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Sandals vs. Closed toe
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I’ll be in France and Italy in May and I’m debating whether to take sandals or closed-toe shoes. I found some really comfy (but expensive) Clarks sandals that would go with everything I plan to take. The only thing is, I think it might be impractical to take only sandals for the whole trip. Will it be chilly in Paris in May? And Rainy? I think if it were to rain, I’d like to have socks on inside shoes keeping my feet dry.

But I’m having the damndest time finding some cute, but comfy closed-toe shoes that I can wear ankle socks with that go with both pants and a skirt. You guys really do have it easier, you know.

I thought about mary janes, but I don’t think I can wear socks with them and, while wearing flats without socks is fine at home, I don’t think I want to be walking around for countless hours a day with my sweaty feet inside closed shoes with no socks.

I know, I’m a worrywart, but it seems picking the most comfortable pair of shoes will be crucial to having a pleasant trip.

Shoes suggestions, anyone?

Oh, I’ll mostly be in cities, but I am doing a short farmstay where I plan to do a little light hiking.

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If it is a summer trip, I always bring one good pair of sandals, and something closed toe.
But that’s summer.

I was in France last May (including Paris), for three weeks, and it was chilly at times, but my trip was late April into May. I agonized packing for that trip, too. Transitional seasons have their charms, but not for all women backpackers.
I usually bring two pairs of shoes.
That trip, I brought 3, and lived to regret it when I was schlepping them around in my backpack.
I had Keen mary janes, nice closed toe Riekers, shoes, and another pair of Riekers. The Keens were fine, but the second Riekers were sort of a juarache style and turned out to be way too summery for the weather. We did get a bit of rain and it would seem gloomy, but then the sun would come out and it was great, but still not summer weather.

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I usually alternate between sandals and some sort of sneaker. Cil’s right about May, it could be uncomfortably cool for sandals as your only footwear at the beginning of your trip.

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That’s what I’m thinking, oldlady. And I’m cold-natured anyway. I’ll continue the search for the perfect closed-toe shoe. This would be so much easier if I liked to shop at all, which I don’t. In fact, I hate hate hate shopping.
Thanks.

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Okay, I just bought some Ecco Glory Tie sneakers. They are by far the most comfortable shoes I’ve tried on. I can’t say it didn’t hurt shelling out the money for them, but I think my feet will thank me. I think they’re pretty cute. I live in my Chucks when I’m at home, so these are actually a little fancy for me. Do you think they’re too sneakery for Europe? I might actually go get those sandles, too, for my second pair of shoes, since they’re so light and would pack pretty flat.

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I think the ecco glory are perfect. I wear a similar looking skeetcher. I try to avoid white and running or court shoes with the thick clunky soles — two clues that instantly identify you as an American.

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Yeah, white Reeboks —> definitely American tourists Smile

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Ick. The only time I ever wear athletic shoes is when I’m exercising and even then they’re never white. The only person I know who still wears white rebocks is my grandmother and she has them because she’s a nurse.

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They look fine to me, Moo.
I once tromped through Scotland in a pair of Eccos.
Perhaps white sneakers are European anathema, but not athletic shoes, period—when we met up with my kid and his Parisian girlfriend, she had on a cute pair of azure blue sneakers.