Most of my travels through the year, which consist of long weekend trips, require only a little planning, fast packing, and a relaxed itinerary. However, for our big international trip of the year, careful and detailed planning is a must in our family to keep things going smoothly. And that includes picking the right wardrobe. Our big trips have been 10-14 days long, which requires more clothes to fit into my small carry on and backpack (because we fly stand-by). I try to find clothing I can wear and wash a few times to save on space, and coordinate pieces that I can mix and match. My most important style decision though, is my shoes. With lots of walking and sites to see, I need to wear pairs that can last all day, and ensure my feet aren’t horribly sore. I don’t scrimp on style though, which can be difficult when trying to find the right pair of comfortable travel shoes. The travel and fashion industries have come a long way though, and have started to design some stylish shoe choices.
Today’s post focuses specifically on sandals for city travels, since I plan on trekking through Italy in the high heat of July. I already have one pair I’m breaking in for the trip, and I quite like them. Below are options I’ve found great reviews on and I’m considering myself to #TraverseInStyle
These Vionic Sandals are chic and comfortable, with a practical wedge heel. Made of suede and cork, they mold to my feet and are very durable. I do have some slight irritation from the straps, but I have very sensitive feet so it doesn’t take much. I plan on experimenting with some mole skin on the interior of the straps. I don’t recommend this pair to those who don’t like a heel, but I prefer them as a pair to rotate with a flat sandal, so my high arches aren’t so strained everyday.
My mother-in-law can vouch for the supreme comfort of these ECCOs, she says they are extremely comfortable for a long day of traveling. They come in a variety of colors, and are made of a very soft leather and fabric on the straps. The microfiber footbed is padded with a slight arch for comfort. Their simple style looks great with dresses, jeans, and shorts. Keep in mind, they are on the pricier side, so they are definitely an investment purchase.
These strappy numbers come in white or black, and are ultra feminine. They are designed with adjustable ankle straps and have a cushioned footbed that contours to your feet for optimal arch support. They appear to have a durable outsole, which is great if you are like me and you skid your feet.
These Clarks floral sandals are well reviewed for their comfort and style. They come in a variety of colors, and have a slight 1″ heel. The ortholite footbed is a Clarks’ staple, with an outsole that cushions the foot. Their thick sole make them great for traversing those cobblestone streets of Europe!