Best Walking Shoes: 2006
Foot-loose and fancy-free is not so easy in the wrong shoes. What are the best travel shoes for you and why?
Read the Distillation: Best Walking Shoes, 2005
I finally found the perfect (almost) walking shoes. The are the "Timeout" model made by San Antonio Shoe (SAS). They are light, extremely comfortable and I can't wear them out. The only thing keeping them from being perfect is ankle support as they are low cut.
Burlington, WI USA Tue 12/26/2006
Chacos are still my favorite for summer travel
I keep going back to my Chaco sandals for my European adventures.
They are easy to put on, have a great sole that has lasted and lasted.
The straps are adjustable, so if my feet swell in the heat, I can make the sandals looser on my feet.
If I get stuck in rain, or have to walk through water, I have no problems, I know they will dry quickly.
Most important, they have fantastic footbeds, offer great arch support, and I can walk all day in them with no problems - - and I have problem feet.
It's Chacos for me this summer!
USA Tue 12/26/2006
I do 2-week excursions to Europe with just a large backpack (2400 cu in), but always take a second pair of shoes along so I can alternate. The shoes I end up wearing most (2/3+ of the time) are my Crocs (the solid-upper Highlander model in black). With mid-weight socks they are plenty warm in winter. They make long days of walking on uneven cobblestones in Amsterdam or Edinburgh bearable. I am somewhat heavy-set and have high arches and plantar fascitis...still, wearing my ugly Crocs I can log 10-12 miles a day (if it is daylight I am walking--rarely stop to sit for more than 3-5 minutes) and still be able to move the next day!
Northfield, MN USA Fri 12/22/2006
Women's walking shoes
I second the recommedation for Mephisto AllRounders as the best in lightweight women's walking shoes. I toured Europe for four months and they suited all kinds of different occasions. I found them at a web site called most-comfortable-shoes.com
Boulder, CO USA Wed 12/20/2006
"The World's Softest Socks" work very well for me, year-round. Took several pairs to Italy and Amsterdam last April..no problems at all. No blisters, washed them out in sinks, they dry fairly quickly. They are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
USA Sat 12/16/2006
The best socks for winter walking are Smart Wool's hiking socks. I've never had socks that actually make a difference in how your feet feel but these make my feet feel fantastic. They don't rub, they wick away moisture and they actually make it easier to walk all day. There are lots of different kinds of Smart Wool socks but their hiking socks are the best.
Seattle, WA USA Thu 12/14/2006
Keene sure did me well in India
USA Thu 12/14/2006
Socks or no socks
If the weather is hot, the best shoe is actually as stylish a walking sandal as possible. I would take 2 pair so you don't overwear just one pair. Believe me, it makes a difference and it can be hard to wear the same shoes or sandals every day for 2 weeks for all occasions. The extra weight of a second pair of nice walking sandals is well worth it. And if you can avoid Italy in June and go in fall, that's better still. Though I know a lot of people have to go at certain times due to vacation contraints. Good luck!
USA Wed 12/13/2006
I just got back from Paris, and I loved my Keens. I took my Keen Astoria shoes (brown) and my feet stayed dry and comfortable. In colder weather, I would have taken my Keen Salem boots. My black Timberland boots were equally comfortable and kept my feet dry as well. You definitely need comfy, water resistant shoes for Paris!
AR USA Tue 12/12/2006
Absolutely the best shoes for long walks where open toed sandles are not appropriate or weather doesn't cooperate (for men at least) are from Eastland Shoe Company out of Maine, they take the beating and your feet are not tired at the end of the day. I have tried alot and have gone through two pairs even here in the deserts of Iraq..
Al Asad, AB Iraq Mon 12/11/2006
My husband and I toured Europe last summer for a month, and both chose KEEN shoes. Our feet and legs were never tired! It was truly amazing. The drawback was that they don't seem to breathe. Your feet get very hot! And socks are a must, or else they get very stinky! Also-style wise they are fine in Northern Europe, but Italians will stare.
Idaho Falls, ID USA Tue 12/05/2006
Socks or no socks, I was in Italy last summer. Good walking shoes are a must! And ones that breathe as it is incredibly hot! I wore KEEN MaryJanes, which were very comfortable! But they were wide compared to the sleek shoes Italians wear. The Italians stared at my feet as if I they were huge monstrosities attached to my legs. Just a word of warning.
Idaho Falls, Id USA Tue 12/05/2006
Cold wet cobbletones
Another vote for the Mephisto All-Arounders. Except for one day on a mountain trail in my hiking boots, I wore the All-Arounders every moment. The adjustable 2-way ankle straps and roomy toes made them comfortable with both thin and thick socks. The bubble-cushioned heel made walking very comfortable, the tread gave me traction on slick surfaces and the wide sole gave me enough support I never turned an ankle. Still they have a delicate, non-clunky look to them.
I had bought the limited edition metallic - bronze, and sprayed them with the reecommended "rain and stain repellant" but still - one day on a vinyard tour and they got a lot more scuffed up than I'd hoped.
Paid about $200 in Marin. Saw them in only one store in Florence. for 120 Euros.
Larkspur, CA USA Sun 12/03/2006
Socks or No Socks Mary Janes
I wear Keen Vancouver Mary Jane style shoes with Peds brand low cut liner "socks" - because the shoes are black, the black liners just bearly show around the edges of the shoes. The liners also come in tan.
Salem, OR USA Fri 11/24/2006
Socks or No Socks
Melissa: I wore ECCO Maryjanes (they were a children's size since I have extremely small feet - size 4 woman's) when I visited Italy three weeks ago. Our weather was on the cool but comfortable side. I wore pantyhose and never had a problem. Since you are going in the heat of the summer, I don't know if pantyhose would be an option for you. I think however you would need some type of thin sock that would wick away the moisture and keep your feet cool. Don't know if this is much help, but I have to say that the MaryJanes were a great choice for me.
Philadelphia, PA USA Wed 11/22/2006
Mike - socks
Check out Wigwam wool/silk light hiking socks. They are the best. I just returned from a one week hiking trip in Switzerland. We had snow, rain, and one day of sun. We hiked from 9AM to 4-5PM...so on our feet all day. The socks were amazing. No blisters, warm, dry feet!
I believe they are the Ultimax version of their socks. You should be able to find them at REI on line, or in your local sporting goods store.
USA Sat 11/18/2006
Winter Walking Socks
I'm going to Prague in the end of December. It's obviously going to be pretty cold. Any suggestions on what the best socks would be not just to keep my feet warm but that will also be easy on my feet from walking all day long?
Orange County, CA USA Thu 11/16/2006
Shoes for wide feet
You have several choices.
New Balance offers many choices in wide widths. You can also look to Keen- they run wider in the forefoot and are very comfortable, also a bit more stylish that tennis shoes.
One suggestion - shop on line. Go to Zappos.com and narrow your choice to wide width shoes, that will help you to see which shoes are available, then read the reviews ! What a great service!
USA Sun 11/12/2006
Socks or no socks
For those women who purchased a Mary Jane type shoe. Did you wear socks? I'm heading to Italy in June 07 and I'm guessing it will be warm. I'm trying to decide which type of shoe would be best for the summer.
Columbus, OH USA Sat 11/11/2006
wide walking shoes
I also have wide feet. The best for me have been Merrell, Mephisto (pricey, but they last FOREVER), and Teva sandals.
I wear the Merrells all the time. It's hard to force my feet into anything else now.
Edmonds, WA USA Sat 11/11/2006
Best Walking Shoes
I have very WIDE feet..... What are the shoes that would be best for me? I also need flexibility in the bottom of my shoes so my feet don't cramp. Thanks for your help.
Santa Rosa, CA USA Sat 11/11/2006
I travel without my birkenstocks! They have traveled the world with me.
Winter Park, FL USA Fri 11/10/2006
For summer travel, nothing beats the Keen H2 model. You can walk in rain, through a stream and then hike in them, or walk the cobble stone streets and they dry quickly with no smell.
The back strap keeps the shoe securly on your foot.
They can also be worn with a sock for colder temps.
I wear mine year round (except in snow)
USA Wed 11/08/2006
Try the Keen Boston for a good sturdy walking shoe that is water resistant with an anti-slip sole. They were great worn with Smartwool hiking socks. They do run small, so be sure to get them 1/2 size larger, as recommended.
USA Tue 11/07/2006
walking shoes and light hiking
I concur on MERRELS - worked great and they have many styles to choose from. The light-mid hiking worked great for 2 weeks daily hiking vineyards, castles and cobblestone streets! The good quality soles/treads came in handy! (and they even have dressy versions for nice dinners out!)
CA USA Thu 11/02/2006
Best Walking Shoes
I have severe osteoarthritis so walking about Italy was a concern for me. I shopped around alot and finally settled on Keen Saratoga. They slip on and off which was great for the airport. I don't think I could have done it without them! They are great for the slightly wider foot and have great arch support.
La Mesa, Ca. USA Wed 11/01/2006
Merrill's are the way to go. I wore them every day for two weeks and never once did i have any problems. Love them!!
Chandler, AZ USA Wed 11/01/2006
best walking shoes
We just got back from 3 wks in Italy. My husband wore Tevas & I wore Earth Sandals..they were very comfortable walking over all the ruins & cobblestones!
Auburn, ca USA Sat 10/28/2006
if style is important, you can't go wrong with Prada. Their sandals are amazing. 3.5 weeks through Italy and France.
Sacramento, CA USA Thu 10/26/2006
best sandals ever made!!!
The best walking sandals ever!!!! Which?!!! Mephisto "Sam" is the answer.
seattle, wa USA Wed 10/25/2006
Crocs were great
After reading all the suggestions, I bought Crocs for my trip to Spain, dark brown which I wore with brown socks. It feels at first as if you are walking around in your bedroom slippers, but they were great. No sore tired feet!
Mission Viejo, CA USA Wed 10/18/2006
Love my Merrill's
I love my Merrill's! It's the only brand that I have owned 4 different pairs of the same brand, different styles, in 1 season. My clogs and sandals got me through Scandanavia this summer in stylish comfort.
New York, NY USA Sat 10/14/2006
I think Crocs are ugly. Ugly ugly ugly. I still wore a pair of chocolate brown ones every single day of my 21-day trek around Italy. My feet thanked me by not aching or blistering.
I realized early on that in order to look like a local, I'd have to be wearing head-to-toe D&G with three-inch heels (on cobblestones!) like all the girls near my age did. There was no way not to look like a tourist as I marveled at the sites with camera in hand, so I'm glad I was comfortable.
I still think Crocs are ugly.
OR USA Thu 10/12/2006
Shoes for the Trip!
Love my new Dansko sandals (Maxine)! I will definitely be walking all over Europe with them!
Now for my "other" shoe to take: Will a trail runner shoe work for hiking in the Alps? I don't think we'll be climbing the side of a mountain or anything :). I just want something with enough traction w/out having to take hiking boots!...Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?
Yardley, PA USA Mon 10/09/2006
I've been to Paris three times in three years and walked all over the city. I wear my Dansko clogs, and they never fail me!
Kim Martin Long
Shippensburg, PA USA Sun 10/01/2006
Just back from three weeks in France. Wore a pair of Ecco's. They wore like clouds. Bought them on Ebay, half price retail.
lakewood, w USA Sat 09/30/2006
Most confortable shoes
Just got back from 4 weeks in Europe, wore my SAS sandles, they were wonderful. Check them out.
San jose, ca USA Wed 09/27/2006
Reply to Patricia in Eastover
Patrcia, I buy my sport shoes from Easy Spirit. They have 3 or 4 styles. Go to the store, look at the display, and you'll find the one I buy. It has what I consider a roomy toe box. I have bunions which require me to buy very wide shoes. The style I purchased a few months ago is very roomy; no rubbing at all.
Los Angeles, CA USA Fri 09/15/2006
Wore Naot sandles over countless miles of cobblestone in Rome last summer without any problems (I have arch troubles). A friend even has a pair that she can wear her arch supports in. A good bet for your tender tootsies.
Walnut Creek, Ca USA Sun 09/10/2006
I also am not crazy about Crocs. I have quite long toes and none of the Croc styles accommodate them. I have one pair I occasionally wear to work (8 hr shifts on concrete) and they're just so so. OK for a day but lacking in support. I love my birkenstocks: Footprints Eden and Alpro C140. The Alpro is clunkier looking but less fragile. I don't see Meindls (Meindl.de)mentioned here. Cabela's carries them in the U.S. for much less then they are in Europe or Canada. Cabelas has a limited selection of mens shoes (often on sale) and insulated or uninsulated, waterproof or not waterproof hikers and hunting boots. I have a pair of womens Teton II hikers that are waterproof but uninsulated. My husband has the Perfekt hunter which is insulated. These boots are expensive, but have AMAZING support. They take forever to break in because how solid they are, but right from the start your feet, ankles and arches feel great.
Canada Sun 09/10/2006
SAS shoes -- Comfort in every step!
