travel advice & savings
 
SAVE on RAIL PASSES LOWEST PRICES / FREE SHIPPING on orders over $449!
Now use the Trip Planner to:
  • Find and Buy Rail Passes
  • Find and Book Hostels
Already know which Rail Pass you need?
Click here and buy now!
Special Eurotrip Member Savings!
21 replies
will i need nice shoes? clubs, restaurants, etc.
captain poopypants
captain poopypants's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 98
Member: 5377
Joined: 01/15/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 7 weeks ago.

planning to go to at least one or two nice restaurants, clubs, etc. and just want to make sure i’m prepared to dress accordingly.

my main concern is with shoes. obviously most dress shoes are heavy and cumbersome, so an alternative i thought of was to bring a nice pair of driving moccasins or boat shoes. they serve the dual purposes of being lightweight and comfortable. just not sure if they’re too “waspy new englander” for european clubs.

i’m sure they’re popular along the mediterranean, but i don’t know about these super trendy berlin clubs i keep hearing about.

…or am i an idiot, and worrying about nothing?

laurier57
laurier57's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 30
Member: 560
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 11 weeks ago.

I’m not sure of the actual rules, but I have twice been in a group trying to enter a casino where one of the members had inappropriate attire (sandals). This was both in Nice (or Monaco..can’t remember which) & in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Either way it’s usually at least pants, collared shirt, no sandals/hiking boots/gawdy tennis shoes.

Hope that helps

captain poopypants
captain poopypants's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 98
Member: 5377
Joined: 01/15/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 7 weeks ago.

when you say pants, does that include jeans? b/c there’s no way i’m going to pack dress pants.

thanks though

delfrio
delfrio's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 1053
Member: 816
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 18 weeks 2 days ago.

Jeans are fine as long as they are not uggo and torn to pieces (unless that’s in that week). I have no idea what driving moccasins are, but if they are not hard shoes, you probably don’t want to wear them to a club anyway.

captain poopypants
captain poopypants's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 98
Member: 5377
Joined: 01/15/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 7 weeks ago.

Driving moccasins are essentially loafers without a hard sole. They’re incredibly comfortable for walking short distances (i.e. don’t go hiking in them, but walking a mile or two is okay). They’re soft but I wear them to American clubs (especially in the summer) with no problem.

W/ regard to jeans, I would definitely bring one of my dressier pairs. Normally, it would seem stupid to bring a really expensive pair of jeans on a backpacking trip, but not if it serves multiple purposes.

[image]http://www.bananarepublic.com/Asset_Archive/BRWeb/Assets/Product/273/273844/main/br273844-05p01v01.jpg[/image]

augustin25
augustin25's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 1696
Member: 369
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 1 year 7 weeks ago.

I’d much rather take a pair of khakis.  More versatile than jeans, lighter, and they take up less space.

captain poopypants
captain poopypants's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 98
Member: 5377
Joined: 01/15/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 7 weeks ago.

not sure how khakis are more versatile. it’s tough to imagine traveling, going on tours, sleeping on a train, etc. with them, but you can certainly do that with jeans. on top of that a nice pair of jeans should pass at most nice restaurants and clubs. plus khakis wrinkle easily (in constrast, you can get away with crumpled jeans).

not to mention jeans just look better than khakis in almost all applications. in my opinion khakis are like a blue collar (or little kids’) version of proper slacks.

augustin25
augustin25's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 1696
Member: 369
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 1 year 7 weeks ago.

Just giving you advice from someone who’s travelled a lot.  Part of this is probably that I’m in my early 30’s now (acck!), but I’d take khakis over jeans for so many reasons – on a tour they’re not as not as hot, for sleeping on a train I find the thinner fabric more comfortable, and most importantly, they pack lighter and smaller.  Pair ‘em with a t-shirt and they’re very casual, or dress ‘em up with a nicer shirt and go places where you might look out of place with jeans.  But yes, a nice pair of jeans will probably be fine in 99% of places you want to go. 

captain poopypants
captain poopypants's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 98
Member: 5377
Joined: 01/15/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 7 weeks ago.

sorry for the delayed response, but i don’t think khakis will make you stand out less than a pair of jeans anywhere. tan slacks maybe, but not khakis.

invalencia
invalencia's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 38
Member: 6226
Joined: 06/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 7 weeks ago.

