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This is always one of the biggest dilemmas for women traveling to Europe: what are the best travel shoes for Italy?
What are the best travel shoes for Italy?
In this post, TFG readers help you avoid looking like a tourist with their expert tips. Scroll to the end to see our top footwear picks!
1st Question: Travel Fashion Help!
Reader asks: I’m going to Rome for one week. I want to be fashionable, yet I know we will walk a lot! How do I combine comfort and style? It’s supposed to be rainy and getting chilly. What are the best travel shoes for Italy?
Boat shoes are my number one choice for travel.
I think a very “Rome” look would be a pair of plain, sturdy, comfortable–yet beautiful–ballet flats. A little black dress or black trousers with a wrap style blouse with a pair of bright colored ballet flats would be very chic and striking. A pop of unexpected color will keep you from feeling too dull. An overall neutral color (dove gray, black, chocolate brown, cream) would fit in nicely in Rome.
Classy colored driving mocs.
– Kath Fryia
Do you need your feet to be covered? Gizehs or Madrid by Birkenstock are a bit more stylish with great colors or if you want to go the clog route, try Swedish Hasbeens! I’m a sneaker girl and was lucky to be sent over some Converse. If I were to go somewhere now and do a ton of walking I’d wear some Nike Flyknits!
My experience with shoes and even with shoes in Italy last year: they need to be darned comfortable! I took boots that are usually comfy but even those were pinching after all the walking. Merrells and Crocs (they have cute Mary Jane styles now) are my absolute faves for the combo of sorta stylish and very comfortable. My Merrells don’t look bad at all. I wore them in Italy. Also, Converse are terrible for comfort.
– Jenna Francisco
Ankle boots and ballet flats for sure. Just add some insoles if they’re not comfy enough.
– Cherie Shepherdson
Converse! Also, Birkenstock turned out to be very fashionable last summer in France…
– Caroline Hardy
If you need something semi-fancy, wedges are the best for cobblestone streets in Europe.
– Flashpacker Family
2nd Question: Travel Fashion Help!
Reader asks: My husband and I are traveling to Venice, Italy over Thanksgiving. I am struggling with what to pack! I keep hearing there could be flooding. I’d love any tips on how to dress prepared but still look stylish! What are the best travel shoes for Italy?
Take some Neos to wear over any shoes you wear. They are very packable! Get the tall ones. Take a big plastic bag to stow them when they are wet.
– Tara O’Leary
Hunter boots and a warm, water-repellent coat with some tailoring or silhouette.
– Graciel Cecilio
I’m bringing boots, and I’m deciding between bringing my lightweight puffy down coat (it’s way cooler looking than it sounds) or a trench.
– Heidi Barry Rodriguez
– Erin Houle
– Cindy Cole Watson
Hunter rain boots and a light, waterproof parka.
– Alejandra Miranda
Take a trench coat, scarf, and umbrella. It will be wet at that time of year!
Italians wear high quality, solid leather boots throughout autumn and winter. Don’t take them…but buy some gorgeous boots there!
If there’s flooding there will be boardwalks on scaffolds, especially in St. Mark’s Square.
– Julie Russell
The flooding is the worst during the full moon, which is 17th of November. It’s usually worse in the morning, but was gone by lunchtime when we were there during a full moon.
– Kathleen Hoffmann
Based on your recommendations, we recommend tall boots for winter and wedges for summer; other styles can be used interchangeably throughout the year. Here are our 5 best travel shoe styles for Italy:
Clarks Wedge Sandal / Clarks Smart Wedge Sandal / Vince Camuto Ellen Ballet Flat (nude) / Vince Camuto Ellen Ballet Flat (black) / Bootie in Blue / Lucky Penny Boot in Navy / Slip-On Loafer / Quincy Tie Boat Shoe / Welly Gloss Rubber Boot / Clarks Plaza Pug Tall Boot
What do you think are the best travel shoes for Italy?
Read the following for more tips on choosing the best travel shoes:
- Why Ankle Booties Make the Best Travel Shoes in Spring
- 10 Cute and Comfortable Ballet Travel Flats
- The Most Comfortable Wedges for Travel
- What to Wear in Italy: Packing List
- The Ultimate Italy Fashion Guide: Summer
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