SAS shoes are amazing! We spent 21 days in France and Austria in April ... walking, walking, walking and hopping on and off trains, buses, taxis, etc. Our feet NEVER hurt ... not once ... ever. Hubby and I both had the slip-on walking shoes. I am sooooooooo glad we heeded my mother's advice. Thanks Mom!
Sugar Land, Texas USA Thu 09/07/2006
Check sporting goods stores, too
because I saw some Ugg-like fur-lined hiking shoes (rather than boots)that were were also watearproof- I don't remember the specific brand but there were other similar styles, too. These would offer additional arch support if you will be doing a whole lot of walking.
USA Wed 09/06/2006
Keen all the way
Keen shoes offer a much better foot support than Merrell. I sell shoes, not either of these brands, but can tell you from a technical view that you have more arch support, and a better footbed in a pair of Keen than in Merrell footwear.
Go with Keen
Also, for the person that is considering wearing Croc shoes in the winter in Prague, I hope you like cold feet, because that is what you will have. The foam Crocs are made from have little insulating factor, the cold from the street will transfer directly to the bottom of your feet and you will be cold. The person who suggested Uggs is right on. The sheepskin insulation is wonderful...however, again, there is no support in this footwear. No arch support, so walking all day might be a challenge if you have any foot issue at all. For an inexpensive place to purchase Uggs...check out your local Marshall or Ross store. Uggs is dumping certain colors in these location and you can purchase them for around $60. A considerable savings over "current" colors available in shoe and department stores.
If traveling in winter, a good hiking boot that has some GoreTex or other waterproof/breathable "sock" will be much better for travel. Just plan on wearing them on the plane, as they take up a lot of space in your bags. Again, I'd stay away from Merrell, and instead check into Keen, Lowa, Asolo or even Solomon as better brands with more foot support etc.
USA Tue 09/05/2006
Keens vs. Merrels
Do the Keens!!! Lightweight, spacey, and very versatile. My wife and I both have a pair and are currently breaking them in and love them! We do lot's of hiking in Alaska and these shoes are truly worth the extra money...
Eagle River, Ak USA Tue 09/05/2006
Don't forget Uggs, for Jane
I am a Crocs convert but for the past three winters have lived in my battered Uggs. Although the original ones seem to be "passe" now, there are newer versions with the same super cozy furry footbed...
USA Sun 09/03/2006
Crocs in the Winter
Can I wear Crocs' Georgie (the boot) in the winter in Prague?? Can someone recommend a good cold weather COMFORTABLE boot?? That is also durable?
Houston, Texas USA Sun 09/03/2006
Keen's or Merrell's??
I am taking a two week trip to Italy that will involve a lot of walking. I am looking at Keen Malibu's and Merrell Carousel's and can't decide. Does anyone have a recommendations for or against either of these?? Thank you!!
Seattle, WA USA Sun 09/03/2006
Another suggestion for those w/problem feet
I love New Balance's Motion Control Inserts (insoles). They have a lot of dense cushioning, but also a rigid arch support/heel cup system. I over-pronate a lot, and I wore these in my New Balance 925s all over Europe for several weeks - they were wonderful. Now I use them in almost all my walking/hiking shoes. (They do take up space in the shoe, though, so you'd want to make sure the shoe accomodates orthotics or take a pair of the inserts with you when you shop for new shoes.)
USA Fri 09/01/2006
crocs are great!!
I bought a pair of crocs in Kailua Hawaii this summer (flip flops) and I have worn them every day for 3 months now! I also have just bought a pair of the enclosed ones in black for wear at the airport on Labor Day when I depart for London! They will go with my black, navy and tan jeans for tromping the old streets. I also have a pair of "dress up" Merrels in brown to go with my brown outfit. My 77 year old feet love crocs best though!!
Camano Island, WA USA Thu 08/31/2006
I have really bad feet too.
I have several things to say about feet and shoes. I heartily agree with someone earlier who said that Brooks Addiction are a great walking shoe. They are. Also, New Balance have really very good anti-pronation shoes for people with plantar faciitis. I have pretty bad plantar faciitis. I have custom-made insoles, and can only wear sturdy, practical shoes. I can wear birkenstocks, but they do not do well for long walks, as they have little ankle support for me. I have found a pair of easy spirit sport shoes/ sandal type shoes that are called "true spirit". They are built like a tennis shoe. But, have a sling back and holes cut out in the sides of the front. They are tightened by a bungee cord! Mine are black,and can be worn with or without socks. I tend to wear a liner sock in mine, as I have to put my insoles in them and those promote sweat, however, they are neopreen, and handle moisture well, without the plastic insoles that make my feet sweat. One more word about socks and sandals....it is perfectly ok to wear nice rag or wool socks with Birks or Teva sandals. Seattleites are famous for this! Just do not wear sports socks that are white, or tube socks for god's sake!Good luck, and take care of your feet!
Seattle, WA USA Wed 08/30/2006
Again, the Crocs!
My stylish 20-year-old daughter scoffed at my weird looking Crocs...she, too, has a summer job on her feet all day long on concrete. I kept begging her to try them. Finally she relented and- more testimony!- now wears them every time she works.
USA Wed 08/30/2006
Walking on Concrete
hi, my husband walks on concrete in retail store every day, all day, any advice for a good ppair of shoes. at night his feet just ache!
IN USA Wed 08/30/2006
I have a history of plantar fascitis and poorly treated, it can be extremely painful. Even a mild case left untreated can become aggravated without proper support. I wear orthotics, never go barefoot and wear a night splint until the fascia is healed. A bad case of plantar fascitis can take as long as 18 months to heal. With regard to your travel plans, wear your orthotics and wear shoes with proper support for this condition. I know from experience. In the spring, I kept to an aggressive travel schedule in Britain without the best walking shoes and I am still healing from the damage I did. I have different shoes now and have better walking shoes for a fall trip to Italy which will accomodate my orthotics. I can't tell you specifically what shoes - it truly depends on your feet and your condition. Don't skimp on your travel walking shoes. Pamper those feet and they will make your travels so much more enjoyable and so that you can see everything there is to see.
USA Mon 08/28/2006
Sandra with Foot Problems
You could do a Google search for "therapeutic shoes" and see what comes up. There are many companies providing footwear for people with problem feet. BTW, what do you wear at home? If you already have shoes that are comfortable, consider taking them to Europe.
USA Sun 08/27/2006
foot problems and shoes
I have foot problems - arthritis and a mild case of planters fascitis. Anybody have any suggestions besides tennis shoes and orthodics.
Oshkosh, WI USA Sat 08/26/2006
I actually received a compliment from two young women in ITALY, regarding my lime green Keen sandals. They spoke no English but stopped me and smiled and pointed and I ended up writing down the name for them to look online! Although I don't have their closed- toe winter style, new ones are coming out all the time and for those of you who need a wide foot bed (especially in the toe area- for bunions) you should check them out.
USA Fri 08/25/2006
I have a Stuart Weitzman black leather slip on that is WA
USA Thu 08/24/2006
CHACOS AND KEEN
These are two of my favorite traveling shoes. Light weight, very durable. Chaco has new leather sandals that can go from day to night time use.
Either one can get wet, say if you get caught in a rain storm, or decide to go hiking and cross a stream...so nice to be able to not worry about your footwear.
I've had no trouble with "break in" of either one of these brands. I can wear them out of the box in total comfort.
Keen are a bit more "out there" in style, but the oversized toe box makes for walking comfort. I like that they have a "bumper" toe, so you don't worry about getting your feet stepped on in a crowd, or bumping your toe hiking a trail at the CT in Italy!
The Chacos or Keens can go from outdoors to shower wear too in those "icky" situations in hotels or hostels....I hardly ever walk barefoot in a hotel room...I keep my sandals at the ready by my bed for quick trips in the middle of the night.
Both of these brands stay on your feet, don't smell, are easy to wash when dirty or dusty, look smart and are easy to wear in many situation.
I'd highly recommend you try both of these shoes before your next trip over seas!!
USA Tue 08/22/2006
Thank God that Crocs do not smell. As much as I love my birks. they stink after a while. But my Crocs stay stink-free thanks to the special resin. I would tell everyone to buy crocs.
Brooklyn, NY USA Mon 08/21/2006
As for the smell, that goes away in an hour or so. They are made of a closed cell resin, there for no bacteria can grow, soooo, no more stinky feet. Believe me, some of the very expensive leather sandles listed on here are going to stink in due time.....and as the previous person wrote, you can wash them in the sink and they are as good as new. You don't have to buy bright colors, they have soft colors or white and black too.
USA Sat 08/19/2006
I own 5 pair of Crocs, bright yellow,bright pink, red,pale yellow,&light blue. I work in a hospital and wear them on my 12 hour shifts every day and when I go out shopping, I wear them then too. I am going to take my pale yellow and light blue ones, when I go to Italy. They are the best, like walking on a cloud,yet they cushion your foot, support your arch and if they get dirty, just wash them out in the sink.
USA Sat 08/19/2006
Crocs in Italy
For Carla- I was going to respond to the previous poster who thought that Crocs would look ridiculous in Europe. I was in Italy all last summer and wore my Keen sandals on the plane (we did a lot of hiking, but I wore them in the city with capri pants, too)and took my black leather Birkenstocks to wear with skirts the other days. If I had owned my Crocs last summer, I definitely would have taken them. I agree that the bright colors are great for kids and, I would point out crankily to the complaining anti-Croc writer, for teachers, doctors, artists...ANYONE who has to be on their feet all day at work...and kids respond to the bright colors, whether on your clothes or your footwear. Anyway, mine are good ole basic black and I will definitely take them on my next trip to Europe. Although the Keens and Birkenstocks were tried and true and well-broken-in, you walk differently on vacation and certainly father than usual. I ended up using my shower and around the hotel flip flops on the several days my feet really hurt after big hikes or a lot of city walking on concrete, and the Crocs would hava been perfect. Ultimately, you're never going to have nicer shoes than the Italians anyway, and all the women were in platforms or high heeled sandals we Americans would not likely take on the trip anyway! Wear what's comfortable for you and your feet!
USA Sat 08/19/2006
Jill, thanks for your suggestions and your response to my inquiry. The shoes you suggested will definiely be on my list to check out.
Have you checked out these Crocs allthese people are e-mailing about? I bought a pair to wear in the yard and love them! Wonder if they would pass for daywear in Italy?
Nashville, TN USA Fri 08/18/2006
I too have plantar faciitis. I was so upset thinking I would suffer and never be able to travel much again. We love to walk as much as possible once unpacking in a new city. I had 2 years of recovery! I had several shots in each heel, daily stretching and staying off my feet as much as possible. It was terrible. My doctor recommended New Balance Sneakers and Birkenstock sandals. I also have fallen arches. I live in the Birkenstocks and now own 8 pairs...all on sale! I wear my New Balance sneakers for long outdoor activities...such as 10 hour days in Las Vegas and San Francisco and to take walks. I just recently bought a new pair for our trip to London in October. I will break them in first and wear the sneakers during the day and for the theatre and dinner I will wear my black Birkenstocks. I love stylish shoes but after thinking my feet were permanently disabled I will praise Birkenstocks and New Balance as much as possible. I also stretch my heel/calf before starting any walk.
Augusta, Maine USA Fri 08/18/2006
Well it seems there are differing opinions about Crocs. They do come in other colors aside from the bright ones. I do own Ecco, Born etc. for shoes/boots..but I have found Crocs to be great for walking in. But to each their own
New York, NY USA Fri 08/18/2006
I do not understand the purpose of these "shoes" except for shower or pool wear.
There are so mnay nice types of sophisticated footwear to choose from, why would you wear these "tacky" shoes in public?
Crocs are very cute on children under 5, but on adults in bring colors - I just cringe!
I cannot imagine taking this type of shoe to wear in Europe.
I'd much rather see a nice pair of white athletic shoes on adult feet than pink, red, yellow, green "Crocs" .
Add to that the fact that the minute you walk into a store that carries this product, and you can't breathe for the smell! Just that fact makes me shy away from them.
These are just not natural.
Please, invest your money in Ecco, Rockport, Naot, Chaco, Keen, etc....don't wear your houseslippers in public!
USA Fri 08/18/2006
I have been wearing mine every day! I will definitely take them on my next European trip. There is no place for them to rub, it just can't happen- hence no blisters. I will say, though, that when it is very hot because they are spongey and plastic that moisture builds up inside. It's not icky, you're just aware of it- and it never smells like sweaty feet! I would absolutely take a pair as a backup to whatever favorite walking shoes you are taking- they barely weigh anything and will squish to nothing in your carry-on. Besides, you can use them as slippers in the hotel and even wear them in suspect showers!
USA Wed 08/16/2006
I had good results with Ecco Seawalkers. We walked about 30 miles around Paris, and I was very pleasantly surprised that my feet didn't hurt, I didn't have any blisters and even my lower back, which gives me a lot of trouble, was feeling good. The only downside was that I thought they were kinda pricey.
