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Right Shoes for the trip?
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So I’m doing a trip late this summer (aug 25-???), The beginning stretch will consist of Amsterdam and Paris, and the next few weeks following that will be on the southern sections (i.e. spain, italy, greece, Turkey). I’ve been reading a lot, and it seems everyone recommends 2 pairs of shoes (well one being a flip-flop/sandel)…my problem is that we plan to hit the bars and some clubs while were out there….so I need some footwear that will look good enough to go out in as well.

I really don’t want to bring a 3rd pair of shoes just for the night life…especially since I’ll be packing everything into a 2300 cu in pack (forces me to pack light)

What do you guys recommend? I’ve heard some good things about Merrels, and Tevas for their sandels…but can they hold up to the different climates (subtropic and fall conditions)?

Thanks for the help!

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I think Tevas hold up pretty well, and there are all different styles now.
Merrells aren’t bad either. I really like Munros, too. Last time I brought a pair of Munro open-toe wedges that were really comfy, a pair of Tevas, and that was it.

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Teva’s seem to be a good choice for the sandels…but i’m not sure about their casual shoes…in terms of looks. Merrells have some nice looking shoes (i.e. Hemp Moc), but I don’t know if they are sturdy enough for all the walking.
 
Mostly the wear on them will come from city walking, but we’ll do some hiking, particularly through Cinque Terre in Italy, and possibly in Greece, and Alps, but nothing too difficult.
 
I just really want something that I can pull of for night life, and will give me ease of mind for the long walking days…
 
Cil FYI….I’m a guy…open toed shoes are not my thing…sorry! Wink

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Oops, sorry, eslobode—I can well understand that you might not be into open-toed wedges.[Wink]
I realize some of the clubs really check out your footwear and won’t let you in if they consider it inappropriate. And yeah, Tevas are good sandals but not exactly dance club attire.
I own Merrells, they give pretty good support, and have used them in my job, which does involve being on my feet lot, but I’m not exactly hiking all day.
FWIW, I like Merrells because they tend to run wide. There are Clark’s and Rockports, too, but they run narrower.
You can always pack a little moleskin if you want to be on the safe side.