Best ladies walking shoes for Europe

Jan 10th, 2018, 06:40 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 237
vipsha what was the name of the shoe brand that you purchased in Lake Como?
floridapugmom is offline  
Jan 10th, 2018, 12:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 115
Hi floridapugmom, they were made in the store - Quelli della Pelle in Bellagio. The young woman who was also a sales associate sewed shoes when she was not attending to customers. If a size or color was not in stock, they simply made a pair in a few hours. I was surprised that the shoes felt as comfortable as they did because they were very flat and the sole was not cushiony. It is worth mentioning that I found the prices to be reasonable and comparable to some of the brands being discussed here.
vipsha is offline  
Jan 21st, 2018, 04:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 143
I wear Merrells everywhere I go, including cities. My ex-pat daughter, my English son-in-law and my English grandson wore them when they lived in Sydney and when they lived in London and still wear them now that they live in Dorset.. Given the incredible array of footwear you will see in any major world city, I seriously doubt anyone notices.Wear something supportive and comfortable and don't worry about what brand it is.
Scooterr is offline  
Jan 22nd, 2018, 10:47 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 237
Thanks Scooterr!
floridapugmom is offline  
Jan 22nd, 2018, 09:03 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 7,952
If you are willing to spend a bit, Paul Green shoes and Arche shoes are both good prospects.

I have worn minimalist PG black walking shoes (with short lace up) to walk for miles in Europe. Styles change but give them a look.
The Arche shoes (egads, even more expensive) are attractive, stylish shoes highly suitable for city walking and evenings/aperitif hour/dinner. Ballet flats work for dinner/evening stroll but not for a ton of walking.

Good sandals that fit well (Naot, PG, a few other brands) I wear in warm climates.

Most of my travel is in Italy and they do pay attention to "La Bella Figura" or taking care with your appearance to look good, and I do make the effort there, just as I work to speak Italian. When in the UK, Germany, Austria, Ireland, etc. I am more likely to wear the sneakers/trainers. Even if Italians spot you as a tourist based on other factors (like not wearing fitted clothing), they often appreciate the effort to present a good appearance.
annw is offline  
Jan 23rd, 2018, 02:48 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 237
Thanks annw. We will be spending 2 months in Ireland and I know to make sure to have a pair of water resistant shoes for there. lol
floridapugmom is offline  
Jan 23rd, 2018, 07:27 PM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,652
A few years ago, when I was getting ready for a trip to Europe, I googled "best shoe for cobblestone streets" and this came up:
Great choice - I have two pairs now. I wore them all over Europe, as well as on a month-long trip to India. Very comfortable, and you can actually wear them with a skirt out for dinner, and they look fine.
The other wonderful thing about these shoes is that you can wash them in the washing machine. I discovered this after wearing them in small villages in India - was almost going to toss them out, but after a wash, they look great.
They are durable and last forever.
scdreamer is offline  
Jan 24th, 2018, 02:54 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 237
scdreamer, thanks for the link. I will be checking out more Keens; sandals would not work for this trip as we will be
traveling during Fall.
floridapugmom is offline  
Jan 25th, 2018, 04:28 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,485
I LOVE my Keen Rose sandals. I've had them for a couple years and the are still in great shape.
schmerl is offline  
Jan 25th, 2018, 09:21 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 2,652
floridapugmom - even in fall, I think the Keen Rose sandals could work. They are closed toe. I would imagine they would be as warm and sturdy as ballet flats ... and a lot more comfortable on uneven ground.
scdreamer is offline  
May 6th, 2019, 03:33 AM
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 269
I adore fashionable slip-on sneakers and tend to buy pretty expensive brands, but they do save my feet from blisters.

Wearing lovely cream color Delman slip-ons in Italy was like walking on air. I took them to London two weeks ago along with my favorite black/silver Donald Pliner slip-ons with zippers. and enjoyed 8 miles of non-stop walking (and standing too) every day without getting a single blister.

Also, love Via Spiga, See by Chloe and Ash slip-on sneakers. All of them are so comfortable and cute! They go very well with jeans and even dressy slim fit trousers.

Last edited by vinonobile987; May 6th, 2019 at 03:36 AM.
vinonobile987 is online now  
May 6th, 2019, 04:15 AM
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 53
I recently wore my Sketchers on a vacation that included a lot of walking every day and my feet felt the best they ever have after a long day. Mine are slip on. They also got wet one day and were completely dry by morning. They are also super lightweight.
jmoyogi is offline  
May 6th, 2019, 08:48 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 91,608
I think it's nice and I do try to dress well when I travel. But I honestly from the bottom of my heart don't believe Italians care if I wear sneakers with my outfit.
suze is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Aug 16th, 2015 01:18 AM
Jan 19th, 2007 12:03 AM
Oct 3rd, 2006 05:59 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:10 AM.