Virginia Beach, VA USA Wed 08/16/2006
Crocs are the best
I think the best shoes are crocs. Go to the www.crocs.com. They even have special ones for people with diabetes, bunions etc. You all have probably seen them. They are those rubber sort of clogs with the holes. They are wonderful and I use them all the time when doing a lot of walking in Europe. The most expensive pair is about $49. Look into the ones that have the RX next to them. Crocs all the way.
New York, NY USA Wed 08/16/2006
RE: Naot sandals blisters
Diane, I have a few pair of Naot sandals that I love. I wear them to work every day during the summer. They are very comfortable. But, once I wore them traveling, where I walked in them several miles. I too had the terrible blisters on the ball of my feet. Something about that nice cushy insole that becomes very hard very quickly. With any amount of walking, the bottom line is your feet have to be conditioned to walk that distance. That means creating some tough skin, when wearing sandals, and it also means to practice walk the distance you will actually be walking on your travels. If you're feet are conditioned to walk 5 miles; that doesn't mean they'll carry you 10 miles without some pain. On my 7-day Paris tour, we easily walked 10 miles each day. I wore sandals; not Naots. I had moleskin and bandaids everywhere. By the time the week was over, I had finally built up enough calluses and rough skin that I didn't feel any discomfort. Of course, my feet weren't so silky and pretty anymore; but very functional. I'm going to wear sandals on my next trip, and they'll be Chaco's Z2s. I will bring my Naots, though, but only to wear to dinner.
Colorado Springs, CO USA Tue 08/15/2006
Naot sandals blisters
i bought a pair of Naot (kayla) and was breaking them in. Got terrible blisters on the balls of my feet. Going to italy in 6 weeks. should I keep trying to break them in or get another , different pair of sandals? Also looking for a non sneaker walking shoe. Suggestions very welcomed
Madison, NJ USA Tue 08/15/2006
SHOES FOR SORE FEET
I BOUGHT A PAIR OF BIRKIE GARDENING CLOGS IN SWEDEN, THEY HAVE A CORK INSOLE/INSERT AND MY VACATION WAS SAVED FROM FOOT PAIN. THEY WERE LIKE A FOOT MASSAGE WHEN WALKING OVER COBBLESTONES. I HAVE SPURS AND PLANTAR FASCIA PROBLEMS
USA Tue 08/15/2006
Size 14 shoes
Terri--another good resource for larger-sizes is Zappos.com.My husband wears a 15,& found 2 pr.for our upcoming France trip.We saw some styles up to size 18!They offer free shipping both ways--hard to beat. Good luck !
Lowell, MA USA Mon 08/14/2006
Size 14 shoes
Terri--I understand your difficulties in finding good shoes for your husband. My son wears a size 16 so we order most of his shoes from oddballshoe out of Portland. He is very particular but has been pleased with every pair of shoes we have ordered from there.
Lewiston, ID USA Mon 08/14/2006
Size 14! Help!
My husband wears size 14 shoes! Any suggestions? He tried on a pair of Ecco's at Nordstrom yesterday and they felt a little too snug. It looks like Rockports only go up to size 13. Any help appreciated!
USA Sun 08/13/2006
All Rounder Women's Walking Shoes
I have been looking for many years for a versatile and extremely comfortable women's walking shoe for my overseas travels - I think I found it at last!!! It's a dressy sneaker called the All Rounder, made by luxury shoe manufacturer Mephisto. What I love is that it is suitable for all occasions - walking, evenings out and it adjusts to allow room for my feet to expand during air travel. I found it these through a site called Most Comfortable Shoes - there's a link below if you are interested: http://www.most-comfortable-shoes.com/womens_walking_shoes.html
Chicago, IL USA Sun 08/13/2006
www.footsmart.com is one place to shop for such shoes. Shoes are available specifically made for problem feet. There are other websites when searching "therapeutic shoes" in Google.
USA Sun 08/13/2006
Tennis shoe recommendation
My podiatrist has recommended a tennis shoe with a roomy toebox. Have you a recommendation? I also have heel spurs, overlappying and hammer toes. All heredity. I am a 58 year old female and need some good advice, thanks
Eastover, SC USA Sat 08/12/2006
Bare feet in the Airport
Thanks to a tip here last year, I modified it and have a useful idea for those of you, like me, who don't even like socks sharing the airport floor when going through security. Either over bare feet if I'm going with sandals for flying, or over socks if in winter, I keep the "peds"-style sport socks that always seem to lose their partner in between trips. I ball them up and keep them with my flight documents, and slip 'em on at the point when you have to take off your shoes and get ready to put them in the security bin. If it's a really old pair with some holes, I throw them away after moving away from security to put my shoes back on. I keep a couple extra pairs for the return flights in my carry- on (well, in the "olden" days, as of last week...). If you keep them, and you are a sandals person, and your feet get cold on the flight, you can put them on and the airplane carpet is just as nasty as the airport floors and you're in business!
USA Fri 08/11/2006
I just bought two pairs of crocs today. The black and the brown. I want to know if anyone has tried the new crocs that are called like clouds or something they are for people with foot problems. If so please let me know, I am considering those as well.
Brooklyn, NY USA Thu 08/10/2006
Here's a consideration if you're planning on sandals. At airports you will more often than not be required to remove your shoes and have them X-rayed. Many surprised travellers have commented on having to stand barefoot on nice dirty airport floors while waiting for their shoes to reappear.
And make sure when you wear socks they're presentable, because a lot of folks might end up seeing them.
USA Wed 08/09/2006
I had the exact same choice to make and took these shoes. Both are absolutely excellent walking shoe with style and versatility. I was very happy with my choice because it covered a huge range of situations gracefully:
Black Keen Presidio Black Dansko Margrete
San Francisco, CA USA Sun 08/06/2006
Cold feet with sandals?
Nancy-you asked about sandals and cold feet - most of our trips are during the summer. Many are to places where I know I will not get cold wearing only sandals (i.e Italy). When we travel somewhere that it might get rainy, colder (Ireland), I will bring one pair of sandals and one pair of closed toe shoes that I can wear with socks. I know some swear by the super outdoor type socks but I wear the same normal sock I wear at home and have no problems.
USA Sun 08/06/2006
Boots?? Do we need them?
Question. I will be traveling in France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Hungary in Mid March 07. I know for Rome and Southern Italy, walking shoes will be fine. However, do I need to invest in "weather boots" for Paris, Vienna, Bern, Lucerne, and Budapest. Being from Florida, we just don't own that type of footwear. Thanks for advice.
Jacksonville, FL USA Sat 08/05/2006
Question about sandals, and socks
I bought a pair of Mephisto sandals, but I'm wondering- when you all write about wearing sandals, what if it gets chilly (museums, etc)? Surely you don't wear socks with the sandals! As for the various comfy shoes mentioned, what sort of socks do you wear with them? thanks!
Newport Beach, CA USA Fri 08/04/2006
Saucony Walking Shoes & Rockports
I purchased some Saucony Walking shoes from www.onlineshoes.com. I also purchased some custom footbeds from www.footsmart.com (I have extremely high arches & Superfeet couldn't help me).
Yes, I know...these are dreaded "white trainers" that people heap their scorn on. But I am going to be comfortable when I travel.
The Saucony shoes come in wider widths to accomodate my poor toes that always get squished by regular width shoes.
My husband swears by Rockports with his Superfeet in them for extra support.
Port Orchard, WA USA Fri 08/04/2006
Sensitive feet need good (expensive) shoes
Beth - I consider my feet to be "sensitive" as well, so am very picky about my shoes. The best advice I can give is to spend as much money as you possibly can - I know that sounds very flip but I have found that "cheap" shoes (not all leather, little cushion, very fashionable though) definitely rub my feet and give me blisters. I spend what I consider to be quite a bit of money and have had success with the following brands: Mephisto sandals (the ones with straps on the back, not the slides), Naot (they need breaking in though to be really comfortable and not rub), Merrell Primo Slides (a clog type shoe that is so much lighter than the Danskos which I do not like though others swear by them), Ecco (shoes and sandals both).
The next thing is after you buy these shoes you need to wear them as much as possible before your trip. That way you can see if they will work or, as in the case of the Naots, they will soften up a bit and not rub during your trip. If you find a shoe you really like and it really works for you, immediately go and buy another pair, maybe in a different color. I have 3 pairs of the exact same Mephisto sandal in black, brown & faux crocodile and have alternated these as one of my main pair of travel shoes since summer of 2000 and they are all still quite wearable
Atlanta, GA USA Fri 08/04/2006
Sensitive feet recommendation?
I have very sensitive feet, prone to calluses, blisters, etc. I often have problems with shoes rubbing the back of my ankle, or the sides of my feet. Also, I have flat feet and wear orthotics (not all the time, though). Can anyone recommend a very comfortable, cushioned sandal and walking shoe? I am going to England/Scotland very soon, so I would appreciate any advice. thanks!
USA Fri 08/04/2006
Heading to Italy in September and need suggesons on what two pair of shoes to take. Need something that will work well for walking but still look good enough for some evening use. I will take my flops for hotel use but need advise on fashionable day into evening shoes. Can't take but two pair of shoes, plan on purchasing some to bring home and wear here to help me "remember my trip".
Nashville, TN USA Thu 08/03/2006
Love those Crocs!
I have recently become a Croc addict, too, wearing them (in basic black!)every day this summer. Sadly this is not a European summer for me, but (hopefully next year) when I return I am going to squish a pair in my luggage. They weigh next to nothing. I/you can use them around hotels as slippers and to have as a back- up or to alternate with your regular walking around shoes. They are also available in a flip flop style and I will try that with skirts. You also avoid the problem of leather taking forever to dry if caught in a summer rain squall...
USA Thu 08/03/2006
Best Walking Shoes
I took two pairs of Crocs for my trip to the UK. One pair in black and one in bone (khaki). My feet NEVER hurt for the 7 days I was there. My travel buddy took her Reeboks and she hurt every day.
Plano, TX USA Thu 08/03/2006
I will be going to Europe in September and am bringing my Dansko Lolitas and my Born sandles (that have a nice, short heals). I will also probably bring my Dansko Marcelle's too as it may be more fall-like in London (we are going in late Sept.) But my sandals will work great for when we go to Barcelona, Marseille, Rome, Naples, etc. So.....I'm planning on bringing these shoes. They are super comfortable for my walking here in Seattle so I am hoping I will experience the same while in Europe!
Everett, WA USA Thu 08/03/2006
I've been happy with various Rockport shoes over the years. Good support and look good in the office or with jeans. I'm on my feet at work all day and find them very comfortible.
Seattle, WA USA Wed 08/02/2006
Dansko Lolitas worked for me
I wore a pair of Dansko Lolitas for several weeks through Italy and Paris - no problems. As usual with shoes, I think it's a "your mileage may vary" thing.
USA Wed 08/02/2006
Dressy walking shoes/boots?
I will be spending the fall in London, working an internship and travelling. I need a pair of comfortable flats or boots that look stylish enough to wear to work. Any brand ideas/ places I could buy?
Denver, CO USA Wed 08/02/2006
A friend of mine bought the Lolita Dansko sandals and actually got a blister from them. That sandal has skinnier straps than other Dansko sandals, so you may want to stay away from that one.
San Francisco, CA USA Tue 08/01/2006
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Danskos!!
I wore my Dansko sandals on my trip to London & Paris and never had a problem. My shoes are so comfortable, I can run in them and it feels like I am in tennis shoes!!! I have the "Molly" sandal. I bought the shoes in early 2004 and they are still in great shape today. They are worth every penny I paid for them. Not one blister, no sore feet (and we walked everywhere!)
San Francisco, CA USA Tue 08/01/2006
I just bought a pair of Naot sandels for my trip to Paris and London next month. I haven't noticed anything mention about them on the Graffiti Wall. Has anyone worn them and if so were they good for walking all day? Thanks
Seattle, Wa USA Tue 08/01/2006
For women, and men, who need a sturdy, comfortable, and possible therapeutic shoe, I recommend Ana-Techshoes.com. Ana-Tech shoes run fairly wide. I wear a double wide and need all the room I can get in the toe box. Nearly every brand or style ever posted on this thread just doesn't run that wide. Most of their styles are a bit geeky but there is one sandal that's fairly stylish. It was comfortable from the moment I put it on in the store. I later bought a second pair.
You can't buy them directly Ana-Tech but if you were able to take the maker's name and style name/number to a shoe store, they might order for you. When I wanted to buy my second pair I went to the same store where I bought the first. They didn't have the shoe on display, so were not carrying it, but they were happy to order it for me. The cost was about $80.
Los Angeles, Calif USA Thu 07/27/2006
DANSKO - any of them!
I wouldn't go anywhere without my Dansko's. They've been the only brand shoe I've taken on trips to London (4 days) and to Italy (17 days on one trip and 18 days on another). They have versatile styles to accomodate seasons, personal taste and type of event... they've updated recently to have more dressy selections that don't look too clunky. I never had problems with discomfort! Try them on at a local store to figure out your size, and then order from Zappos.com or Onlineshoes.com for no taxes, free shipping, and excellent free exchange options just in case the fit is off.
