When a reader asked for the best shoes for travel to Europe this Spring – the answer was clear: ankle booties. Scroll down below to find out TFG’s favorite ankle booties this season!
What Shoes to Wear in Europe
Reader asks: Traveling to Europe for the first time in mid-April and I’m stuck on footwear. We’ll be in Prague, Paris, Normandy and Amsterdam. I’m traveling with my husband and 12 year old son so nothing fancy in terms of outings at night, etc.
I have a great pair of Sketchers that I will wear for walking, but need advice on a more fashionable shoe to wear to dinner or when I want to wear something other than sneakers. Will it be warm enough for no socks in a flat? Or should I just go with boots?
Boots are your best bet! With any luck, April can be warm but most of the cities listed can be rainy and cool. Paris could be the warmest place (mid-70s). Normandy can be windy and cooler. Make sure your sneakers are mud-proof if you’re hiking around the D-day beaches!
There are likely to be some cold (and maybe a bit rainy) days at that time of year in Northern Europe. Prague may be a little warmer than Amsterdam where you should expect to wear sweaters.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring travel:
- How to Pack for Trips with Mixed Weather
- How to Layer a Summer Dress for Spring
- How to Pack for Europe in Spring
- Best Shoes for Traveling in Spring and Fall
Since April is still cold and chilly, bring flat ankle booties, either dressy or casual depending on your activities! A nice pair of leather boots are appropriate in various restaurants.
You’ll be happy to have them in the cool Spring rain. Your feet will be dry and warm. As a bonus, add a pair of Dr. Scholls inserts.
Bonus tip: read this post for travel outfits and tips on how to wear ankle boots for fall and spring travel!
In addition, you may want to consider flats with a rubber sole, which are great for nicer days but can also double as a walking shoe.
Toms, brogues or lace up shoes are a good alternative (to avoid damp feet) and tights may be a good idea rather than full on winter boots.
If you are prone to cold feet then you’ll need socks. Many flats in those cities don’t have carpeting, and the older buildings don’t retain heat very well. For indoor use, you may want to bring warm (packable) slippers or slipper socks.
Ultimately, if you’re heading to Europe in April, bring ankle booties! Additional shoe options would be comfortable flats, low sturdy heeled shoes, or sneakers.
Don’t let your shoes ruin the trip of a lifetime! Click the below articles for more suggestions on what shoes to wear in Italy (and the rest of Europe):
- 10 Cute and Comfortable Ballet Flats
- What Shoes to Wear in Italy
- What Shoes to Wear in Paris
- Should I Pack Heels for Europe?
- Cute and Comfortable Walking Shoes for Europe
- The Unexpected Travel Shoe that’s Perfect for Europe
Read our ultimate guide on how to choose the best shoes for travel to any destination!
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