it doesnt have to be somethin shiny but you willd efinitely need something half decent to enter most clubs in europe

gqstatus718c
gqstatus718c's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 93
Member: 6306
Joined: 06/18/2007
User offline. Last seen 6 years 35 weeks ago.

here in nyc i get into every club and bar with a nice semi tappered pair of jeans and a not tight but not loose t shirt.  When going to Ger Amsterdam and Czech should i buy some dress shirts to wear…the khakis are cool i think for wamer climates im 20 and wore them alot in Turkey

heavydrinker
heavydrinker's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 722
Member: 2310
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 6 years 15 weeks ago.

I always bring a pair of comfortable shoes for the day + a pair of klubbin shoes

gqstatus718c
gqstatus718c's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 93
Member: 6306
Joined: 06/18/2007
User offline. Last seen 6 years 35 weeks ago.

should i bring dress button ups or t shirts are ok

heavydrinker
heavydrinker's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 722
Member: 2310
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 6 years 15 weeks ago.

Quote:
ORIGINAL: gqstatus718c

should i bring dress button ups or t shirts are ok

 
t-shirts a big no-no…. lacoste, boss or ralph lauren are okay, as long as there’s a colla’ to pop you’ll be easy

gqstatus718c
gqstatus718c's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 93
Member: 6306
Joined: 06/18/2007
User offline. Last seen 6 years 35 weeks ago.

thanks dude….so def popped collar lol shoudl i wear one of those little seashell necklaces

heavydrinker
heavydrinker's profile picture
Eurotripper
EurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripperEurotripper
Eurotrip Points: 722
Member: 2310
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 6 years 15 weeks ago.

jus’ don’t be a white brother rockin artificial bling
 
[image]http://www.sajoa.com/assets/images/db_images/db_IndianPimp1.jpg[/image]

RR20
RR20's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 18
Member: 6381
Joined: 07/02/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 5 weeks ago.

No offense but those shoes you posted are really hideous. I would not wear them in Europe, or anywhere for that matter.

heeland
heeland's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 13
Member: 6409
Joined: 07/10/2007
User offline. Last seen 7 years 5 weeks ago.

www.ectopmall.com it’s very good

alexes
alexes's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 11
Member: 16887
Joined: 08/10/2009
User offline. Last seen 5 years 1 week ago.

There is no question that you need nice shoes for a European party. I will prefer you cheaper fashion boots which are light weight yet have the looks of a dress shoe. Follow this piece of advice and you will certainly enjoy the party.

TheComish
TheComish's profile picture
Traveler
TravelerTravelerTraveler
Eurotrip Points: 224
Member: 11122
Joined: 03/09/2009
User offline. Last seen 24 weeks 5 days ago.

T-shirts, jeans, and some “casual” clean skate shoes have been ok for me whenever I head out. I’ll also bring a polo shirt that I’ll wear when we go to the more upscale places. I took a pair of dress shoes on my first trip to Europe n’ wore them once… waste of space.

I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA, USA with $3000 for 21 days
Frankfurt, Munich, Prague, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London
I am traveling for 20 days
London, Paris, Bruges, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Prague, Munich
I am leaving from LAX and traveling for 20 days
Madrid, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Gibraltar, Granada, Barcelona, Paris
I am leaving from Los Angeles, CA with $2800 for 23 days
Nottingham, Birmingham, Munich, Stuttgart, Bruges, Dublin, Copenhagen, Tallinn, London

“If you are living for tomorrow, you will always be a day behind” – Bill Hicks

oldlady
oldlady's profile picture
Moderator
ModeratorModeratorModeratorModeratorModerator
Eurotrip Points: 12
Member: 778
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 2 weeks 6 days ago.

Quote:
I took a pair of dress shoes on my first trip to Europe n’ wore them once… waste of space.
That’s pretty much my experience, but a gal can pack dress shoes that take almost no space.

Coleni
Coleni's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 10
Member: 28612
Joined: 08/07/2010
User offline. Last seen 4 years 2 weeks ago.

Nice post on will i need nice shoes? clubs, restaurants, etc.. I like it very much because it has very helpful articles of various topics like spam links deleted different culture and the latest news. I am a googler and search on many topics. By searching i found this nice website. Thanks for sharing.