So, you’re traveling to Europe for the vacation of your dreams and you’re clever enough to know you’ll be needing some comfortable walking shoes. Great!
I happen to have some specialist knowledge here, as I have walked in European cities and hiked in the countryside of several countries. Here’s what you need to know to pick the best walking shoes for Europe.
- The best walking shoes for Paris are the same as good walking shoes for Rome and shoes for walking London. If you’re planning a hiking trip around the countryside, you’ll want something different.
- If you want to blend in, you’ll want something dressier than giant white athletic shoes. You probably already know this, since you’re here doing research on shoes for European travel.
So, here’s what we’re looking for: Stylish walking shoes that are good for walking on concrete and cobblestones and won’t draw the undue attention of those who prey on tourists (like pickpockets). You need to ‘blend’. Good European walking shoe styles are oxfords, loafers, or nice sandals.In addition, these must be good shoes for long distance walking and above all, they must be comfortable.
Women’s stylish walking shoes: try Mephisto, Clarks, Aravon, or Rockport. If I were packing a bag right now, I would include these black flats and these mary janes. If you’re the sort who will need dress shoes, you’ll need to pack a third pair of shoes for your European vacation.
Black, navy, or brown works great, though women could likely get away with pewter or cream and men wouldn’t go wrong with a nice tan. It would be best to avoid white or bright colors.
No matter which shoes you choose, wear them in gradually before you go – put at least 15-20 miles on your shoes in gradual steps. Even the best shoes might have a high seam or need a bit of stretching to be truly comfortable – and it’s better to find that out while you’re not treading the stones to the Louvre with a blister. Have fun!