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“What are the best travel shoes for Italy?” this is always one of the biggest dilemmas for women traveling to Europe:  In this post, our readers help you avoid looking like a tourist with their expert tips. Find out their best suggestions!


What are the Best Travel Shoes for Italy?


Based on reader recommendations, we suggest tall boots for winter and wedges for summer; other styles can be used interchangeably throughout the year. Here are our five best travel shoe styles for Italy.





Wedge | Sandal | Flats (nude) | Flats (black) | Ankle BootsPenny Boot | Slip-On | Boat Shoe Rubber Boot | Tall Boot



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?



Shoes for Italy need to be incredibly comfortable! Not only do they have to be broken in but you should be able to walk on them on the cobblestone streets.


Here are some tips on the best shoes for the cobblestone streets in Europe!


A very “Rome” look would be a pair of plain, sturdy, comfortable–yet beautiful–ballet flats. An overall neutral color such as light gray, black, chocolate brown, or cream would fit in nicely in Rome.

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.


These are the most cute and comfortable ballet flats for travel!


Depending on the weather, flat ankle boots, boat shoes or driving mocs are other top recommendations. They’re classic options and make the perfect alternative to ballet flats especially if you need a little more room for soft insoles.
Travel shoe brands Merrells and Crocs (they have cute Mary Jane styles now) can offer some balance of fashionable comfort.


Read this Rome packing list for more tips on what to wear on your trip!


For hot summer days, Birkenstocks have been quite fashionable in Europe in recent years. The Gizeh or Madrid styles are a bit more trend-driven with various colors.

If you want to go the clog route, try Swedish Hasbeens. If you need something dressier, wedges are the best for the cobblestone streets in Europe.


Here’s how to (not) walk in heels in Europe!


Do you need your feet to be covered? If you’re a sneaker girl bring your Converse (or the Italian-preferred Superga brand). Stylish travelers fond of a chic athleisure look also like Nike Flyknits.




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 a waterproof jacket, boots, scarf, and umbrella. It will be wet at that time of year!

If there’s flooding there will be boardwalks on scaffolds, especially in St. Mark’s Square. The flooding is the worst during the full moon. It’s usually worse in the morning, and may be gone by afternoon.




Boots are a must this time of year. Ankle boots are ideal for mild days with light showers but bring some mid-calf or tall boots for heavy rain.

Some travelers also suggest stylish galoshes such as Hunter boots. Others suggest tall Neos to wear over any shoes. They are very packable. Take a reusable dry pouch to stow them when they are wet.

Italians wear high quality, solid leather boots throughout autumn and winter. Shopping tip: don’t take them but buy some gorgeous boots there!


Take a look at the most recommended waterproof leather boots for Europe!




Decide between bringing a lightweight down jacket, waterproof parka, or a trench coat based on the weather forecast.

If you choose a warm, water-repellent coat, choose a style with some tailoring or well-fitting silhouette. You want to avoid outdoor-type jackets. Instead, look for a more feminine rain coat appropriate for cities.



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):



Read our ultimate guide on how to choose the best shoes for travel to any destination!




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