Omaha, NE USA Wed 07/26/2006
Walking shoes possibilities for Dee
Easy Spirit has a shoe called Motion that looks like it would be what you want, Dee. They are in the JC Penney catalog (and stores) as well as other catalogs. Come in many colors, including some metalics which I would not choose.
Sharon R. Johnson
Lincoln,, NE USA Tue 07/25/2006
Just three words to describe the best walking shoe: Brooks Addiction Walker.
franklin, ma USA Tue 07/25/2006
I live in Germany and travel a lot. I have noticed a large number of women wear the Birkenstock Gizeh sandal. They look stylish and comfortable. The most important thing is being comfortable. I would rather stick out as a "tourist" and have comfy feet than blend in and have my sore feet! Most of the time they know you are a tourist long before they look at your shoes :)
Schweinfurt, Germany Tue 07/25/2006
I always buy a pair of shoes when I am in Switz. because they come a bit narrower and hold up well. My only concern? Comfort and traction for easy hiking/walking. I am baffled by the long discussions on appearance :) but I am a granny and could not care less
boulder, co USA Mon 07/24/2006
Marilyn, I'm sad to see that someone proposed you might be ridiculed for wearing white shoes in Ireland. After 4 journeys to Ireland, I have discovered it really, truly does not matter what color your shoes are. If your white New Balance tennies are your favorite, bring them.
Comfort is key - bring shoes that will not let you down. Style is secondary - you're not going to Fashion Week :) and be glad of it, Ireland is MUCH more fun!
In Ireland, especially in the summer, weather is highly unpredictable, but always plan on a rain shower. I take 2 pairs of shoes: sport-style for walking on pavement/soil/wet grass, and sandals for those warm spells/nights out. This combo works for me: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7218689/c/4.html and http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7205655/c/26857.html .
During all of my journeys, I have never been ridiculed for what I have worn on my feet. I have never been made to feel uncomfortable. The Irish are some of the warmest of all Europeans and they are far more concerned that you feel welcome in their country - not about what is on your feet.
Have a great time, don't worry, enjoy the Craic, and happy travels!
MI USA Sat 07/22/2006
I haven't tried these out on a trip yet but I just bought some Keen Sofia's for an upcoming trip to Italy that are darling and so comfortable. They just came out so they're not in all the stores yet. I've tried on lots of different shoes and a lot of Keen's I tried were too wide for me, these are perfect! Keep an eye out for them, they're a lot more stylish then a lot of other comfortable shoes I've tried. I normally wear an 8 1/2 and an 8 fit me perfect.
Seattle, WA USA Fri 07/21/2006
comfy stylish women's sandals
I too travelled in Italy recently and needed that allusive pair of sandals that were comfortable for all day walking and stylish enough for going out to a restaurant and feeling at home amongst the stylish Italians - the Dansko Lolita definately fit the bill, I also had a pair of chaco Colorados as a back up for more beach type wear. I found them at a site someone else here suggested in their posting: www.Most-Comfortable-Shoes.com
NYC, NY USA Fri 07/21/2006
Feet Swelling in Italian Heat
In the heat of June and July in Italy, I purchased black leather velcro strap sandles in San Gimgmiano, Italy. It was the best thing I could do for my feet. With the option of velcro, the leather straps adjusted to the swelling. The soles were good for walking the Cinque Terre later. Being a girly girl, they looked nice with both my Capri pants and my summer dresses. I got rid of my flip flops and rediculous white tennis shoes. Never again. When in Italy, go Italian style! And they do have style.
San Francisco, CA USA Fri 07/21/2006
It's not that Europeans ridicule Americans for wearing white shoes; it's the fact that they will know you're American b/c Europeans tend to wear dark shoes, especially if they are going to be wearing a sneaker-type shoe. If you're not trying to blend in, or you don't mind sticking out as an American, you can where whatever shoes you want. I say try to find a dark sneaker if you want to wear athletic shoes (I found dark navy Nikes...I like dark Nikes b/c they stay clean longer than light-colored running shoes), but if you can't find any, don't worry about it. It's more important to be comfortable. Hope that helps.
CO USA Thu 07/20/2006
White shoes in Ireland
Marilyn-no you will not be ridiculed for wearing white shoes in Ireland (or other European countries). People on this site express their opinion about what has worked best for them. I like darker shoes because I want to wear nicer clothes. I did bring a pair of athletic shoes (mostly white) to Ireland for the times I wore jeans - mostly hiking and outdoor activities. I also brought dark shoes to wear with skirts so that I felt nice enough to be in some of the fabulous restaurants we found.
Atlanta, GA USA Thu 07/20/2006
white walking shoes
Is it really true that people wearing white wallking shoes (mine are New Balance) will be riduled in Ireland? Must I buy black ones?
Hillsborough , NJ USA Thu 07/20/2006
Birkenstocks but a back-up, too
I love my black strappy not-shiny leather Birkenstocks that look dressy enough to wear with skirts. I wore them all the time in Italy last summer, for five weeks, with nary a blister. However, we were caught in a huge rainstorm in Venice and my feet were soaked. The leather still wasn't dry by the next day, and I was glad I had a pair of flip flop sandals I'd brought for wearing in the showers and walking in hotel rooms. They take up almost no space and could save your feet!
USA Tue 07/18/2006
best walking shoes
I can't believe that no one has mentioned MBT's. While they are quite pricy at over $200 a pair, they are the most comfortable pair of shoes/sandals that I have ever worn. I have the sandal in both black and tan. The black can be worn with socks for added warmth if necessary. The thick sole absorbs the feel of any uneven surface that you may be walking on. Give them a try. You can do a google search or find them in any Foot Solutions store.
Rio Verde, Aa USA Tue 07/18/2006
Best Walking Shoes
I vote for Joseph Seibels, both the shoes and the sandals. Light, stylish, comfortable.
Seattle, wa USA Mon 07/17/2006
Dansko and zappos.com
I just ordered a Pair of Dansko -> "lillian" shoes. I'll let you know if they are truly Love at first wear like everyone maes them out to be. I got them at Zappos.com -Which i'm pretty impressed with so far. on thier web site there must have been about 30 customer reviews for that specific style of dansko shoe. and when I goofed up my shipping order and called thier customer servive @ 9:00pm they answered the phone and then the guy even upgraded me from free 4 day shipping to 2 day shipping for free!! Wow.
la USA Mon 07/17/2006
I just bought a pair of Birkenstock Arizona sandals as my walking shoes for a week-long trip to Italy. Do you think these will serve as suitable walking shoes?
Spring Hill, TN USA Mon 07/17/2006
Comfy Femanine Looking Sandals?? Please Help!!
Has anybody worn the Dansko Brand "Lara" style shoe?or the lolita? the Ashley? or the Lilian or the Lydia styles?? I need a comfy pair of shoes I can wear everywhere, all day for a month that will look good day and night with sundresses. I'm trying not to wear flip flops or athletic looking sandals with the sundresses. I'm only taking two pairs of shoes total... and the other pair is my trail running shoes to wear with shorts/pants. I'm just a girly girl hoping to find some Comfy Femanine sandals to walk me across France and Italy. Is it possible?? Please help??? Suggestions Welcome!!!
LA USA Mon 07/17/2006
I wore the "Lolita" sandals all over London and just back a week from 11 days tramping in Italy. They cushion you well from rough cobblestones and the straps adjust. My other walking sandals were (uglier) Bjorn ones, also very comfortable. I wore skirts with the Dansko ones. WOrth the investment! Italian women wear little heels everywhere!
san francisco, CA USA Mon 07/17/2006
I personally love Clark's - reasonably priced, good on your feet inside and out, styles that will wear nicely at home and abroad.
Some thoughts: remember to just be comfortable & confident; white runners in Ireland, orthapedics in Munich, sport sandals in London, hiking boots in Paris - it doesn't really matter. It's not the style, the color, or the brand; it's how you take in & take on the world around you. Wear your favorites and introduce the world to YOUR style!
MI USA Sun 07/16/2006
okay a slightly different perspective
Let's get out to the way that I'm somewhat shallow and interested in being percieved as cool enough -- if only because it opens a lot of doors to interesting experience one wouldn't otherwise have.
Most traveller to Europe spend most of their time in big cities that are as hip as New York, San Francisco, Montreal, etc. So try not to be terribly insulted when I say that if you'd look like a dork in your shoes in Manhattan you'll look the same in Munich.
If you are of the opinion that everyone knows you are a tourist anyway and so looking like you just stepped off a tourbus doesn't really matter go ahead and skip this and more power to you, really ...
But I'm more self conscious that that. Here are the common shoe choices for travelling in Europe that are completely off my list: Birkenstocks or similar sandals, Keen type shoes and sandals that look as if they were made for kayaking (some of the more urban-looking models are passable, but Chacos are no-nos), light-hikers and hiking boots of any type, athletic shoes unless you are rolling with hip-hop flair (did you pack something NC blue?). And Rockports ... not all of them but 95 percent look like orthopedic shoes for godsake.
The problem is that you need one or two (and in that case light-weight) pairs of shoes in which you can walk all day. And these shoe must also blend, or at least not get you laughed at, at the happening bar or club you just found. And if you can get by w/ them at the opera too then all the better.
Ecco makes some shoes that can pull off all of these duties, Keen makes 1 1/2 acceptable styles, some Danskos and similarly style shoes can work for women, there are a few decent running and trail shoes that aren't white and have sporty soccer styling (check Nike), and if Doc Martens are good for you, good for you.
If you can go lighter elsewhere two pairs of shoes is nice. Buy one set of really good insoles and share them between shoes, and make your second pair light and styly -- black Converse Chuck Taylors or some sleekish low Pumas w/ good insoles are tolerable for standing and will not make you look goofy at the coffeeshop.
REMEMBER ABOVE ALL ELSE: In Europe it is much more acceptable to be over-urban/overdressed out in the country than it is to look like you are on safari in Paris. I'd like to get on you about your Flyshacker travel shirt and Docker stain defender khakis (or worse those zip-off-the-legs travel pants -- yikes), but enough for now.
Seattle, WA USA Sat 07/15/2006
I would suggest Keen sandles. In particular the Tijaunas. They have a leather foot bed so not too hot. In cooler weather I wore them with socks. I did not wear them in water. I was in Europe for three weeks and just got back and loved them! They were the only shoes I brought. I wore them in the Gimmelwald, Switzerland, the Cinqe Terre, Lucca, Florence, Venice and Edinburgh. We did alot of walking (can't be helped) and had no back, hip, knee or foot pain. In addition the Keens had great grip on all surfaces and I never worried about slipping on slate, tile or wet cobblestones. If you are worried about fitting in and are these shoes going to look odd...everything goes... both clothes and shoe wise where we were. I spent alot of time wondering about what to bring as we were packing very light and I wanted to "fit in". It turns out it didn't really matter.
Seattle, WA USA Sat 07/15/2006
Jen - suggestions
Jen, try Mion or Keen shoes. Very wide in the forefoot, great arch support (I also have a high arch). Keen makes some cute "Mary Jane" styles that look like shoes, but work like comfort footwear/sandals. Look for Keen at REI, or any outdoor store. Expect to pay about $85-90. They are worth it. Very comfortable.
Also...Chaco are a favorite of mine. Sandals only. I take my Chacos to Europe everytime I go...and that's been 5x in the last 7 years. No rubbing, great arch support, very comfortable footbed.
CO USA Fri 07/14/2006
I spent the month of June in Italy-hiking,swimming, and of course a lot of walking and wandering through cities and villages. I loved my chacos. I didn't get any blisters or chaffing and they were very versatile for swimming and hiking as well as showering. I alternated my chacos with Birkenstocks.
Memphis, TN USA Thu 07/13/2006
sneakers for Europe extended vacation
Are you talking about sneakers or shoes. Can you specify. I am going for 6 weeks to Europe and am not going to take shoes at all. I have really hard time getting good fit. I am short, Indian girl. I have wide feet and fat toes with hi arch. I get problems with back of foot and tounge rubbing against skin also inside arch. I think its just genetic. All feet are different. Any and all suggestions are appreciated. I was thinking of trail runners or walking shoes. Called aroung for black Rockports but no one has them, nobody has rockports at all. I am leaving on Saturday so can't order them.
USA Thu 07/13/2006
I love my Dansko sandals. I wore them every day on a 4-week vacation in Europe.
Seattle, WA USA Wed 07/12/2006
Keens are my favorite walking shoes! My Keen Newports took me through 10 days of intense walking in France. For those of you who have wide feet and like ventilation, these are the shoes for you! Not one blister...No Socks!
