I’ve only recently thought of what I’m going to pack for our trip to Europe. And, of course, the first thought that comes to mind is “what kind of shoes should I bring?” I’m bringing my running shoes (duh) and some nicer sandals (like in this post). But, I need some “everyday” shoes that won’t scream AMERICAN.
My qualifications are:
- They have to go with lots of different outfits.
- They have to be comfortable.
- They have to be lightweight (we are backpacking it) and not take up a lot of room.
Here are the contenders…
When we were in France two years ago, I remember seeing a ton of people wearing Chucks. I have a pair of black ones that I bought when I was 16 (yup, almost a decade ago!), but I think I would buy white ones for our trip (so they would go with more), but they would get filthy). Another issue is that I would have to pack socks which would add volume to my pack. On another hand, my grey Toms are my go-to shoes. I love them. They are so comfortable and they take up so little room. And, I wouldn’t have to wear socks with them. The issue with my current Toms is that they are kind of smelly (see: no socks). So, I would have to clean them up quite a bit before we go, or invest in another pair. And the third contender are Sperry boat shoes. I have a pair of Angelfish style Sperry’s and they too are super comfortable, don’t require socks AND they’re waterproof. For our trip, I would think about buying the Bluefish style because they offer more foot coverage. In terms of price, the Toms and Chucks are the cheapest. But, the Sperry’s are the most durable.
What do you think? What type of shoes should I pack?