www.alzner.com. (Fallen arches are why your feel "grow" a size as you age.) www.alzner.com is the site for the Good Feet stores. They provide arch support inserts, but don't even think about the kind they sell in the drug store, these really work if you have serious feet problems. My husband had tried everything: ever kind of insole and shoe coupled with visits to the podiatrist. He is on his feet a great deal of the day at work and was in pain after work, could not even walk the dog a mile, etc. Since he bought these inserts a month ago he has no pain at the end of the work day and can take long walks again. I think he will now actually be able to walk all over London with me next year. The downside is they are WAY expensive - think three nights in a Paris 3 star hotel. Someone is making pots of money on these inserts regardless of how expensive their patent is. But they work so to end a year or so of aching and the limited walking ability, it was worth it.
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 08:50 AM
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My arches aren't fallen; I have a high instep, which I like to keep supported.

I have a pair of the Birkenstock arch supports, which I keep in my sneakers/trainers. They are terrif! Have had them almost three years, yet they show no signs of wear. For freshening, I take them out, spray some Febreeze, let them dry, and put them back in place.

Price was $35-40 American.
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 09:12 AM
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Correct! Orange is a concept. Some minds do not embrace concepts which is why orange is a color that attracts those who think conceptually. Orange is a mix of two true primary colors. Another story another time.

Sorry, I am sure this is waaay too intellectual for some of the girls.

You again???????

I have a secret...
JP Tods are not driving shoes.(shh) Look in this months Vogue and Bazarr FASHION MAGAZINES and you will see them.
JP Tods are actually very in for Rap Musicians...look at the videos.
Maybe Lizzy is hip after all???? Oh, there goes that sick feeling again.

If it gets out that JP Tods and Timberlands are fashionable and sought after by rappers and not Fodor TRAVEL posters... it is highly likely that these shoes will get kicked off the travel list! (Shhh)

p.s. JP tods do come in orange! They are also well over $200.00 in California where some poster said we were fashion challenged???

Oaktown Traveler
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 09:45 AM
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Oaktown, go away.
Old Jul 19th, 2001, 10:04 AM
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Ok Lizzy...whatever you "say".
(roll eyes)

Now, put the gun, pills and needles down.

Oh, I will not be getting "into" ANY
Internet ANYTHING further with you Lizzy.
You have "me" beat in spades child!

Gesh, I thought they ran YOU away!)

Bye, now.

Old Jul 19th, 2001, 11:30 PM
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Thanks Lizzy for the USA thread about "liking" me.
You could have used your name.
You my dear are the best!

Believe it.(wink)


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