Toronto, ON Canada Wed 07/12/2006
Geox Respira for Women
The Geox Respira Pallade 2 for women is an excellent travel shoe for women. I bought it in black from Zappos. This shoe is extremely comfortable and made for walking. It does run about one half to one size small so order accordingly. I ordered one full size larger than the size I normally wear and the shoe accomodates my orthotic inserts very well. In addition to the comfort, the shoe is very good looking with sleek Italian styling -- even in the size 10 I needed. Thanks to the person who suggested the brand earlier in this thread!
Seattle, USA Tue 07/11/2006
Born women sandals
My new Born sandals are great found at Ross stores for 29.00 instead of 70.00. Also enjoying Merrell mocs at 70.00 at Macys. all womens shoes.
Ca USA Sun 07/09/2006
Try a trail running shoe for lightfooted walking
I've always walked all over when in Europe, and of course spent lots of time standing and queuing, and while my favorite shoes were a couple of Merrill hiking shoes, or Clark or Scholls walking shoes, the last few years I switched to "Trail Running" shoes. The give great support, and since they're made to make it easy to "pick 'em up & lay 'em down", they are lighter weight, so feet and legs get less fatigued. I've a lightweight pair of Merrills that are great, but when I bought a pair of Asolo trail runners on sierratradingpost.com, after a couple of hours of wearing them I went back online and ordered a pair for a friend, plus another pair for myself! Since Sierra Trading Post is an outlet, I know supply is limited. I've worn them climbing Glastonbury Tor, on the stairs & stones of the Tower Of London, and over the sandstone around Moab, and these are great. I still carry a dark pair of leather Clarks, since they polish up quickly, but trail running shoes make my walking life much easier. By the way, if a shoe is still comfy after a couple of hours at/in The Tower, it's a keeper!
Anacortes, WA USA Tue 07/04/2006
For those of you with plantar fascia, bone spurs, take a raquetball with you to exercise your foot,a cloth belt to stretch with. I had to do the PT route. Birkies are great! also Haflingers.
oswego, ny USA Mon 07/03/2006
Josef Seibels and Wolkys
I love Josef Seibels! They are extremely comfy, especially for those with narrow feet and high insteps! They look great, and hold up well!
I've worn mine on two European trips and never had a blister!
I also use Wolky's. These are like Birkenstocks- a cork/leather footbed that conforms to your feet. I use the Mary Janes that I have all the time. Not the most beautiful shoes, but a great compromise between comfort and style. Also, I've had mine for 5 years, and they still look great.
West Lafayette, IN USA Mon 07/03/2006
Possible Problem with Z-Coils
My sister in Milwaukee used to swear by Z-coils. Then the store there closed. Since she needed to have them adjusted often she had to give them up. If you find you have that problem Z-Coils might not be the best idea for a trip outside the country. Just a heads-up.
Sharon R. Johnson
Lincoln, Nebras USA Sun 07/02/2006
Walking shoes - Camper Brand
I had a lot of luck last year with "Camper" shoes. This is a Spanish brand of fun, comfortable shoes that are quite trendy in Europe already and can be found in the U.S. There are some retail stores and you may be able to find them online. Sizing is in European sizes only. They have a few styles that are particularly well-suited for traveling - the 250GR model (250 grams) comes to mind. Light weight, water resistant, comfortable and somewhat chic.
Los Angeles, CA USA Sun 07/02/2006
Z-CoiL shoes - a shock absorber for your body!!
Z-CoiL shoes are the best walking shoes by far - better for your feet, knees and back. Now they are not "pretty" - kinda funky looking really. But they are very, very comfortable and support the foot and body so well. They are literally a shock absorber for your whole body. There is nothing out there that can even compare with them especially if you are dealing with any kind of foot pain or back pain, or knee pain, etc. Another shoe I like is Crocs, but Z-Coils are simply the best. I wouldn't go anywhere without them if I knew I was gonna have to walk much. They make a huge difference in the way I feel - they relieve my arthritis pain and when I had an accident a while back and hurt my back - they helped tremendously. They are a "good thing" as Martha Stewart would say.
Dunedin, FL USA Sat 07/01/2006
Consider this: what if you buy a pair when you are in Paris? What could be better for a shoe-aholic than a mission like that! Then you will have them to wear in the evenings and always remind you of your trip when you return home...
USA Sat 07/01/2006
Does Jimmy Choo have a good walking shoe?
I am traveling to Paris for Christmas/New Year's this year (my 1st visit) and I'd like to know what options are available for fashionable and comfortable shoes (in particular boots). I'm one of those women who lives in high heel shoes so I dread the thought of having to tour Paris (the center of fashion!) in low heel/frumpy shoes. I might be asking for too much, but are there any comfortable shoes/boots that are also good looking w/ most fashion? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Los Angeles, CA USA Sat 07/01/2006
I love my Merrells
I recently got back from a 9 week backpacking trip in Europe and my Merrell Jungle Mocs were fantastic. I walked hours at a time through cities, multiple 5+ mile hilly hikes and honest to god my feet did not hurt at all. Now at home, I wear them when I want to give my feet a break. The only downside I can see is that they aren't the cutest thing in fashionable Europe, but they are definitely not as bad as others out there.
SF, CA USA Fri 06/30/2006
For Kate - Merrell question
Kate - I have the Merrell Spires and find that they're very comfortable for normal wear, but not suitable (at least for me) for lots of walking. I have a normal foot with high arches, if that helps.
Roanoke, VA USA Thu 06/29/2006
Beware nylon strap sandals if it's hot...
I truly love my Chaco Z1 terreno sandals, but for a recent trip to Europe in mid-June, it was so hot that the straps chafed the tops of my feet so badly that I had to buy a pair of Ecco sandals (60 Euros by the way in the Netherlands). I vaguely remembered having this problem in Florida a few years ago, but didn't think it would be an issue, but it was. My Montrail hiking boots with New Balance insoles were great for hiking with a heavy pack in Switzerland.
Roanoke, VA USA Thu 06/29/2006
best walking shoe for travel
I forgot to put a link to the shoe:
Miami, FL USA Wed 06/28/2006
Any softwalk brand shoe is the best shoe for travel...doesn't need to be broken in and I love their slip ons and sandals...it is like walking on a cloud...I get mine at Footsmart.com
Miami, FL USA Wed 06/28/2006
I have just bought a pair of Clark's Symphony shoes from Zappos for travel this fall. I am wearing them some this summer and find them to be comfortable. I wear size 11 N, so it is hard to find shoes in a store. Zappos gives great service!
Arkansas USA Tue 06/27/2006
Munro shoes are amazing. They are sturdy, cushioned, and comfortable. I walked all over London in a pair of Munro sandals, and wore a wedge pair for dressier occasions.
USA Tue 06/27/2006
best walking shoes
I went to US for a week and did a lot of walking in Boston - Rockport waterproof DMX shoes - super comfortable, and my Blundstone boots - even tho the weather was hot for October, my feet didn't get hot - and very comfy!
Canada, NS USA Mon 06/26/2006
I love my Converse Chuck Taylor low tops (with cushy socks). Those and a pair of Teva flip flops got me through beautifully. Ahhh!
USA Sun 06/25/2006
I took two pairs of shoes for my two weeks in Italy and Austria. I alternated every other day with my Sketchers sandals and my Merrill sandles. I did not have any problems with my feet or ankles. These shoes were comfortable and I was pleased with this because I walked several miles everyday (with an addition of a backpack). I recommend these two types of shoe brands.
Mt. Juliet, TN USA Fri 06/23/2006
As a nurse of 30 years, I am a huge SAS fan--at work and play, and especially for travel. They are well-constructed and available in a huge range of styles and sizes. I wear a size 5 shoe, and finding small sizes made for adults can be difficult, but SAS comes through for me every time!
Katy, Tx USA Wed 06/21/2006
Mephistos worth every cent
Love the new Mephisto Ladina shoe--looks like a sneaker, weighs a lot less than my old Mephisto Rush model, comes in colors and is very comfortable immediately. Worth the price. Also loving Mephisto sandal Ularia--instantly comfortable and reasonably stylish--finally a high-heeled sandal that one can actually walk in. I've already done some practice walks in them and they required no break-in at all.
Palo Alto, Ca USA Tue 06/20/2006
In a word.......CROCS! My feet are in awe!
UK Tue 06/20/2006
Huvi Mary Janes from Ulu Boots
Love love LOVE the Huvi Mary Janes from Ulu Boots. I wore them for almost all of my two week trip to Italy. My feet never once rebelled!!! I can't say enough about these shoes - extremely comfy and also cute. Best shoes I've ever bought (and I'm a shoe-aholic!).
Grand Rapids, MI USA Mon 06/19/2006
Chaco Z/1 Colorado Sandals have seen me through two European vacations. They are very sleek, unlike a lot of other sandals, and give great all day walking support. I would also recommend Dansko Lolita for dressier comfort. I found both of these at a web site called: Most Comfortable Shoes
Providence, RI, USA Mon 06/19/2006
Three two week trips to europe in four years all in the same pair of Rockports. Never a problem
USA Sun 06/18/2006
I have walked thru parts of Europe three different times always on Clarks Air Movers (list $169) - never had a problem - fit like a glove when broken in - NOT a high arch support - good in rain when sprayed - I'm over 200#
Honolulu, HI USA Fri 06/16/2006
Best shoes ever!
My Dansko clogs got me through cobblestones, rain, hail and hours of walking and stairclimbing with no blisters and v. happy feet at the end of every day. Best overall travel shoes I've ever taken for Europe!
Santa Barbara, CA USA Thu 06/15/2006
Check your foot width
If your feet are sore after having your walking shoes on for a while and if you have been buying B-width shoes because that is the common width available, consider checking the width of your foot. Move up to D-width, if necessary. My New Balance 625 D-width shoes were supremely comfortable.
Florida USA Tue 06/13/2006
Online walking shoe store
I found a website that sells most of the brands people have listed here. Pegasusshoes.com offers free shipping and lots of models on sale.
Los Angeles, CA USA Sun 06/11/2006
Nashville, TN USA Fri 06/09/2006
I took 2 pair of Rockports, one pair of slip-on and one tie-up. They did very well. I would alternate them. My feet are fairly thin, and the extra heel cushion these provided worked well for me.
Karen E. Kubecka
McLeansville, NC USA Fri 06/09/2006
Great Walking Shoes
I bought ARIAT clogs for my trip. They look just like Dansko clogs but they are already broken in - no need to worry about wearing them for a while before your trip. The were a bit cheaper than Dansko's - about $100. They were also completely waterproof in an EXTREMELY rainy Ireland.
USA Wed 06/07/2006
Shoes for wide feet
I have tried many different types of shoes, and never had a good pair of walking shoes so I was a little nervous to try a new brand for a 5 week trip to europe. I have wide feet so it has always been a struggle, but I have finally found relief. The best walking/hiking shoes - Timberlands. I have never found a better, more comfy shoe, I did add some really good Dr. Scholls blue memory foam inserts which I think made a big difference. But I walked all of London and Paris, hiked the Cinque Terre, and go all over europe, never getting a blister or having sore feet. Not once were my feet ever sore! I highly reccommend these shoes.
Vancouver, USA Tue 06/06/2006
Just say no....
In past years I have worn Nike, Merrell, and New Balance during vacations and ALWAYS ended up with blisters or some other foot problem before my vacation was half way through. This year we went to Spain & Portugal for 2 weeks and I wore Teva leather sandles. What was great about these was the adjustable straps. Not a single blister or foot problem! Plus the leather ones were nicer and not so "clunky" looking as the other sport sandles
Houston, TX USA Mon 06/05/2006
I packed two pairs of Keens on my most recent trip to Europe - one week each in Italy, France, and England. Although I brought Sydneys (a maryjane) and Newports (sandals), I wore the Sydneys most of the time. My feet were slightly sore after a day of walking in the Newports, but my feet were never became sore when I wore Sydneys, no matter how much I walked. The Newports were convenient when I needed to slip on a pair of shoes to visit the lobby of our hotel, and I wore them in the air because they were easy to slip off.
Louisville, KY USA Sun 06/04/2006
For the Best Euro-Travel Sandals,nothing gets you there, & back, like ECCO Receptors..(men or women)Run abt $120-$140, but worth every mile! Great for hiking,train travel, & everthing you want to do between! Get a good fit, & you're all set for a fun trip,whether for the week end, or "around the world"! Happy travels...for a fantastic summer! Jack in Chesapeake, Va.
Chesapeake, Va. USA Sat 06/03/2006
My Favorite travel shoes
I've used my Chaco sandals everytime I've been to Italy (5x) They are comfortable for all day walking, my feet don't sweat, and if they get dirty, I simply wash them in the sink at night and they are ready to go in a few hours. I usually wear these on the plane over as my feet swell. I can adjust the straps during the day for comfort. I also like my Keen sandals, but they are bulkier.
I have 2 pair of Chacos, one with a heel strap, and the other is a chong (thong sandal) I take both with me.
It's Chaco for me for all my travel, it's the first shoe I reach for when I'm on the road.
USA Tue 05/30/2006
Asics Gels for Narrow Feet!
I have pretty narrow feet, and the best brand for walking/running/tennis shoes I've found is the Asics Gel line. You can order them in a narrow, wide or normal fit. They also last me a long time & don't wear easily!
I like to buy mine at Zappos.com. They are great with customer service, and they offer free shipping to you & back to them if you have to return your shoes! They also have pretty good sales on occasion.
Yardley, PA USA Tue 05/30/2006
Crocs the best for my wide feet
I brought 1 pair of Crocs, 1 pair of Earth Shoes, and 1 pair of Dansko Sandals to visit 6 European countries in 22 days. The Cros were by far the most comfortable, and the ugliest, LOL. The dansko's were allright and the Earth shoes were not comfortable at all for long days and much too narrow for my wide feet. It seems the prettier the shoe, the less comfortable it was. I wore the Crocs every day except for when I was in Paris and the dirty looks people were giving my feet was too much, LOL. Thanks for all the tips people, it was a great help having suggestions on this thread to help guide be towards happy feet!
Fredericton, NB Canada Tue 05/30/2006
GEOX - RESPIRA _ Update
Update to the prior 4/06 post ... Just returned from 4-weeks of 10hr/day walking in Italy. NO-BLISTERS, totally comfortable with GEOX-Respira shoes. The NASA membrane soles really do work to keep feet dry and significantly cooler in warm weather. My heavy Mephistos were not used. I bought 2-new pair, one dress one casual. My wife bought two very beautiful pair, 1-casual 1-semi-formal. Thin cotton (Italian) socks and NO BLISTERS EVER!
Cupertino, CA USA Mon 05/29/2006
Mary Jane Walking Comfort - Mephisto Allrounders
I had an excellent experience in Crete last month wearing Mephisto Allrounders. They are like a Mary Jane and a sneaker combined. They look very hip and sporty and offer the wonderful comfort that Mephisto shoes are known for. A big bonus was they also have room for my orthotic inserts. I wore them with anklet socks and they were the only shoes I wore for 10 days. I would really recommend them to other women travellers and walkers. See the link: Mephisto Allrounders
Honolulu, HI USA Mon 05/29/2006
My Wolkys are the most comfortable sandals ever. They are three way adjustable (heel, ankle, and instep). The price for new is quite steep (over $100 on Zappos). Luckily, I found mine nearly new at Value Village for $6.99. I can walk for miles.
Everett, WA USA Mon 05/29/2006
Great Work/Travel shoe
I recommend either the Ecco "Seawalker", (abt $150) or, the Johnston & Murphy "Shuler". at abt. $110) If you get a good "fit" with either of these trusted brands, you wont go wrong! I own both,& after trying others, either of these win walking away. For travel or work!..Have a great work or travel day! JC Chesapeake, Va
Chesapeake, Va USA Sat 05/27/2006
Best walking shoes
Land's End All Weather Mocs are the best. Never had worn them before but picked up a pair at Sears-good to try them on, I went down half a size for a better fit. I took two pairs of shoes and never worn the other pair because these were so comfortable. Sprayed with Scotchguard but probably didn't have to, and they held up well when wet.
Houston, TX USA Sat 05/20/2006
New Balance Dunham's
Update - I've been in Europe for almost 10 days and it has rained almost every day. The Dunham 8001's are waterproof! I was caught in a thunderstorm for 10 minutes yesterday with no cover and my feet stayed dry!
USA Sat 05/20/2006
Highland freelance walking shoes
Someone mentioned "highland freelance walking shoes". Does anyone know how to find these? Thank you
Old Saybrook, CT USA Thu 05/18/2006
Soft Spots - Aria walking shoe
Just ordered a pair of SoftSpots Aria shoes from Zappos. WOW!! These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn - I've tried many, many brands. Sturdy shoe, but not too heavy. Excellent support, and able to use orthotic inserts too.
Hanover Park, IL USA Mon 05/15/2006
Best walking sandals
I just found the most comfortable sandal ever. It is a Finn brand, made it Germany. They are around $200 but I think they are worth it. They have a removable footbed that you can put a custom orthodic in. But I think they are wonderful the way they are. It is hard to find a sandal that gives you the support you need for lots of walking. These do. I found them at a Foot Smart store.
USA Sun 05/14/2006
Anybody else wear New Balance's Dunham line?
I went to a New Balance store to finally purchase a good pair of shoes and discovered their Dunham line. After having my feet measured ACCURATELY, I purchased a pair of the Dunham 8001's. I've had them for two months & love them. Waterproof too! Leaving Friday for 3 week Eurotrip with them.
IL USA Thu 05/11/2006
Best Walking Shoes
I bought a pair of Sesto Meucci two years ago before a trip to France, and was soooo happy I tried them for a weekend in DC first - when I ended up wearing my jogging shoes for all of days 2 and 3.
Returned them and bought a basic Ecco 2-strap sandal that is absolutely great. Two weeks in France, and 23 more months so far.
Plan to hit the Ecco store soon for a planned early fall trip mto Italy!
Royal Oak, mi US Wed 05/10/2006
Dressier walking shoes
I find that when I'm in Europe I need a pair of comfortable dress shoes for evenings out at restaurants. The Europeans are an elegant bunch and my Chaco walking sandals just dont cut it in a classy restaurant. I found some Softwalk Pixleys that hold the perfect combination of comfort and elegant style - and i could also walk in these for hours. I've added a link here if you are in search of comfortable dressier walking shoes: Comfortable Dress Shoes
Tampa, FL USA Sat 05/06/2006
Attractive walking shoes
I am a fan of Sofft shoes which are incredibly comfortable and attractive-looking. The real appeal to me is that they can be quickly stretched to fit a slightly wider foot. (my curse) I have walked through a good portion of Europe in Clarks sandals. Anything by Clarks I love. They do good shoes that you can walk for hours in. That way you don't need to sacrifice looks to gain comfort.
Seattle, Wa USA Fri 05/05/2006
Best boots/shoes around
Asolo FSN 95 GTX Hiking Boots - Men's
Dallas, tx USA Thu 05/04/2006
I have plantar fasciitis so I have had to be incredibly careful about walking shoes. An insert from my podiatrist made any shoe comfortable. I found this out after spending a fortune on really expensive walking shoes. A $40 insert from wrymark did the trick. They can be purchased on their website www.wrymark.com. I recently had shock wave therapy on the foot affected with the plantar faciitis. It is the same treatment used to break up kidney stones. It is a completely noninvasive procedure which takes 15 minutes. It puts fluid into the fibrous tissue in the bottom of the foot which allows it to be stretched out, eliminating the pain. I was told the actual bone spurs have nothing to do with the pain, it is the constricted fibrous tissue. The shock wave therapy procedure allows me to walk and sleep completely without pain. I must do stretching excersises to keep it from becoming tight again. It is suppose to last for life. No endorsement here, just my experience. I just spent 5 nonstop days walking in Paris with no pain. I can now wear any good shoe or athletic shoe in comfort. I hope this is helpful to someone!
Albany, NY USA Wed 05/03/2006
Comfortable walking shoes
No one paid me for this testimonial. I wear Crocs! I am an old, fat, arthritic diabetic. Do I have problems! I used to walk with a cane because of unsteady gait. Now with Crocs i walk like a teenager. Ok, maybe not quite, but I can walk the length and breadth of Italy without a whimper. I even hate to take them off at night. They are big and ugly, but the comfort and relief they give outweighs the stares. They now come in all colors and styles. Crocs rock!
Vicenza, Italy USA Wed 05/03/2006
Best Walking Shoes
Hooray for Ecco gore-tex hi-tops! At 62 with weak ankles, wide feet and plantar fasciitis, these are the ONLY shoes I have ever owned with no break-in blisters at all, no pain, magic. Hiked all over Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley without a wobble, and now I wear them to work!
Depoe Bay, OR USA Tue 05/02/2006
Orthodics and shoes are not that useful for plantar fasciitis heel pain commonly refered to as heel spurs. The problem is related to an inflexible calf muscle and increasing the flexability by stretching over time will lesson the pain substantially. I know it is sounds strange but google plantar fasciitis for a number of medical reports or go to: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010201/467.htm for recommended treatment.
Centennial, CO USA Mon 05/01/2006
Shoes for heel spurs
Fiona, I have had heel spurs for years and they have given me fits. I wear orthodics too but the only shoe that has given me relief is an Asic Gel-Kayno shoe. My foot Dr. recommended them and they are wonderful. They are pricy but worth it to me. You will walk on lots of uneven surfaces in Greece but will do fine in these shoes.
USA Fri 04/28/2006
I'm in love with the Keens and Chacos. Last year I went to UK/Europe for three weeks and was very concerned about my feet - heel spurs! anyway, I had Keens and they got me through 10 or so miles a day of hiking. I now have Chacos and love them. I'd bring both on my next trip.
MA USA Thu 04/27/2006
I want to recommend highland freelance walking shoes. They felt like walking on cushions the entire way thru Florence. My friend Fetida couldn't get enough of them. Even my Bruja owns some!
Zenfield, Il USA Sun 04/23/2006
Walked in Irish highlands
I walked everywhere-cobblestone, gravel, sand, trails- in my CC Karen marching shoe flats. Best buy I ever made! They are casual for day wear and dressy enough for restaurants, etc. I HIGHLY recommend them for the savvy traveler!
Verick Heights, MI USA Sun 04/23/2006
Best Walking Shoes/Boots
This is EZ! If you're travelin in so.Europe, where its generally dryer & warmer...its ECCO "seawalkers" hands down! If your in Ireland, Scotland or Wales, in nor. climes,with rain,cooler temps, then its the NEW ECCO Track IV Gore-tex hikers (Hi or low) that walks away with the prize! I travel Scotland & own both of these great products! The Seawalkers run abt $150..the Track IV Goretex, abt $200..Once you buy these (with a good fit) you will not want anything else! Make it EZ..travel light, & Rick's right!!Happy trails! jack
Chesapeake, Va USA Sun 04/23/2006
Yes, the Lands End all weather mocs are great. I have two pairs that I wear in the winter walking around Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, PA USA Sat 04/22/2006
I am wearing Brooks Synergy walking shoe, 1/2 size larger than my usual size, B width. There is plenty of room in the bunion area and the heel is narrow enough for comfort. Athletic shoes with mesh in the bunion area are comfortable, too. I just look around for the right shoes.
USA Sat 04/22/2006
Does anyone know if the Lands End All Weather Mocs are good if you have bunions? I usually wear Merrell Primos and they're great. Any other good brands for this problem?
San Francisco, CA USA Fri 04/21/2006
Reply to Have Heel Spurs
Hi, Fiona, I, too, have heel spurs, from plantar fasciitis. A physical therapist friend says lots of people have them and don't even know it, it's the inflammation that hurts. To get the inflammation under control before you leave, the best non-Rx help I've found is contrast baths. Get two buckets, one for ice water and one for warm. Put your feet in the ice water for 1 minute, then in the warm for 4 minutes. [I boil a pan of water and add a little to the warm water each cycle to keep it warm.]Do this for 15 minutes twice a day, or 30-45 minutes at least once a day. I hope this helps.
Carrollton, Texas USA Fri 04/21/2006
Have heel spurs...what shoes?
I have heel spurs and know that I will have to deal with it when we go to Greece next month. Has anyone had this problem and if so what shoes did you wear? I just bought some new balance shoes and have orthotics but my feet ache in the US. What are the streets like and what should I expect? Thanks
Tampa, FL USA Thu 04/20/2006
Geox Respira Rule for Women too!
In response to GEOX - RESPIRA from Dennis Ferrier 04/15/2006
I TOTALLY agree! I bought two pairs from sierratradingpost.com and the are THE best for women too. I go everywhere wearing them and wear these shoes with anything (skirts or pants).
Another one of my favorites are the leather fisherman sandals made by Timberland.
Kensington, MD USA Wed 04/19/2006
After trying on tons of shoes, I just selected a Merrell mary-jane type shoe as the most versatile (looks good with capris, skirts and slacks) and most comfortable (Merrell was originally a hiking shoe manufacturer and they've carried that experience into their "street" shoes). I got mine at a Hush Puppies outlet store, where they also had a machine that measured your foot and step pattern. It recommended an insole orthotic for my heel-heavy walking. Also got moleskin "wings" to keep my heels from slipping out of one shoe.
San Diego, CA USA Wed 04/19/2006
Comfy Travel shoes
I spent 9 days in Italy. March 30th - April 7th. We visited Venice, Florence and Rome. I wore my Saucony running shoes and my Rockport Itravel Shoes every day. No problems what so ever.
Atlanta, GA USA Wed 04/19/2006
shoes for wide feet
I have found birkenstock Nepal in the wider width to be the best walking shoes ever. I took a brand new pair on a trip to Italy and had no break in problems whatsoever. I have small wide feet with a high arch, and I have no problem adjusting these to fit. The most comfy birks, by the way, are made of birkoflor, not leather. Easy to break in and no rubbing anywhere.
Pacific Grove, , CA USA Wed 04/19/2006
Men's walking shoes
I've been wearing New Balance MW747 for my 2 last trips. They are a hiking style shoe, but suitable for all occasions. Very comfortable, supportive and available in various widths - good for my wide feet! New Balance comfort reputation is well proven in the wearing. Found my shoes at the Most Comfortable Shoes website: Most Comfortable Shoes
St Paul, MN USA Wed 04/19/2006
Shoes for wide feet
Try Propets for wide feet--they make sandals, casual walkers, dress walkers, and athletic style walkers for men and women in lots of widths. For women, they almost always have a 2E extra wide, and in a few styles even have a 4E! Their wash and wear slipons are terrific--great arch support, incredibly comfortable, and you can wash them when they get dirty in the washer! Oh, and they're usually priced around $50-60. I've spent a lot more on shoes I liked a lot less. (I'm leaving for a month in Turkey next week and both pairs of shoes I'm bringing are Propets.)
USA Wed 04/19/2006
My entire family have wide feet. We wear mostly new balance. We also had trouble finding good walking shoes for our trip in the stores. I found a website - I think it's Brown's shoes, that sells mostly new balance. They also have shoes that come in a men's EEEEEE - yep 6E. They have very attractive leather new balance that I've never seen in the stores. We've been wearing them daily to break them in for our trip next month, and they are very comfortable!
As a side note we are all bringing crocks for our second pair of shoes. They are extremely comfortable - even on wide feet!
USA Tue 04/18/2006
GEOX - RESPIRA _ Italian :-)
If in ROME ... Do as the ROMANS/ITALIANS! I was introduced to GEOX -Respira by my hardworking Italian friends. They have a leather upper, a very effective 'respira' membrane in the sole. Your feet stay -DRY & COOL- in very hot weather and comfy in cool weather. No SWEAT, just another very excellent Italian product at a very reasonable cost!!! I brought two pair home!
Cupertino, CA USA Sat 04/15/2006
I'm taking 2 prs. of Keens on my upcoming Italy trip - one pair of Mary Janes (Vancouvers) that are good with skirts and the other loafer style (Bronx) for hiking. They are super comfy. Zappos.com has the largest selection (and free shipping).
Salem, OR USA Fri 04/14/2006
SAS for an SOS
I am going to Europe this Fall and will pack two pairs of SAS shoes. I am fat and old and my feet always hurt. I was deployed by the Red Cross for Katrina relief. I worked 16 hours shifts in a 100,000 sq. ft. concrete floored warehouse taking care of 800 people... no A/C and in Texas to boot.I could not have done it without my SAS shoes.
Pittsburgh, PA USA Fri 04/14/2006
I love my Keens!
And so will you! Mine are about to enter their second season after many hikes and city walks last spring and summer, including five weeks in Italy ranging from the 5-village hike (superb traction on the steep pebble- covered trails) to with my capris in Rome. I have also worn them hiking at home and forded streams, etc. I notice that the company has a new style called "Venice" that has eliminated some of the side material and so looks a little more sandal- like. If you are looking for comfort and not as much a hiking shoe you might try that- it would weigh less, also.
USA Thu 04/13/2006
I am looking into buying Keens. THey have the soul of a sneaker, but are a sandal. I think they will be perfect for packing light becuase I won't need sneakers, these will do!
Pittsburgh, USA Wed 04/12/2006
Several years ago I went into a store looking for the "perfect sandals". The young lady introduced me to BORN shoes and I haven't looked back. I wore those sandals every day for 5 weeks in Malaysia. They were comfy in the jungle, on the streets of Kuala Lumpur and were dressy enough for skirts and dresses. Since then I have bought3 other pairs of BORNs, and my husband absolutely loves their boots. The best part is, they last. I will be taking the same pair of sandals to Italy this summer, 4 years after I bought them. Happy travelling, all.
Nelsonville, Ohio USA Wed 04/12/2006
Wet Chaco Z Sandals
A lot of posters have suggested Chaco Z sandals as good travel shoes. I purchased a pair and they were OK and mostly comfortable - until I hiked in a creek with them. After they got wet and dried off, they were PERFECT and I love how comfortable they are. If you buy a pair, make sure to get them wet before you travel.
Surprise, AZ USA Tue 04/11/2006
Orthotics with sandals
Check out www.footsmart.com for their extensive line of sandals by a variety of makers. They specialize in "problem" feet, stock a huge selection of sizes, and have several styles of sandals that come with removable footbeds--just replace with the orthotic. I've gotten Propet, Drew, and Solidas sandals from them and walked all over Italy and France in them, not to mention the US!
USA Tue 04/11/2006
Ecco Women's Sandals
I just returned from a trip to greece where I was walking everyday on uneven roads and through cobblestone plazas. My Ecco Cosmo sandals were a true gift from the greek gods! Cushioned soles and all day comfort. I'd highly recommend them - I found them through a web site that other travellers here have been recommending - see the link below: www.most-comfortable-shoes.com/womens_sandals.html
Portland, Maine USA Fri 04/07/2006
My family's fav sandals
I live in my Teva Pretty Rugged's in the warmer weather. I was sorry I didn't bring them to Paris with me last spring but I've walked all day and night in them at Disney and have hiked in the White Mts with them without a problem. My kids liked mine so much that I bought them each a pair. They love them, too. The cheaper Tevas aren't near as comfy as the Pretty Rugged's. My husband has the mens version- he loves his , too.We will be sure to bring them to Italy with us next month!
Salem, NH USA Wed 03/29/2006
sandals for 6 week summer trip reply
I have spent literally hundreds on the "perfect" shoes for walking around in Europe. Nothing has fit the bill yet and I leave tomorrow for my third European trip. I can tell you that last year in the Spring in Italy the shoes I kept going back to were my Tevas. If I had the leather ones at that time, I would have looked more stylish. That was the most comfortable for me. Be sure to go to zappos.com and read the reviews of any shoe you are considering.
FL USA Mon 03/27/2006
This was a pair of black leather, Mary Jane type shoes, with a missing toe space. I got them at the Nike Store in downtown Seattle!
SEATTLE, WA USA Mon 03/27/2006
if you can comfortably wear Birkenstocks (not everyone can) I bought a dressy looking black pair that I wore almost daily with skirts and capris for over a month in Italy last summer. The same style was also available in goldish or silverish tones and some had faux "diamond" buckles- NOT your usual hippy style of Birkenstock! I also took a pair of Keen brand sandals that I wore on the plane and with capris on hikes
USA Sun 03/26/2006
I walked all over Germany and Austria in these and felt like I was walking on a cloud. Sorry I don't have them anymore, but they lasted through 3 seasons and 2 walking trips. Rockports are well made.
Chicago, IL USA Sun 03/26/2006
I've been wearing Mephisto Beatas for a couple of months. They were recommended to me by a podiatrist who explained the orthopedic qualities that Mephisto are made with. I would recommend them highly for those looking for casual dressy walking shoes. There's a link below:Mephisto Beatas
San Diego, CA USA Thu 03/23/2006
uggs or adidas
CA USA Mon 03/20/2006
comfortable walking shoe (sneaker)
New Balance Model 843. Consumer Reports magazine listed them most comfortable and they are right! Only sneakers to come in various widths.
san francisco, USA Mon 03/20/2006
Ditto to the person who loves SAS shoes. I have had numerous foot surgeries for bunions, hammertoes, neuromas, was told about SAS by my last podiatrist. I absolutely love them. They have all kinds of shoes from casual to dressy. Don't expect high fashion. And some of them definitely look like grandma shoes, I steer clear of them, but also in the mix are some very chic looking shoes, even some with low heels. All colors too. These are the one and only shoes I have ever tried that do not hurt my feet. They are pricey but worth every penny. Cannot get them online though, they have outlets and retail stores all over the US. Their headquarters is in San Antonio, TX.
McKinney, TX USA Sun 03/19/2006
Crocs - thumbs up
Wanted to add my 2 cents about Crocs...they are truly ugly shoes :) but their ugliness is far surpassed by their comfort! I wore them EVERY DAY of an 8 day trip to Walt Disney World, where I normally change shoes mid-day to avoid soreness. Never had a sore foot moment. For small or narrow feet, try the new turbo strap attachment. This makes for a more secure fit.
Troy, NY USA Thu 03/16/2006
I also want to recommend Crocs. I just returned from a trip to York, Edinburgh and London (total 10 days) and noticed a dramatic difference from previous trips. In past trips, I wore athletic shoes which killed my feet and left me in pain. I could have walked all day and night in my Crocs. My traveling partner decided by the 3rd day that she will purchase Crocs before her next trip . . . she was in pain by lunch time in her walking shoes. The one day I wore my Clarks boots (due to snow in York), I returned to the B&B to change into my Crocs. I did not slip once and as other posters have stated, they did very well over uneven surfaces and cobblestone. I will never take another brand of shoes on my trips, again.
Durham, NC USA Tue 03/14/2006
I've walked all over Italy wearing Aldens Model 405 boots. (Indy Boot)
Hercules, CA USA Mon 03/13/2006
Crocs for traveling!
Crocs are the best traveling shoes ever! For flying they slip on and off easily in the airport (and under your seat). In Amsterdam they were perfect, no slip on wet cobblestones and so comfortable. In San Francisco, up and down the hills I was very comfortable, as well as on the cable cars and in the rain. Big but squishy and easy to pack (although I suggest wearing them!)
Colorado Sprngs, Colorado USA Sun 03/12/2006
NAOT are wonderful
I have owned a pair of NAOT Eiger "clogs" since May of 2001. I wear them almost every day except during our Vermont winters. They still look almost new, and, more importantly, they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I'm sold on them, and if the ones I have ever wear out, I'll be buying another pair.
Burlington, VT USA Tue 03/07/2006
Most comfortable Walking shoes
I recently discovered the Keen line of boots and shoes - they are extremely comfortable for long hours of walking in both urban and off road situations. I own the Targhees as well the Boston shoes and have worn them both on hiking trips in the wilderness as well as through miles of cobblestone streets in Italy. I found these shoes through a web site called:
Most Comfortable Shoes
Boulder, CO USA Tue 03/07/2006
For a high arch and slightly wider foot Merrell mocs are the most comfy shoes ever (or for anyone else)! These shoes would be great for someone who want a pair of shoes but dont have time to break them in. They are light weight and the black leather mocs look great with any kind of pant. Even better they are under $100.
USA Sun 03/05/2006
Z Coil Shoes
Z Coils make excellent travel shoes. If I could wear them comfortably I would travel with them. The serious problem is that the ball of my foot and toes are pushed upwards. They have tried locally to fix the problem, but I have examined the shoes, and the shoe simply pushes my foot upwards and it makes my toes and front of my foot hurt. They are great shoes in terms of saving joint pain and positioning your body so you walk with your back in alignment, but with all the ergonomics, the shoe still cannot be worn by me because of the toe/upper foot pain. Not everyone seems to have this problem. The trial period is too short for people who initially get enough relief to not return the shoes, but who realize over a period of 3 or more months (or I would imagine a shorter prolonged trip) that they simply cannot wear the shoes.
San Francisco, CA USA Mon 02/27/2006
Best Walking Shoes
Here's an idea for helping your feet...take 2 pairs of walking shoes with you or if you take only 1 pair,use custom orthodics. When you wear the same pair of shoes every day, stress is exerted on the same pressure points of your feet all the time. This not only leads to soreness, but if you are really unlucky, you could get a stress fracture in your foot and ruin your trip completely. (I know as this happened to me last year at Mont. Saint Michelle in France). So when I return to France in April, I'll be taking a good pair of shoes with my ortho. inserts so that halfway through each day, I can change the way my foot rests on the footbed of the shoe and alleviate the stress on all the pressure points in my feet. I got this idea from a salesperson who works in a shop called The Walking Store. Even the most comfortable pair of shoes can benefit from this strategy.
Alexandria, VA USA Mon 02/27/2006
The Wright Sock
Okay, these aren't shoes. But they still help your feet. I used The Wright Sock on my last trip and really liked them. They are a double-layer sock, either calf-length or short, made to breath very well for those (like me) whose feet sweat a lot. Very comfortable. The main downside is that they only were offered in three colors.
Seattle, WA USA Fri 02/24/2006
Try organic cotton socks!
While arguably not for quick- drying, they feel fabulous and are getting easier to find and in a wider array of colors and thicknesses- even our local Fred Meyer now has some. I used to wear the "Smart Wool" kind for hiking but in spring and summer have switched to the organic ones with my boots.
USA Fri 02/24/2006
Another vote for Keens!
If your travels include a mix of urban and hiking trails and you don't mind "funky", Keens are the best. I have the hiking sandals and they looked good with capri/long pants, too. Then all I needed was a pair of very lightweight flat black sandals to wear with skirts or a dressier outfit. The ultimate compliment was on the steep, steep path in the Cinque Terre when two French women actually asked ME about my shoes! I have not tried the closed "winter" version. Check them out especially if you have wide feet.
USA Tue 02/21/2006
I bought some Merrell Racers and tested them for a couple of weeks in a class where I'd be on my feet, on concrete surfaces, for most of the day. They did well, although I did notice some soreness in my heels after several straight days of standing - but it wasn't really surprising given the situation. I've since added some gel inserts, but haven't given them the test that they had prevsiously.
I bought these because they had a style that could go with slacks and with jeans, as I hope to have them as my only shoes for my upcoming 10-day Europe trip. They are very lightweight and quite comfortable.
I was initially worried about the ball area of the foot as it felt pretty close to the ground. I actually was surprised that the heels, which feel much more padded, started showing soreness first.
One thing I did notice about these, that seems to appear pretty common with the Merrells, is that they don't have a very wide heel to them. They felt rather tipsy when I tried them on, going from a pair of New Balance trail running shoes. It was something I got used to quickly, but the first time you try them, you may feel a bit unstable in them.
I also tried some Keens, which may be overall just as good, but I just didn't like the look. The toe box appeared as if it got wider as it got closer to the toe end. It looked kind of "clownish" in my size (10) with the jeans I was wearing.
Bellevue, WA USA Mon 02/20/2006
J. Rubio - Coil Spring Heel Shoes
Love my funky spring heel J. Rubio sandals for fun and their clogs for work. They are so comfortable and put a little bit of bounce in my step! I don't even look at other shoes anymore.
Ruskin, FL USA Sat 02/11/2006
Timberland- I have found the Timberland trail runners to be the best fit for my feet. Wore them on the Milford Track. I use custom orthotics and thick wool socks.
Long Beach, CA USA Sat 02/11/2006
fashionable yet comfortable walking shoes
Wolky shoes are comfortable yet fashionable. They are a Dutch brand, but sold internationally. www.wolkyshop.com www.wolky.com
Seattle, WA USA Fri 02/10/2006
Best travel shoes
I recommend ECCO SeaWalkers. I've worn them since Aug 2002 almost all the time, including 12 trips to Europe during that time. They look good enough to wear with a suit but don't look out of place with jeans either.
Lufkin , TX USA Fri 02/10/2006
Can anyone recommend comy yet fashionable shoes?
Washington DC, USA Fri 02/10/2006
For a solid pair of sturdy yet fashionable shoes, you can't go wrong with Hush Puppies Gus walkers. These shoes are ultra-light weight, but they have good thick soles, which do an excellent job of absorbing impact. They also go well with almost any male attire. Whether you're hiking through the Black Forest or dining at a nice restaurant in Oslo, Hush Puppies Gus walkers are a great choice. They're durable and aesthetically attractive.
Long Beach, CA USA Wed 02/08/2006
Keens - the best. My wife and i have tried them all. Her feet are wide, mine are narrow-medium. Try shopping Froogle.com.
Broomfield , CO USA Sat 02/04/2006
SAS Shoes rock!
SAS Shoes are the most comfortable shoes on the planet! Nothing compares and I've tried everything. Dansko, New Balance, Wolky, even the over-priced Mephisto line. I bought a pair of SAS called Pathfinder at a company store in Louisville, KY in August 2005 and i don't wear another pair of shoes. Next up a pair in black. Thanks SAS my feet never felt better!
Savannah, GA USA Thu 02/02/2006
i usually hate socks and seldom wear them, but i have found that the thinner ones made by birkenstock are very comfortable.
pacific grove, ca USA Thu 02/02/2006
I have found that my Clarks' clogs have worked very well for me on 5 trips to Bruges, Paris and Provence. One time though I nearly lost one getting on a train in France. My problem seems to be socks and finding the right blend of materials.
USA Thu 02/02/2006
adidas Outdoor and Salomon hikers
What I've found is that it didn't really matter which pair of shoes I took with me as long as I had heel cushioning insoles in them - this includes all those that are supposed to be made for walking or comfort - that's the way my feet have always been and where I feel it first and it helps my back a lot. I learned this trick from working on concrete for 10-12 hours at a time. Many of my friends have thanked me for the tip. I can walk for hours on just about anything with a good pair of half inserts. My favorite for cold and rainy walking on cobblestones? Salomon hiking boots with Goretex and Thinsulate they definitely saved me on my last trip to Brugge and I love my adidas Outdoor shoes because they are just cool looking and not your average tennis shoe but feel like that's what you are wearing but with the same qualities as Salomon but a bit more lightweight generally.
Vancouver, WA USA Wed 02/01/2006
Dansko Shoes for me...
To each their own - Dansko shoes have worked very well for me for our last three Europe winter trips. I use a pair of Eccos for the alternate pair. We are finally taking a Europe trip in the summer, so I'm going to pick up a pair of Dansko sandals. I think Dansko has worked well for me because I have wide feet.
Columbus, OH USA Tue 01/31/2006
3 Trips, 4 Different Pairs...
On the first trip, I took 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes (Aerosoles & LizFlex). Broke them in before hand, and they seemed awesome. However, my feet hurt so much after a few days traipsing around London, Paris & Italy. So I can't recommend those! Second trip, I found this site and got Smartwool socks to go with a pair of Soft Spots. My feet never hurt once, and I was able to outwalk all my teenagers! Third trip...more research on this site...and I decided to try Danskos. Kept the Smartwool socks. Loved the roomy toebox and support, but discovered (too late) that the soles of the shoes didn't cushion my step enough and I had sore feet again. I'll either go back to Soft Spots or try Ecco or Merrills next time! I appreciate the tips from everyone!
CA USA Mon 01/30/2006
Best walking shoes I've tried are Josef Seibel (German made). Excellent. Wore them all over Italy and Sicily last year. Try zappos.com or Nordstroms.
Cedar Rapids, IA USA Sat 01/28/2006
Great socks for walking shoes
Two years ago I was preparing for a 3 week trip to Turkey and started looking for some good non-cotton socks for my walking shoes. I don't want cotton because they take so long to dry. After searching many stores and buying socks to test out I found that I really liked All Pro Maxspun socks from Target. They are acrylic and are made for running with extra cushioning on the heal and bottem. They come in black so they don't look like athletic socks. They are now the only socks I buy. I use them instead of those thin dress socks for work every day. They cost about $6.50 a for 3 pair. I also wore them on a 4 week trip to Italy last January and February they kept my feet warm and happy even during cold wet weather. Great sock that make my SAS shoes feel even better.
Mechanicsville, MD USA Sat 01/28/2006
I agree Merrells are a must for any European trip. My old stand bys are the leather Jungle mocs the slip on kind. They are great in airport security and on plane trips and are always comfortable for long walks. i prefer mine at home for walks over my athletic shoes. I was in a large store (Dillard's here in Texas) yesterday and noticed that Merrell had a lot of new styles out for Spring. So either check out you local stores or the website: Merrell.com for the new styles. Have a great trip.
TX USA Fri 01/27/2006
Merrell shoes for walking
I love Merrell shoes and want to get a pair for my trip to Rome this summer. Please let me know which Merrells you find work well for walking many miles each day. Thanks
Omaha, NE USA Tue 01/24/2006
Best Walking Shoes, 2006
The best walking shoes I've ever had are Keens. I bought them in San Francisco, wore them without socks climbing up and down hills.No blisters ever. Wore them throughout Tuscany and Cinque Terre. Ventilated, not too hot, very sturdy and comfortable.
Birmingham, AL USA Tue 01/24/2006
I just wanted to add that I had the best luck with my Born Quiz shoes this past summer. I spent three months backpacking around Europe (hit every country pretty much). I walked a minimum of 2-3 miles a day, many more most days. I hiked the steep trails in the Cinque Terre in Italy (7 miles), hiked in the Alps, climbed to the top of numerous churches and monuments, etc. I NEVER had a problem with them. I brought a pair of Dansko sandles that I loved but they rubbed after awhile and I would rarely wear them. Borns are old world European craftmanship and for the most part, are made by hand. I've tried several styles and these were my favorites by far. The clogs are good (open back) but you can slip. I never wore special socks and had happy feet.
Seattle, WA USA Sun 01/22/2006
Before I leave I put in a new pair of those thin white foam insoles from the drug store. They cushion the foot and absorb odors. When they start to smell or are not spongy any more (they don't last too long), toss 'em. I've had great results with those hard plastic moldable insoles, since I have a high arch; the half sole ones are cheaper and work just as well. I've found gell insoles to be too heavy.
NYC, NY USA Thu 01/19/2006
I think the main thing against denim is that it is heavy and bulky to pack, and takes a long time to dry if you do laundry. Style-wise, you'll be OK in Paris, although easily recognized as a tourist. If you can get black jeans instead of faded blue, that would be better. And do take something---maybe a long matte-jersey or rayon skirt---to wear instead of jeans if you go somewhere nice for dinner.
Bellevue, WA USA Mon 01/16/2006
Cute but Comfortable
I'm 25 and I spent 5 weeks walking about Germany last summer. I have foot problems every now and then, but I fell in love with my SAS sandals ("huggies"). Light-weight, super-soft leather, designed for walking, no blisters, sleek design, comes in different colors, goes well with skirts, capris, etc. A little pricey ($114), but a very wise investment.
Jefferson, WI USA Sat 01/14/2006
Cute but comfortable
My 18 year old daughter wore 2 different pairs of Merrell flip flops throughout 3+ weeks in Europe last summer with no problem. Can't imagine wearing a sandal without a back strap myself but she was very comfortable. She and her friends wore mostly skirts (cool and lightweight) and cute tees and so these shoes were great for this. Their only problem came when they were turned away from a disco in London for wearing flip flops.
USA Sat 01/14/2006
Earth shoes rock!
I love my Earth shoes! I am an avid traveler and an even more avid walker. These shoes are fantastic for people (like me) who tend to hyperextend their knees or arch their backs ("sway back" people). The negative heel gives you a slight pelvic tilt that alligns everything exactly right! They are the first shoes I have ever owned where I can walk or stand for four or five hours, and wake up the morning with no back pain AND no foot pain. Plus - they are absolutely adorable! I took one pair of black ones on my most recent trip to Europe, and didn't need any other shoes for the 16 days we were there. They have a website - earthshoes.com - or you can find them at places like Sole Desire or other comfy-shoe shoe stores.
San Francisco, CA USA Wed 01/11/2006
Finding SAS Shoes
To buy SAS shoes, we go to the SAS Shoe Stores at the outlet malls, where ever we can find them in our travels. They do not sell seconds, or have any bagains, but they have every shoe, color and size. One way to find a store, go to outletbound.com and search by brand name for SAS Shoemakers (San Antonio Shoes).
Chesterton, IN USA Tue 01/10/2006
Lands End all weather Mocs.
I spent 5 weeks walking all over Europe and Sweden last Spring. Before we left,I read everything there was on the graffiti wall and bought Ecco walking shoes and Tevo sandles. In the end I took my Lands End all weather mocs ($29.95)instead of the Ecco's (which were very uncomfortable after 10 minutes!- I tried to break them in on my daily walks) and the Tevo sandles. I wore the mocs about 98% of the time and still am wearing them every day! I would highly recommend them!
Northern California, USA Tue 01/10/2006
kids hiking boots
Kids hiking boots - try Merrell. You may have to go to their website merrell.com
USA Mon 01/09/2006
Day Hiking Boots/Socks
Very happy with Birkenstock Alpine day hiker boots. Clunky looking but heh they fit large wide feet with high arches. Combine with Wigwam Ultimax socks....comfy, dry quickly and long lasting. Non-stop use over 2 1/2 weeks in Europe late fall confirm a great combination.
Whitefish, Montana USA Sun 01/08/2006
We just returned from Garmisch. Lots of snow and slush. I wore my Costco version of Ugg boots for everything but formal dinners in our hotel. Always warm, totally waterproof, and I never slipped (my husband refuses to buy a pair of these, and he slipped a lot!). They are about 30 dollars and worth every penny. Be sure not to buy them too big, as they stretch a bit and are not as comfortable if loose. If I had it to do over, I would buy black instead of tan, but it is hard to find.
Pacific Grove, CA USA Tue 01/03/2006
Mephistos No contest-and I'm a shoe freak AND prescription orthotics, esp if u have a bad back I've had 3 pairs of Mephistos for 20 years-getting them rebuilt completely for $75 every 5 years beats new shoes
Huntington Beach, CA, CA USA Mon 01/02/2006
Best Walking Shoes
Keen walking shoes are the way to go. I've had mine now for about 6 months and wear them almost every day. They're great for traveling, walking through airports, and are just as effective in snow. I bought mine at REI and love them. My ECCO's are sitting in the closet.
Tacoma, WA USA Mon 01/02/2006
Ecco shoes for me
I recently travelled in Italy and walked miles of cobblestone streets and alleys. I purchased a pair of Ecco New Track IV Low shoes with a Gore-Tex lining. They were ultra comfortable and my feet could breathe. No end of day soreness whatsoever. I found these shoes through a website I'd like to recommend to other travellers: http://www.most-comfortable-shoes.com/
NYC, NY USA Mon 01/02/2006